Gospel Singer Israel Houghton Defends Joel Osteen: “He’s the ‘Real Deal'”

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 13: Musician Israel Houghton poses in the press room at The 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards held at Staples Center on February 13, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)

Israel Houghton, a Grammy award winning gospel singer and former Lakewood Church employee, has come to the defense of Joel Osteen after he was accused of shutting down the doors of his megachurch to Houston flood victims.

Houghton told TMZ on Tuesday (Aug. 30) that he knows Osteen would never do such a thing because he was an employee/member of his Christian church for 15 years. Check out the video below.

Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church can seat at least 16,000 evacuees. Initially, the church announced that the building was flooded, however, photos taken from outside the church appeared to show otherwise.