Perhaps apostate is too fair because it implies that at one time Brian Houston was running a church that was with Christ. I think the more appropriate title is false teacher. He preaches a gospel contrary to the Gospel of Jesus Christ and does so for filthy gain. While the Bible has a plethora of verses to choose from regarding false teachers it seemed the key verses for today were as appropriate as the Youth Pastor dancing near nude for the women of Hillsong was inappropriate. The second chapter of Second Peter is a scathing rebuke of false teachers that seemed to have Brian Houston in mind and the Jennifer Leclaires of the world that defend him. The first comparison from the key verses for people like Houston and places like Hillsong is they are like waterless springs. Essentially what Peter is saying is that they are like wells without water. Like an oasis appearing in the desert, so Hillsong appears to people who may have genuinely wanted to seek God. They crawl across the landscape to reach it only to discover there is no real water there. They discover it cannot quench the thirst they have for repentance. They get there and when they discover it is a mirage they drink the sand. That is what it is beloved when you go to church and see Austin Powers or the naked cowboy. It is drinking sand when you desperately need the everlasting water that is Jesus Christ. They are like a mist driven by a storm. This imagery is similar in that a mist is a welcome refreshment. Just when it appears to provide that refreshment however the storm drives it away rendering it useless.
Brian Houston and Hillsong speak with loud boasts of folly and Charisma News gives them the platform to do so. It was shorts not underwear! Everyone was just having a little fun! It's not like he was naked! Look at Mr. Sparkle! Don't you like to move it, move it? Oh behave baby, it's just a little Austin Powers! But look at the key verses and what these loud boasts of folly are used for beloved. They entice the sensual passions of the flesh from those who are barely escaping from those living in error. Wow. If that does not describe this nonsense and the experience that is Hillsong, nothing does. They promise freedom but themselves are slaves of the corruption they cannot even see. People come to Hillsong to find the oasis that is Jesus Christ and instead are fed a diet of sand. Barely trying to escape from those living in outright error in the world they are enticed by the sensual passions of their flesh. Pastors dressed either as a sex addict from a secular movie or a man who calls himself the naked cowboy. The worst part of it all is when confronted with their blatant apostasy those who orchestrate it deny knowing anything about it, blame it on the people who are critical of it and cannot even see how they themselves are slaves to the very corruption that blinds them.
Reverend Anthony Wade -- June 7, 2016