Profile 13: Brian Houston

Author of thirteen books, pastor/founder of Hillsong Church and scheduled to speak at Thrive Southwest March 1-3 2018 (a conference that is a harborer of false teachers), Brian Houston certainly holds much influence today. As a result, it would be a good idea to compare his teachings to God’s Word to see if they are in agreement with God’s Word.

It is worth noting that much research has already been done on Brian Houston. Steven Kozar of Pirate Christian Radio has posted a plethora of blog posts on Brian Houston. Pastor Chris Rosebrough of Pirate Christian Radio has done a plethora of sermon reviews on Brian Houston’s sermons. Berean Research has compiled a plethora of articles on Brian Houston. ChurchWatchCentral has a webpage strictly dedicated to Hillsong Church. As a result, adding unique information to the existing body of work done on Brian Houston will be difficult. Therefore, this article organizes the existing information while, at the same time, attempting to add unique perspective. This article examines Brian Houston’s church (Hillsong, albeit briefly), his sermons (more extensively), his involvement in the coverup of his father’s sexual abuse, and other miscellaneous issues.

HILLSONG CHURCH

It is important to look at the “About” section of Hillsong Church’s website to find out what the church believes doctrinally. One can already find a problem under the “Brian and Bobbie” section:

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You will notice that the title of “pastor” has been given to Brian’s wife, Bobbie. Bobbie is a female. God’s Word forbids female pastors (1 Timothy 2:9-15 and 1 Corinthians 14; Pastor Chris Rosebrough of Pirate Christian Radio also offers insight from his review on Jory Micah, someone who doesn’t believe women are to be kept silent in the church). Already there is a problem; Brian Houston has no problem compromising God’s Word.

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While the mission statement says some things that sound good, there is nothing about the Great Commission. The Great Commission involves making disciples of all nations, preaching repentance and the forgiveness of sins in His name, baptizing them in the name of the Father, in the name of the Son, and in the name of the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:1820; Luke 24:36-49). With a mission statement lacking those very important things, Hillsong is essentially off mission.

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In 1993, Brian Houston made a statement about the church that he saw during that time. Notice the plethora of references to “I.” This is essentially his opinion. In fact, nowhere in this statement, the mission statement OR the statement he made in 2014 (which follows) will you find the word “Scripture.” The word “Bible” appears once in the mission statement (and nowhere else, sans the word “Word” in Houston’s 1993 statement). However, one can hardly call this a Bible-Based church based on the fact it is both off-mission and completely void of any Scriptural references to back any of this stuff. While he actually does make a reference to the Great Commission in both of his own statements (in passing, one time for each statement), why isn’t that in the church’s mission statement?

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Once again, the plethora of references to “I’ dominate. This is essentially all Brian Houston’s opinion.

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While the statement of beliefs has some good things (repenting of sins, eternal destination of heaven or hell, etc.), there is no Scripture to back this up. Furthermore, as you will see in the section of sermon reviews (later on in this post), repentance is not exactly something Brian Houston likes to address.

Below are some screenshots showing Hillsong’s Leadership. The “find out more” button for the section on Brian and Bobbie Houston leads to the section this article already discussed. Therefore, it will look at the “Hillsong Eldership” and “Hillsong Board” under the Leadership section of Hillsong’s page.

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As you can see, the eldership board shows that Gary AND his wife, Cathy, are “Lead Pastors at Hillsong London.” As mentioned earlier, God’s Word forbids female pastors. This is simply more evidence that Brian Houston (and Hillsong itself) have no problem compromising God’s Word despite its seemingly contrary claims on its mission statement and statement of beliefs.

Hillsong’s Board is below:

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As you can see above, Melinda Dwight, one of the board members, was a “Senior Pastor of a thriving church for 15 years.” While the church name is unknown, that church can hardly be called thriving since that church, like Hillsong, has no problem compromising God’s Word with its unapologetic approval of female pastors.

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The last part of the “Hillsong Board” section is above. It shows that Ben Houston (son of Brian Houston) and Ben’s wife, Lucille, are “Lead Pastors of Hillsong Los Angeles.” I do not delight in sounding like a broken record (or perhaps “clanging cymbal” is more appropriate) here, but it should be obvious by now that the evidence of Hillsong’s unapologetic compromising of God’s Word is both in abundance and too clear to ignore. While its mission statement and statement of beliefs may tell a different story, it is obvious from Hillsong’s actions via its plethora of female pastors that God’s Word and sound doctrine are far from being a priority for Brian Houston and Hillsong itself.

BRIAN HOUSTON’S SERMONS

Much research on Brian Houston’s sermons exist. As a result, constructing a sermon review independent of the others is not really necessary. Instead, it would be best to take a look at the existing reviews of Brian Houston’s sermons. Pastor Chris Rosebrough has done no less than twenty-three reviews of Houston’s sermons (either in part or full; in some cases Rosebrough has critiqued an interview Houston has done). I list these in order from oldest to newest.

  1. August 16, 2010: At the 1:13:00 mark of this episode (the first time this show has reviewed a Brian Houston sermon), Rosebrough reviews two short sermons by Houston here. The first one (titled When Ordinary People See) shows a blatant twisting of the book of Habakkuk. Rosebrough notes how what Houston says is an “absolute lie and twisting of God’s Word.” Rosebrough also notes that Houston preaches himself, lies, tickles and scratches itching ears, cites both the Amplified Bible and Message translation (both of which are bad), and idolizes the concept of vision. In the second sermon (part two of the aforementioned first sermon), Rosebrough notes how Houston both preaches heresy and makes this sermon all about you. Rosebrough once again calls Houston a liar. Rosebrough also states, “Brian Houston is a heretic. You did not hear God’s Word rightly handled….Hillsong is not an ally of Christ. They are an enemy of Christ. Those who say they are brothers and sisters in Christ are lying to you.” Given Houston’s blatant twisting of Habakkuk, it should be obvious at this point that Houston is indeed someone who both preaches self and makes the Bible all about you.
  2. January 18, 2011: Beginning at the 57:25 mark of this episode, Rosebrough reviews a sermon by Houston called Momentum Attracts. Specifically, Houston speaks of a “holy momentum.” However, as Rosebrough notes, this concept is nowhere taught in Scripture. Houston twists 2 Corinthians 10 and Acts 2 in this sermon of his. Rosebrough calls Houston a “complete and abominable apostate…ranking heretic.” Furthermore, Rosebrough states “Hillsong United should be avoided like it’s the spiritual equivalent of HIV.” Given Houston’s mass twisting of Scripture, it is not unreasonable to call Houston a heretic.
  3. September 11, 2012: Beginning at the 58:00 mark of this episode, Rosebrough reviews a sermon by Houston called Awareness That Sets You Up To Win. This sermon is anything but a winner, though. Houston twists Genesis 25 in this sermon. Furthermore, he strings a bunch of verses together without really giving a clear meaning from this grouping. Rosebrough calls Houston a “wolf” in this episode. Rosebrough says this sermon “is a miss because it’s not built on a solid exegesis of God’s Word.”
  4. January 7, 2013: Beginning at the 1:31:19 mark of this episode, Rosebrough reviews this sermon by Houston called Only For A While. Houston gets his sermon title from the words “only for a while” found in 2 Corinthians 7:8. Unfortunately, as Rosebrough rightly notes, Houston twists this passage to support his own manmade opinion (Houston does not even read the passage in context). In fact, Rosebrough goes a step further in noting how Houston purposely read from the heretical Message translation so he would not have to read the word “repentance” in 2 Corinthians 7:9. In describing this Bible-twisting, Rosebrough calls it, “so deceitful, I don’t even have words for it.”
  5. February 21, 2013: Beginning at the 14:55 mark of this episode, Rosebrough briefly reviews a sermon by Houston that shows both Houston’s engaging in psychological manipulation and twisting Matthew 7:13-15. Rosebrough does an excellent job in pointing out how Houston twists the passage to make it mean something it does not actually mean.
  6. August 30, 2013: In this episode of Issues Etc., host Todd Wilken and guest Rosebrough critique statements made by Houston regarding homosexuality. Both note how Houston compromises Scripture by not setting Scripture as the authority on the issue. Given the aforementioned times Houston has compromised Scripture with both his approval of women pastors and his frequent twisting of God’s Word, this compromise here is sadly no surprise.
  7. September 9, 2013: Beginning at the 48:49 mark of this episode, Rosebrough notes how Houston twists Psalm 23. Specifically, Houston tries to make this passage about prosperity. This psalm, however, is not about that at all.
  8. November 5, 2013: Beginning at the 1:13:00 mark of this episode, Rosebrough reviews a sermon by Houston in which Houston speaks of “areas we can expect God’s overflow.” In this sermon, Houston twists Psalm 26, Jeremiah 29:11, 2 Thessalonians 3:6, Psalm 6:7 and Proverbs 18:4, among others. Rosebrough notes how Houston tells his congregation not to “sit with those who lack positive reinforcement.” Rosebrough believes Houston is actually telling his people not to sit with those who would say anything negative about Hillsong. Rosebrough states, “Hillsong is more like Hellsong because Brian Houston twists and mangles God’s Word…he’s teaching a different religion.” During this entire sermon, Houston did not rightly handle a single passage. That should tell you everything you need to know about Houston’s blatant inability to rightly handle God’s Word.
  9. March 21, 24 and 28, 2014: At the 59:40, 17:00 and 38:48 marks of these episodes (respectively), Rosebrough analyzes the mess created by Houston’s stating that Christians and Muslims worship the same God.
    In the episode from 3/21, Rosebrough notes how Houston states, “The Muslim and you, we actually serve the same God. Allah to a Muslim, to us ABBA Father.” Rosebrough calls this statement “heresy and blasphemy of the highest rank.”
    In the episode from 3/24, Rosebrough shows how Houston did not retract his heretical statement the way he should have.
    In the episode from 3/28, Rosebrough plays a fuller audio of what Houston said to refute Houston’s claim that his sermon was taken out of context. Houston essentially plays the victim as he tries to save face. To conclude, Rosebrough notes that the reason Houston has critics is because Houston is a heretic. Furthermore, Rosebrough, speaking of Houston, says Houston “is a man who needs to repent…of his Word-Faith heresy, of the prosperity gospel, of his bible-twisting.”
    Hillsongchurchwatch.com offers more commentary on this issue in an article here.
  10. July 24, 2015: Beginning at the 10:55 mark of this episode, Rosebrough notes a clear example of Houston’s preaching the Word-Faith heresy. In doing so, Houston twists Romans 10:5-13. Rosebrough notes that what Houston does here gets the person away from praying. After all, what Houston does in this sermon of his is anything but prayer.
  11. August 6, 2015: Beginning at the 1:14:14 mark (the entire episode is actually worth a listen), Rosebrough notes how Houston essentially tap-dances around “The Gospel.” While Rosebrough admits that Houston makes a few good points, Houston does not really thoroughly explain what the Gospel is. While it is good that Houston is not extremely horrible like he normally is in his sermons, he mainly gives his own ideas about the Gospel rather than a biblically meaty definition of what the Gospel is. Because of that, this sermon is essentially a bunch of hot air.
  12. October 22, 2015: This entire episode is worth a listen (Pastor Chris actually recommends listening to the entire 10/21/15 episode as well; the 10/21 episode features Rosebrough’s Ramblings through the book of Ruth). In the first half, Pastor Chris explains how the story of Joseph in the book of Genesis points to Jesus Christ. Houston, however, takes that same passage in Genesis to make it about the students at Liberty University (where Houston was speaking). Pastor Christ calls Houston’s sermon “the most irrational, mishandling of God’s Word, and so narcissistic at that, that I have ever heard.” Rosebrough also notes how Houston takes the LORD’s name in vain by twisting the passage to “rob Christ of all His glory.” Needless to say, this is a pretty serious matter.
  13. November 24, 2015: Beginning at the 7:24 mark of this episode, Rosebrough reviews part of a sermon of Houston’s titled Unusual Things. Here, Houston keys in on a word and scratches itching ears in the process. While Rosebrough does not state this, Houston reads from the Amplified Bible. As this article mentioned earlier, that translation has plenty of problems.
  14. January 28, 2016: At the 51:36 mark of this episode, Rosebrough critiques an interview Houston did with Sky News. In the episode, Houston admits to scratching “where people are itching.” While he does not say he is scratching itching ears verbatim, one just needs to simply understand who Brian Houston is to conclude that he was legitimately referring to scratching itching ears. Although this article so far has shown that Houston is not really a pastor, he is one in the eyes of Hillsong. As Pastor Chris notes in the critique, the job of a pastor is to preach the Word (2 Timothy 4:2). When one reads this verse in context (we’ll look at the ESV), one can see that Houston’s admission is, as Rosebrough notes, a “bad thing”:
  15. I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom:preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching.For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions,and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.

  16. This January 29, 2016 episode of Issues, Etc. offers further commentary on the above matter. Needless to say, what Houston said should be alarming for anyone who knows his/her Bible. After all, because Houston has the title “pastor” in name only (he’s not really a pastor in the biblical sense), there is no doubt he was referring to “ears” when he admitted to scratching “where people are itching.”
  17. May 26, 2016: Beginning at the 1:10:52 mark (the whole episode is worth a listen), Rosebrough reviews a sermon by Houston titled What Are You Soaking In. In this review, Rosebrough notes an excellent example of how Brian Houston “poisons the well.” Rosebrough notes how false teachers (which is what Houston clearly is) fear that people would hear the truth and realize that they (the false teacher) are not speaking the truth to the people. By “poisoning the well”, false teachers demonize those that would speak out against them. In this sermon, Houston essentially demonizes those with opinions while, at the same time, giving his opinion. It is strange how that works.
  18. September 2, 2016: At the 55:47 mark of this episode, Rosebrough notes how Houston mainly gives his own opinions during a recent message of his. By doing so, Houston essentially silences the Bible and elevates his own opinions. Rosebrough, once again, calls Houston a “wolf and false teacher.”
  19. October 17, 2016: Beginning at the 1:04:58 mark of this episode, Rosebrough briefly reviews one of Houston’s sermons. In this review, Rosebrough notes how Houston reads from the aforementioned heretical Message translation. In the process, Houston rips Isaiah 32:8, 2 Corinthians 8:10 and verses from both Proverbs 11 and Proverbs 22 out of context.
  20. February 17, 2017: Beginning at the 37:54 mark of this sermon, Rosebrough reviews a sermon by Houston titled You Are The One. In this passage, Houston badly twists 2 Samuel 12 and Psalm 80:17-19. Rosebrough says this sermon is “utterly demonic” and one of the more demonic things he has heard in a long time. Rosebrough also refers to this sermon as “satanic” no less than twice. This is probably the harshest critique Rosebrough has placed on Houston ever since the first time Rosebrough reviewed one of Houston’s sermons. Pastor Chris talks more about this sermon in an interview with Todd Wilken on the March 3, 2017 episode of Issues Etc..
  21. July 11, 2017: Beginning at the 21:02 mark of this episode, Rosebrough reviews a sermon by Houston titled Raising Kings And Queens. In this episode, Rosebrough notes how Houston twists both Genesis 17:6 and Genesis 35:11 out of context. Houston also alludes to the unbiblical Seven Mountain Mandate.
  22. August 3, 2017: Beginning at the 1:17:12 mark of this episode, Rosebrough reviews a sermon by Houston called From Paupers To Princes. In doing so, Rosebrough takes a brief trip back in time to Vision Sunday 2015 for Hillsong. During this 2015 event, Houston twisted the story of the Ethiopian eunuch in Acts. In this 2017 sermon, Rosebrough notes how Houston preaches much about the here and now. Furthermore, Rosebrough notes Houston’s ties to the New Apostolic Reformation. Houston makes clear reference to the Seven Mountain Mandate, an unbiblical practice.
  23. October 3, 2017: Beginning at the 1:08:48 mark of this episode, Rosebrough reviews a sermon by Houston titled Help Me! I Need To Change My Life! In this sermon, Rosebrough notes how Houston, once again, cites the horrible Message translation. Furthermore, Rosebrough notes how Houston preaches all law here with no Gospel. In doing this, Houston does not rightly handle God’s Word.
  24. November 30, 2017: Beginning at the 52:55 mark of this episode, Rosebrough reviews a sermon by Houston titled Mission Man. In this sermon, Houston twists Colossians 3. This is simply another example of how Houston is incapable of rightly handling God’s Word.
  25. February 8, 2018: This actually is not a review of any message Houston gave. Instead, beginning at the 38:54 mark of this episode, Rosebrough reviews part of a message from someone names Jules A’Bell, a person on Hillsong’s leadership team. In this mess of a message (featuring manipulation, heresy and a citation of the heretical Message and Passion translations), Bell calls both Brian and Bobbie Houston apostles. This is significant because it is more evidence that Hillsong is part of the New Apostolic Reformation.

As shown, there is a plethora of information that proves Houston is in no way, shape or form capable of rightly handling God’s Word. Instead, he frequently twists God’s Word and teaches a plethora of heresy.

FRANK HOUSTON’S SEX CRIMES AND BRIAN HOUSTON’S INVOLVEMENT

This section will be far from an exhaustive one. After all, the article has already demonstrated at length that Brian Houston has no problem twisting, perverting and/or compromising God’s Word. This section’s purpose involves informing the reader about Brian Houston’s attempt to coverup the sex crimes of his father, Frank (who died in 2004). The following articles give information detailing all that has happened. I list them from oldest to newest.

  1. April 5, 2016: This article by ChurchWatchCentral shows Brian’s alleged ignorance about his dad’s sexual abuse.
  2. April 17, 2016: This article by ChurchWatchCentral shows how Brian Houston failed to mention his dad’s activities in two books Brian wrote. Instead, Brian promoted himself by painting himself as some kind of hero.
  3. April 18, 2016: In a brief article titled The Hillsong Day Of Infamy, Steven Kozar of Pirate Christian Radio briefly explains how Frank told Brian, in late October of 1999, that Frank admitted to being a pedophile. Kozar also highlights how Brian had not been honest about what really happened.
  4. August 23, 2016: This article by ChurchWatchCentral gives arguably the best and most extensive information of the whole Brian/Frank Houston sexual abuse coverup situation, detailing this situation from the very beginning.
  5. March 27, 2017: This article by Amy Spreeman of Berean Examiner gives supplemental information, highlighting more recent developments at the time. Specifically, it highlights a time in February 2017 in which Houston defended his not telling the police about Frank Houston’s sexual abuse.
  6. October 1, 2017: This article by ChurchWatchCentral shows how Brian Houston actually lied to the Royal Commission. Brian allegedly told the Commission that when he found out about his dad’s crimes, his dad never preached again. However, the audio in the article shows how Frank actually preached seven weeks before his death and after Brian had made the aforementioned statement.
  7. October 2, 2017: This brief article by Steven Kozar at Pirate Christian Radio shows the various quotes that proved Houston lied to the Royal Commission. It also shows the same sermon featured in the previous ChurchWatchCentral article. The point? Brian Houston is a liar who most definitely covered up his dad’s sexual abuse.

As this article has already demonstrated, Brian Houston is incapable of rightly handling God’s Word. As this section has demonstrated (and even in the previous section regarding Houston’s sermons), Brian Houston has proven to be a liar. Because he carries the role of “pastor”, it would be good to look at some Scriptures that outline the qualifications of elders (pastors) in the church. He already fails the job of preaching the word (2 Timothy 4:1-5). It would be good to see if he meets the criteria of a pastor in terms of character.

1 Timothy 3:1-10 (NASB):

It is a trustworthy statement: if any man aspires to the office of overseer, it is a fine work he desires to do.An overseer, then, must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, temperate, prudent, respectable, hospitable, able to teach,not addicted to wine or pugnacious, but gentle, peaceable, free from the love of money.He must be one who manages his own household well, keeping his children under control with all dignity(but if a man does not know how to manage his own household, how will he take care of the church of God?),and not a new convert, so that he will not become conceited and fall into the condemnation incurred by the devil.And he must have a good reputation with those outside the church, so that he will not fall into reproach and the snare of the devil. Deacons likewise must be men of dignity, not double-tongued, or addicted to much wine or fond of sordid gain,but holding to the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience.10 These men must also first be tested; then let them serve as deacons if they are beyond reproach.

In light of Brian Houston’s frequent lies and twisting of God’s Word, is he above reproach? Is he able to teach? Can he be considered a man of good reputation with those outside the church if he’s found to be someone who has lied to an authority? Is he a man of dignity? The Bible would say “no” to all of those things. While Brian Houston is a good orator, that does not automatically mean he can rightly handle God’s Word.

Titus 1:1-5-16 represents another passage that outlines the qualifications of elders (ESV):

5This is why I left you in Crete, so that you might put what remained into order, and appoint elders in every town as I directed you—if anyone is above reproach, the husband of one wife, and his children are believers and not open to the charge of debauchery or insubordination.For an overseer, as God’s steward, must be above reproach. He must not be arrogant or quick-tempered or a drunkard or violent or greedy for gain,but hospitable, a lover of good, self-controlled, upright, holy, and disciplined.He must hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in sound doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it. 10 For there are many who are insubordinate, empty talkers and deceivers, especially those of the circumcision party.11 They must be silenced, since they are upsetting whole families by teaching for shameful gain what they ought not to teach.12 One of the Cretans, a prophet of their own, said, “Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, lazy gluttons.”13 This testimony is true. Therefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith,14 not devoting themselves to Jewish myths and the commands of people who turn away from the truth.15 To the pure, all things are pure, but to the defiled and unbelieving, nothing is pure; but both their minds and their consciences are defiled.16 They profess to know God, but they deny him by their works. They are detestable, disobedient, unfit for any good work.

Once again, we see qualifications of elders. Furthermore, we see another aspect of an elder. Verse 9 states that an elder must “hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in sound doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it.” As this article has shown, Houston’s doctrine and moral character is anything but sound. Furthermore, there is no way he can refute those who contradict sound doctrine because he obviously does not believe in sound doctrine. Based on his mass perversions of God’s Word, it should be obvious to any Christian, per verse 11, that although he is not part of the circumcision party (at least not to my knowledge; see verse 10), he is most definitely teaching for shameful gain what he ought not to teach. 

MISCELLANEOUS ITEMS

At this point, it should be obvious that Brian Houston’s character and doctrine disqualify him from being rightly considered a pastor. Unfortunately, there is more to consider regarding Mr. Houston. The following represent some articles that shed more light on who Brian Houston really is.

  1. Brian Houston Acknowledges Ministry of Gay Couple At Hillsong NYC: In this article dated August 9, 2015, Amy Spreeman of Berean Examiner and Jordan Hall of Pulpit & Pen show how Brian Houston knowingly lied about a gay couple’s serving in the ministry of Hillsong NYC (New York City). He claims he never knew about the gay couple’s presence until the matter was realized to the press in 2015. Apparently, Houston did know all along, stating as much in 2014. Why does this matter, you ask? It’s simply another example of Houston’s lying.
  2. The Kerri Ferguson Interview: Here, Pastor Chris Rosebrough of Pirate Christian Radio interviews Kerri Ferguson in an episode dated on November 12, 2015. Although this interview mostly deals with the scandal Kerri Ferguson dealt with during her attending a C3 Church in Australia (led by the heretic Phil Pringle), Brian Houston and Hillsong find themselves involved here. In this episode, Brian Houston is found to be a liar, a coward, a manipulator and someone who definitely should not be in pastoral ministry. The interview speaks for itself. There really is no better way to explain how sad this situation is without listening to the interview (which is commercial free) in its entirety.
  3. Hillsong’s Naked Cowboy: In this Museum Of Idolatry article from June 1, 2016, Steven Kozar of Pirate Christian Radio shows how Houston tries to deflect blame in addressing the Naked Cowboy debacle from the 2016 Hillsong US Color Conference that year. This is simply another example of Houston’s lies and deceit.
  4. You Need More Money: In this Museum Of Idolatry article from December 15, 2016, Pastor Chris Rosebrough shows old footage of Houston’s (essentially) idolizing money. In fact, Houston wrote a book called You Need More Money. This book is no longer in print.
  5. Hellsong: In a book I reviewed last year, Lance Goodall details why he left Hillsong. One of those reasons involved the messages’ lacking of “any mention of sin, repentance, prayer, obedience, death to self, holiness, sacrifice, suffering, hell, even God himself” (p. 31). Goodall also states that Houston preaches a “watered-down Gospel.” Given the aforementioned sermons reviewed in this article, one can hardly argue against that assessment.
  6. Speaking of Watered-Down Gospel…: In this Messed Up Church article dated July 28, 2017, Steven Kozar analyzes an article Brian Houston wrote for an Australian news site on July 6, 2017. Kozar notes how Houston, once again, biffs it when talking about the Gospel. Kozar wrote another article about Houston here back in February 2016. This February article is mainly a collection of Hillsong-related articles.

The above articles are simply more evidence that Houston is a devout false teacher who lies, manipulates and preaches messages devoid of any good theological content.

LIMITATIONS TO THIS POST

This article did not review any books written by Houston. Furthermore, it did not analyze much of the major problems with Hillsong itself. Future articles may analyze either a book written by Houston or more about Hillsong than any pastor of Hillsong. Such an article may look at its music, its history, connections to the New Apostolic Reformation, etc..

CONCLUSION

While Brian Houston may be both a great orator and a rich man, he is hardly rich in the area of sound biblical preaching. Furthermore, his character is severely lacking given his mass amount of lies, deceit and coverups. The mass amount of evidence showing his unapologetic compromising of God’s Word, bad preaching and constant involvements in lies should speak for itself. Needless to say, one would be very wise to mark and avoid Brian Houston (Romans 16:17). He is a devout false teacher and heretic who most definitely needs to repent.

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