PastorÂ Joel Osteen said that will God knew Houston could ‘handle’ the devastating Hurricane Harvey throughout his Sunday service – because he refused to apologize intended for refusing to open his multi-million church to flood victims.
Osteen refused to address the scandal that has surrounded him plus Lakewood Church during the previous week after he failed toÂ immediately open the doors from the Houston megachurch to shelter victims. Â The popular televangelist was eventually shamed into opening the church right after blistering criticism on social networking.
Instead, he told his congregation in order to ‘quit being upset by some thing you can handle’, adding that will ‘God never promised we would certainly reach our destination without the battle minus disappointments and without having things we miss. ‘Â
‘Scripture states you will go through the particular flood but you will not really drown, ‘ he told all of them. Â
Pastor Joel Osteen said that God knew Houston could ‘handle’ the devastating Storm Harvey during his Sunday service
He told his members to ‘quit being upset simply by something you can handle’, throughout the Sunday serviceÂ
The parishioner of the Lakewood Chapel led by Pastor Joel Osteen prays during a service in the church because the city begins the process of rebuilding right after severe flooding during Hurricane plus Tropical Storm Harvey
Parishioners of the Lakewood Chapel led by Pastor Joel Osteen pray together during the service
‘You may be in a problems right now but that offers an expiration date. Â Instead associated with being discouraged, remind yourself this particular trouble has an expiration. ‘
The popular televangelist said he basically concerned about his critics upon social media who have used turns blasting Osteen for at first saying the church was inundated even though it was generally dry.
‘We’re concerned with these individuals [victims now at the church] and how they shift forward, ‘ he told OU. Â
‘And there was safety issues that will people don’t understand. However I actually really believe that if individuals were in my shoes, they will would have done the exact same thing. Â
‘When house is crystal clear, when it’s safe, we may begin taking people. That’s what all of us have done for 60 many years. We love helping people plus that’s what our message is usually all about. ‘Â
Pastor Osteen drew criticism after at first not opening the doors associated with his church to victims associated with Hurricane Harvey (parishioners pray in the Sunday service)Â
Osteen refused to address the scandal that has surrounded him plus Lakewood Church during the previous week after he failed in order to immediately open opportunities of the particular Houston megachurch to shelter victims(parishioners pray at the Sunday service)
Osteen said the public failed in order to grasp the safety issues that will he says prevented him through initially offering the church being a shelter.
‘You know, it is dependent on which day that is, ‘ he told ET.
‘I believe another thing that individuals don’t realize – it could flood. That will street could flood and within 14 hours it can become down.
‘So, weight loss go simply by that. I have video from it flooded on either Saturday night time or Sunday night, I cannot remember. But, you know, this can go down in 14, 15 hours. ‘
The televangelist states that if he had the particular chance to get it done all more than again, he would have served differently.
‘Knowing what I understand now, I might have put personnel in here prior to the storm strike, put beds, do everything all of us could to be prepared, ‘ he says. Â
‘When it attracts us by surprise, even whenever the cities overflow and, a person know, nobody dreams that animal shelters will overflow. Â
‘Hindsight, it’s 20/20, but we have got to move forwards and do what we’ve finished the last 60 years plus care for these people, help all of them rebuild their lives, bring wish to their spirits and allow them know that they may come out of this more powerful than before. ‘
When mentioned the particular reaction on social media, Osteen says he invokes a increased power.
Fran Osteen, the pastor of Lakewood Church, stands with his spouse, Victoria Osteen, when he conducts the service
Osteen drew critique after initially not opening the particular doors of his church in order to victims of Hurricane Harvey yet refused to comment on that will on Sunday
A person in the congregation at the Lakewood Church led by Pastor Fran Osteen prays during a support at the churchÂ
Osteen said that ‘God never guaranteed we would reach our location without a battle and without having disappointments minus things we may understand’ Â during the service (pictured)
Parishioners clap plus raise their hands to the particular sky during the service directed by Pastor Joel Osteen
Pastor Fran Osteen (seen on NBC’s THESE DAYS show on Wednesday) does not have any purpose of apologizing in the encounter of criticism over his choice not to immediately open the particular doors of his Houston megachurch to flood victims
Tropical Storm Harvey evacuees rest inside the Lakewood Church after the church opened up their doors to the sufferers on Tuesday. Pastor and well-known televangelist Joel Osteen uploaded this particular photo in the Twitter account upon Thursday
Volunteers organize donated crisis supplies in the temporary shelter in the Lakewood Church on Tuesday
Volunteers fall into line to indication up to help with the particular shelter for victims of the particular flooding from Hurricane Harvey in a shelter opened in the Lakewood Church on Tuesday
‘I don’t invest any energy on the Tweets universe or social media, ‘ he said. Â
‘And I may imply that disrespectfully. I just may put any energy into this. I mean, life is quite short to put energy into unfavorable emotion and I feel in peace because we did the particular right thing. ‘
‘Hey, my popularity is in God’s hands plus he can take care associated with that, ‘ he said. Â
‘We’re going to carry on and help individuals. ‘
Osteen says he is right now focused on soliciting donations in order to help victims both spiritually plus financially.
Tyler Perry told TMZ that he is planning in order to give $250, 000 to Osteen’s church.
It is a part of the total pledge of $1million which he is setting aside for the particular benefit of flood victims. Â
A Harvey flood victim on the wheelchair is brought to the Lakewood Church in this image published by Osteen to his Tweets accountÂ
A long type of volunteers forms to check straight into the Lakewood Church to assist evacuees receive the items they will need to spend time within the church changed into shelter
‘It’s the long-term effort, ‘ he mentioned.
‘So, we’ll merged teams that will will go out and assist fix houses, repair the page rock. Â
‘We’re working with the particular relief organizations and this is usually their specialty. Â
‘But one matter about Lakewood, we now have thousands associated with volunteers, people that want in order to help. That’s what you observe today. ‘Â
The interview with OU is the latest media look by Osteen who will be fighting back again amidst a pr backlash.
In an interview with the TodayÂ show Wednesday morning, Osteen said that will his church has worked along with the city during the past, but that will the city didn’t get in touch with make use of them as a shelter just before Hurricane Harvey hit. Â
Harvey produced landfall on Friday, and still left thousands displaced. But Lakewood Chapel wasn’t opened up until Wednesday, because of safety concerns, Osteen said. Â Â
‘If individuals were here, that they had realize that there were basic safety issues, ‘ Osteen said. Â
‘This building had flooded before, therefore we were just being precautious. However the main thing is that will the city didn’t ask all of us to become a shelter after that. ‘Â
He added: ‘I mean consider the story if we would