Israel Houghton says he’s tired of hiding in plain sight. The worship leader says that on his new release Reckless Love, he’ll be honest in a way he couldn’t be in church. Houghton, who is now married to actress/singer and The Real co-host Adrienne Bailon will drop an EP in the spring. He says the single represents his transparency before the Lord.
“It’s torment to look in the mirror and not recognize the man in the reflection. How amazing would it be to love someone through their honest and ugly moments?! It takes a journey to work off the mask to become authentic and whole. Honesty is the door to finding a love that brings an identity found only in Christ,” he continued in the new video promotion.
Houghton, 46, went on to say that for years he felt like he had to wear a mask because of his position in the church. But he maintains that those days are over. Houghton quoted Isaiah 50:11, which says those presenting an illusion will lie in “torment.”
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Bad things happen, and shame doesn't just pack its bags. Even on the other side of healing, shame will still knock, call, and text to hold its grip. But Jesus came to bring us true freedom. Not freedom with remorse. He came to make us free indeed. But the battle between shame and freedom is real, and I choose to lock the door to shame. #RecklessReflections #Part5 #NewMusic #RecklessLove
“I’ve been in the best of the best ministries, the best green rooms and stages receiving praise of how great I am, while living in torment with myself knowing everything was not OK as it appeared,” he confessed.
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Our society has trained us to accept the shame as the norm, and to be a permanent living force in our lives. But the force of GRACE overpowers shame to its very core to bring the beauty of the reckless love of God. #RecklessReflections #Part6 #RecklessLove #NewMusic #NewSingle
No one really knew “who he was,” he added.
The Grammy Award-winner is now looking to end that facade with the release of his new single.
In 2016, Houghton admitted that he had ‘failed and sinned’ in his 20-year marriage. After his divorce, he and Bailon married in November 2016.
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