Joel Osteen is being criticized by some on social media for closing his megachurch as hurricane Harvey brings flooding to Houston.
Jennifer Brett, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Update 1 p.m. Aug. 29: Officials with Houston’s Lakewood Church said Tuesday on Twitter that the church was open to people seeking shelter in the wake of widespread criticism for its failure to open immediately after Harvey started to batter the city.
Lakewood’s doors are open to anyone needing shelter. We are also looking for volunteers and collecting shelter supplies.
Osteen and Lakewood Church responded with a statement late Monday, saying,
“We have never closed our doors. We will continue to be a distribution center for those in need. We are prepared to house people once shelters reach capacity. Lakewood will be a value to the community in the aftermath of this storm in helping our fellow citizens rebuild their lives.”