Hillsong Church pastor Brian Houston feel his church needs to stay relevant, and must review its stand on homosexuality.
The news report came after Houston brought up the topics of homosexuality and same-sex marriage at a press conference held on Thursday with New York City media, on the occasion of Hillsong Conference being held at Madison Square Garden.
The question that resulted in Houston’s remarks on homosexuality centered on how his church tries to remain relevant. In his response, the Hillsong pastor offered homosexual marriage as an issue that is a challenge for some churches. Traditional Christian teachings define marriage as a union between a man and a woman.
“I think with the church, the message is sacred but the methods have to change for the church to stay relevant,” said Houston. “And it’s challenging. It’s challenging to stay relevant. I mean, if we go to the one big hot topic maybe for churches … now with homosexual marriage legalized, and churches for generations, they hold a set of beliefs around what they believe the Word of God, the Bible says. All of a sudden in many circles the church can look like a pariah, because to many people it’s so irrelevant now … So staying relevant is a big challenge. I think it’s more than just singing more contemporary songs and the colors you paint your walls or whatever.”
After seeing how the media reported from this Press Conference, Brian Huston felt a need for issue a correction:
“I encourage people not to assume a media headline accurately represents what I said at a recent press conferenceNowhere in my answer did I diminish biblical truth or suggest that I or Hillsong Church supported gay marriage,” he adds. “I challenge people to read what I actually said, rather than what was reported that I said. My personal view on the subject of homosexuality would line up with most traditionally held Christian views. I believe the writings of Paul are clear on this subject.”
Source: Christian Post
We can worship God by singing hymns, and even jump up and down with joy. Or we can fall down on our knees, and pray. But most importantly, we worship Jesus the Messiah by doing the will of the Father. We have to obey the Word of God, and stand up for the truth.
If Hillsong have “relevance” as their benchmark for worship, this movement will succeed as long as they act politically correct. The youth who comes to Houston’s pulpit, just need to be fed with the message that “everything is ok”. God loves you, and he will take care of you.
Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them.”
Bryan Houston knows that thousands of the youth who gathers in Hillsong, got tired of classical Christian teaching about sin and repentance in their parents congregations.
Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men
In a similar way, Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding towns gave themselves up to sexual immorality and perversion. They serve as an example of those who suffer the punishment of eternal fire
Some of the worship music of Hillsong is surely great, and large crowds will be gathered. But the dangers in this place, are linked to the cool messages of Houston, a gospel that itches in the ears of the youth. The Hillsong team convince people that it is possible to fulfill the commandment of God by doing praise and worship. The youth are told that loving Jesus, is to sing a song in His name, and have fun.
The moment pastor Houston tells the crowd, that it is sin that separates man from God, and repentance is needed to re-conect, the large group will be astonished. Few are truly interested in knowing that a selfish, materialistic lifestyle amount to friendship with the World. And that if a man do not repent from his life in sin, he will continue to be an enemy of God of the Bible.
All men must be lead by the spirit of God, into a process of santicfication, into a walk of holiness. If a man do not want to, his salvation will be at risk. Regardless of the “feel good factor”, that follows, when the praise and worship team use their keyboard and play their guitars.
Repent, or perish
Written by Ivar