Social media users have been sharing posts online that allege Pastor Joel Osteen did not allow people needing shelter from Texas’ freezing temperatures to come into his Lakewood Church in Houston. This claim is false.
One post here reads: “Homeless are freezing in Houston. Shelters are full. Joel Olsteen not opening his 18,000 seat arena again. WWJD?”
Osteen is one of the wealthiest and most popular pastors and prosperity gospel preachers in the United States. He heads a Houston megachurch and has said he reaches 100 million homes in the United States through broadcasts, videos, and podcasts (here).
Since Feb. 14, the Lakewood Church has posted several times on its Twitter page to explain that the church is a “designated warming center for anyone in need of shelter”. Examples can be seen here , here , here , here , here and here .
False. Lakewood Church did allow people to seek shelter from the cold in Houston, Texas.
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