Joel Osteen’s Megachurch Is Paying Back $4.4 Million In PPP Loans

Celebrity pastor Joel Osteen’s megachurch is repaying millions of dollars it received in COVID-19 disaster funds that prompted backlash last year. Houston-based Lakewood Church received about $4.4 million through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to cover payroll and other expenses while shutting down in-person services for seven months last year, according to the Houston Chronicle. The church received widespread backlash, with critics calling out the need to separate church and state, especially considering most churches in the U.S. are tax-exempt. Lakewood defended its decision, claiming that none of the money went to Osteen…

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