A RESPONSE TO HILLSONG PASTOR BRIAN HOUSTON: FINDING THE TRUTH IN A WORLD OF LIES

Posted: August 4, 2015 in HOT TOPICS
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Three days ago I posted a picture of two gay men (stars of the CBS reality show SURVIVOR) who stated in several interviews (the New York Times being one) that they were engaged to be married AND were worship leaders at Hillsong NYC church (a satellite church of Hillsong Australia). That picture and my commentary, along with a follow-up article on my blog site (which to date has neared 5,000 views) garnered a strong reaction from the faithful followers of Hillsong, as well as a response from pastor Brian Houston.

In fairness, here is Pastor Houston’s official response to my article as well as the other online comments and articles over what has occurred that only now is he even releasing a public statement:

“I wish to correct reports that Hillsong church has “an openly gay couple directing a choir” at our New York City campus. Hillsong’s position on homosexuality and gay marriage has not changed and is consistent with Scripture. As I have stated previously, I believe the writings of Paul are clear on this subject. Several months ago when one of our choir directors made an unexpected public statement regarding his engagement to a man who sometimes sang in the choir, it was a complete surprise to us as well. It is my understanding that they have not been involved in an active leadership or ministry role since. That said, we still love them and acknowledge that they – like all of us – are on a journey, and our role as a church is to assist them on this journey with grace and compassion.” (source)

Now, here is where Pastor Houston’s double talk actually begins. When the NY Times and Playbill (among others) ran the original story (source), it was in January of this year (2015), at that time (and since) neither Hillsong NYC Carl Lentz, nor senior Pastor Houston issued a response, nor did Hillsong Australia distance themselves. As a matter of fact, Pastor Lentz doubled down in an interview on CNN by saying this; “Jesus was in the thick of an era where homosexuality, just like it is today, was widely prevalent. [False.] And I’m still waiting for someone to show me the quote where Jesus addressed it on the record in front of people. You won’t find it because he never did. [Yes, He did] “…We have a lot of gay men and women in our church and I pray we always do.” (Carl Lentz)

Pastor Houston echoed his support for Pastor Lentz by saying the following: “What Carl [Lentz] always says for us, it’s a conversation. For us, it’s easy to reduce what you think about homosexuality to just a public statement. And that would keep a lot of people happy. But we feel at this point, it is an ongoing conversation, that the real issues in people’s lives are too important for us to just reduce it down to a “yes” or “no” answer in a media outlet.”

So why now does Pastor Brian Houston only issues a response to the flurry of news reports citing what was going on over at their NYC church, which Carl Lentz to this day has not even replied to the issue itself, nor has even attempted to refute this gay couple, why did it take Pastor Houston eight months to make an official statement over an online article (which I contribute to my blog as well) in less than 24 hours to refute the story? It simply does not make sense, hence, doubletalk.

I contend it’s because Pastor Houston is by the product of his own creation, is a victim of tolerance and religious political correctness. Why has Pastor Carl Lentz still not addressed the issue eight months after the fact when this original story came out? Because they are attempting to silence the truth to be told, that they are indeed on a path of religious reconstruction of scripture when it comes to homosexuality. Let’s examine Pastor Houston’s “response”:

1. Houston states that it was a surprise to him that an openly gay couple was currently active in the church. How? He and Carl Lentz are close friends, and it’s obviously a given that Lentz would do nothing which would hinder Hillsong’s influence (as well as financial support). But now we’re made to believe that he too is just as surprised at this news? Eight months after the original story announced to the world that a gay couple was in a position of authority in one of his churches?

2. Pastor Houston states in his response that the gay couple in question are on a “journey” – really? Have you noticed that one of the terms often used by those who attempt to twist the word as it regards to sin (such as Joel Osteen) is the use of the word “journey”. Make no assumptions to this choice of wording, for it’s used as a term to soften the sinner by suggesting that the path they are on is not a dangerous one, nor one which is leading them astray, they are just on a “journey”. This is selective wording to make the person comfortable with their sin and it does not confront them of their sin. This is simply another politically correct term to remove the gospel out of the equation.

3. Pastor Houston’s response is disingenuous simply for the fact that if he truly did not believe (as he claims) that homosexuality and Christianity are not compatible, then why is he speaking and participating at the Willow Creek’s Global Leadership Summit 2015? Willow Creek has an openly gay worship leader (Darren Calhoun) who is attending Matthew Vine’s Reformation Project conference designed to train and equip leaders to advocate for homosexual Christians. (source)

Pastor Houston’s response is no response, but yet another illuminating example of someone attempting to silence the rising tide of voices that are beginning to see thru the thick clouds of smoke and mirrors of deception Pastor Houston is trying to mathematically steer the church world away from investigating before his true agenda is realized, and that is to become the first Pentecostal mainline church to be the first to bring the modern church into the 21st century and the acceptance of homosexuality. This makes Pastor Houston’s response insincere, and worse – a lie. And still Pastor Lentz has yet to refute one word of what has been printed for nearly eight months. I find that amazing.

Christopher

christopher152@gmail.com

Comments
  1. GNB says:

    Dont sow discord TPN

  2. Tammy says:

    Amen Christopher Amen!! Those who say don’t sow discord are those who accept sin. sadly too many are just willing to go with the flow! We are to confront sin and call it out and are to expose sin. False teachers are to be called out and exposed. We are to defend the truth!

    these who willingly accept sin and put sinners in authority will be those who turn on their supposed brethren in the times coming! These will happily accept the antichrist when he comes, because they will be able to make their millions still under him.

  3. Anonymous says:

    boy are you far from the facts..

    • I’m sorry, which facts are you referring to? The fact that NYC Hillsong had two sodomites actively leading worship? Or that Brian Houston is participating at Willow Creek where they have the first open gay worship leader? Please, show me where I got my “facts” wrong? Or are you just another blind follower?

      • Anonymous says:

        not a follower of you. Just happened to stumble upon this blog of yours. I think before you jump to conclusions you should examine timelines. Its important to ask the right questions instead of thinking we have the answers.

      • Friend, I’ve dealt with this several times, I have the facts straight. The truth is, both Lentz as well as Houston have both been very slick when it comes to stating they are opposed to same sex marriage. The only response Houston is even willing to state is a standard response, but his actions speak something entirely different. Again, if he was genuinely opposed to same sex marriage and homosexuality, then why is he giving his approval by participating at a church (Willow Creek) that openly admits their worship leader is gay? I linked the proof in the article. Sooner or later either we are for the truth or against it. Don’t blame me because I simply have chosen to examine and then question the validity of someone’s insincere gesture as proof they are against something, when in reality they aren’t.

      • Maria says:

        Are you without sin? Stop and think about itDollarsha

    • Clinton says:

      I perceive ur not saved anonymous

  4. My thoughts on this current issue…

    While I commend the leadership of Hillsong for removing the sodomites from leadership positions, I also have have to voice a rebuke toward them for their blatant glossing over the abominable sin of sodomy.

    The Bible is clear as to what God sees sodomy as. The Church, which is said to be Christ’s Body, should also see it as abominable.

    Notice Paul’s judgment concerning the man who was having sexual relatsions with his step-mother… “Put such an one out from among you”. Paul’s wording “such an one” is interesting. It encompasses all who are in sexual sin.. Lentz and Houston should have this same sentence against these two young men as the sentence Paul had for that man in Corinth. “Put them out. Turn them over to the devil for the destruction of the flesh.”

    Instead, they excuse the abomination and the abominable by saying, “they are on a journey”. I am afraid Lentz, Houston, and the entire Hillsong are not going to like the destination their journey is taking them to.

    It is not a narrow gate at the end of the road they travel on.

  5. Anonymous says:

    I could really tell you like “examining” Hillsong and I could also tell you’ve never set foot in the church long enough to see the heart of the church. Sadly you’re clouded by your own “deceptive facts” and “quote” people to write a blog that suits your “goal”

    • It’s not about the “heart” of the church, it’s the heart of the message. And I am VERY familiar with Hillsong, more than you think. I am very confident of what I believe is happening with Hillsong.

      • Anonymous says:

        In all honesty, you sir are not familiar at all with Hillsong. Keep pushing your own agenda as the fruit speaks for itself.

    • Anonymous says:

      Heart of the church? What about the heart of GOD?? Let’s not offend the people at the cost of offending God?!? You may want to be a stench in His nostrils, but not I.

      • clinton alexander says:

        the fact that the pastor of that church continues to try to be slick about homesexaulity is an offense to God

      • clinton alexander says:

        preach Jesus and him crucified on the cross, preach Jesus and the Cross thats the answer, God does not accept any leader in churches that are sodomites and still think there saved

    • Maria says:

      Also adultery, fornication gossip slander disobedient to parents and the list goes on all fall into the category of of SIN just as homosexualism . We should all be fighting to stop SIN proper out of our lives. Sin is sin to God none bigger or smaller except blasphemy against the Holy Spirit . I am not saying ,gays should be leading in a congregation but sometime we get so holy as if we are not sinners.

  6. Anonymous says:

    No sir you are not familiar with Hillsong at all. Keep sowing bad seeds though as the fruits will do the talking

    • Mrlare says:

      So, how do you know he’s not familiar with Hillsong? He stated several times that he is. Your response is a childish, “Nuh-uh”. The author has cited sources for statements which he believes are factual. Where are yours? And why are you, “anonymous”? Come out from behind the shadows and assert yourself like an adult if you believe you have something important to say.

  7. Sam says:

    This deception “trying” to take a hold onto God’s church, is a slow process. There was another church in the news earlier this year, where the pastor made a speech to his congregation & said he was fully accepting gays into the ministry, choir, etc etc having already earlier accepted them to become members after a lengthy couple of years, consultation process. Satan’s role is to slowly groom & condition and he will gain his foothold when the leadership of a church act out as wishy washy over sin. On youtube, I have seen a few ministers of the gospel being asked very basic questions about homosexuality & what they believe & all of them WON’T say exactly what they believe, divert the question and/or refuse to answer a simple question. Why? Sin is sin. If they were asked “is adultery sin?” is prostitution a sin?” “is lying a sin?”, i doubt they would stumble over giving an answer for that (either yes or no). So why have certain ministers merited that one particular sin is deserving of special treatment? Why have leaders & ministers allowed the devil to mute them on this sin? Why can’t a straight answer be given? Cos they have fallen for political correctness which in many instances is the devil’s tricks and if they can’t see that, then they are being deceived by the devil & don’t know it.

    How does the devil end up deceiving christians? If we are not close to him & have sin in our own lives (it could be anything such as pride, jealousy, gossiping, not obeying a word he has given you), then these are areas whereby satan can get into our lives to deceive us. If a believer is walking so close to God & obeying him, then of course there will be temptation to sin & the potential for being deceived, but the difference is, that believer will be spiritually alert, recognise it for what it is & avoid being deceived. “A prudent man forseeth the evil and hideth himself but the simple pass on and are punished”.

    Today i watched a very interesting interview with John Bevere on ‘It’s Supernatural’ where he talks amongst other things, about the devil deceiving believers & i immediately thought, this applies to the spirit of accepting homosexuality. Take a look because John Bevere briefly explains the way deception works much better than what i have tried do in my comment.

    http://sidroth.org/television/weeks-guest

  8. clinton alexander says:

    amen brother christopher, also brother christopher is that church hillsong the same that produces hillsong christian music

  9. Thankyou Christopher
    For revealing this spirit of deceptions in the church as a whole today
    Many will oppose and criticise your love for the TRUTH that the reason Jesus was crucified because the Truth pierced the hearts of the leaders of the Temple of His era. They did not barabus the murderer to be crucified but the sinless one. Because he told the truth.
    The day i heard Bryan Houston preached Christians and Muslims worship one God known as Allah I went straight on the fb and warn people that he is teaching false doctrine We christians worships JEHOVAH not Allah
    As allah was and is lucifer.
    Accepting Gay couples in a worship group is a mockery to God
    JEHOVAH is Holy and Righteousb and putting a priest of Baal before the altar of Jehovah???? Is a real degrading to His Holiness Characters and Essence
    Again Thankyou for standing for Righteousness
    Amen

  10. Christopher, you nailed it and surmised Houston’s real reason for responding now rather than 8 months ago. Let me add one more motivation: The Willow Creek Global Leadership Summit. Houston, being moments away from taking that podium, needed to “make it right” immediately. And now the seekermergent church leaders involved with this summit will say, “See? Brian Houston is a solid representative of Biblical Christianity, and the rest of you are haters.”

  11. Michele says:

    Thank you Christopher for making known what is actually taking place within the house of God. Keep up the awesome work.

  12. Anonymous says:

    I really appreciate what you have posted here but I was wondering why you chose to write about this now and expose Hillsong when this information has been on the net since January? How did no one pick up on it?

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  14. We are not to change one dot,one tittle of GODs’Word! GOD does not approve! HE is the one whose approval we need, not mans!!

  15. ajc says:

    Of course they are not going to confess up (the church) They want it to go away but they should tell these people what the word says about it. I stay out of church. There is no cleaning them up. Most of them are just businesses run by CEO’s who take the title of pastor to keep up the façade. ajc JUST BUSINESSES RUN BY SAVVY CEOs

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