People Dragged Joel Osteen For Saying The City Of Houston Never Asked Him To Be An Emergency Shelter

DALLAS, TX - AUGUST 30:  Pastor Joel Osteen speaks during MegaFest at the American Airlines Center on August 30, 2013 in Dallas, Texas.  (Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images)

People Dragged Joel Osteen For Saying The City Of Houston Never Asked Him To Be An Emergency Shelter

Many feel the television pastor only opened his doors after backlash.

Published August 30, 2017

After getting dragged by everybody and their grandmama for refusing to immediately open the doors to his church during Tropical Storm Harvey, Pastor Joel Osteen has hit the media circuit to defend his actions. 

The popular televangelist was criticized for not allowing displaced people in Houston to use his church, which seats 17,000 people, for a shelter. At first, Pastor Osteen offered thoughts and prayers to the residents of Houston. 

After becoming a trending topic on social media, Osteen announced his doors would be open to the public. 

  1. During an interview on the Today show, Osteen said the city never asked him to be an emergency shelter location
  2. Osteen also told Good Morning America his doors were always open
  3. Osteen was yet again slammed by people for his disastrous responses to the criticism
  4. Others felt the pastor chose to open his facility after becoming a national story

Written by Rachel Herron

(Photo: Cooper Neill/Getty Images)

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