Two of the country’s most controversial Christian figures have agreed to join forces. TMZ is reporting that Kanye West has agreed to bring his Sunday Service choir to Joel Osteen‘s Lakewood Church in Houston. West and the choir are set to perform during the church’s nighttime service.
Prior to that, West will speak with Osteen during his morning Sunday service on November 17. The Jesus is King rapper will reportedly, “walk up to the pulpit and have a conversation with Joel that will last between 20 and 30 minutes.”
Osteen has faced national criticism since Hurricane Harvey hit Houston in 2017. His 600,000-square-foot church was reportedly closed due to severe flooding, making it unavailable for use as an emergency shelter. Osteen denied the reports at the time.
“If people were here, they’d realize there were safety issues. We were just being precautious, but the main thing is the city didn’t ask us to become a shelter then,” Osteen said at the time.
“The fact is I don’t know that we would have opened any sooner, because again there were safety issues…It’s easy to say, ‘Wow, there’s that building. They’re not using it.’ But we don’t have volunteers. We don’t have staff that could get here,” he also said. “We’re all about helping the city whenever we could ― if they would have asked us to become a shelter early on, we would have prepared for it.”
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