Israel Houghton- Divorce & Sexual Sins-Understanding Hidden Meanings

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In the “gospel music industry,” we see that another noted “artist” is announcing his marital failures and possibly “sin.” The devil’s trophy case of noted singers, musicians, and preachers is filling up. Israel said that he sinned in his marriage, but few are willing to say that “they’ve sinned against God.”

Israel never mentioned on his FB page that he sinned against God. 

And that’s more important. 

You can’t cheat or commit adultery against your wife until you commit adultery against God. 

Obviously from sources, his mistress was a gospel artist. Either a Jezebel driven woman and or just a sexually immoral woman as Proverbs teaches men to avoid. 

When you read into the statements of many failed ministers and gospel singers, the pitfall into sin is obvious. If this is to be true, the preponderance of evidence suggests that porn and masturbation is a strong probability in his life. Not every man is caught in this whirlwind, but the statistics are strongly in favor that many men are into porn and masturbation.

Consider the fact that this was kept hush hush until now. 

What was he protecting or keeping SECRET?

Protecting his music and keeping his sin a secret. 

Never mind keeping his relationship with God and salvaging his marriage. 

It was all about maintaining his reputation because as a result of his divorce, the sin was rising to the top to be exposed. 

That’s how we do church these days. 

Keep ministering, forget our relationship with God. Marriage fails. Oh well. 

The pitfalls of marriage is always, sex, money, and relationship management.

It is very easy to read into the “sinned” part.

Secret Sexual Sins.

It takes discipline to stay away from the sexual immoral women. The interconnectedness of music and sex knows no boundaries. Psalm 90:8 (NLT) says this, “You spread out our sins before you—our secret sins—and you see them all.”

As I have said, the Lord was never caught off guard. The Lord seen this happen before the world was founded. So we need to take another look at what always happens that lead up to physical adultery.

Matthew 5:27-28 “You have heard the commandment that says, ‘You must not commit adultery.’ But I say, anyone who even looks at a woman with lust has already committed adultery with her in his heart.”

In order for you to commit physical adultery, you must commit spiritual adultery first.

You must disregard your relationship with the Lord. You must cast aside prayer, worship in spirit and in truth is cast to the side. Deliberately disobey the Word of God to abstain. The Holy Spirit and discipline is suppressed. 

satan demands that you leave your holiness, prayer and Word life at the door of darkness. He demands you to snuff out your light to enter the place of darkness. 

Leave the Lordship of Jesus at the door. 

And whatever wounds a person may have in their marriage becomes the false reason to sin against God.

You then begin to eye a female for sexual connection. She agrees to give you what you refuse to get from your own wife according to Proverbs 7.

But something else was burning. Releasing sexual tension through masturbation. You do not need porn to masturbate. Just an image or imaginations that lead to fulfilling a sexual fantasy. But as with all men, it gets boring. That line you said you never cross was a lie.

You arrange to “hook up” with a member of your church, praise and worship singers, or someone from the outside to attempt to be discreet within the frame work of a false sense of security.

All sexual sins is a result of lust in the heart.

James 1:14-15 and 1 John 2:15-17 reveals this.

Hurting in the soul over something that happened in a marriage is a pitiful excuse to commit adultery. Not that any excuse to sin against God is ever good enough. Sinning against God is not outright hatred of God unless you were never born again.

As John the apostle said, “Anyone that is born of God cannot sin.”

Why?

Because true believers prove their love for God by keeping His commandments (see John 14:15).

In the Charisma article, it is very easy to try to smooth over the fact that sexual sin took place. It goes to show you at what lengths the “Charismatics” will use vague terminology to cover the sin of an international gospel artist.

The Bible is clear that “love covers a multitude of sins.”

But the Bible also says in 1 Corinthians 13 that “love rejoices not in iniquity but rejoices in the truth.”

The gospel music industry is noted for bringing some of the most exciting contemporary music into the house of worship. Some are amazing and straight from God. Others just have too much of the world in it to focus on God, holiness, righteousness, sanctification, redemption, discipline, consecration, and total devotion.

Evident is the combination of marital situations that push a minister beyond boundaries and limitations to maintain a strong impenetrable healthy bond and the thirst to perform.

When a man or a woman is consumed and defined by what they do, they lose who and whose they are in Christ.

As with sexual sins, there is always the preponderance that when sexual neglect takes place, the man is “Wired for Intimacy.” At some point, if he isn’t as disciplined as he should be, the tempter will tempt him to entice his desires. Lustful desires that lurk in a man’s fleshly needs one hot moment.

One match starts the fire.

HALT!

1.Hungry

2. Angry

3. Lonely

4. Tired

Ministry is full of these four things.

This is what Pastor Roger Jamison of Sword Of The Spirit Tabernacle in Brooklyn NY taught me. These are the emotional tell tale signs of an individual in ministerial overdrive. His soul is wide open to be tempted sexually. The devil opens up the matchbook and strikes the match.

A hot looking woman or man.

Infatuated and obsessed after a sexual separation due to marital issues makes a man or woman ripe to commit adultery.

The late David Wilkerson said this while praying.

“God, keep me humble. Keep me on my knees.”

The one place where there is power is prayer. Prayer. Prayer. Obedience. Obedience. Obedience.

Pastor Roger Jamison also said that we must “Guard our unguarded moments.”

Jesus said in Matthew 26:41 “Watch and pray, lest you fall into temptation. The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.”

Peter said, “Be sober, be vigilant. For your adversary, the devil walks about as a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.”

When you are watching over your life, you constantly tell the devil that you are not on his menu. You have to tell him this every time till your last dying breath or when the Lord returns.

As many of us have said, Israel Houghton will not be the last gospel artist to fall into sexual sin. There are many others that have and will never reveal it to save their “ministry.”

But Jesus said this in Matthew 10:39 “He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it.”

Jesus said in Luke 12:2 “For there is nothing covered that will not be revealed, nor hidden that will not be known.”

Come Clean! Or Be Exposed. (A chapter in my book Secret Sexual Sins).

More and more, we are finding that people are willing to lose their relationship with the Lord to find life. But Jesus requires and demands that we lose our lives for His sake to find it.

Sin always leads to death.

The one thing that the Holy Spirit tells me that keeps me from sinning against God sexually is the fact that if I entertain that sin in thought, deed, and words, what if Jesus were to come at that moment?

Would I be eligible to be raptured or will I remain on the earth to watch the wrath of God be poured out? What if my soul was required at that moment?

Meaning, what if I were watching porn and masturbating, and I happen to die? Would I go to heaven to appear before God, or will I die and go to hell?

Ezekiel 18:24 answers this question.

“But when a righteous man turns away from his righteousness and commits iniquity, and does according to all the abominations that the wicked man does, shall he live? All the righteousness which he has done shall not be remembered; because of the unfaithfulness of which he is guilty and the sin which he has committed, because of them he shall die.”

It’s a fearful thing to know that you missed out when you could have disciplined yourself to abstain.

One moment of sinful pleasure is not worth an eternity in hell.

We pray that Israel Houghton has repented as he has said. But more than this first step must be taken.

If he is involved with porn and masturbation, he is still caught in the whirlwind of sexual immorality. There has to be a clearing of the deck. A clearing of the heart. A full renunciation of sexual immorality. And a renewed commitment to abstain from every form of sin.

Avoid fornication, adultery, homosexuality, bisexuality, porn, masturbation, and bestiality.

It’s not worth going to hell over.

The Charisma article could be read here.