After news that Grammy-winning gospel singer Israel Houghton was now in a relationship with mainstream artist Adrienne Bailon, tabloid reports claimed that he was fired from his position as worship leader at Pastor Joel Osteen's Lakewood Church in Houston. The singer, however, took to social media to debunk those claims."I truly love @joelosteen & my gracious Lakewood family. Here is their official statement. I have not been fired. Treasure of my heart & of my soul. In my weakness You are merciful. Redeemer of my past & present wrongs. Holder of my future days to come...," Houghton posted on Facebook along with a link to Lakewood's official statement concerning him. Related Worship Leader Israel Houghton Confirms New Girlfriend Adrienne BailonActor Michael Jai White Speaks Out on Infidelity After Israel Houghton ConfessionIsrael Houghton Repents, Gets Transparent About Divorce and Sins Houghton served as lead worship leader at the Houston-based megachurch for many years and has since become a leading name in Christian music. Although he will not be leading at the church during this time, the megachurch says he was not fired."We can confirm that Israel is on indefinite leave, but it is important to clarify that we still consider Israel to be a part of the Lakewood family and that his employment has not been terminated," Lakewood Church said Thursday in a statement.
Just weeks after publicly announcing his official divorce after 20 years of marriage, Houghton was forced to publicly confirm his new relationship with singer and TV host Bailon because the two were photographed vacationing together in Tulum, Mexico.
According to photos published by TMZ and HipHollywood, the 44-year-old, multi-Grammy Award winner was seen with Bailon as she flaunted her curvy beach body. See photos HERE. Just hours after the allegations and onslaught of online attacks, Houghton addressed the rumors. more >>
Steve Brown, founder of Key Life Network, which preaches the "ministry of Jesus is the radical grace of God," said this week Tullian Tchividjian, former Coral Ridge pastor and grandson to evangelist Billy Graham, confessed his adultery to him and he gave him advice that wasn't followed.
"I hate what happened to Tullian's family, Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church, Willow Creek Church, and others who have been hurt. If I knew how to fix it, I would. I've read the reports in the media about the situation and some of the comments about me. I'm quite uncomfortable in defending myself and even more uncomfortable talking with anybody about this situation. However, I do need to say something," Brown began in a post on his website.
The Christian Post previously reported that Tchividjian confessed to engaging in an adulterous affair with a married woman in 2014, which led to him being fired recently from Willow Creek Church in Winter Springs, Florida. more >>
Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley denied at a news conference Wednesday that he had an affair with one of his top aides, but admitted he had made inappropriate remarks in phone recordings that have been made public.
"At times in the past, have I said things that I should not have said? Absolutely, that's what I'm saying today," Bentley said during a news conference at the state capitol where he apologized for "any conversations and behavior that was inappropriate."
Bentley, who was elected governor of Alabama in 2011, acknowledged that he made the explicit comments to Rebekah Mason, his top political adviser, after former Alabama Law Enforcement Secretary Spencer Collier accused him of having an affair with her. more >>
Leading evangelist Franklin Graham is calling on Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal to stand against corporate pressure and sign a religious freedom bill passed by both houses of the state's legislature that would protect faith-based organizations and pastors from government backlash over their opposition to same-sex marriage.
After a spokesperson from the National Football League insinuated last week that the passing of Georgia's "Pastor Protection Act" would be taken into account when deciding whether Atlanta will get to host the Super Bowl in either 2019 or 2020, Disney and Marvel have also announced that they, too, will take their business elsewhere if "any legislation allowing discriminatory practices be signed into state law."
Graham, the head of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, took to Facebook Wednesday to urge the Republican governor not to cave into the demands of LGBT and corporate communities and decried the notion that this legislation will permit "discrimination." more >>
>Actor and evangelist Kirk Cameron shares an emotional video of himself on his way to his daughters' prom.
The "Growing Pains" actor ecstatically shared some parenting advice while on his way to his girls' soirée.
"I have two daughters at the dance tonight. They look so beautiful in their dresses, their hair, their makeup, absolutely beautiful. My two little girls are now beautiful young women and I could hardly believe it," he said in his Facebook video. "I know I'm just going to blink and be at their wedding soon dancing to 'Butterflies Kisses' by Bob Carlye, crying my eyes out while wondering where all the time went." more >>
The Walt Disney Company has threatened to stop filming in Georgia if Gov. Nathan Deal signs a religious freedom bill that would protect pastors' right to not perform gay marriage ceremonies, among other clauses.
Marvel, which is owned by Disney, has shot major films at the Pinewood Studious outside Atlanta, Reuters reports, including the upcoming "Captain America: Civil War," and "Guardians of the Galaxy 2," but is now thinking of cutting ties with the state.
House Bill 757, also known as the Pastor Protection Act, looks to ensure that religious officials are not required by law to participate in gay marriage ceremonies that go against their beliefs, and also states that it wants to "protect property owners which are religious organizations against infringement of religious freedom." more >>