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ABOUT THIS BLOG
This blog is about monitoring the Hillsong ‘Church’ movement. The head of this movement is Brian Houston.
- We will be observing the Hillsong Movement’s values by critically examining their beliefs.
- We will be examining their teachings by comparing their doctrines, behaviours and methods to the historical texts of the bible.
- We will be learning about Brian Houston, head of the Hillsong movement, by exploring his history, knowing his influences, sources and correctly defining his language.
- We will be monitoring the Hillsong organisation’s vision, events/issues and outcomes and compare them to the standards of the gospel and New Testament church, revealed in the New Testament scriptures.
- We will be testing Brian Houston’s spirituallity by comparing the persons of the Trinity in the bible with Houston’s ‘Godly’ encounters, his ‘Jesus’ and his prophecies from ‘God’.
WHY WE STARTED THIS BLOG
This blog does not take/ask for money from people. This blog exists solely to warn people of the dangerous Hillsong Church.
We started as a group of concerned leaders, pastors and elders from various denominations around Australia on Facebook. The main focus of HillsongChurchWatch is to warn and inform people about this church, those both inside and outside the movement. We ask that you pray for those caught in the Hillsong Church Movement.
ABOUT OUR NAME
The name ChurchWatch is based on the scriptures in Romans 16. In our banner we use Romans 16:17 to highlight the origin and concept of our name and what we do.
“I appeal to you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and create obstacles contrary to the doctrine that you have been taught; avoid them. For such persons do not serve our Lord Christ, but their own appetites, and by smooth talk and flattery they deceive the hearts of the naive. For your obedience is known to all, so that I rejoice over you, but I want you to be wise as to what is good and innocent as to what is evil.” Romans 16:17-19
“I appeal to you, brothers”
We used this scripture so Christians are reminded that it is the Apostles that are appealing to us, (not us), to…
“to watch out for those who cause divisions and create obstacles contrary to the doctrine that you have been taught”
Considering that Paul is warning Christians to watch out for those who teach contrary things to Christiantiy, we have compiled a general biblical check list to see if they are rightly marked as a threat to Christianity. Our criteria is in this order:
1. They preach a false gospel (not good news).
2. They preach a false Jesus.
3. They preach a false spirit.
4. They preach a false Christian faith.
5. They preach blasphemies and promote heresies against God.
6. They falsely prophesy to manipulate people.
7. They reject the bible.
8. They parade false titles or false credentials to convince people they are genuine.
9. They promote or associate themselves with false teachers, prophets and leaders.
10. They fulfil the signs of a cult (counterfeit religion), using the acronym BITE and the + – x % model laid out in the below video.
We would encourage Christianity to avoid such cults that pervert the grace of God and use it as a means to justify sin and evil behaviour.
“For such persons do not serve our Lord Christ but their own appetites, and by smooth talk and flattery they deceive the hearts of the naive.”
We believe that the Apostle Paul is speaking directly in today’s culture, describing the false teachers we are monitoring and marking, who do indeed fulfill this criteria laid down by the Apostle Paul.
“For your obedience is known to all, so that I rejoice over you”
We believe we need to promote Christ-like love and obedience by submitting to the above scripture and encouraging Christians likewise to avoid and warn people to flee from these dangerous religious groups.
“but I want you to be wise as to what is good and innocent as to what is evil.”
We encourage our readers to not remain juvenile and immature but to “be wise as to what is good and innocent as to what is evil”.
ABOUT OUR LOGO – CHIREYE
The eye is to represent how we are monitoring or ‘watching’ various religious groups disguised as Christianity in accordance with Romans 16:17 – “WATCH OUT for those who cause division…”.
At the center of the eye is the famous chi-rho. These are two combined ancient greek letters. These letters are pronounced ‘Ch’ (chi) and ‘r’ (rho). These two letters were used to represent the first two letters of Christ. Here is the ancient Greek word for Christ: Χριστῷ.
This symbol was used in the early church (like the use of the fish and anchor symbols). However, this symbol has remained popular since it can be seen carved in the catacombs of Rome when the early church was hiding from persecution. Similarly today, more of the traditional and reformed churches are re-using this symbol or other greek symbols in protest how our culture and the false church are persecuting those who hold to Christ’s teachings (for example see Pirate Christian Radio and Alpha & Omega Ministries).
While many of us write from Charismatic, Pentecostal, Presbyterian, Reformed, Baptist and Anglican backgrounds – we see the importance of today’s church reforming to Christ’s Word and His sound doctrine. Thus we wish to promote the use of the chi-rho to mean reforming to Christ and His teachings. The chi-rho is placed in the center of the eye to represent discernment and how we must test everything through what Christ has achieved on our behalf on His cross. Our eyes must always be on Christ, His Word and His Work.
THE ALPHA & OMEGA
The letters on either side of the chirho are ‘a’ (alpha) and ‘o’ (omega), the first and last letters of the greek alphabet. This is another reference to Jesus where he says, ‘I am the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end’ (Revelations 1:8; 1:11; 21:6; 22:13). This is to simply re-inforce the truth that we must always see Christ as center and not ourselves.
MEANING OF THE COMBINED SYMBOLS
We made this logo because it reminds us to not just watch out for those who can deceive us. If our eyes are not centered on Christ, we too can deceive ourselves. It is Christ that gives us the eyes and sight to see.
The scripture behind this is, “O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? It was before your eyes that Jesus Christ was publicly portrayed as crucified” (Galatians 1:8).
It is Christ that grows and matures us (Eph 4). It is Christ that grows us in His discernment (Hebrews 5). It is Christ that can help us discern (kritikos) “the thoughts and intentions of the heart” (Hebrews 4). And it is Christ that gives us the ears to hear and the eyes to see what His Spirit is doing in His Church today (Revelations 2-3).
We do understand symbology and we are not familiar with the eye depicting Satan. The Illuminati eye is now associated with the satanic even though that used to be an old Christian symbol representing the ‘All-knowing God/One’ or ‘God the omniscience’ (omniscience meaning all-knowing). (Apparently this term was used heavily in the Old Testament Wisdom literature.)
For clarification sake, when we created the symbol, we never associated our logo to the illuminati or the devil. We chose the chir-eye because as our name (Church Watch) suggests, we are keeping an eye on dangerous movements opposing his Christ and His teachings.
Our opinions are useless – Christ and His Word are forever. We hope people who visit our site, grow in the knowledge, maturity and discernment of Christ and His Word and become faithful churchwatchers in light of Romans 16:17.
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