Joel Olsteen’s wife Lisa led a donation plea at the Osteen’s Houston-based Lakewood Church on Aug. 30, notes Distractify.
The church reportedly deleted a video of the service from its website, but not before a copy was made that shows Lisa asking for donations from the church congregation, which included Hurricane Harvey victims.
Lisa claimed the hurricane victims were going to be blessed by God with “unprecedented favor in the next coming days” while the ushers took up a collection for the multimillion-dollar church.
Lisa asked the hurricane victims to stand so that other church members could touch them and tell them that they were praying for them.
As the congregation donated to the church, Lisa said: “Let’s believe right now that God is going to move supernaturally in their favor, do you believe that?”
Distractify notes the Osteens are worth between $40-$70 million.
Joel told The Christian Post in 2013:
But I don’t believe in pressuring people for money. At America’s Night of Hope, I’m going to take a donation for World Vision, for other people. But on the flip side, I believe God wants us to excel and be blessed so we can be a bigger blessing to others.
I feel very rewarded. I wrote a book and sold millions of copies; and Victoria and I were able to help more people than we ever dreamed of. But when I hear the term prosperity gospel, I think people are sometimes saying, “well, he’s just asking for money.”