Houston police say the individuals arrested are from Wells, Texas, and are associated with The Church of Wells.
Casey Eaglin was at Sunday’s 11 a.m. service and just a few seats away from one of the protesters, reports USA Today.
“He 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,” said Eaglin.
He added, “I 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.”
A video on Twitter shows the people being escorted out of the former sports arena amid cheers. Osteen is seen at the pulpit saying, “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.”
Twitter user Anwar Richardson posted on social media, “Crazy scene. Sixth person ejected from Lakewood Church by police and security.”
“The praise and worship was good. His wife had just delivered a quick message. And the moment he started to preach, somebody gets up and they yell “Joel Osteen you’re a liar,'” said Richardson.
Richardson shot the video of a security taking one of the hecklers out. You can hear the congregation clapping as Osteen attempts to move along with his sermon, ut the disruptions continued.
“After the sixth time that it occurred, my son was sleeping in my lap, and I looked at my wife and she was nervous and we just decided we have to get out of here,” said Richardson.
Lakewood Church told KHOU-TV that a number of their volunteer ushers are also law enforcement officials. Those officials are apparently armed during the services so that they can react to anything like what happened Sunday.
Eaglin said he’s thankful for the quick response of the Lakewood Church security.
“For a second there I started thinking about the church shooting that happened and I was thinking ‘Oh God something bad is about to happen’ but they were real quick,” he said.
The individuals who caused the disturbance were escorted out of the church and were arrested. They are being charged with criminal trespassing, police said.