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#HurricaneHarvey: “YOU SIR ARE A FRAUD!!!!” – T.I. to Joel Osteen



BellaNaija - #HurricaneHarvey: "YOU SIR ARE A FRAUD!!!!" - T.I. to Joel Osteen

American rapper Clifford Joseph Harris Jr. popularly known as T.I. has described popular televangelist Joel Osteen as a fraud.

Osteen has been in the news for refusing to open the doors of his megachurch to shelter stranded people from the Hurricane Harvey which has ravaged most of Houston. Although he has finally relented and opened the church doors, people have accused him of doing it only because he was pressured by the media.

In an Instagram post, T.I. calls out the preacher asking him why he would not open the doors to people in times of need. He wrote:

This is why people (like me) don’t trust the mega churches. 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 has his way!!!! FOH!!! We CANNOT AFFORD to continue to just go & give our money away to people who pose as “Preachers” or their BIG lavish MEGA CHURCHES WITHOUT HOLDING THEM ACCOUNTABLE WHEN WE NEED THEM!!!!! Tithing is selfless acts of kindness & what you do for OTHERS. Stop giving y’all money to these ???????????????LIKE THEY GON TURN YOUR BREAD OVER TO GOD!!!! N*gga please

Photo Credit: Instagram – @troubleman31


  1. Ladybird

    August 30, 2017 at 3:49 am

    So T.I with a “supposed” networth of $50 milion what are you doing to help?.you have done nothing inspirational for black people except teach them about drugs guns and other societal ills…learn from Kevin Hart and other celebs who donate without insulting others. Who knows maybe you will be able to revive your career .. mtchw

    • Sade Twyse

      August 30, 2017 at 4:01 am

      But TI isn’t making tax free income. Wesley snipes, Toni Braxton. J Rule, DMX etc. we have seen the IRS mess them up when they evade taxes. These are stars who make music and ain’t forcing that mess down your throats like these yahoo boys a.k.a mega church pastors do. Joel wasn’t going. To open his church until he was dragged for filth . At least TI isn’t pretending to be God sent

    • Yesisaidit

      August 30, 2017 at 8:43 am

      Ladybird stop sounding foolish
      Joel was wrong
      Plain and simple
      You sound extremely foolish when you sound like you defending him like he did nothing wrong. That’s the problem with you Africans. Your pastors are your Jesus whom no one can critique. He’s not mine.
      Ti is not the problem in this discussion

    • olanna+odenigbo

      August 30, 2017 at 10:11 am

      defensiveness wont help your case. stop deflecting….

    • Bolaji

      August 30, 2017 at 7:35 pm

      @ladybird, lemme guess. You are a ‘christian?’

  2. Udegbunam Chukwudi

    August 30, 2017 at 6:04 am

    Some Christians and their love for living in denial sha. Always ready to attack the messenger

  3. shut up

    August 30, 2017 at 6:13 am

    T.I you forgot to mention DAT the church was endangered to. Pictures were taken of the church with water around it. The church officials were in communication with authority to seek how to help and the were scared not to endanger lives by bringing dem into the church. Remember Allison in 2001, guess wat this church u are criticising was the biggest shelter, sheltering folks. So stop being a bs in reporting

    • missnk

      August 30, 2017 at 1:32 pm

      so why did he open it now? You’re a christian, I presume? Please stop lying

  4. Dee

    August 30, 2017 at 6:30 am

    Joel Osteen as one who claims to be a servant of God is supposed to be more selfless than T.I. , why im get to wait for media to force am first before im gree open
    im church to help people? Action speak louder than words.

  5. Ese

    August 30, 2017 at 7:45 am

    People be so quick to call out the man of you know why he didn’t open it up in the first place? Don’t you think there would be procedures for that? From what i gathered, his church was flooded you want people to go there and be drowned? Then you will now say a pastor killed people. People need to think long and deeply before jumping I to conclusions. Think about it: why would the church not open it’s doors when it preaches the same thing? Or you don’t you think he didn’t know he’ll face backlash?

    Always saying the pastor is eating the congregations money. Until people realise that you are giving your tithe to God and not to the pastor, they are gonna remain where they are. If your father owned the whole world, would you be poor? Think about it.

    • Oyindee

      August 30, 2017 at 11:45 am

      Don’t you think if he had said that his Church was also flooded in his first message defending himself this argument would have being enough,instead of just saying that the Church doors are now open for everyone(that sounded like damage control to me)looked to me like he had to be dragged to filth to do that which is right,but what do I know it’s the end times,people will be lovers of themselves more than lovers of God….

    • Sade Twyse

      August 30, 2017 at 2:30 pm

      People don’t are drowning but a so called pastor is waiting to follow procedures before he can do thing? Yeah see how that sounds? Funny how God didn’t lead him to do the right thing when scores of lives were in danger buyback God always leads him to always publish cliche self help books that aren’t free. Hahha you . My dear Ese, have been brainwashed

    • Sade Twyse

      August 30, 2017 at 2:31 pm

      People are drowning ***

    • BlueEyed

      August 31, 2017 at 8:36 am

      So my prayerful cleaner who attends services three times a week who is still struggling financially yet wth 3 children to feed, please her own father doesn’t own the world too abi? Or they have different fathers ?

  6. paul Agim

    August 30, 2017 at 8:28 am

    Am A Christian (A GOD Fearing one).I accept all irrespective of your character or Religion my heart and doors all open for all.May GOD help us all

  7. mrs chidukane

    August 30, 2017 at 2:57 pm

    how many of you talking are eager to render help to people in need? how many have provided shelter for relatives without complaining? He’s a pastor, not Jesus Christ. maybe he didn’t want to stress his facilities and so he didn’t open earlier but he’s now open and that’s what counts. also, he doesn’t shove his message down our throats, stop saying what you don’t know. most people dragging him have never given a dime towards any cause .

    • Udegbunam Chukwudi

      August 30, 2017 at 3:05 pm

      ????? In your mind you’re making plenty sense now. You claim to be a follower of Christ but you want freedom to live your own life how you want to. Then why are you still claiming to follow in the footsteps of this Jesus oh?

      You people should be telling yourselves the truth once in a while. It hurts for sure but puts everything in perspective

    • mrs chidukane

      August 30, 2017 at 9:26 pm

      I follow Christ and proudly so but I’m also a human being subject to human thoughts and feelings. Even Christ once prayed’ Let this cup pass over me ,not mine but let thy will be done’. You perfect non Christians should go ahead. Like I said, the Church is open now and people who volunteered in the Church said the basement and underground parking lot were actually flooded. People talking about how he lives in a 10 million dollar home and makes 70 million a year as if they’ve ever visited the Church,bought his books or contributed to his net worth. Saints.

  8. Bolaji

    August 30, 2017 at 7:37 pm

    ooooo, i am getting moderated. What did I say? 🙂

  9. Bolaji

    August 30, 2017 at 7:37 pm

    Ah so if you use the word ‘christian’ you get ‘moderated.’

  10. Bolaji

    August 30, 2017 at 7:38 pm

    Ah so if you use the word christian you get ‘moderated.’

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