“Please be assured, I accept full responsibility for my actions and I have no one to blame but myself for the position I find myself in,” Houston said. However, he did cite “many years of constant pressure, opposition, challenges, and attacks,” accompanied by “personal turmoil over my father’s evil” as contributing to burnout, saying, “I haven’t coped very well at all. I openly admit that alcohol has been no friend and I am determined to relegate it to my past.”
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Despite everything that has happened, Houston hinted at his intentions to eventually return to some form of public ministry.
“I still have a sense of bright hope for the future and I know God is not finished with me yet. We have no intention of retiring,” Houston said. “As Bobbie would say, ‘the final chapters of our lives are not yet written.’”
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