Two years ago Amy Spreeman posted a piece by Churchwatch Central entitled “Brian Houston admits he can offer “no great answer” on gay stance.” She began by letting us know that “No one has a better handle on what’s going on with Hillsong’s background with the homosexual issue than Churchwatch Central, based in Australia. If you read and follow these well-researched sources, AND WATCH THE VIDEOS EMBEDDED (very important!), you will begin to understand an issue that has a lot of moving parts.”
So keep this in mind as you read the Christian News (CN) report we’re posting. The story includes Word of Faith prosperity preacher Brian Houston’s latest statement explaining what he believes the Bible teaches on homosexuality. Pay attention to how he carefully crafts his words to avoid offending the LGBTQ community. As Churchwatch Central (CWC) makes clear in their above piece, Brian Houston is deliberately vague on controversial issues such as the sin of homosexuality. According to CWC, Houston tries to give the impression he’s “tight-rope walking the issue [when] he has in fact made up his mind where he stands and simply [lies] about Hillsong’s position.” Lie is a strong word; however, in their reporting on the Hillsong empire over the years, CWC has demonstrated how Hillsong’s leadership has hidden the truth from its fans. And according to CWC, they’ve been grooming their followers to change their stance on homosexuality. As Amy rightly says, those who take the time to research all the Hillsong issues–there are a number of them–will discover that there are a lot of moving parts.
Again, keep what we’ve just told you in mind as you read CN’s report:
As Australians are soon set to participate in a postal plebiscite on the issue of same-sex “marriage,” Hillsong leader Brian Houston has issued a statement outlining that he believes the Bible clearly states that God created marriage to be between a man and woman, but also said that Christians shouldn’t condemn homosexuals and “dismiss their desire to pursue happiness.”
“For Christians, the issue is also a matter of faith and biblical teaching, something that should never be mocked or downplayed by those with opposing views,” Houston wrote. “I believe God’s word is clear that marriage is between a man and a woman. The writings of the apostle Paul in Scripture on the subject of homosexuality are also clear, as I have mentioned in previous public statements.”
He said that Christians who stand for God’s design for marriage are sometimes mischaracterized as bigots, but opined that homosexuals are also not respected by Christians sometimes either.
“Throughout this entire debate, some on both sides of the argument have failed to understand and respect the views of others,” Houston stated. “Some of those advocating for change to the definition of marriage have confused faith convictions with bigotry however they must understand that Christian—and other religious—beliefs are extremely important to those who hold them and in fact are vital to a tolerant and free society.”
“Sadly, some also use Christianity to alienate and even condemn those who are gay and dismiss their desire to pursue happiness,” he continued. “As a Christian pastor, I will always teach and preach according to Scripture and my personal convictions, but I cannot make other people’s choices for them. God created humanity with a free will, and I care about all people, including those who believe differently to me.”
Houston urged Christians to vote in the upcoming plebiscite, and said that no matter the outcome, Hillsong can “quite comfortably continue to function” as long as laws are not passed in Australia that would force them to compromise. Continue reading