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 >>
Megachurch pastor Robert Jeffress is hitting back against conservative radio host Glenn Beck's accusation that evangelicals voting for Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump are "not listening to their God," by stating that Beck does not know God's mind.
After Beck commented at a Utah rally for Sen. Ted Cruz that "all throughout the South the evangelicals are not listening to their God," Jeffress, who leads the 12,000-member First Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas, said that "Beck's wacko comment speaks for itself."
"However, by using the phrase 'their God' to refer to the God we evangelical Christians worship, Beck is finally admitting that the true God of the Bible is different than the god of the Book of Mormon. I congratulate Beck for his honesty in differentiating between the two," Jeffress told Breitbart News. more >>
Just months after Israel Houghton publicly announced his divorce after 20 years of marriage, he was forced to publicly confirm his new relationship with mainstream singer and TV host Adrienne Bailon because the two were photographed vacationing together in Tulum, Mexico.
According to TMZ and HipHollywood, the 44-year-old multi-Grammy Award winner was seen in a photo with Bailon flaunting her curvy beach body. See photos HERE. Just hours after the allegations and onslaught of online attacks, Houghton decided to address the rumors.
Morgan Freeman has circled the globe in a quest to examine how different cultures view God for his upcoming NatGeo docuseries "The Story of God," and says a visit to Pastor Joel Osteen's Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, for the series made a positive impression on him.
"In a Houston megachurch I connected somewhat," Freeman told Page Six this week. "Encouraged to think positive. You don't just get some things just like that! You have to go do it to get it. God's plan for us is to succeed."
The 78-year-old Oscar winner is referring to his visit to Lakewood Church in early December of last year to explore the practices of Christian megachurches as research for the upcoming docuseries, which he hosts and executive produces. The fact that Freeman was "encouraged to think positive" during his visit coincides with the perennial uplifting themes of Osteen's messages. more >>
Oprah Winfrey will soon shine the light of her influential brand on the American megachurch in her upcoming OWN scripted drama "Greenleaf," a series that's set to premiere this summer.
A compelling trailer posted on social media last week introduces audiences to the Greenleaf family and its patriarchs, James Greenleaf (Keith David) and Mae Greenleaf (Lynn Whitfield) — the bishop and first lady of Calvary Fellowship World Ministries, a couple whose righteous personas might only be a thin veneer. When their estranged "prodigal daughter" Grace Greenleaf, played by Merle Dandridge, returns home — after 20 years away — following the mysterious death of her sister, Faith, she uncovers the family's hidden sins and secrets.
The tension-filled trailer gives viewers a hint of James Greenleaf's darkside when he says in a close-up,"If I thought your Uncle Mac did anything, you think he would still be alive?" more >>
City Harvest Church pastor Kong Hee continued ministry work despite his eight-year prison sentence, pending appeal, and has visited Taiwan in his tour of Southeast Asia, reporting many salvation decisions and healing prayers in his services.
Kong suggested that he is certain that a major End-Times revival will take place in the Chinese-speaking world.
The megachurch pastor explained in a Facebook message to his followers over the weekend that he first heard God speak to him about evangelizing in Taiwan back when he visited the Buddhist and Taoist-majority country in 1999, and he started doing a lot of missions work there in 2002. more >>