Bud Ahlheim of Pulpit & Pen fills us in on what the problem is. Hint: Brian Houston and the false prosperity gospel coming from Hillsong. Bud offers many examples of why churches should reconsider using this popular group’s music during worship. Words matter, as you will see:
Brian Houston’s autobiographical fodder entitled Live Love Lead, published in 2015 by Faith Words, an indicia of Hatchette Book Group Inc (It certainly is a “hatchet” job on truth!), is hyped to be “a transformative approach to life” that will “help you navigate a faith path that is all your own.” By implementing “his own life-tested experiences and the powerful biblical truths he’s learned,” you too may harness techniques that will “enable you to live fully, love completely, and lead boldly – the hallmarks of Jesus’ time on earth.”
Among the many endorsements plastered prior to the book’s preface and emblazoned upon the back cover, there should be one sufficient enough to warn off the discerning. Rick Warren, the false teacher of the Southern Baptist Convention and wanna-be pope of unbiblical ecumenism, wrote, “This is a remarkable book by a remarkable man. You will love his transparency and passion!”
Really? His transparency? Our friends down under seem to have been giving Houston quite a bit of a row over the issue of his “transparency.” According to The Sydney Morning Herald, Hillsong seems to be quite the opaque “money making machine.”
“While Hillsong’s charismatic leader Brian Houston presides over a glitzy religious empire, he has not only had to face a Royal Commission grilling, but questions over theology, money and his church’s treatment of homosexuals.”
That Hillsong is an empire is unquestioned. It is estimated that the “church” rakes in over $100 million annually from its growing international and media (read: music) operations. Called by the article “the reigning couple of Australian Pentecostalism,” Houston and wife Bobbie “pulled in tax-free revenues of nearly $80 million in Australia” in 2014. The three adult children of the couple are also among the upper leadership of the organization.
The empire includes “church plants” on four continents in 15 countries with a radio and television outreach that stretches into 160 nations around the globe. That “narrow path” warned about in Scripture seems to have been surreptitiously widened for Hillsong and its ilk.
The notion is that God is blessing Hillsong is as equally erroneous as its claim of transparency. That God is merely blessing the obedience of Houston is unfounded when casting a discerning eye at the theology upon which this empire is built. It is nothing short of a word of faith, prosperity gospel heresy, substantially driven by a finely tuned marketing campaign of contemporary “Christian” music blasted at undiscerning multitudes via Hillsong Music.
For those of us in America, accustomed as we are to expecting the typical prosperity gospel heretic to be bedecked in the accouterments of gaudy wardrobes and bouffant hairstyles, slathered heavily with thick lashed makeup and insincere glimmering grins, the Hillsong Houston duo betray this stereotype. Continue reading