SMH reports on Hillsong’s “gorilla warfare” against ACA.

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God’s Word says the following about false teachers,

“But these people blaspheme all that they do not understand, and they are destroyed by all that they, like unreasoning animals, understand instinctively.” Jude 1:10

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Do you want to know what Christian love looks like at Hillsong Church? Spiritual leader/CEO of Hillsong Church, Brian Houston was not impressed as to how he was represented in A Current Affair’s recent report.

Hillsong: The multi-million dollar “crazy cult”
Which “tabloid trash” do you believe?
Brian Houston in damage control… again… and again…and again.
“Tabloid trash” exposing Hillsong of lying?

It looks as though secular media are now reporting on the conduct of Hillsong’s spiritual leader.

The Sydney Morning Herald reports,

A Current Affair versus Hillsong: the coffee challenge

It was a Goliath and Goliath story. Channel Nine’s nightly current affairs program versus Australia’s best known mega-church, head to head, in the Twitter arena.

A Current Affair last week aired a 16-minute special report detailing explosive revelations that the controversial Hillsong Church made a lot of money but, like every other church in Australia, paid no tax.

Hillsong was making a concert movie set to rake in millions of dollars tax free. Parishioners regularly gave up to 10 per cent of their income in a practice known as tithing. The church was making it so easy to collect tax free dollars through tithing that it was even developing a giving app.

ACA said the church had not responded to requests for comment, a claim denied by Hillsong in a statement the next day that called the segment “tabloid trash”.

A day after that, Hillsong founder Brian Houston laid down a boldfaced challenge to ACA reporter Ben McCormack.

@benmccormack9 Hey.. How about coming to have a coffee with me one day? You got the guts to do that? Just you and me.

The proposed coffee date sounded more like the pastoral equivalent of  “Do you wanna take this outside?”

McCormack wasn’t backing down.

@benmccormack9 Hey.. How about coming to have a coffee with me one day? You got the guts to do that? Just you and me.

@BrianCHouston love to meet. Why not do an interview on camera & answer some questions too? You got the guts to do that?

Houston shot back:

@BrianCHouston love to meet. Why not do an interview on camera & answer some questions too? You got the guts to do that?

@BenMcCormack9 The Q’s are not the issue. It’s your skewered editing & underhanded tactics that are the problem. So no..!

McCormack repeated his offer of an interview before Houston repeated his mano-e-mano cappuccino challenge. McCormack suggested that, like Hillsong followers, the ACA team “lived to give”.

A bitter stalemate ensued.

On Monday, not content with having had the last word only once, McCormack tweeted:

@BenMcCormack9 well my offer of a coffee with no hidden recording or cameras stands. It’s not as though ACA is known for its credibility!!

@BrianCHouston “credibility”?? Hillsong issuing false hysterical misleading press statements. It’s you with the credibility problem Brian.

Houston may be frantically trying to come up with his own put-down. But maybe he has taken another tack to win this stoush.

As he tweeted the day before it began:

Love is a very compelling argument!!

Source: By Patrick Begley, Sydney Morning Herald, A Current Affair versus Hillsong: the coffee challenge, http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/tv-and-radio/a-current-affair-versus-hillsong-the-coffee-challenge-20150427-1muarj.html, Published 27/04/2015. (Accessed 27/04/2015.)

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Does Brian Houston’s response to the ACA report, represent the actions of a godly shepherd or are we seeing the responses exposing the behaviour of a false teacher.

“The saying is trustworthy: If anyone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a noble task. Therefore an overseer must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, sober-minded, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not a drunkard, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. He must manage his own household well, with all dignity keeping his children submissive, for if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God’s church? He must not be a recent convert, or he may become puffed up with conceit and fall into the condemnation of the devil. Moreover, he must be well thought of by outsiders, so that he may not fall into disgrace, into a snare of the devil.” 1 Timothy 3: 1-7 

No longer on the wall: Pastor Philip Powell.

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“On your walls, O Jerusalem, I have set watchmen; all the day and all the night they shall never be silent. You who put the LORD in remembrance, take no rest..” Isaiah 62:6 

Churchwatcher - Philip Powell

We are deeply saddened to inform our readers that Pastor Philip Powell of Christian Witness Ministries has gone to be with his beloved Father in Heaven. He was one of the few faithful Pentecostal ministers we know, who dared stand against the onslaught of false teaching overwhelming Australian and New Zealand Christanity. May his work be remembered, cherished and used as a strong warning against the rising corruption coming against the body of Christ.

From Our Hearts at ChurchWatch

Philip Powell has served the body of Christ so faithfully throughout his life. He was a man who walked in exceptional integrity and was fueled by God’s Spirit and Truth, to seeing the Word of God go forth and to see people saved and transformed by the power of God. He was truly a teacher of the Truth; a shepherd for the defenseless, and God’s General in fighting against immorality, corruption and injustice in the Australian and New Zealand churches.

The scripture that comes to mind of Philip Powell is Jeremiah 20:9:

“If I say, “I will not mention him, or speak any more in his name,”
there is in my heart as it were a burning fire shut up in my bones,
and I am weary with holding it in, and I cannot.”

While pastors fell for the temptation to give assurances of peace when there was no peace decades earlier, Powell refused to back down from his biblical duty as a pastor and shepherd.

He had an unbridled fire in his bones that refused to die. It is inspiring to know that Philip Powell lived his life with conviction and strove to be a faithful witness and servant to the life of Jesus Christ.

In the past this pentecostal title of ‘General’ has been bestowed upon frauds. But we want to bestow the original ‘God’s General’ title on Philip Powell because a pastor such as this brought honour to traditional Pentecostal and AOG teachings and values. He fought to defend “the least of these”, and if it was not for his work, one has to wonder if Hillsong, the Australian AOG and the New Zealand AOG would have gotten away with covering up the scandal of pedophilia in their ranks for so long.

Amazingly, Powell fought his opponents with integrity intact. So much so, that corrupt ministers would fear him. He fought against the wicked teachings of men with God’s Truth and he has done an exceptional job bringing men with integrity together to fight against the many evils found in the church today.

He was not a man to compromise, unlike many Pentecostal and AOG ministers today. Instead, he was stubborn to the end and never backed down defending the truth, in light of God’s Word.

To serve, to know, and to work with Philip Powell has been a privilege for us.

It is our prayer that the Australian, New Zealand and the global church recognise the work of this tireless fighter and heed the biblical warning of the times we live in.

Our prayers are with you Kathleen in this time. You married an outstanding man who will be remembered around the world for his courageous work. May the life of your husband inspire other husbands and fathers to step up to the plate to defend and lay their life down for God’s flock.

R.I.P Philip Powell - A defender of the faith and a churchwatcher to be remembered.

R.I.P Philip Powell – A defender of the faith and a churchwatcher to be remembered.

This email was released from Christian Witness Ministries.

Christian Witness Ministries
Contending Earnestly for the Faith

An email received Sunday 26th April 2015 at 12:13pm from Brother Jeff Pitman.

Good Morning Brothers and Sisters

Greetings in the blessed name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

It is with blessed Hope I write this morning, to let you know that your friend and fellow pastor, Philip Lewis Powell has escaped his tent and has met with His Saviour over on the other Shore.

At 3:42am Brisbane Australia, this Lord’s Day, Sunday the 26th of April 2015, the call was given and Philip answered.

I know each of you held a place in Philip’s heart, as you worked with him as fellow Bond Slaves and errand boys, to bring Glory to God in the name of Jesus.

On Behalf of Kathleen and the Family (Powell and Pitman), Thank you for your continued prayer, friendship and labour in the Gospel.

The CWM family here and abroad, by God’s Grace, will continue to keep our hand on the plough, and not look back, until we all can be in the presence of our Saviour.

I look forward to hearing from you, as you are able, and will keep you updated on the Funeral arrangements here in Brisbane.

Please feel free to publicise this news as you see fit.

Every Blessing in Christ!

Jeff Pitman
(pastor)

“Tabloid trash” exposing Hillsong of lying?

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LOVE, LEAD, LIE

We noted in our previous article Brian Houston retweeting Hillsong’s tweet of their ‘Hillsong Statement’ about the A Current Affairs (ACA) report. This is what the Hillsong Tweet read:

Statement by Hillsong Church on A Current Affair story: Source: Hillsong Church, https://twitter.com/hillsong/status/590754683674853376, 10:51 PM – 21 Apr 2015. (Accessed 24/04/2015.)

We have already reviewed this “Official Statement” from Hillsong:

Which “tabloid trash” do you believe?
Brian Houston in damage control… again… and again…and again.

What occurred after Hillsong issued that statement was breathtaking.

THE REPORTER AND THE RORTER

One of the issues that the A Current Affairs report highlighted was the fact that Hillsong pressures people to give money.

Hillsong have continually lied to the general public about this issue and this is a lie that we at Church Watch have exposed repeatedly.

We would like to remind our readers that Brian Houston himself pressures his members to give money so they can be right before God and be in the will of God. (This false teaching absolutely perverts the foundational teachings of Christianity and is in fact a damnable heresy.) As you can see, Houston is scamming people financially into believing that they can only prosper in God if they give money to God/Hillsong.

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On the 22nd of April, Tracy Grimshaw from A Current Affair tweeted ,

 we ask Hillsong constantly to talk to us about how the donations are spent. They will not. “If only” they would..
Source: Tracy Grimshaw, Twitter, https://twitter.com/tracygrimshaw/status/590997174332227584, 2:54 PM – 22 Apr 2015. (Accessed 25/04/2015.)

It was this phrase from Brian Houston that caught our attention:

“It’s not as though ACA is known for its credibility”.

Who is lying?  Who’s credibility is at stake here? Sadly, many people are tweeting that this is not a good look for a church. And as @Dan_Nolan9 observed, “Not a good look for a church – creating falsehoods in a statement accusing ACA of falsehoods”.

This because ACA responded to Hillsong’s original tweet alerting people to the Hillsong Statement. The statement claimed “the program made no attempt to contact us to get the facts – or even hear our perspective – before airing this piece of fiction”.

Ben McCormack from ACA tweeted a few times to people who accused ACA of not contacting Hillsong.

 this statement by Hillsong is false. ACA contacted the church by phone and email and we got no response.
Source: Ben McCormack, Twitter, https://twitter.com/BenMcCormack9/status/591090162039279616/photo/1, 9:04 PM – 22 Apr 2015. (Accessed 25/04/2015.)

This tweet included the following evidence to prove that Hillsong’s statement was a farce:

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He also tweeted later with the same attachments,

 we contacted them on 4 separate occasions. Don’t fall for more Hillsong dishonesty.
Source: Ben McCormack, Twitter, https://twitter.com/BenMcCormack9/status/591105999525650432, 10:07 PM – 22 Apr 2015. (Accessed 25/04/2015.)

After the news team publicly exposed Hillsong for not being honest in their official Hillsong Statement, Brian Houston contacted Ben McCormack. Do you think Brian Houston apologised for his false allegation?

This exchange took place on the 23rd of April, 2015:

Brian Houston:
@benmccormack9 Hey.. How about coming to have a coffee with me one day? You got the guts to do that? Just you and me.

Ben McCormack:
@BrianCHouston love to meet. Why not do an interview on camera & answer some questions too? You got the guts to do that?

Brian Houston:
@BenMcCormack9 The Q’s are not the issue. It’s your skewered editing & underhanded tactics that are the problem. So no..!

Ben McCormack:
@BrianCHouston now there’s a surprise.

Ben McCormack:
@BrianCHouston our offer of an interview remains open..

Brian Houston:
@BenMcCormack9 well my offer of a coffee with no hidden recording or cameras stands. It’s not as though ACA is known for its credibility!!

Ben McCormack:
@BrianCHouston we live to give Brian.. Just like your followers.

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You’d think that excellent leadership could check all their emails or even check with ACA, before publicly accusing ACA of lying. (Especially when the program was being advertised in advance.) Once again, we are seeing another unsound, unwise and poor leadership example in Hillsong Church.

So why should Bobbie and Brian Houston set themselves up as leadership mentors for other churches to follow?

Live Love Lie

Live Love Lie

Brian Houston in damage control… again… and again…and again.

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When a person’s “image” starts to be bought into question through their own conduct, it’s not uncommon for that person to automatically kick into damage control mode. Brian Houston is doing just this over the recent A Current Affair report.

Hillsong: The multi-million dollar “crazy cult”

As a result of this report, Hillsong published a very lethal statement lambasting the media and even political figure Nick Xenophon. Houston retweeted the article from Hillsong:

RT : Statement by Hillsong Church on A Current Affair story:

The statement and our analysis of it can be read here:

Which “tabloid trash” do you believe?

The problem with Brian Houston’s damage control is that it actually is doing more harm than good. For instance, the more he says, the more easier it is to spot his hypocrisy online. For example, Brian Houston tweeted the following:

Leaders goal: Lead with grace, even in the face of opposition. Lead with love, even when under attack! Source: Brian Houston, Twitter, https://twitter.com/BrianCHouston/status/590964263788761088, 12:43 PM – 22 Apr 2015. (Accessed 23/04/2015.)

Love is a very compelling argument!! Source: Brian Houston, Twitter, https://twitter.com/BrianCHouston/status/590964263788761088, 12:43 PM – 22 Apr 2015. (Accessed 23/04/2015.)

However, Brian Houston seems to think that when he throws words around like “love”, “grace” and “leaders goal”, it means Mr Houston can be justified to say things like this:

When A Current Affair lie and malign (which they have done regularly) they insult the intelligence of the thousands who attend. Source: Brian Houston, Twitter, https://twitter.com/BrianCHouston/status/590990488259420160, 2:28 PM – 22 Apr 2015. (Accessed 23/04/2015.)

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It’s sad seeing Tim Costello become involved by aligning not only himself but World Vision in this story as well.

I’ve personally witnessed the generosity of -partnering with after Typhoon Haiyan Source: Tim Costello, Twitter, https://twitter.com/TimCostello/status/590738654601093120, 2:28 PM – 22 Apr 2015. (Accessed 23/04/2015.)

In closing, there’s an important question still to be asked.

Why didn’t Brian Houston call out Reverend Bill Crews for his strong statements against Hillsong during his interview on the ACA segment?  

Rick Xenophon has been quite vocal for years about addressing cults and religious movements and their impact on families. What is the difference between Rick Xenophon and Reverend Bill Crews in their appeal for truthfulness from these ministries making mega millions of their “flocks” while their leaders lead lives of luxury and comfort in a very rarified atmosphere?

Did the Reverend Bill Crews miss out on an attack from Brian Houston because he (Brian Houston) operates under the false teaching of “not touching the Lord’s anointed” (Reverend Bill Crews)?

It’s a mystery yet to be answered.

Which “tabloid trash” do you believe?

Hillsong released a statement in response to this A Current Affair report:

Hillsong: The multi-million dollar “crazy cult”

Not only did Hillsong issue to Senator Nick Xenophon mob-like threats, apparently “the vast majority of Australians” see the ‘A Current Affair’ report as “nothing more than tabloid trash.” So in response to the minority in Hillsong who read and believe “tabloid trash,” Hillsong writes:

There was no factual basis whatsoever to the story on A Current Affair about Hillsong Church, and the program made no attempt to contact us to get the facts – or even hear our perspective – before airing this piece of fiction. The movie “Let Hope Rise” is being produced by an outside production company who approached us, and Hillsong Church has not invested one cent into this movie. Furthermore, we operate like any other church financially and support people pastorally across the world. This story was yet again, nothing more than tabloid trash and we believe the vast majority of Australians view it as such. It is disappointing that Senator Nick Xenophon, (who presents himself as a champion of the people) has cooperated with such stories for at least the third time. It is poor behaviour and worth noting by church-going voters and people at large in South Australia, who rightly expect their elected representatives to make comments based on factual information rather than conjecture.

Source: Hillsong, Statement by Hillsong Church on A Current Affair story April 21, 2015, http://hillsong.com/media/statement-by-hillsong-church-on-a-current-affair-story-april-21-2015. (Accessed 23/04/2015.)

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There is a lot to extract from this statement. Especially the plethora of fallacious arguments and lack of evidence to back up Hillsong’s claims. However, more people seem to be sharing their experiences or insights into the corruption of the Hillsong cult.

This an insightful comment from a former AOG pastors wife:

My mate Tanya Levin did a brilliant job on ACA this week. She’s speaking again about the revenue raising juggernaut that is Hillsong ahead of the release the mega-church’s new Hollywood movie.

In my former life I was for a time an AoG (ACC) pastor’s wife. Even 25 years ago, Brian Houston was recognised in the movement as the one to watch. I can tell you that pastors of churches all around Australia dreamed of being able to count on collections like the ones Brian garnered. Over time Brian’s formula for getting folks to empty their pockets – a complex and emotionally powerful mix of music and clever sales patter with lashings of Jesus – was replicated in hundreds of financially struggling churches around the country and, eventually, around the world. As Tanya so beautifully puts it in this clip, “From London to Cape Town to Copenhagen the message is the same – give, give, give, give, give.”

Although the ACA team was forbidden to film the plea for money, I can tell you that the section of the ‘service’ specifically designed to predispose you to giving generously, runs for about 15 minutes and is the culmination of a cleverly orchestrated, high-production value, highly emotionally manipulative stage show. Those of us in the AoG who despised Houston’s methods had a name for it: fleecing the folk. Nobody does it better than Brian. The report estimates in 2012 Hillsong ‘earned’ $72 million dollars in tax-free income, only a tiny fraction of which is spent on charity work. These guys are crooks, plain and simple, and the Australian public is paying for it. Glad to see Nick Xenophon is trying to increase public accountability of this secretive money printing organisation.

Source: Jane Douglas, FaceBook, https://www.facebook.com/jane.douglas.90/posts/805714359512544, Published 22/04/2015 at 13:03. (Accessed 23/04/2015.)

Her views are worth considering Hillsong states that they “operate like any other church financially and support people pastorally across the world.”

Really? Do you want to know why those people in the ACA Report give 20% at Hillsong?

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Does your church put out giving envelopes to you that are like this? Would you feel comfortable putting your credit card number on the back of the envelope where everyone can see it?

* Tithing is an anti-Christian teaching that uses Malachi 3:8-11 to teach that if you do not tithe, God will curse you.
* This envelope was collected from Hillsong and given to us at the beginning of January 2015.

Hillsong: The multi-million dollar “crazy cult”

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Tonight (the 21st of April, 2015), Australia’s ‘A Current Affair’ aired this report on Hillsong.

In spite of Hillsong’s continual lies, their facades of “relevancy” and their contemporary nonsensical gimmicks, the world still sees through it. The reality is this: the world is not being won over to Jesus Christ. In fact, Hillsong is giving the world an excuse to hate Christianity while Hillsong is militantly campaigning against biblical Christianity. Not only that, Hillsongis stealing Christians from other churches and taking over churches by force under the guise of “blessing” churches.

It is time the media, the Australian Government and more importantly church leaders, stop calling Hillsong a church. Cults have always declared war on Christianity. Hillsong for decades have proven again and again to be a word of faith and prosperity cult.

When will Christianity finally say enough is enough?

Christian’s petitioning for Hillsong to remove the disgraced Mark Driscoll from their Conferences

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If you want to sign the below petition – click here.

Brian and Driscoll interview

Natalia Collins from the UK writes,

Remove Mark Driscoll from the Hillsong Europe Conference

After approaching Hillsong privately (in accordance with Matthew 18:15-17) to ask them to reconsider and change their their decision to have Mark Driscoll as a key note speaker at their Europe conference 22-24 July 2015), “Speak, We’re Listening” they have chosen to still have Mark Driscoll appear at the conference, in an interview format with his wife Grace.

This is both disappointing and of great concern to many across the UK and internationally.  Mark Driscoll resigned from leadership after many leaders and other within his church raised issues about unethical and abusive behaviour including:

  • Ex-leaders of Mars Hill Church repenting of their collusion with Mark Driscoll
  • Ex-members of Mars Hill reporting they have experienced spiritual abuse from Mars Hill and Mark Driscoll, including controlling and manipulative behaviour
  • Evidence of plagiarism in at least one book he has written
  • Misuse of tithes by Mars Hill Church
  • Unethical actions taken to ensure Grace and Mark Driscoll’s book was featured on a bestselling book list
  • Mark Driscoll’s public statements against women in leadership over the last two decades which have greatly undermined the Gospel message of women as leaders, evangelists and full members of the Body of Christ

Alongside these are revelations of Mark Driscoll’s communications from 2000 written under a pseudonym, which state that we are living in a “pussified nation” with “men being raised by bitter penis envying burned feministed single mothers”.  The language used within these communications can be accurately described as hate speech and needs to be treated as such.  Although the statements are 14 years old, his more recent messages about “feminised men” and women’s roles being solely within the home suggest his views have not changed, although his language may have.  Mark Driscoll has apologised for his communications in 2000, but his apology does not extend to the views he expressed or his ongoing negative attitudes towards women, gender non-conforming men and gay people.

We fully believe that people can be restored and redeemed and that forgiveness is a fundamental part of Jesus’ teaching.  Mark Driscoll has never fully acknowledged or repented of the pain he has caused many ex-leaders and members of Mars Hill alongside the women and men he has hurt with his comments about leadership, gender and sexuality.  It has been only six months since Mark Driscoll resigned and to give him such a platform as the O2 arena does not represent the Gospel of repentance and forgiveness, but that of cheap grace.

By inviting Mark Driscoll to speak on the Hillsong platform, Hillsong are both endorsing and legitimising Mark’s messages about women and ignoring the concerns being repeated by many across the US and UK about his abusive behaviour, which has been corroborated by ex-members and ex-leaders of Mars Hill Church.

We ask that Hillsong remove Mark Driscoll from their line up of speakers at the Hillsong Conference 2015.

Further details of the issues can be found here:

Overview of the issues: http://crosscut.com/2014/07/16/religion/121033/inside-mars-hills-big-meltdown/?page=single

Summary: http://dangeroushope.wordpress.com/2014/03/28/its-all-about-mark-driscoll-the-tragedy-of-mars-hill-church/

Official charges: http://wp.production.patheos.com/blogs/warrenthrockmorton/files/2014/08/FormalCharges-Driscoll-814.pdf

Mars Hill Refuge: http://marshillrefuge.blogspot.co.uk

We Love Mars Hill: http://welovemarshill.com

Source: By Natalie Collins, Remove Mark Driscoll from the Hillsong Europe Conference, change.org, https://www.change.org/p/hillsong-remove-mark-driscoll-from-hillsong-europe-conference. (Accessed 16/04/2014.)

Caine & A’bell lead a New Age Shack Attack on Hillsong

Why does Hillsong advertising and their stage productions/layouts appear to have continual New Age/occult themes? While this may not be apparent to many people today, it’s glaringly obvious to those who have come out of the occult/New Age movement. Is this just a coincidence in their attempt to be popular and relevant to “outreach” to the world? Is this why we are seeing a “resurrection” of a once popular, now denounced as New Age, book “The Shack”? This article will be looking at Julie A’bell of Hillsong and examining her controversial endorsement of this incredibly dangerous book. At the end of this article, we will link/post to reviews refuting the errors of the book. WHO ARE JOEL AND JULIA A’BELL? Julia A’bell is the wife of Joel A’bell. Joel A’Bell is the lead pastor of Hillsong Church. Joel and Jules Abell Recently, Jules A’bell endorsed and promoted the New Age mystic/occult book “The Shack” on her instagram account. Once again, Hillsong proves that its leadership are incapable of fulfilling pastoral duties in rightly discerning Christianity from paganism. proof_InstagramShack1_27-02-2015What makes this promotion from Jules A’bell worse is another Hillsong pastor’s endorsement of it. Take note of Christine Caine’s “approval” in the comments section. And even more troubling there are at least 726 “likes” by Julia A’Bell’s Instagram followers. By endorsing this book Hillsong, Christine Caine and Julia A’Bell need to be warned that Christian leaders are subjected to a “stricter judgment,” (James 3:1) with James making it clear that those who teach the Word of God are under the magnifying glass of God’s Word. Pastors are judged even more severely, than those in the general congregation because with greater responsibility comes greater accountability. proof_InstagramShack2_27-02-2015

 Source: https://instagram.com/p/zTzoQniVI2/?modal=true, Accesssed 27/02/2015.

Dr. James DeYoung, Professor of New Testament Language and Literature at Western Seminary, does a review of TS entitled Revisiting The Shack and Universal Reconciliation. That longer version doesn’t seem to be available online but it is cited in Dr. James DeYoung Revisiting The Shack & Universal Reconciliation. DeYoung gives us this personal testimony:

Seldom does one have the opportunity to review a work of fiction written by a friend that has risen to the top of best seller lists… Who is the author?  For more than a dozen years I have known William P. Young.”

We have discussed much theology in a “think tank.”  Over four years ago Paul embraced universal reconciliation and defended it on several occasions.  He claimed that universalism changed his life and his theology.

The core belief of universal reconciliation asserts that love is the supreme attribute of God that trumps all others.  His love reaches beyond the grave to save all those who refuse Christ before they die.

Source: Dr. James DeYoung, Guest Contributor: Dr. James DeYoung Revisiting The Shack & Universal Reconciliation, https://gospeldriven.wordpress.com/2009/01/15/guest-contributor-dr-james-deyoung-revisiting-the-shack-universal-reconciliation/, 15/01/2009. (Accessed 12/04/2015.)

In Dr. Gary Gilley Shuts Up “The Shack” we read Gilley’s dead-on-target review of Young’s musings:

nowhere in The Shack is the reader given a clear understanding of the gospel. When Mack asks God what Jesus accomplished by dying Mack is told, “Through his death and resurrection, I am now fully reconciled to the world.” When pressed to explain, God says that He is reconciled to “the whole world,” not just the believer (p. 192). Does this mean that all will be saved?

Young never goes that far, however he certainly gives that impression when Mack’s father (who was an awful man and showed no signs of being saved) is found in heaven (pp. 214-215), when God says repeatedly He is particularly fond of all people, when God claims that He has forgiven all sins against Him (e.g. 118-119), that He does not “do humiliation, or guilt, or condemnation” (p. 223) and, contrary to large hunks of Scripture, God is not a God of judgment.

“I don’t need to punish people for sin, sin is its own punishment, devouring you from the inside. It’s not my purpose to punish it; it’s my job to cure it” (p. 120). While Young’s comment has some validity it does not faithfully reflect the teaching of Scripture which portray God as actively involved in the punishment of sin.

Source: DR. GARY GILLEY SHUTS UP “THE SHACK”, Apprising Ministries, http://apprising.org/2009/03/22/dr-gary-gilley-shuts-up-the-shack/, Published 22/03/2009. (Accessed 13/04/2015.)

Ken Silva’s also observes that the New Age writer Eugene Peterson also endorses ‘The Shack’,

There’s no secret that many in and around the sinfully ecumenical cult of the Emergent Church aka theEmerging Church [1 ] love The Shack (TS); e.g. a couple of years ago I showed you what contemplative andEC fav author Eugene Peterson had to say about TS at Amazon.com. He gushes:

When the imagination of a writer and the passion of a theologian cross-fertilize the result is a novel on the order of “The Shack.” This book has the potential to do for our generation what John Bunyan’s “Pilgrim’s Progress” did for his. It’s that good! –Eugene Peterson, Professor Emeritus of Spiritual Theology, Regent College, Vancouver, B.C. (Online source)

As I said before, at least I agree with Peterson this is fertilizer alright. However, for him to even try and equate this man-centered rubbish of Paul Young to the work of John Bunyan gives us even more reason to find Peterson’s spirituality suspect. So right now let’s look quickly at a real Christian review of TS.

Source: Ken Silva, OPENING UP THE SHACK, Apprising Ministries, http://apprising.org/2011/08/03/opening-up-the-shack/, Published 03/08/2015. (Accessed 13/04/2015.)

Tim Challies reviewed the book and stated,

“Because of the sheer volume of error and because of the importance of the doctrines reinvented by the author, I would encourage Christians, and especially young Christians, to decline this invitation to meet with God in The Shack. It is not worth reading for the story and certainly not worth reading for the theology.”

Source: Tim Challies,”The Shack” by William P. Young, Challies.com, http://www.challies.com/book-reviews/the-shack-by-william-p-young, Published 15/01/2008. (Accessed 13/04/2015.)

Qualified men have already proven that the Jesus presented by William Young is not the Jesus of the Scriptures. Therefore we need to be asking the question – why does Hillsong leadership endorse such a dangerous New Age book?  

Brian Houston insisting Christians take the wide road?

BLENDERBENDER & DARKOGESIS?

Last year Brian Houston preached a sermon at Hillsong Conference 2014 titled ‘No Other Name’. You would think with a sermon title like that, Houston would preach the gospel. However, once again we are being bombarded with Christless sermons that seem to be more focused on preaching anything except the gospel.

The question Hillsong members need to be asked is this: Does Brian Houston even know the gospel?

Recently, Chris Rosebrough reviewed the sermon and leveled a fair accusation against Brian Houston for using the skillful heresy two-step technique to trick people. Rosebrough also highlights some new techniques that Brian Houston employs to trick people. He says they are the,

Blenderbender: a deceptive preaching technique where the teacher blends different words and ideas together to bend the scripture to mean something completely different.

(Brian Houston used this by blending key words (like “big”, “large” and “roomy”) from different scriptures and bending the scriptures to say something completely different.)

And the thesis/antithesis which is also known as the darkothesis or antithesis backflip. Brian Houston used his “opposite world translation” (OWT) on the benediction in Numbers 67. Adds eisegetes the OWT to reinterpret what the benediction actually says. In this case, he used this as a strawman to make ‘bloggers’, online ‘Christians’, look like idiots and evil and to bolster his prosperity gospel heresy.

GOD WANTS TO LEAD YOU DOWN THE WIDE ROAD?

So what did Brian Houston end up teaching?

StarTrek Gospel

He ended up peddling ecumenism and encouraging Christians to walk down the wide road and not the narrow road. (See quotes below the radio segment.)

Larry Huch’s Passover Payday

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Program segments:

• William Tapley’s Prophetic Angle on German Wings Crash
• Sandy Shoeber on Giving God Pleasure
• Larry Huch’s Passover Payday
• Sermon Review: No Other Name by Brian Houston of Hillsong

Source: Chris Rosebrough, Larry Huch’s Passover Payday, Fighting for the Faith, http://www.fightingforthefaith.com/2015/04/larry-huchs-passover-payday.html, Published 02/04/2015. (Accessed 07/04/2015.)

Here are some quotes from the sermon:

“It’s kinda how I see it working with the church [the way Peter “lifted up” the cripple]. We carry his name and we use that name to lift people up toward the promise and the purpose of God.”

“There is no other name! Sounds kind of exclusive? Makes it sound like a very exclusive message. Sounds kinda like a narrow way to get to God if there is only one way.”

“Don’t ever allow religion, people’s poor mentality, legalism, negative defeated Christians have you believe in somehow that you’ve got to live this narrow path. It’s a big life through a narrow gate.”

“narrow is the gate – there is no other name. And difficult is the way which leads to life…. Here’s the sad thing. A lot of people, they don’t just see it as a narrow gate- in other words, there is only one way.”

“Don’t ever think that serving God is a “narrow path”. People make it so narrow! So negative! So legalistic! And they make it into a narrow path! And I think that’s one of the devil’s great strategies. Here at Hillsong  church, let’s decide to live a big life!”

“You enlarge the path under me. It’s not the path that’s narrow. I believe God wants to challenge you to have bigger dreams. Have a wider belief. Build a bigger church. Amen! Be a bigger spirited person. Have bigger thinking! Because it’s a big and a wide path.

Hillsong insider: the GCC “merge” “was surely and truly a “plotted corporate takeover””

“HE [BRIAN HOUSTON] LIED TO US!”

The above claim was made by our previous Hillsong insider. They reported, “Brian randomly talked about Garden City Church, claiming that Hillsong merged with them to create a Hillsong church”.

Recently an insider who was previously a pastor of Garden City Church, wrote their account on Garden City on the 2nd of April 2015 in response to our previous Hillsong insider article.

This testimony only proves that Brian Houston deliberately mislead his congregation on Tuesday, the 10th of February 2015.

insider

Hi “Hillsong Church Watch”,

Thanks for this testimonial article from a hillsong insider.

It made sense to me as I had the displeasure and disgust to work there as a full-time pastor. The Garden City Christian Church “merge” was surely and truly a “plotted corporate takeover” – I witnessed first hand what happened behind the scenes with all the backstabbing, string-pulling and puppeteering from Sydney.

Also, here is what I saw and experienced during my short but intense ministry spell at Hillsong:

1) Prosperity Gospel – The false teaching that by becoming a christian and entering the church community, people would enjoy a prosperous and “rosy” life style;

2) Personality Cult – That life style is to be inspired by their cool and trendy leadership, music and media superstars, platform preaching performers; triggering therefore, a fanatic and frentic following on social media, resource purchases, conference attendance;

3) Performance Mentality – We were “taught” to “hype up” our testimonies, push for baptisms, inflate the numbers of services/decisions, so we might look good before our supervisors and proof a blessed increase in our ministry to the people;

4) Profit Business – They are tax exempt ( as a religious non-for-profit organisation), but everything there is strategically and thoughtfully “taxed” in order to yield good $ returns (at the end of the day it’s all about the number$$$); (Tithes & Offerings is “Prime”);

5) Pavlova Message – Preaching and teaching at Hillsong is always sweet (no offence and lots of “fence-sitting”), looks good and colourful, it’s pleasing to the palate, easy to swallow but very low in real and solid biblical nutrients (People who truly value the Word of God and discipleship do not remain for long at Hillsong);

6) Production Base- Strong belief at Hillsong in the “power of the atmosphere” where we produce and manufacture the environment with external elements (lighting, sound, dark walls, media effect, etc) and internal fake worship (stereotypical hillsong worshipper) and God comes up with the results (they even dare to call it “Revival”);

7) Proud Atitude – One of the things that really grabbed my attention there, was the pride and arrogance of the leadership, particularly when referring to other smaller churches and ministries;

Hope it helps to shed more light into this darkness…

Happy Easter and Keep up the good work!

Source: Comment – Thurs, 2 Apr 2015.

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