The origins of Hillsong (Part 4): Like dictator, like son

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Many people assume that the origins of Hillsong originated from Charismaticism, Pentecostalism or the Salvation Army. This is not true.

This series of articles looks at the history of the New Order of the Latter Rain (NOLR) and how it overtook the AOG in NZ, the AOG in Australia and how Frank Houston, the founder of Hillsong/Christian Life Center, was instrumental in spreading Latter Rain influences throughout New Zealand and Australian churches. In this article we will explore how Frank Houston redefined church governance under his apostolic leadership and removed the democratic voting rights of his church members.

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The New Apostolic Reformation cult preach a false Jesus, false gospel and New Age metaphysical teachings and strategies in an attempt to bring heaven to earth.

You can read our articles to see how Frank Houston was influenced by the NOLR cult through the teachings of false prophet and fraudulent healer William Branham and other New Zealand Latter Rainers in his church:

The origins of Hillsong (Part 1): The New Order of the Latter Rain
The origins of Hillsong (Part 2): Hillsong founder under the “New Order” cult
The origins of Hillsong (Part 3): Frank Houston’s takeover and makeover of NZ AOG

 

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Brian Houston: “Blocking haters on Twitter is like sport”

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Do you sometimes question the things Brian Houston says or does at Hillsong? Maybe you are offended how he covered up his father’s pedophilia? Or how he lied about his father to his church, the media and the rest of the word? Maybe you are offended how Brian Houston condemns your church or your Christian friends so he can elevate his Hillsong movement?

Maybe you are offended with his scripture twisting? His financial scamming? His abusive behaviour towards other people? His bullying towards women who were asking for help or simply asking questions?

If you do have these types of questions, make sure you say nothing. According to Brian, you’re a hater. And according to Brian, this means he can’t wait to block you. (He admits he gets an adrenaline rush if he blocks haters like you.)

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Don’t believe us?

Brian Houston tweets,

Source: Brian Houston, Twitter, https://twitter.com/brianchouston/status/635376834746560512, Published 2:03 AM – 23 Aug 2015. (Accessed 27/06/2016.)

The Australian media have publicly labeled Brian Houston a megalomaniac. This kind of behaviour from Brian only confirms that he shows no stability as a pastor or even as a compassionate human being. We think “megalomaniac” is fitting. What are your thoughts on Brian Houston’s twitter comment?

Paul & Jan Crouch: An example of the Evangelical Industrial Complex in action

If you want a good example how the Evangelical Industrial Complex (EIC) works, this article from Marsha West from Berean Research provides good insight into how the Christian A-Post-ate spin the lives of Paul and Jan Crouch:

Some Christian news blogs and high-profile leaders overlook the truth

When I heard that Jan Crouch died of a massive stroke, to be quite honest, I was not saddened by the news.  Why?  Well, for one thing Jan and her deceased husband Paul promoted the worst sort of heresy imaginable: Word of Faith.  But you wouldn’t find that out by reading the Christian Post’s puff piece.  Janice Crouch was a controversial figure to be sure. But inquiring minds learned nothing about that from CP.  Certainly part of the reason for the controversy was the colossal pink-tinged “cotton candy” wigs, heavy make-up, and the lavish lifestyle she and husband Paul enjoyed.  But there were many other reasons the Crouches were controversial.  So let’s take a quick look at their history.

The couple were the founders and leaders of Trinity Broadcasting Network.  TBN has been in business since 1973 and has an estimated net worth of half a billion dollars.  A single Praise-A-Thon can bilk faithful viewers out of as much as $50 million tax exempt donations. The Crouches were known for their scandalous statements against anyone who dared challenge the cultic Faith teaching they were spreading on a global scale via their cable TV network. The following is excerpted from “Televangelist Paul Crouch Leaves a Dirty Legacy; Evangelical Christians Look the Other Way” by Terry Firma:

The New York Times published an exposé of the Crouches’ financial tricks last year. It tells you volumes about how the darling duo spent all that revenue from donations, TV rights, and investments.

For instance:

 

The [couple’s] lavish perquisites, described by [estranged granddaughter and former financial officer Brittany] Koper and corroborated by interviews with two other former TBN employees, include additional, often-vacant homes in Texas and on the former Conway Twitty estate in Tennessee, corporate jets valued at $8 million and $49 million each and thousand-dollar dinners with fine wines, paid with tax-exempt funds.

More:

[F]ormer TBN employees also said that dozens of staff members, including Ms. Koper, chauffeurs, sound engineers and others had been ordained as ministers by TBN. This, she said, allowed the network to avoid paying Social Security taxes on their salaries and made it easier to justify providing family members with rent-free houses, sometimes called “parsonages.” (Source)

The above is just a tidbit of information that can be gleaned from a Google search.  But nothing like this was mentioned in CP’s report, even though the controversy still rages.  Also not mentioned in the puff piece is the fact that because of TBN, Faith teaching has become one of this era’s greatest threats to authentic Christianity.

Joseph Chambers wrote a piece entitled “The Confused World of Paul and Jan Crouch” and provides the transcript of a chat Kenneth Copeland had with the Crouches where he lays out the force of faith to them. Briefly, Copeland believes faith is a tangible force. This force is released through the spoken word, thus name-it-and-claim-it.  When we speak words of faith, power is discharged that will accomplish our desires. Through faith we can have health, wealth, success – anything we want.  Copeland also spins the yarn that alleged laws of the universe can be manipulated independent of God.  Does this mean God is subject to the laws He created?  According to word-faith theology, yes.

What Faith Is Not

Now to the discussion.  As we will see, when presented with Ken Copeland’s decidedlyunbiblicalmetaphysical view of faith, there is no argument from the Crouches — no contending for the faith as believers are commanded to do in Jude 1:3:

Kenneth Copeland: “The force of faith is in the spiritual realm a great deal like certain forces in the natural realm. It is a spiritual force, like gravity is a natural force, and electricity is a natural force of power.”

Paul Crouch: “A measurable natural force.”

Kenneth Copeland: “It’s a measurable force, it’s conductible, it’s perceptible to the touch . . . Faith is a spiritual force, it’s perceptible, . . . it is a tangible force, it’s an invisible force, so is gravity, but it is there.”

Paul Crouch: “So is electricity . . . Does God use faith?”

Kenneth Copeland: “Surely.”

Paul Crouch: “. . . See, here is the sore spot. There are those who say . . .”

Jan Crouch: “Not with him.” (speaking of Copeland)

Paul Crouch: “Not with you.” (lots of laughter follows)

Jan Crouch: “Not with God.”

Kenneth Copeland: “. . . the fact. No, I’m not sore at God at all and I don’t think He’s sore at me . . . I haven’t done anything to Him.”

Paul Crouch: “. . . The critics say God is God, He doesn’t have to have faith; He doesn’t exercise faith. He doesn’t use faith. He’s God. He’s the object of faith.”

Kenneth Copeland: ” . . . Wait a minute, what does that mean? Object of faith. I don’t know what that means.”

Jan Crouch: “I don’t either.”

(End discussion.)

The definition of biblical faith has no kinship to this “Force of Faith” espoused by Copeland, and apparently Paul and Jan Crouch. In the above statement by Kenneth Copeland, God is said to use faith just like Copeland uses faith. Faith ceases to be the lofty and eternal truth forever settled in the Heavens and established by an eternal God that is Himself the object of our faith. It becomes a formula or a New Age force that is a pagan idea, clearly kin to the many teachings of the occult. (Source)

Does the Bible teach that faith is a force?  No!  Yet the Crouches fail to challenge Copeland on his dangerous teaching.  In fact, Paul Crouch once looked into the camera and said in his friend’s defense, “If you want to criticize Ken Copeland for his preaching on faith, or Dad Hagin get out of my life! I don’t even want to talk to you or hear you. I don’t want to see your ugly face. Get out of my face, in Jesus’ name.”

Visitors to CP think the site is the epitome of Christian orthodoxy, that people of faith can trust CP to keep them informed. Yet contributing writer Anugrah Kumar didn’t apprise readers about TBN’s promotion of some pretty dangerous teaching.

Bible believing Christians familiar with the power couple’s warped theology consider them wolves in sheep’s clothing.  Which begs the question:  Why did an Internet publication that calls itself Christian fail to share this not so small detail in a big story?  Jesus himself addressed the wolf infestation He faced head on:

Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit. (Mat 7:15-17)

Paul and Jan Crouch produced rotten fruit! What did Jesus say would happen to diseased trees?  (Mat 7:18, 19)

Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus you will recognize them by their fruits. (Mat 7:19, 20)

Trouble In Paradise

Jackie Alnor of Scattered Sheep Report has been following the Crouches and TBN for decades. When she heard the news of Jan’s demise she wrote a piece entitled, “The True Legacy of Jan Crouch.” In it she reminds us that:

Jan died with 14 lawsuits pending against her whistle-blower granddaughter, Brittany Crouch Koper, costing TBN donors multiple millions of dollars.

Jan had not spoken to her granddaughter since she was fired as the Chief Financial Officer of TBN in 2011 for insisting that the Crouches follow the laws governing the use of donor money and not siphon it off to boost Matt Crouch’s secular movie directing ambitions, among other reported wastes for the Crouches to live extravagantly.

Alnor concludes:

Paul & Jan Crouch’s legacy must not go down in history all white-washed and controlled by million $ lawyers. The truth is ugly but must be told — if the LORD tarries, it must be known from here on that TBN was/is the biggest carrier of apostasy in all of church history. (Read Jackie’s full report here)

Why did the reporter neglect to inform readers about legitimate lawsuits? Moreover, why would a Christian publication fail to mention that the Crouches were often criticized, and rightly so, for being the “biggest carrier of apostasy in all of church history”?

It’s no secret that TBN props up a plethora of false prophets who spread heresy all over the globe.  TBN promotes the health and wealth prosperity gospel…NAR/dominionismPurpose DrivenismEmergentContemplative prayer…Christian Mysticism…New Age/New Thought and everything else under the sun.  In a word, syncretism.

TBN hosts false teachers such as Kenneth Copeland, Benny Hinn, Joel Osteen, T. D. Jakes, Joseph Prince, Kim Clement, Steven Furtick, Joyce Meyer, Brian Houston,Christine Caine, James Robison, Robert Morris, Paula White, John Avanzini, Jesse Duplantis, Frederick Price, Creflo Dollar, Morris Cerullo, Paul Yonggi Cho, Marilyn Hickey, Jerry Savelle, John Hagee, Rod Parsley, Sid Roth, C. Peter Wagner, Cindy Jacobs,Chuck Pierce, Reinhard Bonnke…and the list goes on and on.

Many people have expressed their concern and displeasure when they see evangelical celebrities thought to be theologically solid appear on TBN.  A few examples of those who have done this for whatever reason are Franklin Graham, Kirk Cameron, David Jeremiah, Ray Comfort, Beth Moore, Max Lucado and Anne Graham Lotz.

Leaders Who Fail To Lead

Quick digression.  While doing research for this article, I had no choice but to visit CP several times.  On one of those sojourns I noticed a blog post by Dr. Michael Brown at the top of the page.  Dr. Brown is a conservative Messianic Jew, whose resume includes all sorts of accomplishments and degrees, including a Ph. D from New York University.  Brown is a respected charismatic leader and Bible scholar.  His desire is to be taken seriously, and for the most part he is.  Ironically, on CP’s homepage, just a few doors down in the opinion section under “Living” I noticed a guest column by Joyce Meyer.  Meyer is a notorious false teacher so the heading should be “Dying” for the reason that her unbiblical theology leads to death.  So, why would a Bible scholar who grasps the meaning of heresy better than most want his column carried by a so-called Christian blog that features articles written by wolves in sheep’s clothing?  Remember, brethren, this is the “Christian” Post.  Richard Land, CP’s executive editor, served as president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission which is the public policy arm of the Southern Baptist Convention until he was forced to resign.  Land is a conservative Baptist!  He, too, knows perfectly well that the prosperity gospel is a heresy that’s spreading.  Yet he seemingly has no problem providing a platform for Faith teachers to promote their rotten fruit!  Where’s the discernment?  Where was it in 2013 when “Papa” Paul Crouch died?  CP’s Anugrah Kumar wrote a tribute to him, quoting several Christian luminaries:

“Praise to God for this man of faith,” tweeted Lucado, bestselling author and writer and preacher at Oak Hills Church in San Antonio, Texas. Crouch “has passed into eternal joy,” he said.

“‏We celebrate Dr. Paul Crouch’s good & faithful work on earthMay we all leave such a legacy for the Kingdom,” wrote Creflo Dollar, founder and senior pastor of World Changers Church International, on Twitter.

May we all not leave such a legacy for the Kingdom, or we could find ourselves in the Kingdom of Hell.

Of course Paul’s pal Heretic Hinn had to add his 2 cents:

On this day of his glorious home-going, please reflect upon the tremendous impact of this man’s extraordinary life,” reads a tweet by Pastor Hinn from Benny Hinn Ministries. (Source)

A glowing tribute by Christian Post – for a ravenous wolf!

Had enough?

I have.  So back to the subject at hand, Janice Crouch.  From what we know to be true about her, she has passed from this life to a place where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth. Luke 13:28    I do understand there is always the possibility she repented of her sins and came to faith in the true Jesus Christ before she died.  If this was the case, by God’s grace, she is in heaven.

I’ll close with a quote from Dr. Martyn Lloyd Jones:

Heresies always result from the wiles of the devil, the efforts of the principalities and powers.  Are your eyes open to it?  Do you realize the relevance of all this to you as a member of the Christian Church?  Are you being carried away by this loose, general, sentimental talk?  God forbid that any of us should ever say that it matters not what you believe as long as you are a Christian.  May God open our eyes, and having given us to see the truth, then enable us “to be strong in the Lord and in the power of his might.”  “Take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.  (H/T Glenn Chatfield)

Source: By Marsha West, Some Christian news blogs and high-profile leaders overlook the truth, Berean Research, http://bereanresearch.org/christian-news-blogs-high-profile-leaders-overlook-truth/, Published 11/06/2016. (Accessed 11/06/2016.)

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Bethel Redding’s Courtship with Belial

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In our previous article, “The Latest Unholy Alliance – Hillsong and Bethel”, we linked to an upcoming Bethel event, “OpenHeavens” with Brian Houston as a keynote speaker.

The “unholy alliance” continues as Bethel embarks on its own courtship with the Pope.

Tony Miano writes,

Bethel Redding’s Courtship with Belial

Kris Vallotton, second in command of the Bethel Redding cult, recently met Pope Francis--an antichrist.Kris Vallotton, second in command of the Bethel Redding cult, recently met Pope Francis–an antichrist.

I have well-documented the unbiblical, blasphemous beliefs and practices of a group I believe is a cult–Bethel Redding. My research and documentation includes information about Bethel’s second-in-command,Kris Vallotton. Today, Vallotton met Pope Francis–head of the apostate Roman Catholic Church and an antichrist. As I write this article, Vallotton’s Facebook photo with the pope has 240 shares, 290 comments, and over 5,700 reactions. Vallotton’s remarks, along with many of the comments attached to the photo, serve as examples of Bethel Redding’s courtship with Belial.

Who is Belial?

The word/name “Belial” appears in only verse in the Bible–2 Corinthians 6:15.

“What accord has Christ with Belial? Or what portion does a believer share with an unbeliever?”

So, who or what is “Belial?”

I found the following explanation in Ellicott’s Commentary for English Readers to be rather fascinating:

“The passage is remarkable as being the only occurrence of the name in the New Testament, all the more so because it does not appear in the Greek version of the Old. The Hebrew word signifies ‘vileness, worthlessness;’ and the ‘sons of Belial’ (as in Deuteronomy 13:13; 1 Samuel 2:12; 1 Samuel 25:17) were therefore the worthless and the vile. The English version, following the Vulgate, translates the phrase as though Belial were a proper name, and this has led to the current belief, as shown in Milton’s poems, that it was the name of a demon or fallen angel, the representative of impurity—

‘Belial came last, than whom a spirit more lewd,

Fell not from heaven, or more gross to love

Vice for itself.’—Paradise Lost, i. 490.

‘Belial, the dissolutest spirit that fell,

The sensualest, and, after Asmodai,

The fleshliest incubus.’—Paradise Regained, ii. 204.

“St. Paul’s use of the word would seem to imply that some such belief was floating among the Jews in his time. A strange legend, which possibly had a Jewish origin (it is referred to certain necromantici), is found in an obscure and forgotten book (Wierus: Pseudo-Monarchia Dæmonum), to the effect that Solomon was led by a certain woman to bow before the image of Belial, who is represented as worshipped by the Babylonians. Of that worship there is no trace in history; and Milton seems to have recognised this—

‘To him no temple stood

Nor altar smoked.’

“But if the name had gathered these associations round it, we can understand St. Paul’s using it as representing, or, as it were, personifying, the whole system of impure cultus that prevailed in the worship of Aphrodite at Corinth.”

In his work, Notes on the Bible, Albert Barnes explains the term “Belial” this way:

“Belial – Βελίαλ Belial or Βελίαρ Beliar, as as it is found in some of the late editions. The form Beliar is Syriac. The Hebrew word בּליּצל beliya‛al means literally without profit; worthlessness; wickedness. It is here evidently applied to Satan. The Syriac translates it ‘Satan.’ The idea is, that the persons to whom Paul referred, the pagan, wicked, unbelieving world, were governed by the principles of Satan, and were ‘taken captive by him at his will’ (2 Timothy 2:26 compare John 8:44), and that Christians should be separate from the wicked world, as Christ was separate from all the feelings, purposes, and plans of Satan. He had no participation in them; he formed no union with them; and so it should be with the followers of the one in relation to the followers of the other.”

Whether Belial is a demonic entity or a type of person, followers of Christ are to never engage in any spiritual enterprise (prayer, worship, ministry, etc.) with unbelievers, with practitioners of false religions–with Belial, with those who are of their father, the devil.

“Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness? What accord has Christ with Belial? Or what portion does a believer share with an unbeliever? What agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; as God said,

‘I will make my dwelling among them and walk among them,
and I will be their God,
and they shall be my people.
Therefore go out from their midst,
and be separate from them, says the Lord,
and touch no unclean thing;
then I will welcome you,
and I will be a father to you,
and you shall be sons and daughters to me,
says the Lord Almighty’” (2 Corinthians 6:14-18).

Vallotton professes to be a Christian, yet he lauds the leader and practitioner of a false religion. He does this with seemingly nary a care for the billion lost souls in Roman Catholicism and without a care for the soul of a lost old man he would call “brother.” Why the fascination with Francis?

Vallotton’s Fascination with Francis

026_KVM_PopeVallotton makes no secret about his man-crush on the pope. “I had the privilege of meeting Pope Francis today with some other pastors. He is really a great man. I love him a ton!” This is how Vallotton captioned his photo of his meeting with the pope.

A great man? How can any professing Christian refer to the present leading antichrist in the world as a “great man?” And how exactly does Vallotton define a “great man,” if the pope (the leader of an apostate religion that spiritually [and sometimes physically] abuses, enslaves, coerces, extorts, and manipulates more than a billion people) as his example?

Earlier this year, Vallotton did a “blog swap” with Lisa Bevere. Lisa is married to John Bevere–the man who takes credit for giving the New Apostolic Reformation its name in 1994 and for being the apostate and blasphemous movement’s “intellectual godfather.”

Earlier this year, writing on Lisa Bevere’s blog, Vallotton penned an article titled Women Leaders in the Church. Vallotton begins the article as follows:

“In a recent interview with America Magazine, the Pope spoke of his concern for women to find their proper role in the Church. He said, ‘Women are asking deep questions that must be addressed. The Church cannot be herself without the woman and her role.’

“I agree with the Pope. I have an amazing wife, two daughters, a daughter-in-law and three granddaughters that wake up every day to a world of discrimination simply because of their gender. But the most troubling aspect of this oppression is that the Church is often found leading it! Many believers have developed a theology that proactively uses the Bible to disqualify women from the most formidable roles of leadership, especially in the Church. I am appalled by the number of Christian leaders who are convinced that women are not as qualified, called, and/or gifted to lead as men are.”

Vallotton, a feminist and an egalitarian, doesn’t even try to hide his cards. He lacks the wisdom and discernment to differentiate between the Roman Catholic Church and the true Church–the Bride of Christ. He lacks the wisdom and discernment to differentiate between a Christian and an antichrist. He sees the pope as a spiritual brother, a “great man” who he “loves a ton.” Of course it’s only my opinion, but I believe the reason is that both Vallotton and Pope Francis are of the same spiritual father–the devil (John 8:44).

Some NAR, Bethel Redding, and Vallotton apologists will no doubt cry foul (they do every time I dare to touch who they believe is one of the Lord’s “anointed”). They will accuse me of faulting Vallotton for “loving” the pope. They will accuse me of not loving the pope. It’s not true. I don’t believe Vallotton is capable of loving the pope with a love that matters–the kind of love that would call the pope to repent and believe the gospel.

Vallotton’s Lost Sheep Followers of Belial

As disturbing as Vallotton’s man-crush on the pope is, the comments of Vallotton’s lost sheep followers of Belial are just as bad–if not worse. Here are a few low-lights:

“I’m glad you love him [the pope]. So do I ..He has such a heart for the Lord.”

And…..

“We are one in the spirit
We are one in the Lord
And we pray that our unity
May one day be restored.

“We just sang that at Azusa. Look at us now!”

And…..

“Please tell me you gave Him a word. That would be incredible to honor him that way. Awesome to see this.”

And…..

“Not a false teacher at all. Some would toss those claims towards Bethel as well. Just because you read your bible differently, doesn’t make it false… Careful how tight you hold water/theologies. The tighter you grip the more you loose.”

And…..

“Can’t we just agree that this was an historic moment without offering our opinions” (Beni Johnson, wife of Bill Johnson–leader of the Bethel Redding cult).

It’s the blind leading the blind. It’s a wolf leading deceived sheep (or goats). These quotes are heartbreaking examples of people who may very-well one day hear Jesus say:

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness’” (Matthew 7:21-23).

Closing Thoughts

Kris Vallotton has once again shown himself to be a friend of Belial and not a follower of Christ. Vallotton lacks the wisdom and discernment to recognize Pope Francis as an antichrist, likely for the same reason a billion Roman Catholics fail to do so. He is lost and needs to repent and come to faith in Jesus Christ. I hope and pray he does while God has given him time.

If after reading this article you’ve come to realize that Bethel Redding and Kris Vallotton have led you astray, if after reading this you are questioning what you believe, please take the time to read Our Message.

The latest ”Unholy Alliance” – Hillsong and Bethel.

The New Apostolic Reformation NAR cult have recently exposed the origins of their theology. The NAR is governed by the end-times Apostles (NARpostles) and Prophets. Brian Houston is the governing NARpostle of his Hillsong movement and Bill Johnson is the NARpostle of his Bethel movement.

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NARpostle Bill Johnson recently denied that he had any official ties to the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR). He even went so far to say that he wasn’t even sure what the NAR is.

Bill Johnson blatantly lies to ChristianityToday

Below is an advert for a NAR conference that both NARpostle Brian Houston and NARpostle Bill Johnson are attending:

This is CLASSIC New Apostolic Reformation gospel theology.

When Jesus bridged the expanse between Earth and Heaven, He empowered us to live like He did–tapping into the power and glory of His Kingdom. What is God’s has become ours! As Heaven permeates our lives, the extraordinary becomes ordinary, and the supernatural becomes natural.

Join us October 4-6 at the Redding Civic Auditorium for our Open Heavens conference. Speakers: Brian Houston, Shawn Bolz, Bill Johnson / Worship: Bethel Music Collective

Register online! http://www.ibethel.org/events/open-heavens/

Source: Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/bethel.church.redding/videos/10153654536386824/, Published 04/06/2016. (Accessed 04/06/2016.)

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Earlier, the advert included the New-Age term (since edited out):

As above, so below.

When Jesus bridged the expanse between Earth and Heaven, He empowered us to live like He did–tapping into the power and glory of His Kingdom. What is God’s has become ours! As Heaven permeates our lives, the extraordinary becomes ordinary, and the supernatural becomes natural.

Join us October 4-6 at the Redding Civic Auditorium for our Open Heavens conference.
Speakers: Brian Houston, Shawn Bolz, Bill Johnson / Worship: Bethel Music Collective

Register online! http://www.ibethel.org/events/open-heavens/

Source: Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/bethel.church.redding/videos/10153654536386824/, Published 04/06/2016. (Accessed 04/06/2016.)

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. This exchange occurred with ‘Bethel Church, Redding’

Taylor Adams I wouldn’t use that phrase “As above, so below” …it’s a new age term and is very dangerous.

Taylor Adams I’ve learned it’s a term used by the new age movement.

Taylor Adams Bethel I would love it if you could respond to this.

Toni Roberson Where do you see that??

Taylor Adams It was in the post and they edited the word out. It’s still in the video and the website.

Bethel Church, Redding We did not know this was a new age term, we are editing as needed. Thanks for your input!

Taylor Adams Thanks! Sorry that I came at you guys like that!

Bethel Church, Redding Taylor Adams Totally ok! You were one of a few to bring our attention to this so we are fixing the issue promptly! We always appreciate input!

Taylor Adams I noticed you removed the term…any explanation to that? Not trying to be harsh just wanting to discern the teachings of churches to the Word of God.

Source: Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/bethel.church.redding/videos/10153654536386824/, Published 04/06/2016. (Accessed 04/06/2016.)

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AS ABOVE SO BELOW

The phrase “As above, so below” is a New Age phrase. This is evident in the below book ‘As Above So Below: Paths to Spiritual Renewal in Daily Life’ by Ronald S. Miller.

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Source: From Amazon

Miller writes,

“Thousands of years ago in ancient Egypt, the great master alchemist Hermes Trismegistus, believed to be a contemporary of the Hebrew prophet Abraham, proclaimed this fundamental truth about the universe: “As above, so below; as below, so above.” This maxim implies that the transcendent God beyond the physical universe and the immanent God within ourselves are one. Heaven and Earth, spirit and matter, the invisible and the visible worlds form a unity to which we are intimately linked.”

Think about that statement in light of what is being advertised about the conference. This strikes at the heart of the pagan teachings of the NAR and why it is so necessary to have shaman-like Apostles in geographically located areas around the world and regions.

New Apostolic Reformation: “When Jesus bridged the expanse between Earth and Heaven, He empowered us to live like He did–tapping into the power and glory of His Kingdom. What is God’s has become ours! As Heaven permeates our lives, the extraordinary becomes ordinary, and the supernatural becomes natural.” New Age Reformation: “This maxim implies that the transcendent God beyond the physical universe and the immanent God within ourselves are one. Heaven and Earth, spirit and matter, the invisible and the visible worlds form a unity to which we are intimately linked.
Hillsong:

“Touching heaven, changing earth…”
“I touch the sky, when my knees hit the ground…”

Bethel:

“When heaven invades earth…”

The teachings behind the NARpostolic movement and
the New Age movement are VERY similar.
Let the NAR “Global Awakening” begin…

 

Rewriting History: The Opening of HillsongChannel.

Brian Houston is not only a false teacher, he is a liar – and he knows it.

Brian Houston’s opening message for his HillsongChannel is absolute proof he knows what he is saying and teaching is both false and misleading.

According to Brian Houston, his success in starting the HillsongChannel is because Brian had:

  • an “untainted heritage”, “growing up in a Ministry family, and in a Ministry family, I was surrounded by the things of God and church life”
  • an “outrageous ability to dream”

This is simply untrue – and Brian Houston knows it. This article will demonstrate that Brian Houston deceived his international audiences with his rewriting of Hillsong history and his family’s legacy/heritage.

BRIAN “OSMOSIS-ING” MOSES

In our link, you can hear Brian speaking about himself with an exaggerated enthusiasm, comparing himself to Moses. Moses had a staff, Brian had a dream.

1. Moses lead God’s people and witnessed miracles along the way because God wanted to fulfill his destiny.
2. Brian is now leading “God’s people” and witnessed miracles along the way because God wanted to fulfill his destiny.

Brian Houston is deliberately deceiving the crowds into believing he is some Moses-like figure where God put a dream in his heart and all Brian Houston had to do was believe.

He has been peddling this “dream-destiny-thingy” heresy for decades but we can confidently state that he does not believe it – he is promoting this same “dream-destiny-thingy” so he can dupe his listeners into believing his telling of the history of Hillsong. The proof becomes evident in Brian Houston’s true history.

Brian Houston went out of his way to present himself as “young Moses”, leading the way with an “untainted heritage” because he “grew up in a Ministry family.” It’s absolutely true that he grew up in a “ministry family”. What is not true is that his father was NOT a minister. His father was a criminal pedophile and a fraud.

The HillsongChannel or the PedophileChannel?

Yes, this is a confronting statement. But the truth behind Brian Houston’s “legacy” is confronting.

Frank Houston, Brian Houston’s father, was raping and molesting young boys throughout New Zealand and Australia. 

Brian Houston should NOT have capitalized on his international audience  to promote the ongoing lie about his family and his heritage. It was “Apostle” Frank Houston that started CLC/Hillsong.

And “Apostle” Frank Houston knew he was never fit or qualified to be an Apostle or Pastor of a church:

Like father, like son: Hillsong’s sandy foundations (Part 1)

Let Brian Houston fill you in:

In 1999, my father Frank Houston decided to step back from day-to-day running of his church, Sydney Christian Life Centre, and passed the baton of leadership on to me. What an honour for Bobbie and me to continue building on the foundations laid by my parents. It was also a tremendous responsibility as we were already pastoring Hills Christian Life Centre in Sydney’s north west. Today Hillsong Church continues what was started in 1977, with our two major worship centres, a city-wide network of cells, and contributing services and ministries all adding to the expansion of future generations.”

Source: Brian Houston, You Can Change the Future, pg. 122.

Yet at the Royal Commission into how Brian Houston handled his father’s affairs, he acknowledged this meeting:

“… my father retired in May 1999 from the senior pastor role, and the idea was that he was going to be an itinerant – it may or may not be relevant, but at the time it seemed very rushed, that he suddenly asked me if I would take on the church. Now, with hindsight, I think we know some of the reasons why that is. So in May of that year, 1999, I became the senior pastor of what we now call the city campus, but then it was Sydney Christian Life Centre, and for a period of maybe 18 months or two years we ran two very distinct churches, working in cooperation.

… I believe because he knew that things were coming to a head with the issues that we’re talking about here at the Commission.”
Source: Brian Houston, Transcript (Day 88), Royal Commission (Case 18), pg. 54-55-6. 

 

Houston starts his Moses comparison at 55:45 to 01:04:28 in the video linked here. It is disturbeding:

TRANSCRIPT

“….sandwiched between God’s salvation and God’s grace is calling and purpose. It’s one thing to live saved, knowing you’re going to Heaven, it’s another thing to lived called, He didn’t just save us, He called us, and that call to me represents what God puts in your hand, your gift, your talent, your work, your career, whatever it is that God has put in your hand.

And then purpose, purpose is what God puts in your heart. In Ecclesiastes, Chapter 3, it says this, it says, ‘that God gives us a divinely implanted sense of purpose’. [3:11 AMP]. My NKJ Bible says, ‘God puts eternity in our hearts’, but the Amplified describes ‘eternity’ as that implanted sense of purpose.
So using what’s in your hand, to fulfill what’s in your heart. Moses, he experienced that because when he was called by God to do something bigger than Moses was, his first response was, ‘how can I do that, who are you God, who am I, whose going to listen to me?’ And in Chapter 4, Exodus, verse 1, Moses says, “But suppose they will not believe me or listen to my voice; suppose they say, ‘the Lord has not appeared to you.’ So the Lord said to Him, ‘what is that in your hand?”[4:1-2 NKJV] All he had in his hand was a rod or a stick, and God was saying I and fulfill my purpose in your life, through what you’ve got in your hand. And for Moses, of course, there were much greater things to come, live the opening of the Red sea and so many other amazing things.
I wonder what you’ve got in your hand. A young Moses, God showed him he could use a stick, and hit a rock and something incredible would happen. I think of myself as a young man, of course I was in New Zealand where I grew up. We lived in a Government house, Government housing, in a small city right by Wellington, in New Zealand. And as I think about what was in my hand, I think about the fact that perhaps I had lated gift inside of me, but there was really no sign of that then. I never stood out as a child, or as a teenager, as a leader and the reality is, I don’t think I ever stood out at school.
What I did have, I think, was whatever God had put in me which was yet to be seen. I think at that point I had an untainted heritage, in other words I grew up in a Ministry family, and in a Ministry family, I was surrounded by the things of God and church life and so from the earliest age I can remember, in fact before I could remember, I wanted to serve Jesus, I wanted to be a preacher, I wanted to build a church, you know I wanted to preach the Gospel, I can’t remember a time when that’s not what I wanted to do with my life, which for me personally, has been a great advantage in life.
So I had that heritage, from which I think comes some wisdom along the way that you maybe inherit. But the other I had was this outrageous ability to dream. Concentration wasn’t my forte, it wasn’t my strong point, and so at school I would just dream, I would dream and I would dream and I would dream. I would sit in our church, which in those days, believe it or not, the 1960s, my church was only about three, four hundred people, but it was then the biggest church in the entire country.
So if you think about it in that context, they were kind of outrageous dreams. Sometimes you look backwards and you thing, ah yes, because it becomes your norm, but back then, I’m in what was the biggest church in the country where I grew up, three or four hundred people and I dreamed of preaching to thousands in arenas, I dreamed of preaching to thousands, I dreamed of travelling a long way. I used to dream of coming to Australia, believe it or not, I used to dream of Sydney, I used to dream about America and the United States and I used to dream about how great it would be one day to have the chance, even once, to go there.
I used to dream about building a church, I genuinely, as a little boy I used to dream, I’d dream, I’d dream, I’d dream in church, I’d dream of leading thousands of people to Christ. I believe that one of the things that God dropped in my hand was the ability to dream, and hopefully to dream dreams that were far bigger than I was. And so, with that I couldn’t have believed all that God had for me, but I never lost that ability to dream.
Of course, move right along, come to the 1980’s, we started our church, we talked about it a moment ago and we started it in a little school hall and when we stated though I had a dream. I remember a few years on, I dreamed about setting up a way for us to reach beyond ourselves and it involved conferences, and it involved worship, and it involved a college, and it involved so many of the things that we do today, and one of the things in particular, it involved was television. And this was before the days when really that was even a part of our world.
1993, I’ve talked about it, where I sat at my desk one time and I just dreamed. I took out a pen and just spent hours, and I wrote down the church that I see, I wrote it there and it was far different than the church we had. And the truth is that was 1993, by the time we were 20 years on from there and our church was 30 years on, rather than be just something that was just a dream and so far off that it was outrageous, it almost became like a description of Hillsong Church. So I did it again, and suddenly I dreamed and I began to talk about the church that I now see.
And I kinda think this is cool because that was two or three years ago how would I had known at the end of last year, that Matt Crouch the president of TBN would come, and start talking to us about a television channel, but one of the things I wrote just then was, ‘I see a church that is constantly innovative; a church that leads the communication of a timeless message through media, film, and technology. A church with a message beamed to people around the globe through their television screens, bringing Jesus into homes, palaces and prisons alike.’
Who could have believed that just a couple of years later, God could open such a door? You see I believe that God, He can do greater things that we could ever ask or hope. I told you, I used to dream, I used to dream about London actually and Europe, I used to dream about America, and one of the very first times I went there, I was only in my mid to late twenties. So Bobbie and I were married and we would have had by then at least two of our three children, and I just always believed that God was going to use me and use us to make a difference in that country, and then from that country to the rest of the world.
And I believed it, but I couldn’t see how it was going to happen. I was in L.A., I love L.A, I’ve always loved L.A. It’s just a massive, huge concrete jungle. And I remember sitting on a park bench, behind some cafés and some shops, on Sunset Boulevard, it’s called ‘Sunset Plaza’, and the car park at the back, car lot for those of you who live in that Country. There was a park bench and I sat there on the park bench, and there was just a huge fall away to just a huge valley, I mean just multitudes of people. I really didn’t know anyone in America, in the sense that I had maybe some acquaintances, but I had no real relationships or friends, and I had this deep sense, right there, right then as I dreamed that God would open doors for us there, that would make a difference around the world. I could not see how God could do it, but I just dreamed, I dreamed it and I believed it and I felt like the Holy Spirit put something in my heart.
And so, I have always been, in that sense, a dreamer. And all I’ve ever done in my whole life is use what God put in my hand, no matter how big or small it may seem, to fulfill what He’s put in my heart. And by doing that, and then just trusting God, I just find it’s amazing to see what God can do.”

Carl Lentz says those who practice discernment, “hate the church”?

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Carl Lentz’ recent comment on our website included this statement:

” I realize you hate our church…” [Source]

There are many Christians around the world deeply disturbed by the recent display at the 2016 NYC Color Conference. When Carl says we hate Hillsong, he’s simply showing his ignorance about biblical discernment and the Lord’s call to Christians to practice that discernment.

“Whoever is wise, let him understand these things; Whoever is discerning, let him know them For the ways of the LORD are right, And the righteous will walk in them, But transgressors will stumble in them.” Hosea 14:9

Calling people to repent is an act of great love.The footage linked below is proof of God’s love being demonstrated by these street preachers.

“Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him.” 1 John 4:8-9

First and foremost, Christians must preach the gospel to these people – faithfully expanding on the gospel clearly found here:

Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—unless you believed in vain.

For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. Last of all, as to one untimely born,he appeared also to me.” 1 Corinthians 15:1-8

If you were one of these people being asked to move on, remind Carl Lentz, the senior pastor of Hillsong New York, of the Hillsong world-wide visual “mission” statement.  If asked if you are telling truth – simply state that if you do not do this, Carl Lentz will consider you someone who hates Hillsong. That’s the truth.

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Cross = Love… right Hillsong? These preachers preach outside because they LOVE you.

Love Hillsong – get these people saved.

Cowboy-cott Hillsong

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Seriously, when are we going to start boycotting Hillsong? What’s it going to take?

I should be used to it by now, but I scarcely know how to begin expressing my shock and disgust at this.

Family Friendly Hillsong Includes the Dancing Naked Cowboy?

Hillsong NY Features Naked Dancing Cowboy- Seriously

Qualification for Hillsong Youth Pastors: Be a Hot Model

The Naked Cowboy Appears at Hillsong Women’s Conference

Hillsong holds an annual conference for women called the Colour Conference. This year at Hillsong- New York’s (yes, unfortunately, this blasphemous organization masquerading as a church has made it from Australia to the U.S.) Colour Conference, the organizers decided it would be a great idea to feature a “Naked Cowboy” impersonater. (If you don’t know who the Naked Cowboy is, Google at your own risk.)

Now let that sink in a minute: a mostly naked, good looking young man. On stage. In front of thousands of women.

What do you think was the reason for that?

It wasn’t during a regular Sunday morning “worship” service. Or at a men’s conference. Or at a youth event.

It wasn’t because the Naked Cowboy is known for leading any sort of biblical worship.

Hillsong had their youth “pastor” impersonate someone whose claim to fame is being nearly naked in public. In front of a crowd of women.

I can’t imagine any way you could spin this to convince people he was there for any reason besides being an object of lust for those women, like a male stripper at a bachelorette party.

A nearly naked “pastor” on stage to be lusted after. At a “Christian” conference for “Christian” women.

I’d like to take a moment here to remind you that this is the “church” that produced Christine Caine, and that she, Beth Moore, and Priscilla Shirer –false teachers, all – have all been featured speakers at past Colour Conferences.

When your church uses Hillsong music in your worship service or buys other Hillsong materials, this is the organization your offering money is supporting.

If it wasn’t enough that Hillsong teaches heretical Word of Faith theology (and it should be enough), is this enough to be the straw that breaks the camel’s back for your church when it comes to using Hillsong materials?

Lots of Christians are boycotting Target over something as Kingdom-inconsequential as bathroom equality. Nobody’s going to spend an eternity in hell because of the bathroom he uses. But people do spend their eternities in hell for believing the false doctrine Hillsong and other Word of Faith organizations peddle. Isn’t it time for us to sweep around our own front door and give heresy the boot? When are we going to start boycotting false teachers and heretical “churches” like Hillsong?


Find out more about Hillsong’s false doctrine and disobedience to Scripture here.

Source: Michelle Lesley, Discernment, “Cowboy-cott Hillsong”, https://michellelesleybooks.com/2016/05/31/cowboycott-hillsong/, Accessed: 6/06/2016 Published: 6/06/2016

 

 

Rosebrough reviews Hillsong’s bible college “Naked Cowboy” sermon

Chris Rosebrough managed to get his hands on a sermon from Hillsong’s Naked Cowboy.

In this sermon review, Rosebrough captures a very accurate picture how theologically bankrupt Hillsong college student graduates and pastors actually are.

Hillsong’s “Naked Cowboy” Twists Acts 16

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PROGRAM SEGMENTS:

00:09:22 Katie Souza Thousandfold Con
00:24:33 Steve & Wendy Backlund Making Your Promise Your Identity
00:46:39 Ed Young No Word of God for Memorial Day
01:03:51 Jurgen Matthesius The Power Of A Vision Builder
01:18:27 Sermon Review: Jesus Doesn’t Change by Diego Simila

Source: Chris Rosebrough, Hillsong’s “Naked Cowboy” Twists Acts 16, Pirate Christian Radio,http://www.piratechristian.com/fightingforthefaith/2016/5/hillsongs-naked-cowboy-twists-acts-16, Published 31/05/2016. (Accessed 05/06/2016.)

 

Carl Lentz responds to Naked Cowboy’s disappearing act

Recently, it was discovered that Hillsong NYC Youth Pastor Diego Simila played the Hillsong’s Naked Cowboy (NC) at Hillsong’s US Color Conference. While this information was circulating, Brian Houston released a blog post on this controversy. What followed after that was the sudden removal of Diego Simila’s sermons online. We wrote an article in response to this phenomena here:

Prankster or pastor? Where the world is Hillsong’s man Diego?

Carl Lentz of Hillsong Church NYC responded to this article. You can read his response below. If anyone wants to understand our previous conversations with Carl, read here.

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We’ve spaced his comment so it is easier to read.

Carl Lentz writes,

Hey guys! Diego is 100 percent our youth pastor at Hillsong Church New York City… I’ve seen quite a few silly things on this topic, this blog is right up there w/ the most silly. I have no idea why anybody, is trying to say we are “cyber scrubbing” anything to do with Diego.

There may not be many sermons online of Diego preaching, because he doesn’t travel and preach often! He is typically busy building our local youth ministry…if he has preached at another church and they put it online and now have taken it off, that’s THIER call not ours. Has zero to do with Hillsong Church.

This is now the second time I have had to clarify bad facts and address you on the very same issue you continually attempt to throw at my church.(you stated as fact one time, I had my own YouTube channel, which in fact I do not and cannot control fake accounts posing as me. I think you issued some sort of apology but mostly re-directed…sound familiar? If I had more time, I would read more of your stuff and im sure there would be profound inaccuracy throughout..)

So again, in your rush to write blogs about us, please do your best to at least get facts right. I realize you hate our church and you get excited to get new material up as fast as you can, that’s your obvious right. But your credibility suffers when you have to retract things, and I want you to be the best church watcher site you can be.

Diego is our youth pastor, I think he’s one of the best I have ever known when it comes to serving and helping young people and if he preaches on a Sunday and we put it online, keep your eye out for it! I love his preaching too..nobody has ever tried to scrub this man, from anything, so your entire blog here? Lacks truth. That has to be disappointing when that’s supposed to be what you hold dear.

Do better and have a great day!

Sincerely: Carl Lentz..
Guy who hired Diego as youth pastor and is confirming his existence.

Source: Carl Lentz, Prankster or pastor? Where the world is Hillsong’s man Diego?, ChurchWatchCentral, http://churchwatchcentral.com/2016/06/03/prankster-or-pastor-where-the-world-is-hillsongs-man-diego/, Published 04/06/2016. (Accessed 05/06/2016.)

Do you agree with Carl Lentz’s challenge to us? Do you think he gave us enough information so we could correct our article? What are your thoughts on this?