Pastor Joel Osteen’s church takes credit for series of tragic events

Osteen is facing criticism over his repeated ties to the megachurch and sometimes heavy concentration on his Houston megachurch in bookings by speaking engagements. CNN has contacted the pastor’s church and multiple representatives at…

Pastor Joel Osteen’s church takes credit for series of tragic events

Osteen is facing criticism over his repeated ties to the megachurch and sometimes heavy concentration on his Houston megachurch in bookings by speaking engagements.

CNN has contacted the pastor’s church and multiple representatives at Right Church and Osteen’s Trinity Broadcasting Network. CNN has not yet received a response.

Osteen has backed his claims, telling CNN he’s never needed to deny that there’s a connection to his church.

“I get asked about that question every day,” he said. “My church hasn’t been harmed by it — no one has ever had an issue. I’ve never had an issue of someone asking to leave because they’re upset. There’s just no reaction from anybody. And it’s not like I let that happen.”

The release of the documents comes just days after Osteen announced that he would take two weeks off to focus on addressing opioid abuse at his 19,000-seat Houston church.

The weekly pastors’ service has become the best-attended event in the city, exceeding 1 million people for three consecutive years.

The same documents describe a similar incident that occurred during a weekend prior to the 2015 Super Bowl. According to the documents, following a scary fire in a break-in, Osteen was visibly upset about the burglary at his church. A thief made off with $200,000 in cash and jewelry.

“He was visibly upset. His face was flushed and that he felt powerless,” states one of the documents.

Osteen said Monday night on his church’s podcast that the break-in is not the reason why he’s taking so long to review opioid usage, focusing instead on the city’s opioid epidemic.

“I have always prided myself for being an advocate for my church in giving back to the community,” he said. “The burglary in 2014 is also in there, but that was in the middle of the investigation, after. This year is the first time I’ve had this issue, and I know people are curious.”

And that’s an issue that many people seem to be interested in, including Nick Loeb, a Florida resident who took a case to court against Osteen and churches in 2016 for charging admission to his separate conferences.

CNN has reached out to Loeb’s attorney for comment.

But in February 2017, U.S. District Judge Gerald Bruce Lee ruled that the churches were free to charge admission.

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