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Joel Osteen Heckled During Church Service; 6 Men Arrested in Connection

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By    |   Tuesday, 30 Jun 2015 09:12 AM

Joel Osteen was heckled at Lakewood Church in Texas while the pastor was preaching during his 11 a.m. service on Sunday, leading to the arrests of six individuals.

Casey Eaglin, who attended Osteen's service, said one of the hecklers “jumped up with his bible and started screaming, 'Shame on you Joel, shame on you Joel' and Joel kind of just repeated scripture and they just escorted them out," KHOU.com reported.

“Thank you all for your patience and we'll just continue to receive what God has for us. It's a good day to be alive," Osteen continued after church security escorted the men out of the facility, according to KTRK ABC 13. The congregation then applauded as the pastor continued with his worship.

“He kept on going. He kept his composure. He really got the message out and he said no weapon formed against me shall prosper,” a witness told KTRK ABC 13. “Kudos to him for delivering a good service."

Suspects Jacob Gardner, Kevin Fessler, Mark DeRouville, Matthew Martinez, Randall Valdez, and Richard Trudeau are all from Wells, Texas, and are affiliated with The Church of Wells, KTRK ABC 13 noted. They interrupted the sermon several times and had refused to leave before the Houston Police Department arrested them and charged the men with criminal trespassing.

With the Charleston church massacre fresh on churchgoers' minds, Eaglin admitted to KHOU.com that he "was terrified for a quick second there. After the first guy, I thought oh it's just a random heckler, but then you start seeing the second, the third . . . I started thinking about the church shooting that happened and I was thinking 'Oh God something bad is about to happen.’”

However, many of Lakewood Church’s volunteer ushers also work in law enforcement and have been bringing their weapons with them to prevent other incidents like the Charleston shooting.

One churchgoer managed to get part of the incident on video, which he later tweeted.



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