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Article By Rebecca Johnson // EEW Magazine Reporter

After a report surfaced that Israel Houghton, senior worship leader at Lakewood Church, was fired from his post, the ministry has released a clarifying statement.

“We can confirm that Israel is on indefinite leave,” said  a representative, “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.”

The church issued the statement to

“I truly love Joel Osteen and my gracious Lakewood family,” the six-time GRAMMY® Award-winner wrote on Twitter Thursday, expressing his gratitude for their support during his divorce and infidelity drama.

After admitting to an affair, divorcing his wife of 20 years and popping up with a new girlfriend shortly thereafter, Radar Online reported that a Lakewood ministry representative confirmed that the 44-year-old  has been fired from the Joel Osteen led mega church.

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