“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you clean the outside of the cup and the plate, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence. You blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and the plate, that the outside also may be clean.
“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs, which outwardly appear beautiful, but within are full of dead people’s bones and all uncleanness. So you also outwardly appear righteous to others, but within you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.
“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you build the tombs of the prophets and decorate the monuments of the righteous, saying, ‘If we had lived in the days of our fathers, we would not have taken part with them in shedding the blood of the prophets.’ Thus you witness against yourselves that you are sons of those who murdered the prophets.” Matthew 23:25-31
The above scriptures are highly applicable to the leadership at Hillsong Church.
Pastor Chris Rosebrough once again critiqued Brian Houston on his “Fighting For The Faith” program. In this sermon review Ps Rosebrough asked a question about the leaders who sit on the front row of Hillsong church and cheer Brian Houston on,
“Does he pay people to sit on the front row and say, “Yes boss! Oh amen! Oh that’s so great”?” (1:09:55)
Well, before an ex-Hillsong/GCCC pastor answers that question, listen to Chris’ excellent review of Brian Houston’s sermon below. He accuses Brian Houston quite rightly of using the skillful heresy two-step technique to trick people.
Snakes And Ladders
Source: Chris Rosebrough, Snakes and Ladders, Fighting for the Faith, http://www.fightingforthefaith.com/#sthash.gig64Qnx.dpuf, Published 08/09/2014. (Accessed 10/09/2014.)
So does Brian Houston “pay” those leaders who sit on the front row to be ‘yes’ men?
Well, this following insight from a Hillsong/GCCC pastor will help open our eyes to the manufactured Hillsong preaching and worship environment.
We are thankful that he is this courageous to stand up and show us these insights into Hillsong. It is our prayer that other leaders like this do likewise for the sake of Christ and his church.
Thanks for the updates, really appreciate it.
My name is David (real name by the way) and I was a full-time pastor at Garden City Christian Church in Brisbane (2006-2009) when Hillsong took it over; I still worked in that same capacity under the Hillsong banner until July 2010 when decided to resign. Actually, I preached on that Sunday morning service at Garden City when the “voting” to become Hillsong took place (April 2009).
The reason for this email is to share my own personal experience with Hillsong, which wasn’t positive at all. What I witnessed first hand there as an “insider member of the pastoral team and staff” really shocked me (back then I already had over 23 years in full-time ministry). I had a glimpse of how that religious business operate. Among many things, I would like to mention a couple at this stage:
1) One weekday, right after the “take over”, Donna Crouch came from Sydney to teach and show us “how to create the atmosphere” during a Hillsong service. We were told straight away that preparing the room with dimmed lights, darker paint, loud music, smiles, cool dressing, could help create an atmosphere for God to operate in our midst (her words). She then (together with a few helpers) demonstrated to us how to do it (either at the auditorium or up the platform); rehearsal then followed by some of us practicing how to “do church service at Hillsong as a staff member.” Basically, we were told to: “choreograph our worship with raised arms, closed eyes, ocasional jumping and ocasional shouts.” If rostered to go up the platform for announcements, prayer, offerings or preaching, to make sure we would go up the steps fast, on a hype, expressing joy and excitement, really “pumped”. Looking downcast in front of the crowd was an “absolute NO.” We were told that, in Hillsong culture, verbal and body language is everything (“your language locates you”).
2) One Sunday morning during the service, I was sitting in the front row with my wife paying attention to the preacher when I received a text message from a guy brought up from Sydney – Steve Mawston – to help implement Hillsong culture in Brisbane. He was there in the same service sitting opposite to me at the other aisle. I showed my wife the text message which read: “David, your aisle is very quite during the service. Now is the time for you to start shouting “yes”, “yeah”, “amem” and “preach it” , raise your arms and make some noise to liven it up a bit so others might follow suit and do likewise.” That really saddened my heart when I noticed how things are fabricated and simulated in order to create a hype during the service and portray an apparent image of “revival, worship and spirituality.” I really feel for those who still work there as I believe they must be lost in what’s true worship and what’s just done to impress the crowd and please others. Young people are surely the most vulnerable and easy victims of brainwash.
Hope it helps shed some light on the “hillsong phenomena.”
Keep up the good work in exposing them.
God can’t be mocked!
Bless you heaps,
Source: David, A Hillsong victim’s experience…, Hillsong Church Watch, https://hillsongchurchwatch.com/2014/09/09/a-hillsong-victims-experience/#comment-8414, September 11, 2014 at 7:40 am. (Accesse 16/09/2014.)
Looks like Brian Houston, (who gets paid 300k a year), took a page out of his friend’s book.
Why Is The “Fake It Til You Make It” Joel Osteen Still Speaking At Hillsong Conferences?
One has to consider how Brian Houston can reconcile his facade with his “tweeted” wisdom to his faithful followers:
Live your life in a transparent & authentic way. If you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear & nothing to lose!
Source: Brian Houston, @BrianCHouston, Twitter,https://twitter.com/BrianCHouston/status/497431278049062912, Published 10:17 AM, 07/08/2014. (Accessed 10/08/2014.)
The Narrowing Path said:
Reblogged this on The Narrowing Path and commented:
“That really saddened my heart when I noticed how things are fabricated and simulated in order to create a hype during the service and portray an apparent image of “revival, worship and spirituality.”
This is a truly concerning insight into life within the Hillsong cult, particularly relevant in light of the recent article posted here on The Narrowing Path entitled “What is True Christian Revival”.
The Narrowing Path said:
An article from Charles Spurgeon on true Christian revival:
Notice what Spurgeon says about those constantly seeking ‘revival’:
“For a church to be constantly needing revival is the indication of much sin, for if it were sound before the Lord it would remain in the condition into which a revival would uplift its members.”
Does anyone know if C3 also tells its leaders to “choreograph our worship”?
GM: And preaching. Ever listen/watch a C3 sermon? Check who’s sitting on the front row and listen to their “approval”, as the speaker pauses (for his “reward”).
Mega-cult sermons: sycophants listening to sickos rant.
When people singing play guitars but don’t have them plugged in…..maybe. Fact. Although I think it was a once off. I mean, you’ve never done it? :0
This used to happen a lot at Metro/ ISEE church here in Brisbane and also at the NAR church over in Kelvin Grove. Young people, planted throughout the audience (couldn’t call it a congregation, would be pumped and primed at a pre service ‘prayer meeting’ to continually shout out things like:
Preach it brother – AMEN! and so on. This action was not motivated by the Holy Spirit – it was mechanical and repetitive, and totally unnecessary.
Most of the “preaching” in both places was nothing to really shout out about…
It reminds me of a cold engine in winter, where the driver ‘pumps the gas pedal’ in the vain hope that the engine will start… it didn’t!
As for Metro, I wouldn’t say this was planned. Of course there is emotion, just like anywhere, and “encouragement” to “get behind” the preaching, ; but there’s no Furtick-style planned, manipulating things going on. I have pretty good authority on that.
Very unfortunate. It is all about the ‘New Jesus’.
Just want to thank Pastor David for having the courage to step out and follow Gods leading. We applaud you my friend. We left the Brisbane Hillsong last year for a long list of reasons and your story reaffirms we made the right decision. Any more information you can write on here would be appreciated.
So many pastors at Hillsong probably know the church is steering in the wrong direction but haven’t the guts to follow Jesus and are more afraid of the opinion of men and loosing their income. It just shows that Hillsong is more afraid of their appearance then surrendering it all to God and letting the Holy Spirit lead the church. But then the Holy Spirit has long left the building. Thus they are left having to FAKE it. If God was there and the teaching was actually feeding the sheep then the sheep would naturally be excited to hear the word.
But, Brian hasn’t preached the word for a long time. We got tired of hearing sermons taken from the lyrics of his sons latest song from Hillsongs latest album. It was like a big promotion for their albums. Every week he would preach from another song from the new album. Jesus is the Word and he has a lot more powerful preaching then fluffy song lyrics that just don’t cut it. No wonder they have to pretend people are excited when in TRUTH they aren’t.
Ryan Grace said:
I’m a student at Hillsong Bible College. So many people love to jump on the bring down Hillsong wagon. But being a student here and seeing the way Hillsong works behind the scenes and being involved with the church daily has really shown me that this church Is incredible. This College changes thousands of young people’s lives every year and the church is doing incredible things all over the world because God is in it and has choosen this church to do incredible things for his glory. I am honoured to call brian my senior pastor and Hillsong my home church.
“This college” also brainwashes people to believe the things Hillsong wants you to believe and do the things Hillsong wants you to do. It sounds like you’re a victim to their lies. Tell us – did you listen to the review of Houston’s sermon?
Ryan Grace, you’re wrong. God has not “chosen” hillsong at all. Whoever told you that is trying to manipulate you. God doesn’t chose a church, he choses us all. It sounds to me like you are suffering from a case of pride. Pride in calling Brian Houston your pastor, pride in being attached to Hillsong, Pride in your Hillsong bible college education. There is nothing OK about any of these “achievements”, they aren’t rewarded by God. Look deeper, with humility, search for God, don’t jump on that band wagon, it leads in the wrong direction.