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Joel Osteen’s Church Tried To Collect Money From Harvey Victims During Service

By Collin Gossel

Pastor/founder/millionaire Joel Osteen caved to public pressure last week and opened his Lakewood Church to victims of Hurricane Harvey in Houston. Osteen had initally kept the church closed to people who had been forced out of their homes, posting a notice on social media that the building was closed because of "severe flooding."  

People took to social media to show un-flooded streets around the church, leading to backlash that eventually led to the church opening. Osteen said the firestorm may have "helped us to step up some things" to prepare for evacuees. "The first day or two, this building was not accessible," Osteen told CNN. "We would never put people in here until it was safe. And it was not safe, I can tell you."

But Osteen is in hot water again after footage emerged of church ushers collecting donations from storm victims.

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Dedicated to hurricane victims in the audience, the service includes Lisa Osteen Comes asking people affected by Harvey to stand up: