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Joel Osteen Has A Message For Twitter Devils Who Think His Church Didn't Do Enough To Help Hurricane Harvey Victims!

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Joel Osteen is unbothered by the critics.

In a new interview, the megachurch pastor spoke on the backlash he received for not opening his Lakewood Church doors sooner to shelter Hurricane Harvey victims.

For those who missed it, Osteen had to make a round of toothy interviews to address accusations saying Lakewood kept its doors closed to hurricane evacuees, and he had a rosary of excuses for doing so.

Related: Tyler Perry Donates $1 Million To Hurricane Harvey Relief!

Now with Lakewood finally giving shelter to a worthy amount of displaced locals, the church leader has no desire to answer to the haters on social media — because he's only worried about serving @God.

Speaking to ET's Kevin Frazier on Thursday, he explained:

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Tyler Perry Donates $1 Million To Hurricane Harvey Relief — Including $250K Towards Joel Osteen's Church!

He's giving back, but backlash is probably just around the corner.

Tyler Perry announced via Facebook on Thursday that he's donating $1 million to relief efforts in Texas following the tragic Hurricane Harvey — with one major caveat.

Related: Tyler Perry Accepts Humanitarian Award!

$250,000 is going to Joel Osteen‘s Lakewood Church, which as you probably know, was laced up in controversy after its doors were closed for people in need of shelter.

Since then, Joel has opened up shop and made rounds on television hoping to absolve his PR nightmare. And it seems Tyler buys what he's saying.

In the video (above) the Madea creator explains:

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Joel Osteen Makes The Early Morning TV Rounds In Order To Clear His Name Amid The Hurricane Harvey Controversy — WATCH!

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Joel Osteen has certainly made the rounds.

As you may've heard, the famed Texas pastor was met with backlash this week after allegations accused the Lakewood Church of closing its doors to Hurricane Harvey evacuees. At first, the church defended that they were unable to take in displaced locals as the house of prayer was "inaccessible due to severe flooding."

Related: How Celebs Are Helping Out During Hurricane Harvey!

Later Osteen explained that Lakewood "never" closed its doors, rather, they were simply waiting for the "shelters [to] reach capacity" before welcoming evacuees. By Tuesday morning, the Lakewood Church was finally open to those seeking refuge. Unsurprisingly, this whole situation caused quite the PR nightmare for Osteen and his megachurch.

So it's no wonder the spiritual leader hit up all the early morning news shows in order to get a handle on this image issue. Be sure to catch all of his TV appearances for yourself (below)!!

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Joel Osteen Finally Opens His Megachurch To Hurricane Harvey Refugees After Being Shamed On Twitter

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Everyone is lending a helping hand during Hurricane Harvey — even if they have to be shamed into it.

When people noticed gazillionaire televangelist Joel Osteen hadn't opened the doors to his Lakewood megachurch, there was an understandable outrage online.

The Houston pastor had said the church was inaccessible due to severe flooding, a claim that seemed to be contradicted by the numerous photos people were taking from the outside, not to mention the official maps of safe roads in the area.

Related: How You Can Help Hurricane Harvey Victims

After the barrage of comments questioning his values, Osteen responded that the church was going to be a big help after all this was over, by "helping our fellow citizens to rebuild their lives."

Well, on Tuesday Osteen finally opened the doors to the public, announcing on Twitter:

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Pastor Joel Osteen Scrambles To Defend Megachurch Closure Amid The Catastrophe Caused By Hurricane Harvey

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Joel Osteen is in damage control mode.

As we previously reported, the famed Texas pastor has been facing backlash on social media following claims that he's kept his massive Lakewood Church closed to the flood victims caused by Hurricane Harvey. Uh oh.

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Osteen was first hit with criticism over the weekend when the Lakewood Church's Facebook account announced that the house of prayer was "inaccessible due to severe flooding." This post had tongues waggin' as photos surfaced proving the Church was unaffected during the start of the hurricane.

In an attempt to clean up this controversy, Joel released another statement where he defended

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Joel Osteen Gets DRAGGED On Twitter For Not Opening Megachurch To Hurricane Harvey Refugees!

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UPDATE 7:55 P.M. EST: According to TMZ, church officials are now blaming the closure on flooding, saying Lakewood is "inaccessible." Needless to say, bullshit is being called on that excuse as eyewitnesses and now-viral photos report no apparent flooding around the facility (as seen in the tweets below).


In case you're not familiar with Joel Osteen, he's a very, VERY wealthy pastor based in Houston, Texas.

His empire of best-selling books, a Sirius XM radio show, and televised sermons have given him an estimated net worth north of $50 million.

Related: How You Can Help Hurricane Harvey Victims

When southeast Texas was hit by unprecedented flooding from Hurricane Harvey, Osteen tweeted:


And that's all he did.

People were quick to note on Twitter that he has not donated any money (that anyone can tell anyway), but more importantly he didn't open the doors of his 16,800-seating megachurch in Lakewood to refugees, despite it being spared from flooding and easily accessible.

See some of the most scathing tweets (below):

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Khloé Kardashian Feels 'Helpless' Mere Hours After News Of Lamar Odom's Night Out Drinking Breaks — So Sad!

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We feel so bad for Khloé Kardashian!

Shortly after news broke that Lamar Odom was spotted out at a bar drinking prior to his Easter Sunday celebration with his estranged wife's family, the KUWTK starlet took to Twitter to post a relatively cryptic message.

Related: Khloé Reveals She Tried To Get Pregnant To 'Fix' Her Marriage

The 31-year-old wrote:

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