Joel Osteen is being ripped to shreds over his response to Hurricane Harvey

Houston's famous megachurch pastor Joel Osteen has dealt with controversy before, but the backlash over his response to Hurricane Harvey has been brutal.

Osteen came under fire earlier this week after allegedly keeping the doors of his Houston megachurch closed to those seeking shelter in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.

The church initially told the press it was closed due to "safety issues" caused by flooding, but Osteen later said the church didn't open its doors to flood victims because it was never asked by the city to do so.

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"If they would have asked us to become a shelter early on, we would have prepared for it," he told TODAY.

Osteen eventually opened the megachurch to flood victims on Tuesday but many have continued to critique the religious leader for seemingly turning his back on those in need.

His response to Hurricane Harvey has since fueled hundreds of brutal reactions on social media, making Osteen the latest star to be ripped apart by Twitter memes.

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If you're a Christian more outraged by people criticizing Joel Osteen, than by Osteen this week, you may want to rethink your priorities.
LIVE footage of Joel Osteen while on top of the Lakewood Church during #HurricaneHarvey https://t.co/13u7gEI3A9
These Joel Osteen memes are no joke. People not letting up nor will they forget. https://t.co/uKh18w6rkb
I wasn't asked to give food I wasn't asked to give shelter I wasn't asked to help So I didn't Til I got bad PR. F… https://t.co/CL0log1DeC
Joel Osteen: "Praying for everyone in Houston!" Can we use your church? Joel Osteen: https://t.co/zTtJJgUuhD
My friend Bethany made this Joel Osteen meme on Facebook and I'm inconsolable 😂😂😂 https://t.co/7QWWhef4ez
Do you think Joel Osteen realizes he is basically the innkeeper in the Christmas story right now https://t.co/tZPbb7ciBm
Joel Osteen looking at all the people in his "church" like https://t.co/uBpEeyebDm
When they asked Joel Osteen about opening his mega church to survivors during #HurricaneHarvey https://t.co/4IHfaKD0zI
[at Sunday school] Joel Osteen: Why did Noah take animals on the Ark? 8 year old: Because Twitter shamed him into being a good Christian?
It's a @JoelOsteen tax shelter, not a church. https://t.co/28mfvq2TIf
Another #JoelOsteen user upload...is it #Funny or #Offensive? #Osteen #Noah #Harvey2017 #Houston #HoustonStrong https://t.co/otr00lZpxv
Joel Osteen reluctantly opening his church to Hurricane Harvey victims. Wasn't he an innkeeper in the Bethlehem area a while back?
Joel Osteen: "our doors were never closed, we were just waiting for the right time" Me: https://t.co/PdfP4MsGo1
@TODAYshow @JoelOsteen Joel, I think you can humbly learn a lesson from Jim "Mack Mattress" Ingvale. He was "cautio… https://t.co/QYIb7tIws2
b4 u JUDGE Joel Osteen how about u hear his side? https://t.co/uhpSOJJo4U
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