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Osteen’s Church Asks Harvey Victims For Tithe


When members of the community are in need, they should be able to turn to churches for assistance.

Such was the case when Hurricane Harvey hit, but residents of the nation’s fourth-most populous city had to scratch one option off of their list.

The church in question finally opened its doors up to help out, but it managed to make another highly questionable decision after doing so.

The Independent Journal Review passes along the tale of a church and its pastor that have come under attack for questionable behavior during a time of crisis.

Joel Osteen, the pastor of Lakewood Church in Houston, received criticism from what seemed like the entire internet, as he was accused of keeping the doors to his massive megachurch closed while flood victims had nowhere to stay.

The church responded to the criticism soon after by opening its doors for anyone who needed shelter. However, just days later, it got itself in trouble again, as it collected donations from the flood victims.

It started with Lisa Osteen, Joel’s sister, on stage asking anyone who was affected by Harvey to stand up.

It wasn’t too long before the collection plates came out, and that led to a ton of backlash for Osteen and company.

Joel Osteen is reportedly worth $40 million, which is the source for a lot of the controversy.

If you attempt to profit off of the misery of others, you’re an abominable human being.

That doesn’t mean that’s what Osteen was directly doing here, but it’s not too hard to see why many would be taking that leap.

Families in the Houston area have had their lives forever altered. The collection plates need to be put on ice when they come visit for a little solace.

A far better tact comes in the form of a simple question: What can we do to help you?

If Osteen and company kept that little piece of advice in mind, they wouldn’t be dealing with anything resembling backlash right about now.

Source: Independent Journal Review

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A WWII Veteran and and political office holder, Myron has been serving his community since 1943. He continues to participate in public discourse as a political writer on several Conservative journals and news sites.


  1. ruth gower

    September 11, 2017 at 9:19 am

    hi why is then member of the cloth asking people for money when they get nothing that,s dam right greed please kick him in to touch as we say over here in england he is nothing bet a con man, please put a stop this because these poor people have nothing but the clothes on there backs no homes and are having too leave there petsbehin cats and dogs.

  2. Jim Gazard

    September 11, 2017 at 10:01 am

    Really, this is an issue?!?
    A. Not everyone attending was a victim.
    B. Not every victim is/was destitute.
    C. Nowhere does it state the collection’s purpose or that they talked to Osteen’s financial team.
    D. Tithing is a Biblical obligation (God’s mandate)
    E. Because an offering plate is passed, you’re not obligated to donate. That is between you and God.
    F. This whole story is nothing but character assassination!

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