Joel Osteen's megachurch in Texas got millions of dollars in federal loans as part of the coronavirus stimulus package, which sparked backlash across the internet.
The prosperity gospel pastor's Lakewood Church in Houston received a $4.4 million loan through the Paycheck Protection Program, part of the congressional CARES Act and the first time lawmakers gave direct financial assistance to houses of worship, reported the Houston Chronicle.
The revelation infuriated many.
Joel Osteen is a grifting scumbag.— Matt Murphy (@Matt Murphy)1608040556.0
Anyone shocked that Joel Osteen took full advantage of a program that was supposed to be to help save small businesses? Anyone?— W. M. (@W. M.)1608040759.0
Defund Joel Osteen. What in the hell is this?!?! https://t.co/smg1ozJhRM— Al (@Al)1608040314.0
I'm not surprised that Joel Osteen lied about receiving $4.4 million in PPP federal funds. This is the same guy who… https://t.co/8KfkgaAih2— Charlotte Clymer 🏳️🌈 (@Charlotte Clymer 🏳️🌈)1608041472.0
They don't pay taxes. They demand special exemptions from laws. They demand we all conform to their dogma. All the… https://t.co/DUGFgJVc5Y— CrabDiving Podcast (@CrabDiving Podcast)1608041366.0
Today I learned Joel Osteen's Lakewood Church took a $4.4M PPP loan. https://t.co/OuWNRGq3tv— jefe (@jefe)1607988340.0
Joel Osteen's ridiculously huge mansion, paid for by the gullible and naive. So humble. Jesus would be proud 🙄 https://t.co/dCePFshyAi— Paul 🍎 (@Paul 🍎)1608041902.0
Joel Osteen denied accepting any money from Federal PPP loans. Turns out his Lakewood Church took $4.4 million. https://t.co/P07oTfoL4S— Travis Akers (@Travis Akers)1608042383.0
Joel Osteen's Lakewood Church got $4.4 million in federal PPP loans despite church claims that they did not apply f… https://t.co/IT5SckANXe— Alexandra Halaby (@Alexandra Halaby)1608012538.0
Joel Osteen is trending--his megachurch received PPP funding. But in July my investigation discovered that the Cath… https://t.co/M8CrLhForY— Victoria Brownworth🎄🕎☮ (@Victoria Brownworth🎄🕎☮)1608043904.0