Rapper T.I., like many people on the internet, was troubled when televangelist Joel Osteen didn’t immediately open the doors of his Houston megachurch to victims of Hurricane Harvey. The pastor ultimately opened his doors, but did no after he faced a massive backlash on social media. Osteen, for his part, claimed he never closed the doors of Lakewood Church in Houston.
T.I. took to Twitter and Instagram Tuesday to respond to Osteen. He shared a video of legendary rapper Tupac talking about religion and God. The clip was split with Osteen’s face, with writing claiming Osteen was a hypocrite.
“And all that other s— is to control you. If the church spent half the money they were making and gave it back to the community, we’d be [alright]. And if they took half the buildings they build to praise God and gave it to mother f—ers who need God, we’d be [alright],” Tupac says in the clip. “Ever see some of the God damn churches lately? There’s ones that take up the whole block in New York. There’s homeless people out here. Why ain’t God letting them stay there?”
“Why God need gold ceilings to talk to me? Why do God need colored windows to talk to me? Why can’t God come where I’m at, where he sent me? If God wanted to talk to me in a pretty spot like that, why the hell did he send me here then?” he continues. “That makes kids not believe in God.”
Despite Twitter users claiming Osteen closed the doors of his church to the public, he denied the accusation. “We have never closed our doors. We will continue to be a distribution center for 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 in helping our fellow citizens rebuild their lives,” a statement from the church read Monday.
Days earlier, however, a statement on the church’s website announced the arena, which could seat nearly 17,000 people, was closed.
“Due to the weather impact of Hurricane Harvey and concern for the safety of our members, all Lakewood Church worship services for this weekend, Saturday, Aug. 26th and Sunday, Aug. 27th have been canceled,” a statement on the church’s website Saturday read. Although we will not be having a live service, we will be streaming a previous Lakewood Church service and message by Pastor Joel Osteen titled ‘Pray For Others’ at LakewoodChurch.com, the Lakewood Church mobile app and SiriusXM channel 128. Our Spanish…