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Joel Osteen Lakewood Church Says It Did Not Seek Forgiveness for $4.4 Million PPP Loan

Joel Osteen Lakewood Church Says It Did Not Seek Forgiveness for $4.4 Million PPP Loan

Lakewood Church, led by Televangelist Joel Osteen in Houston, Texas, recently rejected claims that leaders sought forgiveness for a $4.4 million loan granted to the church as part of the government’s Payment Protection Program, which offered financial assistance to small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

ALSO, READ Pastor Joel Osteen To Pay Back $4.4 Million In Pandemic Loans

In a statement to The Christian Post on Monday, Lakewood leadership shared that employees and their families were grateful for the “temporary assistance” from the PPP loans “during such a time of need.”

“Like many organizations temporarily shuttered by the pandemic, this loan provided Lakewood Church short-term financial assistance in 2020, ensuring that its approximately 350 employees and their families would continue to receive a paycheck and full health care benefits,” the statement reads.

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Lakewood Church Says It Did Not Seek Forgiveness for $4.4 Million PPP Loan

“At no point did Lakewood seek forgiveness of its PPP loan,” the statement continued. “Since January 2021, Lakewood has made advance payments on its PPP obligation.”

According to data released by the Small Business Administration, Lakewood was among at least 60 Texas-based religious institutions to receive over $1 million in loans through the stimulus package last year.

The PPP, which ended on May 31, allowed churches with 500 or fewer employees to apply for a loan that is 2.5 times its average monthly payroll. As reported by CBS News, those loans, plus 1 per cent interest, can be forgiven under the condition that 75 percent of the funds are used to cover payroll expenses in the eight weeks after a house of worship obtained the funds.

Last December, after Lakewood received the PPP loans, it was criticized for accepting the money from the government.

“This is direct government funding of religion,” said Rob Boston of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, according to the Houston Chronicle. “And once government funding enters the equation, all bets are off. It then becomes a matter of public interest to determine if taxpayer money was spent in accordance with whatever law we’re talking about.”

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Lakewood Church Says It Did Not Seek Forgiveness for $4.4 Million PPP Loan

Another faith-based organization, Daystar Television Network, returned $3.9 million in PPP loans after a reporter questioned the Christian network about purchasing a private jet.

Lakewood, however, maintained that they followed the law.

“Lakewood followed all SBA rules and guidelines for the PPP lending program and used the funds it was loaned as temporary funding to cover employee payroll costs and health benefits during the height of the pandemic,” the church’s statement reads.

“None of the PPP loan funds provided any personal financial benefit to Pastors Joel and Victoria Osteen, neither of whom receive salaries from Lakewood Church.”

Lakewood Church Says It Did Not Seek Forgiveness for $4.4 Million PPP Loan

In response to Lakewood’s statement, Boston told the Houston Chronicle that he was pleased that the megachurch is repaying the loans.

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“Religious freedom is a core promise of our Constitution, and that means that no one should be forced to pay for someone else’s religious beliefs or practices,” he said. “Historically, the practice in the United States has been for congregations to support houses of worship and not rely on taxpayer money – and to be free from the inevitable entangling forms of oversight that brings.”

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Pastor Ezekiel Atang Buried In Uyo See Photos & Guests Who Attended

Pastor Ezekiel Atang Buried In Uyo See Photos & Guests Who Attended

Pastor Ezekiel Atang Buried In Uyo See Photos & Guests Who Attended

Pastor Ezekiel Atang Buried In Uyo See Photos & Guests Who Attended

Late Pastor Ezekiel Atang Burial and Service Of Songs 

The body of late Pastor Ezekiel Atang, the Presiding Pastor of God’s House of Refuge, Uyo laid to rest in his hometown.

The Pastor died on Sunday, February 20, 2022, while in active pastoral duties at Onitsha, Anambra where he was invited to a 3-day crusade. READ HERE

The late cleric kicked off his final home journey on Wednesday, March 31 with a Service of Songs at the church auditorium in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.

ALSO, READ Late TB Joshua To Be Buried In Lagos Today 9 July 2021

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There was a lying-in-state on Thursday, March 31 at the church premises by 8 am while a funeral service was held at the Ibom Hall Ground, which was attended by the state governor, Udom Emmanuel and other clerics.

Pastor Ezekiel Atang Buried In Uyo See Photos & Guests Who Attended

However, Some of the guests include the governor of Akwa Ibom state, Rev Dr Uma Ukpai, Dr Pasul Enenche and Many others.

MAY HIS GENTLE SOUL FIND ETERNAL REST IN THE LORD

See pictures below.

             

ALSO, READ Akwa Ibom State Government To Demolish Dunamis and 2 Other Mega Churches In Uyo

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Apostle Johnson Suleman Releases A Prophecy About 2022

Apostle Johnson Suleman Releases A Prophecy About 2022

Apostle Johnson Suleman Releases A Prophecy About 2022

Apostle Johnson Suleman Releases A Prophecy About 2022

The General Overseer and Senior Pastor of Omega Fire Ministry (OFM), Apostle Johnson Suleman has released what God showed him concerning the year 2022.

ALSO, READ Download All Apostle Johnson Suleman (50) Messages (Mp3) VOL 1

He is well known for speaking the mind of God in issues as his prophecies come to pass.

“There are some things I will say that may be coded, but I wrote a few things and I’ll stop at a point where God said I should stop and then we will pray,” he said.

The pastor stated clearly in his prophecy that, something terrifying will happen in 2022 and he urged the Church to pray against it.

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Johnson Suleman Releases A Prophecy About 2022

As he says, when God reveal a problem,  He reveals it with redemption in mind. “Covid19 is an experiment and now they are rejoicing that they could shake the world and they will wait for another year.

In 2022, something worse will happen and it will originate from them. The world leaders are coming together to have a synergy.  To make all religions have a common ground, and the Pope is part of it,”

Apostle Suleman said.

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Tim Godfrey Becomes House On The Rock Church Music Director

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Tim Godfrey Becomes House On The Rock Church Music Director

Tim Godfrey Becomes House On The Rock Church New Music Director

Phenomenal Music Artist and songwriter, Tim Godfrey has been appointed as the new music director, technical director and head of music at House On The Rock.

The “Nara” crooner and also “Fearless Concert” host succeeds highly rated award-winning music producer Wilson Joel, also known as Music Magnate after 9 years of being the music director.

ALSO, READ Gospel Artistes Should Bill For Performances – Sammie Okposo

Wilson Joel took to his social media page to make the news public by sharing a congratulatory message to the Roc Nation CEO via Instagram saying;

 “Major congratulations to @timgodfreyworld as the new music director, technical director and head of music at @houseontherockchurch – from the core of my heart I’m glad.

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Tim Godfrey Becomes House On The Rock New Music Director

“I know you’ll do well there and the choir will be glad to have you! May all the support needed physically, mentally and spiritually be granted unto you as you serve pastor @pauladefarasin

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“It was great being the music director for 9 years and it has been a blessing to me in so many ways serving my heart out!

As I proceed with my journey of destiny by God’s ORDER, I wish you ALL of the best that I wish myself my dear friend!

ALSO, READ D’banj Publicly Declares His Faith ‘I AM BORN-AGAIN’ As He Recalls Son’s Death

“Love always! You can do this and probably better”

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Wilson Joel‘s shoes would surely be a hard one to fill but who else could have been up to the task if not Tim Godfrey?

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