What we have exposed again and again is that Brian Houston will happily preach any other gospel except the Christian gospel. Below is Brian Houston’s so-called “Christmas message” for 2014. While most ministers use this opportunity to actually preach a Christian message about the gospel, Brian Houston will preach his opinion on what he believes the gospel of Jesus is about.
You are not going to hear Christianity. You are not going to hear the gospel. You are not going to hear about the Christian Jesus. You will not hear what Jesus accomplished here on earth. You are going to hear a spineless, social/political message by Brian Houston that only expands the popularity of his secular franchise. This is the message of a coward and a thief who has bent the knee to a secular Caesar and not to Jesus Christ. Christians should feel robbed by this pulpit grinch, stealing the Christian gospel and replacing it with a message you would expect from a beauty pageant winner.
There are a few points in the below sermon that should cause Christians to think twice about Brian Houston’s “pastoral” credibility.
It is clear that Brian Houston is deceiving his followers in to believing that:
1. Luke 2:14 is the “simple” gospel of Jesus, when in fact it is the song of the angels.
2. His own opinion is greater that what the bible plainly teaches.
We shall look at these claims more closely.
ANGELS JESUS WE HAVE HEARD ON HIGH?
Houston made the following liberal (and homosexually inclusive) claim,
“In a world where status, background, sexuality, political persuasion or what side of the tracks you are from can cause so much conflict and strife, Jesus came with a very simple message: one of peace on earth and a good will to all men.” 11:57
What do the gospels say Jesus’ “simple message” is?
“I must preach the good news [gospel] of the kingdom of God to the other towns as well; for I was sent for this purpose.” Luke 4:43
Matthew, Mark, Luke and John giving us general examples of what Jesus’ “good news” was about:
From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” Matt 4:17
Now after John had been taken into custody, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.” Mark 1:14-15
Heal the sick who are there and tell them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’ Luke 10:9
Is this gospel of Jesus inclusive as Brian Houston claims? Jesus declared to the Jews,
“… for unless you believe that I Am who I claim to be, you will die in your sins.” John 8:24
Jesus’ message is simple and highly exclusive while Brian Houston deliberately deceived people into thinking this “inclusive Jesus” message was the same as the angels song. It isn’t. In fact, Jesus says something that opposes Brian Houston’s beauty pageant gospel:
“Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.” Matthew 10:34
This was no mistake. This was a deliberate attack on the Christian gospel so Brian Houston could ride on current popularity and political trends to be noticed by the world. It is not right for Brian Houston to lie so blatantly in the name of Jesus.
AN OPINION MORE WORTHY THAN WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS
At 9:16, Brian Houston states,
“We can ease so easily exclude. We can take the things of God and try to make them small which was never, (I believe), the heart of the gospel that was born that day.
The message of Jesus Christ, our Lord our Saviour- never ever was it determined to shrink or make small. Interestingly when it talks about goodwill to men- other translations, it says, “Men whom God favours”. Or in the Revised Standard Version it describes it as, “Men with whom He is pleased”. So you could easily still get the idea this is for some men. This is for some people. But I believe the gospel is for all people.”
While it is true the gospel is to be preached to “all people”, not all people will receive this exclusive message from an exclusive Jesus. Nevertheless, did you observe the deception Houston pulled in the above quote?
Brian Houston concluded from reading two different biblical translations on Luke 2:14 that, “you could easily still get the idea this is for some men. This is for some people”. But that is not good enough for Brian Houston.
Instead of accepting what the bible plainly says, Houston elevated his own opinion above God’s Word. Watch him do it again:
Or in the Revised Standard Version it describes it as, “Men with whom He is pleased”. So you could easily still get the idea this is for some men. This is for some people. But I believe the gospel is for all people.“
Nope. The bible does actually say the angels sing “Men whom God favours” or “Men with whom He is pleased”. It does not teach “Peace and good will on earth to all people”. That is a lie made up by Brian Houston. Members of Hillsong should be ashamed of this utter embarrassment of a gospel message for Christmas 2014.
PULPIT GRINCH EXPOSED
This gospel presentation was so bad, even Chris Rosebrough from Fighting for the Faith sniffed Brian Houston’s liberal agenda:
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Source: Chris Rosebrough, Perry Noble Drops The N-Word, Fighting for the Faith, http://www.fightingforthefaith.com/2014/12/perry-noble-drops-the-n-word.html, 30/12/2014. (Accessed 03/01/2014.)
If you were robbed the gospel by a pulpit grinch like Brian Houston this Christmas, we pray you enjoy this wonderful sermon by Phil Johnson.
The Real Meaning of Christmas (Phil Johnson)
Galatians 4:4-5 | Sunday, December 07, 2014 | Code: 2014-12-07-PJ
Source: By Phil Johnson, The Real Meaning of Christmas (Phil Johnson), The Grace Life Pulpit, http://www.thegracelifepulpit.com/Sermons.aspx?code=2014-12-07-PJ, 07/12/2014.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!