Ephesians 5:11-13 (NKJV Strong’s) “And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them. For it is shameful even to speak of those things which are done by them in secret. But all things that are exposed are made manifest by the light, for whatever makes manifest is light.”
There’s many professed believers that will think nothing about a preacher attending a concert of this magnitude.
I waited a while before posting and blogging on this because I wanted make sure that this is an authentic report from confirmed sources regarding the event Joel and Victoria Osteen attended.
Joel and Victoria Osteen attended this immoral concert where Lady Gaga, self described bisexual, performed. But she wasn’t the only one on stage. There were others that would use massive expletives to express themselves.
When a well known person that profess to know God and claims to believe, and preach from the Bible are found among the wicked, it’s cause for alarm.
UNLESS there’s the remote chance that Joel and Victoria were backstage preaching or witnessing to sinners the true gospel of Jesus Christ to them.
But I don’t think so.
I hold on to hope that Joel and Victoria shared Christ, but when you have the interview Joel did with Larry King, preachers must hold to the standard at the expense of losing the stature of your personality.
Obviously, this concert was held during “Gay Pride Month.”
Remember. When the Lord called you to preach (not that Joel was called), you do not make the rules, or change the rules as you see fit.
Here’s why I don’t believe Joel did what real preachers would do.
Evangelist David Lynn was arrested in Toronto, Canada for street preaching to homosexuals.
Real preachers are persecuted, vilified, abused, and slain for the Lord.
If Joel were backstage preaching the true gospel or even witnessing, there’s a good chance he would have been attacked and thrown out.
There’s no question that God moves in places where we cannot see, however, if you study the book of Acts, and the ministry of Jesus, when and where sin is confronted, crowds or small groups of people showed up and committed violent acts to stop the propagating of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
There’s also times where Jesus and others ministered “One on one” with no incidents.
Now salt does no good unless it’s used.
Light is of no use if its light is turned off.
We’re called to be salt and light IN the world.
But does it require being in a place where sexual immorality is all in a show?
Do we have to be seated in the theater where scantily clad women and men are present, speaking perverse things?
The places of darkness require you to shut your light off.
There will be various sides of this debate, but we must be clear that the seed of the Word of God, unadulterated, must be planted, and fruit must be born if the Lord sent you into a place to be salt and light.
I once supported Fred Hammond doing a gospel album with Snoop Dog.
A very dumb mistake on my part.
To this day, nothing good came of it.
Now, I’m privy to something occurring behind the scenes to make Snoop Dog’s gospel album happen, but just because something set this occurrence in motion to fruition, it still doesn’t make it right and is of God.
It’s a habit of those that practice lawlessness to legitimize what they do by luring unsuspecting righteous people of God to endorse them.
Presence is endorsement.
When the world see you sitting there in a worldly lewd concert or participating in a “gospel album,” satan used it to keep people in bondage to sin.
But the people that claim to know the Lord ignore His holy omnipotence.
Isaiah 29:13-15 (NLT) “And so the Lord says,
“These people say they are mine.
They honor me with their lips,
but their hearts are far from Me.
And their worship of Me
is nothing but man-made rules learned by rote.
Because of this, I will once again astound these hypocrites
with amazing wonders.
The wisdom of the wise will pass away,
and the intelligence of the intelligent will disappear.”
What sorrow awaits those who try to hide their plans from the Lord,
who do their evil deeds in the dark!
“The Lord can’t see us,” they say.
“He doesn’t know what’s going on!”
For too long, we’ve been deceiving ourselves because we’ve self deceptively believe that the Lord isn’t there and that we’re safe to attend demonic services in the den of thieves (so called houses of worship) and in the synagogues of satan (worldly concert halls and arenas).
We have fake believers everywhere, just like when Phillip the deacon turned evangelist preached the Word, believers were made, and he got Peter and John to come down to minister the Holy Spirit to the new believers (see Acts 8:9-25).
The sorcerer believed and got baptized.
But when he saw how Peter and John ministered to the believers and they’ve received the Holy Spirit according to Acts 2:4, the sorcerer wanted this “power” to use the Holy Spirit to make money.
Peter knew right then that he wasn’t “saved.”
Still smoking dope, Snoop Dog has yet to bear fruit that he’s repented and have been converted.
Many of you will draw you own conclusions but your conclusions must be consistent with Scripture with no apologies.
You could read about David Lynn’s arrest here
You could read about the event at Harlem, NY’s Apollo Theater from pro LGBT NY Daily News here.
You could read about Lady Gaga’s wikipedia here
There is one more thing.
It’s puzzling for us all to see Israel Houghton placed on indefinite leave from leading praise and worship at Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church.
According to Israel Houghton, a few years ago, he was going through a divorce. After the divorce was settled, this year, if I am correct, while the final touches were about to be placed on the divorce, he entered into a time of legal separation from his wife.
Then according to Israel Houghton, he was in a friendship for two years with his new girlfriend and recently were in a resort in Mexico, taking things to the next level. Seems innocent right?
Apparently, there would be no reason to put Israel Houghton on indefinite leave if there weren’t any further “indiscretions.”
The common practice for “ministers” and even some “worship and praise leaders,” is that regardless of your status (righteousness or unrighteousness), you continue ministering as if nothing happened. This is common. What is uncommon is for a person of any ministerial stature to voluntarily or by force (news of what’s going on,) cease ministering until there is true repentance which leads to verifiable restoration.
Or a church “two stepped” to continue deceiving the people.
That is if, of course, any future “indiscretions” were committed.
If it was just a simple divorce and then engage in a new relationship, then that’s it, there isn’t a story here, and there would be no need to have Israel Houghton stand down.
But it’s not as simple as one would like for us to think.
Something warranted Israel’s temporary departure.
Here’s something to think about.
It is a clear distraction for Joel Osteen, because when Israel Houghton is on the stage with Joel, there can be no conflict with others. The headline attention completely obscured Joel Osteen, so something had to be done to “refocus the attention back on Joel Osteen.”
We all know that the attention shifts from Joel’s message to Israel’s situation that gives the appearance that something is unravelling. Then again, maybe not.
More time away from Joel’s message is an unwanted and untimely distraction.
When you are off message or when there is a serious distraction, untold millions of dollars is at stake.
So to keep Joel Osteen’s message at the center of it all……Israel Houghton must step aside until the heat is off.
In a small backwoods church, no one would have noticed.
So the best thing to do is to get Israel Houghton off the stage, let his avoidable conflict simmer down a while and when people aren’t noticing (like we weren’t paying attention for the last 5 years or more), resume as if nothing had happened.
And really, it wasn’t because we weren’t paying any attention.
All parties elected to keep this silent.
Which is par for the course in church these days that when a minister’s marriage is suffering because of “indiscretions,” to keep the show (Joel Osteen and Lakewood Church) on the road, they kept it a secret for as long as possible.
If and when the story comes out, then they will deal with it.
Which they’ve done.
An answer for every contingency until…….
The events that we are seeing played out, were played out way before we were born. Since God created us all, He knows in advance what we will do. Nothing surprises God.
The statement from Lakeview Church could be read here.
I want to thank my FB friend Daniel for posting what may be clear and conclusive evidence of an ongoing incident with Israel Houghton.
We are all hoping that these pictures of Israel Houghton and his girlfriend are not true.
That it’s photo shopped.
That there is a mistake or a deliberate act to smear a person’s character.
I know, here I am giving the benefit of the doubt speeches.
Clearly, we want to be truthful and get to the bottom of this because this is out of control.
On the other hand, should this prove to be conclusive, it is God exposing sin for what it is. Sadly, we just do not get it when others are exposed. We tend to look, SMH, and play the hypocrite with our own Secret Sexual Sins.
Let me tell you, I should have been exposed, lost my last breath, judged, and put in hell for the Secret Sexual Sins of porn and masturbation in my life.
I have no right to be where I am. I have no right in the pulpit. I should have walked away from the ministry. I should have called it quits and not bring defamation to the gospel of Christ.
I have no business even talking to you about this because of the sins I’ve committed.
But I exposed myself. I told the world about what I did while in the pulpit.
It’s in hopes of helping someone caught in the same thing to be free.
I didn’t and can’t deliver myself or others.
God, with the help of many prayers of others and transparent discussions, helped me to see where my life was and where I was going if I didn’t repent (change my mind).
Grace and mercy prevented my departure into outer darkness where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth.
We do not believe that the Lord would expose us.
It’s like what the late David Wilkerson said, we “sin and ask forgiveness, sin and ask forgiveness, sin and ask for forgiveness….” Like a yo-yo. We are not serious about fighting against our own sins to win and we are worried about the sins of others.
We are overtaken with faults of our own and we shake our heads at others, including Israel.
It should remind us to check everywhere and be diligent about stopping forever our sins.
It may be obsessive as we pursue this unfortunate situation, but when the United States and the world can no longer look to the church because of what’s in the house of worship, this is not gossip, here say, or trying to destroy a person.
In my second book MOAB, the Lord showed me a vision of the sexual immorality in the house of worship. At one point, people were worshipping God with music from heaven, then the Lord pulled the cover and showed the same house of worship committing whoredom, homosexuality, and vile sexual sins in the same house.
Surely, this vision that happened in less than a flash is taking the entire Body of Christ to low levels of depravity such as never seen or heard of before.
In my previous post, I pretty much gave Israel Houghton the benefit of the doubt.
In light of new developments, it became necessary to share this.
Five Scriptures comes to mind.
Numbers 32:23 “But if you do not do so, then take note, you have sinned against the Lord; and be sure your sin will find you out.”
John 3:19-21 “And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.”
1 John 1:5-10 “This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.
But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.
If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.”
Ephesians 5:12 “For it is shameful even to speak of those things which are done by them in secret. But all things that are exposed are made manifest by the light, for whatever makes manifest is light.”
Luke 12:2 “For there is nothing covered that will not be revealed, nor hidden that will not be known.”
When you look at the pictures of Israel Houghton and his girlfriend, they are at a resort in Mexico. When you see the other photos, please note the left hand ring finger on Israel and his girlfriend.
Now, the question must be asked.
When were these pictures taken?
If you are divorced, it is normal for the wedding band to come off. But in the case of these pictures, the wedding band on Israel Houghton is on his ring finger.
If you are still married, why are you with another woman?
IF you are wearing a wedding band during divorce proceedings, it’s not uncommon for a man to have his wedding band on. Or could this be another ring that means something else?
But for whatever reason, Israel decided to keep it on.
Men are different and have wide ranging preferences when it comes to wearing a ring or not. But when a man wears a ring on his left ring finger, there is no doubt that it signifies that you are married.
It is safe to say that most men will announce their availability or the end of a previous marriage by not wearing a ring on the left ring finger.
There’s a lot of men that do not care about whether they wear their wedding ring or not and will commit adultery even with a wedding band on their finger.
If you are the girlfriend, you can wear what you want to wear on your ring finger, but we all know that wearing a ring or two rings (engagement ring, then the wedding band) generally signifies that you are married.
If it is just the diamond ring or small ring, it could mean anything but we all know that it symbolizes that you are engaged, and as one judge puts it, it’s in “contemplation of marriage.”
Now when you see the rest of these photos, again, when were they taken?
And the real question, why, are you together, hugging one another and taking “selfies” like most couples and married couples do?
Now, the link that I’ve provided is from a worldly source. We all know that the world will take every opportunity to discredit the name of Jesus. Should these pictures be conclusive, and it points to concrete evidence, we must take a moment and get back into fearing GOD.
Even if these pictures prove to be false, we cannot be found not returning to the fear of God.
God holds our breath and at any moment, God can snatch that breath and heart beat away from everyone of us and plunge us into eternity.
We do not think that the Lord would do this but ask the person in the parable when his soul was required of him that night? (see Luke 12). At any moment, we could breathe our last and in a split moment, open our eyes in a dark place because of sin.
We have no fear of God before our eyes. We are no longer afraid of God. We treat God like a errand boy. A lackey. We do not understand the power that God has over the souls of men. We treat His Word with contempt and we spit on Him when He doesn’t come through for us. We have pride and arrogance in our hearts and we assume that He is good with our sin.
The death of His Son proved the seriousness of redeeming man from sin.
But we treat God like a mere man.
And we dare Him to take our lives as we openly defy Him in utter contempt.
If we do not return to the fear of the Lord, our iniquities, like the waves, will carry us to the waves of fire, where there will be no rest, no mercy, no grace, and no peace.
The pictures of Israel Houghton and his girlfriend could be seen here.