Televangelist Joel Osteen finds himself in the crosshairs of public scrutiny yet again, this time for a tweet urging people to find joy in life’s simple pleasures, despite his lavish lifestyle and hefty fortune. Osteen, with an estimated net worth exceeding $50 million and a portfolio that includes multimillion-dollar homes and luxury amenities, sparked outrage with his seemingly tone-deaf message.

On Wednesday, Osteen took to Twitter, advising his followers, “It’s the simple things in life that bring us the most joy,” emphasizing that even those with few resources can feel blessed by their health and the ability to appreciate everyday wonders like stargazing.

However, critics wasted no time in calling out the glaring hypocrisy of Osteen’s remarks. One scathing response mocked, “If you can look up at those stars from the balcony of your mansion, you’re Joel Osteen.” Another tweet highlighted the disconnect between Osteen’s opulence and his advice on simplicity, deriding him as a “morally bankrupt conman.”

Osteen, who heads Houston’s Lakewood Church with an annual budget of $70 million, largely funded by generous donations, faced renewed scrutiny over past controversies. During Hurricane Harvey, he initially refused shelter to victims at his church, relenting only after public backlash. One Twitter user sarcastically recalled the incident, suggesting Osteen’s trending status might be due to another botched response to a natural disaster.

Comparisons to other wealthy figures, including former President Donald Trump, emerged, with critics alleging both men exploit followers for financial gain while espousing moral guidance. Osteen’s reported $54 million annual income, despite claims of relying solely on book sales, fueled accusations of profiteering from his religious platform.

A viral post encapsulated the prevailing sentiment, lambasting Osteen for preaching about joy and simplicity while living in luxury. “Joel Osteen, worth $100 million, living in multiple mansions and owning multiple yachts wants you to know that money won’t bring you joy, but he still wants you to send him all of the money you can,” the post read.

Osteen, who inherited leadership of Lakewood Church in 1999, faced prior backlash when the church received $4.4 million in PPP loans during the pandemic, later returning the funds. Reports indicated that while the church collected $89 million in donations in 2017, only a fraction went towards charitable causes, with significant sums allocated for facility upgrades, including extravagant waterfalls.

Despite the ongoing uproar, Osteen’s tweet has drawn widespread attention, reigniting debates about the ethics of wealth accumulation within religious contexts. His perceived detachment from the financial struggles of ordinary Americans underscores broader concerns about the sincerity of his message and the disparity between his lifestyle and the teachings he promotes.

As criticisms mount and scrutiny intensifies, Joel Osteen remains a lightning rod for discussions on the intersection of faith, wealth, and moral accountability in contemporary society.