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 >>
Researchers at a Christian college in Virginia have found that the King James Version of the Bible is the most frequently used translation among five denominations in the United States.
Bluefield College released ts findings earlier this month, noting that the KJV Bible was most used by Baptists, Pentecostals, Episcopalians, Presbyterians and Mormons.
"The original research for the project was based on open source versions of the Bible, including data from the Pew Research Center, Google Analytics, and YouVersion," said Chris Shoemaker, director of marketing and public relations at Bluefield, to The Christian Post. more >>
"May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world," (Galatians 6:14).
Why is the world offended by the cross? Why are so many disturbed when the name of Jesus is mentioned? Why is His name, above all others, often taken in vain?
The answer is simple: There is power in His name, and there is power in the cross — power that shakes the spiritual realm. Philippians 2:9-11 says that God has highly exalted Jesus and has given Him a name that is above every other name, that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. more >>
A court in Malaysia issued a landmark ruling Wednesday allowing a Muslim man who was converted to Islam by his parents at the age of 10, to officially renounce Islam and legally embrace Christianity, according to a local news outlet.
The Borneo Post Online, the largest English news site in Borneo, reports that Justice Yew Jen Kie of the Kuching High Court has allowed 41-year-old Rooney Rebit, formerly known as Azmi Mohamad Azam Shah, to be identified as a Christian.
In making his decision, Yew cited Article 11 of the Malaysian Constitution, which guarantees freedom of religion. 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 >>
A major Pew Research Center analysis on the gender gap in religious belief around the world has found that Christian women tend to be more religious then men in virtually all criteria, while Muslim men score higher than women on some accounts.
"On all the standard measures of religious commitment examined in the study, Christian women are more religious than Christian men," Pew reports this week.
"By contrast, Muslim women and Muslim men show similar levels of religiousness on all measures of religious commitment except frequency of attendance at worship services. Because of religious norms, Muslim men attend services at a mosque much more often than Muslim women do." more >>