Filthy rich televangelist Joel Osteen found himself in the nation’s spotlight last week for failing to open his church doors to Hurricane Harvey victims in a timely manner. Only after he was shamed did Osteen show up to open his megachurch, and even then, he couldn’t do it without asking for donations — the man is a trained con artist.
This past Sunday, Osteen delivered a bizarre sermon at his Lakewood megachurch.
He told his flock:
“You know I really believe in these times of difficulty it’s for me, certainly, not the time to question your faith but to turn to your faith because God is the one that gives you the strength to make it through the difficult times.”
Osteen added, “We are not going to understand everything that happens but, you know, having a ‘poor old me’ mentality or ‘look what I lost’ or ‘why did this happen’, that’s just going to pull you down. Like we’ve been talking about all night, you just got to turn it over and say ‘God you’re still on the throne’.”
Osteen then attempted to clear his name, reflecting back to a time in 2001 when his megachurch nearly flooded. He stated:
“Had we opened the building sooner and someone got injured, or perhaps the building flooded and someone lost their lives, that would have been a very different story. Now I don’t mind taking the heat for being precautious. But I don’t want to take the heat for being foolish.”
“This is not just an attack on me, it’s an attack on what we stand for—for faith, for hope, for love. Jesus even said, ‘When the world hates you, remember: it hated me first.’”
Watch the clip below:
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