Pastor Joel Osteen (Photo: Twitter/@JoelOsteen)

Rap superstar and activist T.I. went volcanic on megachurch pastor Joel Osteen, who dragged his feet about sheltering victims of Hurricane Harvey. After Osteen got eviscerated nationwide for not volunteering to help Houston residents displaced by flooding, the Lakewood Church leader decided to finally open his doors — even though he denied that they were closed in the first place.

“We have never closed our doors,” Senior Pastor Joel Osteen said in a statement quoted by ABC. “We will continue to be a distribution center to those in need. We are prepared to house people once shelters reach capacity. Lakewood will be a value to the community in the aftermath of this storm.”

Despite that message, the earlier messages from the mammoth church read like this one below, which stated it was closed in advance of the storm:

Caption: Dear Houstonians! Lakewood Church is inaccessible due to severe flooding! We want to help make sure you are safe. Please see the list below for safe shelters around our city, and please share this with those in need!

National Guard Rescue Phone Line: 281-464-4851
Phone line to pick up a group to be taken to a shelter 713-426-9404

Unfortunately for Osteen, the King Of The South heard about the conflicting church messages and decided to drag the pastor from one end of the city to the other for being a”clown” and a “fraud.”

“This is why people (like me) don’t trust the mega churches,” Tip began on Instagram. “How can someone (especially a so called man of God) make 70+Ms a yr TAX FREE from citizens of a city that’s now in distress & in dyer need of food water & shelter NOT OPEN THE DOORS OF GODs HOUSE (supposedly) to help those in need?”

“@Joelosteen YOU SIR ARE A FRAUD!!!! Ministers,preachers,pastors, reverends are all supposed to be SERVANTS sent here to do the LORDS work. Not just sitting back in comfort watching as satin [sic] has his way!!!! FOH!!!”

Mr. Harris continued grilling Osteen when he posted a rebuke by comedian D.L. Hughley, who also tried to tear off a piece of the famous televangelist, and then added another scorching caption underneath:

“No excuse for why twitter had to force these peoples hands for them to respond. God ain’t got no middleman. Your prayers reach him just as much as anyone else’s. It’s time to 🗣WAKE UP PEOPLE,” T.I. captioned the above Instagram post.

What do you think about Tip tearing into an internationally-respected preacher this way?

Terry Shropshire

I'm a lover of words, pictures, people and The Ohio State Buckeyes. A true journalist from the soul.

  • Dave C

    Christian scum more interested in money than the actual teachings of the bible

    • Charles Yarbrough

      It’s time to put people over money and wealth

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  • Chuck

    T.I. & DL Hughley are two uneducated men, who need to STFU. How dare this former drug seller felon, and womanizer, T.I., have any opinion of anyone. He should worry more about being a better father and husband, than spending other people’s money. Short men are always the first to blast other people on Twitter. GTFOH!

    • Charles Yarbrough

      Chuck really u defend the paster and what he did in people’s hr of need and criticize 2 brothers wow one of them is donating money to this issue can your paster top that

      • Betty Sines

        you clearly do not know or care that his church was FLOODED with a couple ft of water in the hall ways.and around most of the building. or that it WAS in use as a distribution area getting food/water/ etc out to those in need. It couldn’t be opened at first, Later a part of it was able to be used and is

    • Joey CoCo

      I couldnt agree more. Black people have to stop worshiping thug rappers and loud mouth comics and get smart.

      • PATRICIA GATLIN

        Maybe they should worship crooked politicians, bankers, businessmen, greedy doctors, wall street…etc.etc.etc.

    • britishrosee

      and trust me he short in more place then one

  • S

    What about T.D. Jakes megachurch?????

    • L

      TD Jakes mega church is located in Dallas, TX.. 4 hours away from Houston… If a disaster happened there, I’d hope to see him help his community.

  • britishrosee

    ahhhh hughly and Ti both will not open their home if a flood hit atlanta ok , so dont judge , in away i dont blame olseen cause that church has to be correctly guarded and to afford that is hugh money he may or may not regain , church is a business you dont see walmart opening the doors up either . im sorry i dont agree ,that church should open dooor to everybody . olstten didnt just make a decision on his own he has members and other owners whom have to be notified first . and if one dont agree ,theres your answer . i like olsteen word but i dont llike mega churches message to ppor .
    TD jakes would of done same his church is in a poor area of dallas im sure he would not have accomodated anyone either . as long as olsteen can help out with disaster food water etc so be it . it is not a evil person

    • Erica

      TI and Hughley are actors/rappers. Would u really think they would open their doors? I mean i hold them to the same standards as a man of god.I know you wont be looking to go to an entertainer’s house over a church. Not in the same category in my opinion. People are dying and if Olsteen was so innocent why did he deny his doors were closed after clearly posting a message saying it was closed?

      • Charles Yarbrough

        T.i was all over social media trying to offer money to help this paster lied about his church being flooded til people drove by there showed pictures of it not being flooded so who’s lying

        • Erica

          I meant to say I don’t hold entertainers to the same standard as a man of god. I agree with you Charles Yarbrough. I wrote it wrong.

    • Charles Yarbrough

      Really another person defending the paster I see he has a Lot of hypnotized worshippers

  • britishrosee

    im not a olsteen membor or fan of the church . but i respect his choices . and looter would have had a field day in that church dont forget how they destroyed the superdom????? peeing on floors feces on floors and walls toilets over flowing with filth . ahhhhh ummmm no one wants that in their building

    • Charles Yarbrough

      I’m shocked u said that try this if he was worried about how people will treat his property then use some of those mil u het from worshippers and sponsor’s and donate to a shelter or just help with money

    • Demetrius Jordan

      Not his building….God’s building.

    • Steve Johnson

      Insurance paid for it all. It opened back up better than before

  • Joey CoCo

    Perhaps felon TI should step back and compare what he has done for his people for what Osteen has done for people. Since when does a thug rapper have moral ground to condemn someone doing GOd’s work?

    • Gloria James

      Gloria james

    • britishrosee

      leave god completely out of this and focus on the stupity of people, it was stupid to say the church was flooded and it was not. a lot of people will get fired from that church eventuall for lieing that dont mean olsteen lies . that church is ran by more then him. hundreds in administration world wide for this church ok they do a lot for poor people and homeless so they cant be condeemed for not helping . olsteen is still cool to most people it want hurt his image . ti need to mind his wife and family ,its a shame how him and tiny created a fake divorce to get the media and fans in a frenzy ,they were never getting divorced to much at stake and tiny is good at hyping up her life , master of deception and you stupid fools fell for it . its holliywood deepest secret , they even pay celebrities to go to dnner and be seen with others to creat ,rumors for national enquiror to get paid on . laugh the kardashians became masters of manipuation and made millions off people stupidty . they house they were filming in was not even their real house. we will believe anything they tell us . mega churches are just as fake . do you really believe td jakes just love the lord ? or does he love the money he uses god to afford him?

    • Steve Johnson

      Maybe we should just follow this rich lying pastor. That sits back and collects tax free money