Osteen won’t help flood victims; no Christian, he…

29 Aug


Televangelist Joel Osteen canceled services at his Houston megachurch Sunday and has yet to reopen its doors — despite the fact that thousands of flooded-out residents are desperately seeking shelter.

The perpetually smiling pastor told followers on Twitter on Monday to lean on their faith.

“Jesus promises us peace that passes understanding,” he wrote. “That’s peace when it doesn’t make sense.”

But Osteen’s comforting words didn’t sit well with critics, who want to know why the doors to his 16,800-seat arena at his Lakewood Church near downtown Houston are closed.

“You have taken so much money away from your people to live like a king,” entertainment publicist Danny Deraney blasted. “It’s the least you could do.”

Washington, DC-based writer Charles Clymer tweeted pictures of Lakewood Church, which did not appear to be damaged by floods.

“It doesn’t make sense why you’re not opening up your mega church to house Houston citizens, help me understand that. Jesus,” according to Florida-based writer Emily Timbol.

While the church and its arena have not suffered any flood damage yet, ministry spokesman Donald Iloff said their property is inaccessible because of surrounding waters.

And it makes no sense to open church doors when the city and county are already treating thousands of flood victims at the nearby George R. Brown Convention Center, according to Iloff.

Oh, so government has got it, no need for anyone else to lend a hand. Is that it?

Vox nails it:

As does Chris:

Worship in a time of flood is not preaching. It is firing up the kitchen, making soup, and filling sandbags. You can clean up the church once the people have homes they can return to. But now we should be doing charity from our churches. For they are not ours, but Christ’s.

And our worship of Christ is costly.

Guess this demonstrates clearly, had there been any doubt in anyone’s mind; Osteen’s ‘church’ is not of Christ.


12 responses to “Osteen won’t help flood victims; no Christian, he…

  1. ar10308

    August 30, 2017 at 12:04 am

    I’m pretty sure they’ve actually opened up the Church to help people by now.

    • Will S.

      August 30, 2017 at 12:45 am

      I should hope so, and if so, good on him.

      But the fact remains, even if so, he didn’t initially, and actually publicly balked at the idea, rather than instantly responding, “You’re right; don’t know why that slipped my mind, absolutely, let’s do this.”

      If someone has to be shamed into doing the right thing… Still better than not doing it at all, but it shows something of their character, and not in a good way.

      • ar10308

        August 30, 2017 at 12:49 am

        It is my understanding that there was flooding inside the Church initially (pictures of internal flooding were posted to Twitter), so they couldn’t just open up and let people in. Also, I don’t know if they initially had enough provisions (food/water) for the number of people that would probably show up.

        I’m glad they’re doing something as well, but I think the public/social shaming was a bit premature and somewhat ignorant of circumstances they were dealing with.

      • infowarrior1

        August 30, 2017 at 8:31 am

        Regardless he is still a bloody heretic. Totally pansy as Jesse Lee Peterson points out:

  2. Joshua Sinistar (@Joshua06716)

    August 30, 2017 at 10:30 pm

    Are you all smoking crack? Do you remember the tales of horror and gang-rape at the Superdome in New Orleans after Katrina? Who do you think would be here? Probably the same kind of ghetto thugs since they were sent there afterwards. The black Mayor attests to how many must have been shipped there. Don’t even tell me you believe the media when they say those tales were false or overblown either! There were WITNESSES.

    • Will S.

      August 31, 2017 at 6:10 pm

      I would hope a church could open their doors selectively, not letting in just anyone, but only obvious victims. Certainly, they should be wise, not indiscriminate.

  3. feeriker

    August 31, 2017 at 2:11 am

    This should surprise exactly no one.

    • Will S.

      August 31, 2017 at 6:08 pm

      Osteen is a heretic; nothing about him should indeed surprise.

  4. oogenhand

    September 2, 2017 at 9:44 am

    Ironically, Christian churches in Europe are in far better shape. Joel Olsteen would be unthinkable. A slick con-man wanting a hot wife and a nice building wouldn’t even think of pretending to be Christian. Persecution weeds out the tares.


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