The Sydney Morning Herald reports,
Brian Houston’s tantrum over the media may land him in hot water among the media, those he accused personally or even Hillsong members or conference attendees. In the meantime, we would like to alert our readers to the controversy surrounding Brian Houston’s accusations against former Hillsong member Tanya Levin.
Her presence at the Hillsong Conference 2015 event caused the Hillsong authorities to get antsy and have the police remove her off the property.
One common deceitful tactic Brian Houston attempts to pull on people is ‘distance’. When it was his father’s paedophilia crimes, Brian Houston distanced him and his church from the scandals, saying that it not only happened only in New Zealand but that it happened thirty years ago (which was proven to be untrue). Below you see Brian Houston pulling the same scheme in two different cases.
LIE: TANYA “HAS NOT BEEN TO OUR CONFERENCE FOR OVER 20 YEARS”?
Brian Houston said in his below statement,
“Furthermore they [A Current Affair] have engaged in a cheap publicity stunt by bringing a so called “Hillsong insider” who has not been to our church for 20 years, to our conference today.”
The following is a Facebook post made by Tanya Levin (click to read her letter):
“Hi. Home safe and a little shaky. Yes, the real policepersons arrested me and charged me with tresspass today. No, it was not a media stunt. I was born in South Africa and have a healthy terror of authority. Not supposed to incriminate myself here. So I just have to turn to Tex, as you do, as you should.
LIE: HOUSTON DISTANCING HIM & HIS PEOPLE OF TANYA’S “BEHAVIOUR”?
Brian Houston also needs to explain why he said this untruth about Tanya Levin:
“We are advised that her behaviour outside the venue resulted in her being apprehended by police at the request of the arena’s security staff (not Hillsong staff).”
So how would they know who she was and what made Tanya Levin the target by police? How did the police know that Tanya Levin was not allowed to attend and how would they know if she was trespassing?
Tanya’s comment on Houston’s media statement is as follows:
“It really is amazing that Hillsong felt confident to predict what would be on ACA last night. Or that they encourage congregants to censor their own viewing. Or suggest that Channel 9 were unethical regarding minors. If it weren’t so obscene, it would just be ridiculous. But the irony is disgusting, not just offensive.
When HIllsong stops harrassing minors unethically in schools, communities and the church, or bothers to show interest in child protection matters, then it can comment.”
Source: Tanya Levin, FaceBook, https://www.facebook.com/tanya.levin/posts/10154052106188957, Published 02/07/2016. (Accessed 02/07/2015.)
Brian Houston writes,
Statement from Hillsong Church re: A Current Affair story
1st July, 2015
We understand A Current Affair has been promoting a story supposedly about the Hillsong Conference.
They have also been outside our conference today harassing minors in an unethical manner.
Furthermore they have engaged in a cheap publicity stunt by bringing a so called “Hillsong insider” who has not been to our church for 20 years, to our conference today.
We are advised that her behaviour outside the venue resulted in her being apprehended by police at the request of the arena’s security staff (not Hillsong staff).
The behaviour of A Current Affair is reprehensible and this pending story will be no more than a continuation of their anti-Christian agenda and hate.
This story will be entirely fabricated and contain no truth whatsoever as do all of their stories about our church.
We note that as usual the program has not contacted us for comment.
We urge Christians and all who stand for truth in reporting to refuse to even watch or record this tabloid trash, and not give them the reward of ratings, because in the end this is no more than a grab for ratings.
Source: Statement from Hillsong Church re: A Current Affair story, Hillsong, http://hillsong.com/media/statement-from-hillsong-church-re-a-current-affair-story/, Published 01/07/2015. (Accessed 02/07/2015.)
Before reading this article, you might want to read the previous articles to develop a framework of what the Royal Commission has uncovered so far in Case Study 18 of the Hillsong Church, Assemblies of God and Frank Houston case:
Before reading this article, you might want to read the previous article to develop a framework of what the Royal Commission has uncovered so far in Case Study 18 of the Hillsong Church, Assemblies of God and Frank Houston case:
The Royal Commission has exposed in case study 18: conflict of interest, shortcomings and mismanagement by the AOG/ACC executive and its then President, Brian Houston, when handling the Frank Houston child sex abuse allegations.
They ignored policy and procedure and as a result of the public hearing, the Royal Commission submission has recommended Brian Houston be referred to the NSW Police.
This article is part of a series that looks at the AOG’s and Brian Houston’s response in light of the Royal Commission submissions. Of particular interest is:
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We found this article to be an insightful recap of what took place in the Royal Commission hearing a few weeks ago. We would love to hear your thoughts on this article.
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The Guardian reports,
Hillsong pastor Brian Houston to testify about abuse allegations response
High-profile Hillsong senior pastor Brian Houston is expected to give evidence at an inquiry into how Pentecostal churches responded to child sex abuse allegations against his father, Frank Houston, and two other men.
The royal commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse sitting in Sydney on Tuesday will hear how Hillsong and the Pentecostal association, Assemblies of God, responded to abuse allegations against William Francis “Frank” Houston – the famous preacher behind the movement which gave birth to the mega-church.
His son Brian Houston was national president of the Assemblies of God (AoG) in Australia from 1997 to 2009. More than 1,000 Pentecostal churches are affiliated with the AoG which is now known as Australian Christian Churches (ACC).
Brian Houston was president in 2000 when his father admitted he sexually abused a boy in New Zealand 30 years earlier. Frank Houston was fired by his son from all church roles.
Hillsong in Sydney was created when separate churches run by father and son merged under the leadership of Brian Houston.
Frank Houston died in 2004 aged 82. Further allegations against him have come to light since his death.
The charismatic preacher had been a Salvation Army officer in his native New Zealand before founding his first ministry at Lower Hutt near Wellington in 1960. He later became superintendent of the New Zealand Assemblies of God before moving to Sydney in 1977.
The commission will hear also of allegations against two other men and will be looking at the response of the ACC to those allegations.
One of the men, a former youth pastor at a Sunshine Coast church, Jonathan Baldwin, was sentenced to eight years’ jail in 2009 when he was found guilty of repeatedly molesting a 13-year-old boy who had come to him for counselling.
The other matter the commission will examine is the response of the Northside Christian College and the Northside Christian Centre, (now Encompass Church) to allegations of child sexual abuse made against former teacher Kenneth Sandilands.
In a statement issued when the inquiry was announced Encompass Church pastor John Spinella said the church, based at Bundoora, Victoria, welcomed the inquiry.
“As a church we have recognised these past failures and take the opportunity to apologise for the suffering and pain endured by those who were abused,” he said.
The public hearing is expected to run for two weeks and will be the 18th held by the commission.
Source: Hillsong pastor Brian Houston to testify about abuse allegations response, The Guardian, http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2014/oct/06/hillsong-brian-houston-testify-abuse-allegations-response, Published 06/10/2014. (Accessed 06/10/2014.)
Pope Frances has been pushing the “miracle of unity” and is hoping to fulfill his “god-given” vision by uniting the ‘Protestant’ church and the Roman Catholic Church. People are watching with concern Kenneth Copeland, John and Carol Arnott, Joel Osteen and many others embrace the Pope as “their pope”. (We will be looking more into this later.
We’ve heard Christians scoff that it wont happen here in Australia. Especially in Sydney.
Back in 2005, the AOG/Hillsong released this statement from Brian Houston.
PRAYING FOR NEWLY ELECTED POPE
National President of the Assemblies of God in Australia, Brian Houston, has congratulated the election of Pope Benedict XVI as the leader of the world’s Catholics.
Pastor Houston said the shoes of the charismatic and endearing Pope John Paul II, who taught the world so much through his life and his subsequent suffering, would be difficult to fill.
“Pope John Paul II left an indelible mark on the world, and we pray for Pope Benedict as he takes on the leadership mantle of the Catholic Church and navigates the challenges and opportunities facing the global Church in the 21st century,” Ps Houston said.
“It is important for all of us to honour and pray for anyone in a position of leadership and authority. Pope Benedict XVI is a spiritual and experienced leader and is now head over a significant portion of the Christian community, so we will pray for wisdom in his immensely influential role,” he said.
“We pray too that this papacy, like those before it, is marked by a commitment to seeing the Christian message continue to go forward and people changed by the power and truth of the Gospel.
“Obviously, as Protestants, our views are considerably different to the Pope’s on a number of issues however, we share a common desire to exalt Christ and serve our community to the best of our ability.”
Source: Brian Houston, Praying for newly elected pope, Assemblies of God Australia, (Affiliated with ACC), 21/04/2014. (Accessed 14/11/2013.)
Is Hillsong ready to take Christianity back to Rome?