Edit/Clarification: We are very familiar with the “Hillsong Northern Beaches Extension Service at Mona Vale golf club”. We failed to clarify that they and Seaview have merged.
It has been said that the Hillsong cult have exptended their empire. Seaview ‘Church’ at Warringah Mall (also known as ‘Church at the Mall’) has announced they will now become “Hillsong Northern Beaches”.
‘Pastor’ Nathanael Woods oversees Seaview ‘church’ along with his wife ‘Pastor’ Bec Woods. Since becoming part of the Hillsong movement, Seaview ‘Church’ has grown rapidly.
This is the result of Nathanael Woods who has shown more faithful dedication to spreading the Hillsong brand rather than faithfully dedicating himself to God’s Word.
Last month, Seaview’s Facebook wall broadcast this announcement:
Hey church! Bec will be speaking this Sunday – don’t miss it! +the launch date for the first collective gathering of Hillsong Northern Beaches at Warringah Mall will be announced! ..See you Sunday 9.30am.
Source: Seaview Church, Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/seaviewchurchaus/posts/289285024552048?stream_ref=10, 07/02/2014. (Accessed 14/03/2014.)
We love THE Church, her kindness, her reach, her heart, her goodness & most of all the ONE who builds her ~ we along with our Seaview family begin a new chapter, joining our hearts, strength & efforts with Hillsong Church to reach the ‘blessed and the bewildered’ & to #PioneerAgain.
-Pastor Bec Wood
Source: Seaview Church, Facebook,https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=288532371293980&set=a.261772953969922.1073741832.188551981292020&type=1&stream_ref=10, 05/02/2014. (Accessed 14/03/2014.)
It has been sad hearing the stories of individuals involved with ‘Pastor’ Nathanael Woods. We would suggest Christians avoid him. In his short time of ‘pastoring’ on the Northern Beaches, Woods does have a reputation but not a good one. Not only have members and leaders left his church in the past, his executive pastor and some of his elders have also left. His ‘Executive Pastor’ is now a member of C3 Church Oxford Falls.
Nathaneal Woods has been known for his:
- Deceitful manipulation
- Serious anger problems
- Controlling nature
- Desire for status and recognition
The bible outline the requirements for Godly leadership in Titus and 1 & 2 Timothy. Although Nathanael Woods personally knows Brian Houston and likes to placard his associations with him, this does not make him a more credible or qualified pastor.
Due to the reports of individuals hurt by this man, Nathanael Woods fails to meet the qualifications of a pastor laid out in scripture, (what is in bold is the qualification Ps Woods lacks):
It is a trustworthy statement: if any man aspires to the office of overseer, it is a fine work he desires to do. An overseer, then, must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, temperate, prudent, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not addicted to wine or pugnacious, but gentle, peaceable, free from the love of money. He must be one who manages his own household well, keeping his children under control with all dignity (but if a man does not know how to manage his own household, how will he take care of the church of God?), and not a new convert, so that he will not become conceited and fall into the condemnation incurred by the devil. And he must have a good reputation with those outside the church, so that he will not fall into reproach and the snare of the devil. 1 Timothy 3:1-7
For this reason I left you in Crete, that you would set in order what remains and appoint elders in every city as I directed you, namely, if any man is above reproach, the husband of one wife, having children who believe, not accused of dissipation or rebellion. For the overseer must be above reproach as God’s steward, not self-willed, not quick-tempered, not addicted to wine, not pugnacious, not fond of sordid gain, but hospitable, loving what is good, sensible, just, devout, self-controlled, holding fast the faithful word which is in accordance with the teaching, so that he will be able both to exhort in sound doctrine and to refute those who contradict. Titus 1:5-9
No where is it taught that one is qualified because they are faithful to a church brand. We are hoping to look at reviewing ‘Pastor’ Woods sermons in the future.