“We refuse to practice cunning or to tamper with God’s word, but by the open statement of the truth we would commend ourselves to everyone’s conscience in the sight of God. And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled only to those who are perishing. In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” – Apostle Paul, 2 Corinthians 4:2-6. Emphasis added.
Before starting his review on Brian Houston’s sermon ‘Only For A While’, Rosebrough says the following.
“I told you this sermon was coming up so you had fair warning. I told you before I went on Christmas break that Brian Houston was going to be umm- ‘preaching’ at Saddleback. He is one of the main teachers of the prosperity heresy. (Tells you that Rick Warren’s theology is off the rails.)” – Chris Rosebrough, LOUIE GIGLIO TWISTS EZEKIEL 37, http://0352182.netsolhost.com/F4F/F4F010713.mp3: 1:31:35, 07/01/2013.
Brian Houston sermon is (supposedly) based on 2 Corinthians 7.
Here is the sermon:
JANUARY 07, 2013
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• Does John 14:26 say that the Holy Spirit Will Speak in Your Heart?
• Louie Giglio Twists Ezekiel 37 at Passion 2013
• Sermon Review: Only For a While by Brian Houston preaching at Saddleback
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Source: Chris Rosebrough, LOUIE GIGLIO TWISTS EZEKIEL 37, http://www.fightingforthefaith.com/2013/01/louie-giglio-twists-ezekiel-37.html, 07/01/2013. (Accessed 13/01/2013.)
Rosebrough further states “Brian Houston of Hillsong” is,
“a noted, well-known prosperity/Word-of-Faith heretic. That’s what Brian Houston is. We’ve covered quite a few of his false sermons here at Fighting For The Faith over the years. And it’s important to note he’s at Saddleback church. That’s basically Rick Warren thumbing his nose at Jesus and the Holy Spirit and saying, ‘I don’t care if Your Word says to separate myself from people who teach false doctrine. I’m going to have Brian Houston over here anyway because he’s so popular right now’. I think that’s the right way of looking at it.” – Chris Rosebrough, LOUIE GIGLIO TWISTS EZEKIEL 37, http://0352182.netsolhost.com/F4F/F4F010713.mp3: 1:32:10, 07/01/2013.
Christ Rosebrough accuses Brian Houston of serious issues in how he treats 2 Corinthians 7. At 2:02:35, Rosebrough states how Houston is handling the text.
“He’s missing, I would say intentionally missing the point of this letter.”
Then came this serious protest against Houston’s handling of the biblical text.
“Listen. Folks, I’m sorry. I’ve watched this thing twice. This is intentional. This is absolute intentionally deceitful. He starts off in the New King James version and then right here, he switches to ‘The Message’. And the reason why he switches to ‘The Message’ is so that he doesn’t have to read, ‘for Godly grief produces repentance’… He literally wants to avoid what this text says… So at this point, this is like a magic trick. Okay? He’s now going to, ‘Oh! Just let me switch to The Message okay?’ But he’s doing that so that he can continue to make his point that ‘they discovered the power of ‘only for a while’, rather than make the point how Godly grief produces repentance.” – Chris Rosebrough, LOUIE GIGLIO TWISTS EZEKIEL 37, http://0352182.netsolhost.com/F4F/F4F010713.mp3: 2:03:02, 07/01/2013.
The sermon was so bad, Brian Houston had Chris Rosebrough marvel.
“Man! He is a skilled- quite skilled bible-twister. He is very careful to avoid the passages that would upset the agenda that he has set for this text. Because the last thing he wants to do is let God’s agenda for this text, come through.” – Chris Rosebrough, LOUIE GIGLIO TWISTS EZEKIEL 37, http://0352182.netsolhost.com/F4F/F4F010713.mp3: 2:17:42, 07/01/2013.
Later, Rosebrough observes,
“Brian Houston has done a masterful tap-dance routine here to make sure to avoid having to talk about Godly grief that produces repentance.” – Chris Rosebrough, LOUIE GIGLIO TWISTS EZEKIEL 37, http://0352182.netsolhost.com/F4F/F4F010713.mp3: 2:18:47, 07/01/2013.
Rosebrough ends his review with this conclusion:
“He literally bent God’s Word into a pretzel- literally distorted it in order to avoid at all costs, making the point that’s actually been made in this text… Brian Houston literally, did everything in his power, pulled out every hermeneutical twisting technique that you could possibly think of. Going backwards in the text. Forwards in the text. Switching to The Message paraphrase. Everything he could do to make sure not to make the point the text makes. And what would you expect from somebody who is a Word of Faith heretic? They are not men of God (or women of God). None of the above. They are agents of the devil and the devil is a liar and a deceiver. That’s why when they get the pulpit or get on stage they lie and they deceive by tampering and distorting God’s Word. Dangerous days we live in.” – Chris Rosebrough, LOUIE GIGLIO TWISTS EZEKIEL 37, http://0352182.netsolhost.com/F4F/F4F010713.mp3: 2:33:21, 07/01/2013.
While the Apostle Paul refuses “to practice cunning or to tamper with God’s word, Rosebrough exposed Brian Houston of his cunning. That is, he exposed Houston of intentionally tampering “with God’s word” to preach what he wanted to preach.
But it’s worse than that. Brian Houston attacked and demonised the Apostle Paul. How?
It was the Apostle who rebuked his readers and gave them Godly grief. And it was also Paul in this letter that stated, “what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake.” So not only did they rebuke the Corinthians, they purposely saw themselves as servants to Jesus, not proclaiming themselves but JESUS. As John the Baptist declared that he must decrease so Jesus may increase, so too was Paul and his instruction to the Corinth church similar.
Brian Houston did the exact opposite. He preached selfishness and excluded Jesus. Brian had the audacity to say, “the devil wants to keep your life small”. Doesn’t that sound like something Paul’s enemies would say? Why would you want to limit yourself to the role of a servant? Isn’t that small thinking? Isn’t that limiting your potential for God’s plan in your life? Do you think Brian Houston has a god that keeps him on the narrow road and points him to the small gate?