Jesus said that you will recognize false teachers (wolves in sheep’s clothing) by their fruit. A classic example would be Hillsong dressing up their conference with their “Jesus-following” wool but completely throwing Christ under the bus to further their humanistic movement.
We certainly appreciate that Hillsong is at least up front with their Colour Your World Conference. Is it about Jesus?
“Colour Conference is about you,” Hillsong says.
However the Colour Conference is not about you or Jesus. It is “a humanitarian conference at its core”
Hillsong Church writes:
AN ATMOSPHERE OF WORSHIP
Encounter God and rest in His presence. Our guests and team prepare to present the Word of God for your hearts to absorb and outwork.
This is a humanitarian conference at its core, so we inform, educate and awaken you to the plight of thousands in desperate situations, and equip you with practical tools on how to make an impact in your own world and globally as we work together.
Colour Conference is about you; it is about value, being valued and placing value on others. We can’t wait to share Colour with you!
Source: Hillsong, http://hillsong.com/colour/experience. (Accessed 02/09/2014.)
HILLSONG PUBLICLY LYING TO THEIR AUDIENCE
In the above blurb, Hillsong mislead their audiences,
“Our guests and team prepare to present the Word of God for your hearts to absorb and outwork.”
No. They present anything but the Word of God. For instance, they have invited two questionable speakers. One is Word of Faith leader, Joyce Meyer, who is far outside of biblical orthodoxy and must be considered a false teacher. She exposes many to the errors of the Positive Confession movement where she even says that Jesus lost his divine nature, went to hell, finished the atonement in hell, and was born again! This is a serious error since it implies that Jesus, who is God in human flesh, needed to be changed.
The other is Beth Moore who reduces her audience’s spiritual IQ whenever she attempts to preach anything from the scriptures. She cannot to be trusted to properly teach from the word of God, she is leading many astray with her approval of contemplative prayer, personal revelations, and faulty biblical exegesis. It wouldn’t take much effort for Hillsong to research these false teachers and the false doctrines they peddle. So why does Hillsong insist that their guests, like Joyce Meyer and Beth Moore, “prepare to present the Word of God for your hearts”?
What also stands out in this blurb is how Hillsong associates their “humanitarian conference” with the idea to “awaken” people to worldly causes. You may think that we are overreacting. But consider for a second what a Christian often associates the word “awaken” with – revive or revival.
Not so with Hillsong here. They deliberately link the idea of “awaken” with their “humanitarian conference”. Why?
This only links yet again that the definition of “awaken” used by Hillsong is interchangeable with pagan origins. This is not the Christian idea of ‘awakening’. This is self-actualisation disguised in Christian talk. This type of thinking stems from Buddhism. Although Hillsong insists that they preaching Christ even, they are really only using his name (in vain) as a buttress for their social “gospel”. The problem with the social gospel is that it emphasises we are the answer – not Christ.
Dr. Michael Horton informs us that in C. S. Lewis’s Screwtape Letters, the devil’s strategy is not to remove Christ altogether from the scene, but to propagate a “Christ And…” religion:
What we want, if men become Christians at all, is to keep them in the state of “Christianity And.” You know–Christianity and the Crisis, Christianity and the New Psychology, Christianity and the New Order, Christianity and Faith Healing, Christianity and Psychic Research, Christianity and Vegetarianism, Christianity and Spelling Reform. If they must be Christians, let them at least be Christians with a difference. Substitute for the faith itself some Fashion with a Christian colouring. Work on their horror of the Same Old Thing (Letter XXV).