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Israel Houghton Praises God’s ‘Unflinching Love’ through Year of Scandal

  • Veronica Neffinger
    Religious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
  • 2016 Aug 05
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Former Lakewood Church worship leader Israel Houghton has praised God’s “unflinching love,” despite his tough year.


Houghton was placed on “indefinite leave” from Joel Osteen’s Houston megachurch after he got divorced and began dating former Cheetah Girl Adrienne Bailon.


Houghton said at the time that Bailon did not have anything to do with his divorce.


After weathering the life changes and the scandal that came with his dismissal from Lakewood, Houghton says he has become a stronger person and can see God’s goodness amidst the trials.


On Instagram, Houghton posted:


"One day it just clicks.... You realize what and who is important and what and who isn't. You learn to care less about what other people think of you and more about what you think of yourself. You realize that you're better off with 5 true friends and loved ones who love you no matter what- than to have 500 friends who only love you when you/ your gift make them or their brand look good. You see just how far you've come and you remember when you thought things were such a mess that they'd never recover."


Houghton went on to praise God’s faithfulness:


"And then you smile... You smile because God is so good and faithful in His unflinching love - you smile because you are truly proud of yourself, and the person you fought hard to become. You smile because you have 5 people who helped you in that fight; and are still standing, or sitting... In Greece. In Peace."



Publication date: August 5, 2016