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PEDDLING PROSPERITY AT PRESS CONFERENCE?
Is Brian Houston using Christian Press conferences to peddle the prosperity gospel while in the same breath denying it?
We will be doing a series of articles on the below news clip. In this article we will be looking at one statement Brian Houston makes. The remaining articles will focus on how Brian Houston of Hillsong Church uses the prosperity gospel to prove he doesn’t preach a prosperity gospel.
BRIAN HOUSTON HAS NEVER BELIEVED IN A PROSPERITY GOSPEL?
Eternity magazine had an article on Brian Houston this August, 2014.
Brian Houston was reported saying the following at a press conference,
“Brian Houston has never believed in a “prosperity gospel”, he told Eternity at a press conference marking the start of this year’s Hillsong Conference.”
Brian Houston has never believed in a “prosperity gospel”?
Really Brian? Then how on earth do people reconcile your statement to this?
Why did the ABC’s ‘Chaser War on Everything’ do this skit on your prosperity gospel? (Even the Chaser team knows what the prosperity gospel is. And for someone who gets paid $300,000 annually as a
pastor motivational speaker, you don’t know?)
Even your ex-members will tell you Brian that you are a “peddler” of the prosperity gospel.
Even you Brian have been caught by the media preaching the prosperity gospel. They even have other Hillsong teachers and members repeating your false gospel in their report.
So you still don’t know what it is?
Brian Houston has never believed in a “prosperity gospel”, he told Eternity at a press conference marking the start of this year’s Hillsong Conference.
The leader of the family of Hillsong Churches that stretches across the globe says “There’s a huge difference between living rich and living blessed” using the Laodicean Church of Revelation 3 as an example of a church that was rich but not receiving God’s Blessing.
“The prosperity gospel is… not a term I’ve ever heard used in our church in any context whatsoever,” he says referring to Hillsong Church, suggesting the term has been invented by critics.
“There’s really only one gospel: it’s the gospel of Jesus, the gospel of grace.”
“Do I believe God wants to bless his people? 100 per cent. Do I believe he’s come to give us life and give it to us in abundance? 100 per cent. Do I believe he wants us to just get really, really, really rich and spend all and whatever blessing comes our way on ourselves? Absolutely not,” Houston told the press conference.
According to Houston, there’s no denying that Hillsong is a blessed church, though he says that’s relates to more than just finances.
“Financially, we’ll always have more vision than resource.” But he says the church, just like individual Christians, have a choice with what to do with the many blessings of God: use it for ourselves, or use it for others.
“Do we spend all that blessing on ourselves and become introspective and introverted with it? Because I think that’s the way to lose the blessing on your life.
And so, when it comes to personal blessing, I see it the same way. God blesses you to be a blessing… that’s the essence of what we are all about.”
Source: John Sandeman, Blessing and riches different, Eternity, Number 50, ISSN 1837-8447, August 2014.
What a snake.
“Do I believe God wants to bless his people? 100 per cent. Do I believe he’s come to give us life and give it to us in abundance? 100 per cent.”
Uh, Mr Houston, I think you’ll find that “life” referred to by Christ in John 10 is eternal life.
What greater blessing do we have than to have the punishment for our sins paid for by Christ?
What greater blessing do we have than to be able to spend eternity with God our Father?
What greater blessing do we have than to know our eternal salvation is assured by grace, through the cross?
I may not have gone to any Bible schools but to mislead people into believing the gift of eternal life is actually a temporary, physical wealth and health is offensive to me. You have sold eternity for a big house and a nice car. I am genuinely saddened for you and those you have mislead.
Good spotting GM! You’ve uncovered one of our points in our next article.
Has anyone heard Hillsongs worship leader Brooke Frasers horrible new song “Psycosocial” from her new darker album? Lyrics are on her facebook page. Yuck! “I love your projection but I don’t love you, Your perceived perfection but its just not true, Your my victim, your my muse, give me what I want” etc, Bleh! Everyones going to the devil now days, whats going on? Don’t they see whats happening in the world right now? Are they blind?
@TomOverit – what’s going on in the world today is that those who do not love the truth are being given a strong delusion – and that delusion encourages them to believe that they are actually serving and worshiping God.
In reality, the level of deception they have embraced causes them to serve the “god of this world” and that is why their music/lyrics/sermons have taken on a demonic twist.
It often sounds ‘spiritual’ but that the end of the day it is New Age/Occult in nature – you’ve only got to look at the light displays and pyramids that attend the opening of a ‘colour conference” to see that. The imagery is New Age and so is the teaching.
It seems to me Tom, that Brian and Bobbie did the ‘Faustian deal’ and sold out the Kingdom of God for money and other forms of worldliness a long time ago.
“8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:
9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,
10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:
12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.” (2 Thessalonians 2:8 – 12)
I firmly believe that the church has been undergoing a ‘polarization’ for some decades now, and that people will be forced to choose whom they will serve – Christ or Satan.
The Satanic deception is so subtle and yet so strong that those caught up in it, cannot see it for the most part, because the “god of this world” has blinded them – because they did not love the truth (Christ and his word) – all they can see is the delusion and it will take a miracle for them to see things as they really are…
“Your perceived perfection but its just not true […]”
Does this bring anything to mind? How about the following?
“This is what the Sovereign Lord says: ‘You were the seal of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty. You were in Eden, the garden of God; every precious stone adorned you: carnelian, chrysolite and emerald, topaz, onyx and jasper, lapis lazuli, turquoise and beryl. Your settings and mountings were made of gold; on the day you were created they were prepared. You were anointed as a guardian cherub, for so I ordained you. You were on the holy mount of God; you walked among the fiery stones. You were blameless in your ways from the day you were created till wickedness was found in you.” …