I felt the need to comment on a quote of Brian Houston, trying to explain who “god” is, and how Muslims and Jews once up on a time worshiped the same “god”. The concerned video with his explanation is published below.
The quotes of the Hillsong leader:
“How do you view God? In a desert there’s two types of birds: there’s vultures and there’s hummingbirds. One lives off dead carcasses, rotting meat. The other lives off the beautiful, sweet nectar in a particular flower on a particular desert plant. In the same desert, they both find what they’re looking for.
Do you know – take it all the way back into the Old Testament and the Muslim and you, we actually serve the same God. Allah to a Muslim, to us Abba Father God. And of course through history, those views have changed greatly. But lets make sure that we view God through the eyes of Jesus, the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the beauty of a Saviour, the loving open inclusive arms of a loving God. And that way we’ll lead out of that and you’ll be purposeful about your leadership and you’ll draw people just like the Lord Jesus always does through the power of the Holy Spirit.”
Source: Hillsong TV
Source: Brian Houston, Hillsong TV // Living For The Master’s Well Done, Pt1 with Brian Houston: 11:52, Sermon: Living For The Master’s Well Done, YouTube, Pt1, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GVE2j_aeZ8M, Published on Jan 5, 2014. (Accessed 17/03/2014.)
I have always warned against Charismatic leaders who have stopped sharing from the scriptures. One of them are Brian Houston, head pastor in Hillsong, Australia.
When you stop sharing the scriptures, you replace the Word of God with “stories”. And you add human wisdom. Somehow you start to use the idea of a “god” to fit into your own thinking and philosophies.
Very often this kind of story-telling also fall short of basic historical facts related to world history. This shallow and quite fraudulent presentation of the similarities of Islam and Christianity falls into this category. If Muslims and Jews worshiped the same God of the Old Testament, that Jesus is obviously a “different god”. Funny that the Muslims who according to Brian Houston did worship God, did not understand that “god” suddenly changed.
Second: The Koran is written 1500 years after the Hebrew Bible. So up to 620 A.D, there was no Muslims walking on the face of the Earth. No even one.
So, since the Muslims had to wait for 600 years after Jesus walked on the face of the Earth before they understood who God is, they must have worshiped “god” in retrospect. Since Muslims deny that God has a Son, equally God as the Father, this must have been a strange kind of worship, more like in the movie “back to the future”…. This kind of statements make the true faith in the Messiah look shallow, silly and absolutely: NEW AGE!.
Written by Ivar