Transgenderism: Mocking The Image Of God

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Genesis 1:26-28 “Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”

So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.

Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”

That’s what’s been the issue since man was created by God.

satan has always been trying to get God to change (Malachi 3:6).

It all comes down to being confused about genital identification.

More so, genitalia misidentification.

Opening the door to predators and peeping Toms.

In heaven, when there was a war (Revelation 12:7-12), the goal of the devil and his angels was to dethrone God. This obviously failed epically. So since satan was cast to the earth, the war shifted to God’s creation.

Man.

Look at the countless lives that have been affected because of sin originating from the devil.

Countless lives lost beginning with Adam.

Death is cruel. But it is the only way deemed by God to end this.

Death and Hell will be cast into he lake which burns with fire and brimstone. And as the Bible says, anyone not found in the Book of Life were cast into the lake of fire.

Walking in perversion is not worth spending eternity in a lake of fire. That’s why it’s a gamble to die without Christ. An eternal gamble that cannot be changed because God doesn’t change.

But in this, we see the Lord teaching us a lesson that we needed to be taught.

God is right and everyone else is wrong.

That being said, we now understand that it’s always about destroying the image of God since the devil can’t destroy God.

satan knows that his time is shorter than when John wrote the only prophetic book in the NT, which is a companion book to the book of Daniel. More than that, it is its continuation because apocalypse doesn’t mean destruction. It means revelation.

Who is being revealed?

The Lord Jesus Christ who reveals the Father.

Hebrews 1:3-4 “…who (Jesus) being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become so much better than the angels, as He has by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.”

Having laid the Scriptural foundation, we now understand that if a man or a woman is confused about themselves, it has the potential of further blinding their eyes to the truth that we were created in the image of God.

That anything that has a characteristic outside of the image of God is a clear manifestation of satan. The flesh is the battleground because when a man or a woman is sensual, they are emotional. Hence, soul and flesh. The darkness that abides in the heart of man is driven by his or her soul and flesh.

Man is always looking to identify with something.

Look at the many logos, images, icons, avatars, and other symbols, and it reveals an identification that leads to association.

So whoever you identify with, reveals who you are associated with.

When it comes to the image of God, we can only be associated with the Lord when we surrender our former identification.

Romans 5:19 “For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man’s obedience many will be made righteous.”

So it’s a matter of obedience and disobedience that reveals your identity.

The bathroom is just another place where disobedience is being established to keep people away from the obedience of the gospel.

So all of this transgenderism stuff is about confusion of your real identity only found in Christ after repentance from dead works and faith toward God.

The war on earth has always been about spiritual identity.

As I have said, transgenderism is the last stop for homosexuality.

What we are seeing is its tentacles reach into areas where the confusion deepens for sinners.

But what we are seeing also is that even sinners are rejecting this “experiment.”

But we are not fooled.

All prototypes when initiated the first time will receive rejection, but it will push again until full acceptance is acquired. What we are seeing is that there is some morality still evident in the United States.

But let us remember that we didn’t have that much of an issue with homosexuality before the flood gates opened for general acceptance. There was considerable resistance to the agenda until people left the scene by old age or death. Counting on the next generation to reject the truth, the flood gates haven’t been shut. Perversion is increasing and we are seeing an extended agenda of this perversion.

At the same time, we are seeing the people of God, in some places, stand for what is right and not backing down. Laws are being created and in some places are in place to stop the righteous from voicing the Word of God.

The days of free speech are coming to a close.

For the first time, we are seeing a real chance of certain inalienable rights removed and socialism, which is nothing but demonic despotism and totalitarianism established in this once land of the free.

Enjoy democracy or republicanism because when it ends, the darker days of this nation will emerge.

It will make what happened in Russia, Cambodia, Laos, and other places look like an amusement park.

Obama’s White House agenda, engineered by his puppet masters could be read here.

Porn Site Departs North Carolina In Protest

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North Carolina and Mississippi boldly took stands against transgender bathrooms.

This disturbing trend cause x Hamster. com, a porn site to not do business in NC until further notice.

Welp……don’t let the door hitcha…….

FRC wrote an outstanding article that captures the sentiment.

Pornography is fuel or an accelerant to sexual predators, sex addicts, and sexual immoral people.

No one watches porn and not act out sexually in adultery, fornication, bisexuality, homosexuality, bestiality, and masturbation or solo sex.

I have yet to read in some of these articles why people watch porn.

Predominantly, it’s to masturbate off of it.

When we get to the truth about porn and reveal that masturbation is 100% involved, perhaps we can really put a dent in this sin.

While a person doesn’t need porn to masturbate, a person has so deeply involved him or herself with porn that it’s only sexual muscle memory.

Many believers in Jesus are trapped in masturbation.

Paul said in 2 Timothy 3 that men would be “lovers of themselves……without self control……lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God.”

It’s not about controlling masturbation. It’s about eliminating it from your life.

As Dr, Mark Laaser asked, “Can you do without sex and masturbation?”

This is a loaded question that will get many people riled up.

Here is one loophole that many men and women use.

There is no Scripture that prohibits masturbation.

Many will defend the practice of masturbation to their last dying breath. Many will argue that there is no Scripture prohibiting the practice of masturbation. But I defy anyone to find Scripture that permits the practice of masturbation.

I defy anyone to find Scripture where Jesus masturbated. Because if Jesus masturbated, and we are to be like Jesus, then that’s all the permission we need. But we all know that Jesus never masturbated.

Hebrews 4:15 “For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.”

2 Corinthians 5:21 “For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”

You can’t be the Lamb of God to take away the sin of the world if you are in sin yourself.

Pornography and masturbation are inseparable.

Only the grace and power of God can deliver a person from this associated sin.

Here is another thought.

Why would Paul do an extensive writing in Romans chapter 6 regarding yielding our members as “instruments of righteousness?”

Why would the Lord Jesus tell us that if we desire to follow Him, that we are to “…deny ourselves, take up our cross, and follow Him?”

Why would Paul say “Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? Certainly not!”

Here is another loophole that many men and women use.

“I don’t look at porn and I don’t think about porn when I masturbate.”

For a while, I thought the same thing and I thought that it would be enough “permission” to continue the practice. But then the Holy Spirit in my spirit kept convicting me in my heart.

Remember “…the fruit of the Spirit is……self control?”

Remember what Paul said, “All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient. All things are lawful for me but I will not be brought under the power of any.”

If you are under the power of masturbation, then you are not under the control of the Holy Spirit regarding the fruit of the Spirit called “self control.”

That’s one reason why you get convicted every time you masturbate.

Ephesians 4:30 says “And grieve (sadden) not the Holy Spirit.”

I used to masturbate and get this sad feeling that I did something wrong and I tried to suppress that feeling. Not realizing that the sad feeling was the Holy Spirit in my spirit expressing His outrage that I sinned against God. That God, the Holy Spirit was grieved; that I offended the Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit will let you know that you’ve violated the will of God and the Word of God to abstain from the appearance of sin.

The only reason why we reason ourselves out of calling masturbation a sin is because we love it so much. “Lovers of pleasures rather than lovers of God.”

When you came to Christ, you died. Your sin nature was crucified with Christ. You can’t love sin anymore. You must hate what God hates and love what God loves.

God hates porn and masturbation. God loves self control.

The sinful pleasure of masturbation has captured and imprisoned over 50% of preachers and 80% believers. 

The statistics that you will see are under reported. Just like people with HIV/AIDS and other STDs. They are under reported because of the shame and stigma attached to sexual sins. The shame itself is the conviction of the Holy Spirit and the only remedy is repentance, asking the Lord for His forgiveness, and obedience to the Scriptures for the rest of your life.

You must obtain freedom based on the grace of God, expressed in the shed blood of Jesus.

You can’t be free and in bondage at the same time.

Just like Israel can’t be in Egypt and in the promised land at the same time.

Either you are free or you are bound.

You can’t be in Christ and into porn and masturbation.

Just like you can’t be a Christian and a homosexual.

Just like you can’t be a Christian and a adulterer.

Just like you can’t be a Christian and a fornicator.

Just like you can’t be a Christian and a bisexual.

The article from FRC regarding the porn site leaving North Carolina can be read here.

Team Skeet Internet Porn Hacking Incident

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A few months ago, 400 names of pastors were revealed after someone hacked into the accounts of a porn website. So far, last year, one pastor committed suicide.

In this new hacking spree, over 200,000 accounts have been hacked into.

The security system on the internet is vulnerable. Even more so now and we haven’t closed the door on hackers sufficiently. When it comes to sin, however, there is no amount of security that can keep God out.

There is no question that pastors and professed believers are on this site.

It’s now a matter of who’s names come up in this new hacking of internet porn site accounts.

Anonymous, Accessible, Affordable.

The first word, “anonymous,” is part of Secret Sexual Sins.

No one wants anyone to know what a person is doing.

That’s why there’s Luke 12:2.

Even before Luke 12:2, the Lord knew you would watch pornography before the world began. Nothing escapes the eyes of the Lord in the present. And nothing escaped the eyes of the Lord before time began.

As I have said before, no one watches porn and not act out sexually in adultery, fornication, bisexuality, and masturbation.

The Lord told us to expose the activities of darkness (see Ephesians 5:8-11). That we are to do it ourselves before the Lord uses extraordinary means to get you to fall on your knees in repentance in embarrassment.

The Lord issued the warning to you in various ways.

The Lord tried to tell you Himself, but you refused. The Lord probably tried using a person close to you to talk to you. Or maybe the Lord spoke to you through a message by your pastor on sexual sins, but you refused to take heed.

Warning after warning came but you refused to take heed to cleanse your way.

These warning signs are like stop signs and red lights on a road.

When we ignore these signs, it’s a matter of time before we are caught by a police officer or state trooper. Worse, get hurt or killed in an avoidable traffic accident. And yes, others suffer for negligent moving violations too.

Such is the same with pornography.

Others suffer because of the sexual sins of others.

All of this is avoidable.

You are reading this and you are sitting there, wondering if the Lord would expose you.

Wonder no further.

If you are involved in any form of pornography to gratify yourself in masturbation, it’s just a matter of time before your exposure. It’s avoidable.

Porn and masturbation is avoidable.

To read about the hacking incident, click here.

Adultery: When Restoration To Ministry Is Too Quick

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Pastors and ministers that operate covertly do so for one reason, continuation of their Secret.

Galatians 6:1 says  “Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted.”

To get to the gist of this, the debate is more about how soon should a pastor or praise and worship leader, or any minister be restored to minister?

While there is no Biblical example of a timeframe in which a person could minister again, we know that the current examples set the bar very low as to how soon one could be restored.

First things first.

Each person’s temperament is different, but the Lord and His Word is the same.

When it comes to Secret Sexual Sins, this is where it all must begin.

It was once said that a person shouldn’t be too transparent.”

We all know that if we are going to kill something, full disclosure is required. To leave out any details, sensible details lacking salacious statements, is the kind of concealment that most men and women depend on.

A balance has to be struck as to what is reasonably transparent and sharing declaratively forbidden salacious details.

It’s in the secrecy of a thing that a person could easily return to commit sexual sins. Therefore, it must be noted that for any one to recognize contriteness of heart, the degree of a person’s divulging of his or her heart, fully opens up the heart to receive the healing touch of the merciful love of God.

Psalm 40:11 “Do not withhold Your tender mercies from me, O Lord;
Let Your lovingkindness and Your truth continually preserve me.”

We ask the Lord to do this for us but what are we willing to do to receive all of it?

James 5:16 says, “Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed.”

Notice that “trespasses” is plural. Now the argument that will be stated that James didn’t say “confess ALL your trespasses…..” 

The price of receiving His lovingkindness and tender mercies may require that you confess your trespasses to one another.

The power of the disease is not just the sexual immorality committed in the life of a pastor and his adulteress partner.

It’s in the secrecy.

John 3:19-21 says “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.”

This is true for believers as well. Believers that desire to commit sin will work secrecy in the same manner. But to work the works of darkness, a believer must come out of the light and leave holiness at the door of the house of sin.

Secrecy is the mode of operation because if few to none know about what went on, you can continue to minister like nothing happened. But few of us read the story of David. Or we totally ignore it.

Especially when the prophet, by the Holy Spirit, revealed David’s sins, hidden in secrecy.

While I was in the Secret Sexual Sins of porn and masturbation, I rarely, if not at all, mentioned holiness, sexual sins, unless it was just homosexuality, and deliberately avoided my own personal life.

The purpose was that if I didn’t own up to these sins, I can continue in the sinful pleasures of the world. I would quickly ask God for forgiveness, in vain, preach, and then go back to the vomit. I suppressed the convicting power of God for that two hours of being in church.

One of the things that you are aware of is that you know you lied to God. I wasn’t serious about repentance. It was all a hypocritical joke. My life busted the sides of the devils as they were laughing at me about how I was running my life.

Today, the Lord showed me what these devils were saying about me. No one likes being laughed at like a fool.

“If only he knew how he could be free.”

To be free, I must give up ALL MY SECRETS.

I must expose what I’ve done in darkness.

Paul said in Ephesians 5:11-13 “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.” 

I had to painfully expose these areas in my life in order to be free.

Psalm 90:8 “You have set our iniquities before You, our secret sins in the light of Your countenance.”

It’s not that the secret sins were freshly discovered. God knew about this before I was born. He was just waiting to see if I would decide to keep myself by His grace, or fall into sin. He was prepared to go in either direction. Because He knows all things.

It’s only until a man or a woman Come Clean and put it all on the table that restoration may be fully extended.

Of course there are many variables and accountability patterns that must be initiated and set up for the rest of his or her life, but until the secrets are revealed in confidence and safety, to even consider restoration to the pulpit is folly.

The path to the restoration of ministry is blocked until there is a restoration of the relationship a man had with God.

God has to to trust you all over again but from the secret place in prayer, fasting, repentance that sticks, to establish righteousness and true holiness. With no exits to sin against God again.

For they will fall again if pastors are not serious.

The power of the enemy is deprived when the secret is out. And the secret will come out, one way or another.

Restoration to the ministry should be a zero factor until things are properly set in order.

Just like when president Obama announced a date for troop withdrawals from Iraq and Afghanistan, the enemy just waited for that date to come.

Hence, the emergence of ISIS.

It’s the same with sinful ministers that love their sin more than they love God. Devils wait for the day you return to the ministry, and they bring their best sexual sins tools to tempt you to sin again.

Because the devils know that you haven’t killed Goliath in your flesh, but it’s not so much the devils. It’s you. Your thirst to fulfill lust in your mind and flesh.

The whole purpose of keeping the secret alive is to continue in sin.

Why?

If we look forward to the day of getting back into the pulpit, then we are missing the point.

A pulpit without God is no different than hell without God.

God will not partner with a preacher that is intent on keeping his sins.

This is what secrecy is all about.

The ability to continue in sin while pretending that everything is all right.

Finally, accountability teams are great and very helpful to ministers caught in Secret Sexual Sins, but if it is to get to the root of the problem, tough love accountability must be instituted from start to finish.

The sinning minister must not have control over establishing any date of return to the pulpit. Should a sinning minister refuse to endure the entire process and submit to Biblical accountability, there is nothing that anyone, including God could do.

Besides, what more important is not the pulpit but his heart.

If his heart is not right, then he is abusing the grace of God and there is no mercy available until there is a “confession and a forsaking.” (see Proverbs 28:13).

Make no mistake about it.

One moment of sin is not worth an eternity in hell.

A fallen minister must be broken before God. The fear of God must be restored. The contrite heart must be the lifestyle for the rest of his or her life.

And secrecy must be destroyed.

There can be no exceptions.

An article regarding Billy Graham’s grandson and his sexual immorality apparently spurned by his wife could be read here.

Israel Houghton: On Indefinite Leave From Lakewood Church

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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.

Israel Houghton: Picture(s) Says It All

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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.

NO!

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.

Israel Houghton: “She Should Not Be Blamed For My Past Indiscretions”

UPDATE:

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I do not think that there is a deliberate attempt to cover, conceal, or divert. I do believe that not being clear is part of the puzzle in trying to figure out what went on with Israel Houghton. Also, I may be missing it or something.

Then again, maybe not.

While I believe in transparency, I also believe in protecting people not associated with an incident.

Point blank questions require post blank answers.

We must concede that no one really is obligated to provide unambiguous answers. A person could stay silent and not provide anything.

But when you want to put something to rest for good, give an answer or answers that answers the question satisfactorily.

I believe that Israel Houghton may have attempted to provide point blank answer(s).

But did it answer any and all questions?

According to Israel, it appears that Houghton entered a relationship (which gives the appearance that it was a non sexual/adulterous relationship) with an individual after his divorce.

Now, I’m trying to understand the brother. When you tell the world on FB that your marriage failed and that you have “sinned”  in your marriage, it would help, not that we have to know, if we knew what the sin was in his marriage that he mentioned and rule out other sins.

Because when you say “indiscretions,” there is an automatic definition applied. There is no way around it. Now when you say that there was no adultery or fornication and stick to that story, it undoubtedly rules out “indiscretions.”

So one has to be careful not to use words of the world to describe what may or may not have happened.

If you’ve “sinned in your marriage,” it is a dead giveaway that sexual sin took place.

Like using the word mistress” instead of adulteress, whore, sexually immoral women” as the Bible uses. 

Like using the words “mistake, indiscretion, affair, my problem, and cheating” to describe a man as a whoremonger, adulterer, fornicator, homosexual, bisexual, porn addict, or masturbator.”

But Israel has an undeniable point.

It’s between him and God.

If all that took place in his marriage was just mending relationship or two headstrong people having a difficult time navigating differences, then if he were to say that and not use the word “indiscretions,” once again, sexual immorality would be definitively and conclusively ruled out.

We could be over analytical regarding the timeline of events. We can be ambiguous with the details until clarity is provided. We could COME CLEAN and be as transparent as possible. Disclosing all the details takes the story out of the story. Dragging people through the mud is unbecoming a child of God of anyone.

However, when you read, in portions of what Houghton posted, when you see the words “…past indiscretions…” it is important to understand that ambiguity where clarity is requested, potentially further distorts what really happened.

Were there any other persons of the opposite sex involved during the marriage?

Did you commit adultery during your marriage?

At what point in your marriage were there any “past indiscretions?”

What, if any, were these “past indiscretions?”

Who was involved, if any persons, in any “past indiscretions?”

You’ve mentioned “sinned in your marriage.” What, if any, were those sins that you’ve mentioned were “sinned?”

These are precise questions that require precise answers.

At this point, only Israel Houghton and God knows the answers.

Also, we must point out that this was concealed for quite some time.

5 years.

A lot can happen in five years.

For this story to unfold after five years, a precise timeline potentially destroys any attempt of cover ups. Then to mention who you are in a relationship now probably took its toll where you are forced to give more details. Details that are believed to be none of our business.

And that’s respectable, to a degree.

The easiest way out of putting all this to an end is to divulge as much as possible any potentially missing information. Gossip, presuppositions, here say, and deception all comes to an end when the full story is released.

We must leave it at that because it could get ugly.

Luke 12:2 has a way of bringing things up to the surface sooner or later.

For now, we as believers must take heed to ourselves lest we fall into temptation. It is an example of what married couples must do to keep the devil from destroying our marriages.

When you are in leadership, whether it’s preaching the Word or leading Praise and Worship, if we fail to keep our inner vertical relationship with the Lord strong, every other relationship, horizontally must fail.

It doesn’t have to.

While watching a man of God, he mentioned that people come to church to hear a sermon, not to meet God.

When listening to music performed by today’s premier “artists,” I look to hear the brokenness in a person’s heart. I listen for those who have heard from God and have been in His presence, and stay there. I look for the people that may be in that recording to be truly affected, not by the music or the words. But did they actually meet God?

No one that has ever met God remained the same.

NOT AN ENCOUNTER.

Because people leave after the encounter.

How do you know that you have left an “encounter?”

When something outside of an encounter with God has a hold on your heart that keeps you off your knees and away from true obedience to His Word. It’s when God has such a hold on you that you can’t break covenant, you can’t sin, and you can’t violate the fellowship.

That love for God transcends everything. To walk away when the yearning for God increases is a detriment. You can’t breathe when you are under water. You can’t breathe without God. To break away and not breathe God is certain death. Where it is a sin to stop fellowshipping with God. Where His Word has a permanent hiding place where sin is not welcomed and sin can’t come in any more. Where the devil despises your relationship with God and the devil, and devils assigned radiates such burning hatred that you feel the heat of their hatred but they run in terror of the overwhelming heat of your passion for God.

Dwellers stay because of His presence.

Even after the meeting ends, they do not go home to resume business as usual habits, cycles, and patterns.

A true believer patterns after the Lord according to John 8:29.

A true believer never goes back to his or her old sins.

They never let one moment of sinful pleasure plunge them into eternity in a burning hell.

Where are the people that walk with God like Jesus, Enoch, Jeremiah, Elijah, Daniel, and others? Where are the secret place dwellers? Where are the seekers of God? Where are the true worshippers that worship God in spirit and in truth? Where are the believers that live in righteousness and true holiness? Where are the clean hands and pure hearts that bear the vessels of the Lord? Where are the presenters of gold while refusing to bring brass into the temple? Where are the truth dwellers and truth walkers?

Where are the ones that are allowed to enter the holy place with clean hands and a pure heart? Where are the ones that will fight sin, the devil, and their own desires, and win?

The correct approach to this situation is to pray and seek God that Israel Houghton would stand his ground and fight to stay holy no matter the cost. That his repentance sticks. That he would shun hypocrisy because even the hope of hypocrites is taken away. That Israel would stay true to the Lord no matter the cost. That the Body of Christ would continue to fast and pray and seek the Lord, and be true to the Lord no matter the cost. That we would guard our hearts against not just the devil, but guard our hearts against ourselves.

That we would refrain from gossip, here say, and learn to be obedient about our tongue. To pray for Israel and not entertain the words of false witnesses and divisive agendas designed to infiltrate the false, the myths, and to add to the confusion, to distort the truth and facts.

To shun hypocrisy and be true to God, no matter the cost.

Galatians 5:1 “Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted.”

The Israel Houghton revised statement article could be read here.