Hillsong’s Brian Houston faces sex abuse coverup inquiry

Brian Houston’s hearings before the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse are underway, as Houston faces questions about the safety of his Hillsong empire after the original charge: that Houston failed to tell police his father was a child sex abuser.

“Frank Houston had abused up to nine boys in Australia and New Zealand, and in its final report on the case released on Monday, the commission found multiple failings within the church executive – at the time led by Frank Houston’s son Brian – in responding.   Source

Many of you remember this from 2014:

“After the allegations became public within the church during 1999, Frank Houston met his victim offering him $10,000 and saying: “I want your forgiveness for this. I don’t want to die and have to face God with this on my head,” the commission heard.

Months later, when the money had not arrived, his victim called Frank Houston’s son Brian, who was then the national president of the Assemblies of God in Australia Pentecostal movement.

The victim said Brian told him: “You know, it’s your fault all this happened. You tempted my father”.

“Brian got very angry after that. He slammed the phone down after saying words to the effect of ‘You’ll be getting your money’,” the victim told the commission. He received a cheque for $10,000 about two weeks later.  (CLICK IMAGE BELOW FOR FULL REPORT)

See also: HUGE Article Proving Brian Houston’s Cover-Up; Hillsong Hopes You Never Read This!

Is Hillsong going to be compliant to make sure these things don’t happen in the future?  Last week Hillsong’s popular senior pastor appeared a second time before the child sex abuse royal commission along with the head of Australia’s largest Pentecostal movement, Australian Christian Churches national president Wayne Alcorn.

According to news reports, the abuse has been ongoing over years since the first reported incident involving a young boy in 1969 and 1970. The report says Frank Houston admitted sexually abusing the boy on one occasion and never preached again.

The national executive allowed the elder Houston to publicly resign, without damage to his reputation or that of Hillsong Church, the royal commission said.

“After the organisation learned of allegations that Frank Houston had abused six boys in New Zealand three decades earlier, Assemblies of God ministers were told in late 2000 that he had admitted to a ‘serious moral failure’ and Brian Houston had suspended his father’s credentials.

Hillsong Church has said the abuse occurred many years before its establishment and Brian Houston took immediate action to expose and stop a child abuser.

The Sydney Christian Life Centre founded by Frank Houston and Hills Christian Life Centre founded by his son merged in 2000 and were renamed Hillsong Church the following year.  Source

Frank Houston died in 2004

Brian Houston did an interview in February admitting that he knew about the abuse but did not speak up.

In a related article on a completely different sex abuse case, Fighting for the Faith’s Chris Rosebrough interviewed the mother of a church sexual abuse victim in her C3 Church (not Hillsong), and it is a stunning testimony of what happened when she tried to ask Brian Houston for help. Do not listen to this without tissues. Click here,


10 Responses to Hillsong’s Brian Houston faces sex abuse coverup inquiry

  1. Manny1962 March 27, 2017 at 2:22 pm #

    What excuse is there for staying in that abomination? What excuse can you give for attending Hillsong? I would warn those who truly follow and love Jesus Christ to immediately leave that hell bound institution. Do not suppose for one minute it’s got anything to do with Jesus Christ. Its apostate to the hilt.

  2. Ben March 27, 2017 at 5:38 pm #

    Also look what these pastors are supporting and Endorsing Pastor kong Hee and his China wine video

    Pastors Brian Houston, Phil Pringle, John Bevere, Casey Treat all fleecing the flock love offering$ to pay for Kong Hee’s Lawyer bills!!
    trying to keep him out of jail.

  3. Denise Rittler March 28, 2017 at 11:58 am #

    I don’t think much will happen. My sister attends a Sovereign Grace Ministry Church and in 2012 there was a huge child abuse scandal. After a few came forward, more kids spoke out till there was about 140 young boys and girls who were sexually assaulted at SGM. “Defendants failed to report known incidences of sexual predation to law enforcement, encouraged parents to refrain from reporting the assaults to law enforcement, and interposed themselves between the parents of the victims and law enforcement in order to mislead law enforcement into believing parents had ‘forgiven’ those who preyed on their children…Defendants’ repeated acts and omissions created a culture in which sexual predators were protected from accountability and victims were silenced.”

    Basically, when children came forward SGM policy was to force these children to confront their rapist and “forgive him”, and for the parents to not contact the authorities! I was incredulous, I would’ve left that church right then…

    The case was eventually dismissed in 2013 due to the statute of limitations in Maryland and an appeal was denied by the Maryland Court of Appeals the following year C.J. Mahaney, founder and leader, knew about such abuse and did all he could to cover it up. He had to step down as this caused a big schism in the church and several of their churches broke free from SGM and no longer were affiliated with them.

    Then, Mahaney CAME BACK as lead wolf in 2016. It is a very controlling neo Calvinist group where the wives wait on the husband hand and foot and there is control at every level. The fact that these people would not call the authorities because they felt the church leadership was their authority is very telling of the people who go there.

    So I think nothing will happen and within two or three years all will be forgotten and Hillsong with it’s disgusting carnal music and gay worship leader (in NYC anyway) will continue like nothing ever happened.

    It was all over the web, so it still is.. http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/04/17/pastor-accused-of-covering-up-abuse-returns-to-spotlight.html

    • Manny1962 March 28, 2017 at 12:50 pm #

      So we’ll said Denise, this is the garbage that passes itself as christianity, these people have such a greater condemnation, it is better if a millstone was hung around their necks than for them to hurt one of God’s smallest and most innocent creature, a child. The stench of Churchianity has no bounds. No one that proclaims to follow and love Jesus Christ can be tied to that institution, period, no excuses. They might have escaped mortal prosecution, but they will face the judge of the universe in their time.

  4. SusanJ March 29, 2017 at 4:15 pm #

    Very sadly, sexual abuse and also failure to challenge it and deal with it appropriately, biblically and according to the law, happens in all kinds of good denominations and organisations as well. Agreed that some of these groups mentioned are in error but most of us know of good fellowships where sexual abuse happens and it does not mean the whole group is bad.

    And in the case of the interview mentioned it was within a family rather than at the C3 church. How leaders deal with it is the test. Most ‘leaders’ would rather sweep under the carpet. Not just with this kind of issue but most problems. And it leaves the ‘followers’ frustrated, devastated and helpless and mistrusting and causes churches to fall apart. And meanwhile there is no gospel sharing and the wonderful Word of God becomes of no effect. Sad sad sad. These things should make us weep and fall on our knees and cry to God.

  5. Marsha July 19, 2017 at 1:40 pm #

    Why am I not shocked my spouse’s addictions and abuse behaviors were not dealt with and because his family are ministers in AOG they said this is a family issues not ministers so because my abusers are ministers by AOG standards there is no correction and head qauter response well I’m new Mexico district office doesn’t do anything sorry we can’t help you because we are to big of an organization to oversea so it’s up to district offices to handle we don’t get invovled. So with pictures and audio and proof these pastors flew their abusive son home to avoid a restraining order in another state bullied me nd my kids to let him back saying love covers sin i didn’t love and I’m not Christ like for taking protective action and I was not truly forgiving unless I destroyed evidence of abuse for which I did and endured 6 more years of physical emotional and spiritual abuse myself and kids and they are currently still behind the pulpit without any correction as of July 2017. They said because I took protective action it was God who revealed to them to teach me to submit as a wife they counseled their son he doesn’t have to it chikd support so for now 2 years not a penny. No the irony of AOG having so called policies on this but what it really is the looks of do I g good but attempting to protect assests while in reality they bully victim into silence which is exactly what happened years ago with someone who attended a youth camo molested by director it was reported but wanted minor to confront it in a grp setting wth it hard enough but yeah common tactic of AOG and their golden calf mega ministry. Disgusting and judemnt day for the leaders will have to give an account. Truly a disgrace this mega ministry thinking they can continue to hide abuse and allow abusive ministers to continue and then do these tactics to silence victims. I’m finally releasing my story of abuse and not hiding anything just because they claim religious disgrace to the name if Christ and shame on AOG

  6. Manny1962 July 20, 2017 at 9:24 am #

    Marsha, I’m really sorry for your plight, submitting as a wife does not mean taking physical abuse, you must protect your children and yourself first. Husbands must treat their wives with kindness and respect as the bible says, the weaker vessel, men must protect their families not harm them, they must love their wives as Jesus loves His wife the bride. Obviously, your husband and his parents are not right before God, he should know better, specially if he calls himself a pastor and a preacher of God’s word! Whatever you do, please don’t stop praying, God knows exactly what is occurring in your life.

    • Marsha July 20, 2017 at 1:34 pm #

      Thank you. I am certainly doing so. Two years later from drawing a line an valuing myself enough to no longer tolerate abuse and create a healthier life for myself and kids without a penny from him in two years with the support and encourgement from his family to enable his addictions and abusive behavior including since the marriage has not been leagally dissolved yet support and enable further moral issues as ministers in the AOG that do not step in with the fact he and his family support his lack of disscloser of he being legally married and his abusive nature while he’s messing around with other women presenting he is completely single where his mother s pastor actually encourged him to enjoy his singleness, rather disappointing to see YOU pastors with this behavior considering they according to how they “present moral high ground” but as of next week myself and kids for the first time will be out of the home where we were abused and endured memory markers of his rage we will begin a new chapter a new step to healing no more phycial markers in the home to see day in and day out it was a 2 year process and waiting and lots of ups and downs and despite his and his families ungliness and efforts to shame me and make me out to making abuse bigger than it was on social media I didn’t for 2 years make my story public and people are shocked once they see they pictures they had the nerve to minimize and even call me and my kids liers and shocked the AOG when shown everything still to this day have brought no correction to these people because well abusers no how to manipulate and make it look the part but a pictures of some stuff is worth a thousands words if I could post a picture of just what his last 2 outburst were you would be aplaued that AOG didn’t deal with this and call this a fsmily issue not s minister issue so basically if abused by family whom happen to b ministers it’s tough luck and well just by stats that’s sick their approach it seems unless it hits media or courts they do nothing and bank on years of silence if victims and then shame them like it’s for money if years later they finally decide to come forward. I have no respect or honor for AOG because from the top they ignore they have some serious wrongs and sins within

  7. Bobbie March 6, 2021 at 7:22 pm #

    Cry for Justin by Jeff Crippen and Losing My Religion by William Lobdell and 10 Lies the Church Tells Women/Lies Men Believe by J. Lee Grady all about covering-up abuse in the Church especially assassins of their god. spiritualsoundboard.com is resource site for spousal abuse and church abuse.

  8. Mark March 6, 2021 at 7:40 pm #


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