It’s nice to know that people are not falling for Brian Houston’s lies and are starting to examine the influences and sources of Hillsong’s false teachings. Anyone is more than welcome to take any of our articles or resources to educate people on the dangers of the Hillsong Word of Faith/Liberal cult. A good example of people using some of our resources is the ‘Exposing Error @ MPBC’ blog.
Exposing Error @ MPBC writes,
A Baptist Pastor goes to a Hillsong Conference!
*** This article was received as a comment from a Moonee Ponds Baptist church member and published as requested.***
A Baptist Pastor goes to a Hillsong Conference!
What??? Certainly you are joking?
No? But why??
What true Christian, even with a bit of theological familiarity goes to a Hillsong conference?
Did he go there to find out how messed up Hillsong church and theology is?
No??? He went there to learn how to “grow the church” and “worship” (with) music and (with) Brian Huston?
So, Greg must have gone there on his own time and money?
No?? It appears that he went there on Church’s time and money!!
And the church leadership knew about this and supported it? What hope is there for MPBC, if this is the reality of our circumstances?
Before we go all crazy on the matter, let’s get some perspective here.
What’s the big deal? Is there anything wrong or sinful for a true Christian to go and support a conference such as the Hillsong one held in Sydney?
Who spoke at Hillsong 2014?
What was the cost?
Let’s answer the questions briefly and direct the readers to additional material so each one can read, verify and establish the truth for themselves.
- It is a big deal because Hillsong is not a godly “church” in the context prescribed and categorized in the bible (in the book of Revelation). No discerning Christian, let alone a Senior Baptist Pastor, should be seen in such places. The whole model of the Hillsong “church” is based on prosperity preaching. Baptists have completely different theology as compared to the one that the Hillsong church espouses. Do you see any Baptist speaking in Tongues – No? or Prophesying – No? or Taking about giving 26% tithe of your gross income on top of the weekly offerings to the church? Ah, Yes!! At least Greg has that in common with the “Word of Faith” movement. As a Baptist church, we believe that spiritual gifts such as Tongues, Visions, and Prophesy were given at a time and place for Christians for specific purposes; they were mainly gifts to edify the church before written scriptures were made available and because we have the complete bible now, we believe such spiritual gifts are uncommon today (if they exists at all) and would not serve the same purpose as they did back then. If Greg believes that these spiritual signs and gifts still exists now and are an evidence of spiritual maturity or even confirmation of one’s salvation (as most Pentecostal such as the Hillsong church believes), then why does Greg not speak in tongues? But if Greg believes that the Hillsong’s prosperity gospel is ungodly and immoral and that their theology is wrong, why did he spend so much time and money, promoting, and going to such a spiritually unhealthy place? Something is not right here.
Hillsong 2014 Speakers: numerous Special Guest Speakers such as “Brian & Jen Johnson”, “Bill Hybels”, “Louie Giglio”, “Matt Redman”, “Robert Madu”, “Steven Furtick” (and Brian Huston) spoke at the conference.
All the speakers mentioned above are popular for propagating the prosperity gospel – but let’s look at one particular person – Bill Hybels.
Here are some excerpts fromhttp://eliora.hubpages.com/hub/ELEPHANT-IN-THE-ROOM-WHAT-IS-WRONG-WITH-WILLOW-CREEK-CHURCHBILL-HYBELS
“Bill Hybels founded the church on the marketing ideas of Peter Drucker who successfully applied them to business management before directing his attention towards the mega-church. Rick Warren (remember that name? – Greg’s favourite Pastor), Bill Hybels and Bob Buford were all mentored by Peter Drucker and all three of them seem to have been almost mesmerized by him. Drucker plainly denied being a “born again” Christian and was heavily influenced by the mysticism of Kierkegaard (http://apprising.org).” (So, a non-Christian mystic is the coach of Greg’s teachers and idols? Can an ungodly source produce a godly fruit or outcome? The Bible warns us not to walk in the counsel of the ungodly. You’ve got to read it sometime Greg.)
“The desire of Willow Creek (Bill Hybels’s church) is to attract “customers” to the church with the market-driven seeker -sensitive model, and numerically this has been extremely successful (listen carefully to Greg’s “sermons” and you’ll hear similar market-driven, seeker-sensitive pandering). After surveying the community, Hybels designed his Sunday morning services to meet the “felt needs” of non-believers with programmes and entertainment, his focus being on “personal fulfilment”. There are problems biblically with this method because the perceived needs of people are often not what God defines as their real need i.e. salvation. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. (Isaiah 55/9) The seeker-sensitive method avoids offending people with the core message of the gospel – the seriousness of sin, repentance and eternal punishment. Instead it is based upon self-esteem rather than self-denial and personal fulfilment rather than on repentance of sins, in other words it is all about the individual rather than Jesus Christ. The seeker sensitive approach is a method that promotes men-pleasing as against God-pleasing. (1 Thessalonians 2/4) The danger is that this method produces false converts because attendees of seeker-sensitive churches have never repented of their sins and believed the gospel message in its entirety (Colossians 1/25).”
So, this is who Greg went to listen to. We have to wonder if Greg has similar plans i.e. seeker sensitive model for Moonee Ponds Baptist Church. All evidence seems to point in that direction. (All this in the name of growing and building the church – but Jesus says, in Mathew 16:18that He is the one who will build the church. – not Greg, not Brian Huston, not even Rick Warren – all the Pastors are called to do, is to faithfully preach the Word of God, and God will do the rest. No need for all this worldly management gimmickry, as it serves no godly purpose)
So what about Brian Houston – the Hillsong “Pastor”?
“One by one, the huge mega-churches with their 5,000+ member congregations are beginning to reveal their true agenda. The Emergent Church, powered by the Rick Warren machine, is a huge promoter of Chrislam, the demonic hybrid of Christianity and Islam. Now Hillsong United in Australia has thrown their hat into the same ring.”
Here’s a quote from Brian’s sermon back in December 2013.
“How do you view God? In a desert there’s two types of birds: there’s vultures and there’s hummingbirds. One lives off dead carcasses, rotting meat. The other lives off the beautiful, sweet nectar in a particular flower on a particular desert plant. In the same desert, they both find what they’re looking for.
“Do you know—take it all the way back into the Old Testament and the Muslim—and you, we actually serve the same God,” he said in the sermon. “Allah to a Muslim; to us, Abba Father God.”
You can listen to part of that “sermon”, from the link above or find the whole sermon online but taking a hammer and pounding it on your ears would be a better use of your time than listening to that satanic drivel.
To be fair, Brian made an attempt to retract what he said, but ended up lying and contradicting himself.
Any guesses who was one of the speakers for the 2013 Hillsong conference and also will be the speaker for 2015? Yes, the one and only Rick Warren! I know someone who won’t miss that.
What was the cost?
$199.00 to $329.00 – that’s how much the entertainment costs. If you want the Gospel, that’s free, but you probably won’t hear that at Hillsong.
Even the media recognises the Hillsong “church” for being money hungry. To get an understanding of the damage Hillsong has done to the face of Christianity in Australia, read the articles from the site below –
Source: By Paul Aletheia, A Baptist Pastor goes to a Hillsong Conference!, Exposing Error @ MPBC, http://exposingerror.wordpress.com/2014/07/25/a-baptist-pastor-goes-to-a-hillsong-conference/, Published 25/07/2014. (Accessed 01/08/2014.)