Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church Was NOT Flooded

Intensely popular and insanely wealthy Televangelist Joel Osteen has been widely criticized by the public after people claimed his massive Lakewood Church was closed to people in need.

Many of Osteen’s flock attempted to defend the minister saying the reason the doors were locked and why people were turned away was because his Lakewood church was flooded. They also went as far as to post pictures from what they claimed were to have been from inside the church.

On August 27, Lakewood Church posted an update on Facebook.

“Dear Houstonians! Lakewood Church is inaccessible due to severe flooding! We want to help make sure you are safe. Please see the list below for safe shelters around our city, and please share this with those in need,”

However, it was discovered that the flooded church in the photos were NOT from inside Lakewood Church, but from inside a church in Virginia.

Lakewood Church spokesperson, Don Iloff said that the floodgate was “almost” compromised in the storm — which means the church was not flooded.

“It’s not our unwillingness, it’s just practicality. It’s been a safety issue for us,”

Around of 11 a.m. Eastern, the church announced that it was “receiving people who need shelter.”