*Pastor Joel Osteen, under fire for waiting too long to open his doors to Hurricane Harvey evacuees, told “Good Morning America” today that his Lakewood megachurch in Houston “took people in from the very beginning,” and that the facility’s parking garage was indeed flooded, even if the streets leading to the facility were clear.
“I think somebody created that narrative that somehow we were high and dry and none of that is true,” he told “GMA’s” George Stephanopolous. “This building — it was a safety issue and we took people in from the very beginning.”
Well count T.I. among those who have scorched Osteen on social media for the apparent delay in opening his church doors.
The Atlanta rapper took to Instagram with the following missive:
“This is why people (like me) don’t trust the mega churches. How can someone (especially a so called man of God) make 70+Ms a yr TAX FREE from citizens of a city that’s now in distress & in dyer need of food water & shelter NOT OPEN THE DOORS OF GODs HOUSE (supposedly) to help those in need? @joelosteen YOU SIR ARE A FRAUD!!!! Ministers,preachers,pastors,reverends are all supposed to be SERVANTS sent here to do the LORDS work. Not just sitting back in comfort watching as satin has his way!!!! FOH!!! We CANNOT AFFORD to continue to just go & give our money away to people who pose as “Preachers” or their BIG lavish MEGA CHURCHES WITHOUT HOLDING THEM ACCOUNTABLE WHEN WE NEED THEM!!!!! Tithing is selfless acts of kindness & what you do for OTHERS. Stop giving y’all money to these ???????????????LIKE THEY GON TURN YOUR BREAD OVER TO GOD!!!! N**ga please.
T.I. also posted a video of Tupac talking about the need for megachurch pastors to do more for their struggling congregants.