In a letter “to the world” republished below, Pastor Brian Houston, head pastor of Hillsong Global Church, states that Hillsong has left the Australian Christian Churches and International Assemblies of God movements and formed its own Hillsong denomination.

There are various reasons stated for this move but one reason and explanation is being omitted.

Various Assemblies of God, other Pentecostal denominations, church writers like me and heresy hunters throughout the world have for years been criticising Hillsong for many false doctrines and heresies, like allowing unrepentant gays to minister in Hillsong choirs and other ministries.

Almost every day I’m explaining on this site where and how Hillsong has gone off the rails.

Brian Houston and Hillsong are afraid of being embarrassed by being expelled from the International Assemblies of God (AOG) and/or the ACC (Australian Christian Churches) and they have taken preemptive steps.

It may be that they are already being investigated by the International Assemblies of God and/ or AOG governing authorities in some countries and these organisations to which they are accountable to, in various ways, are pressurising them or threatening to excommunicate Hillsong.

Now Hillsong, according to Brian Houston’s letter below, is a new separate denomination of its own- “Hillsong Global Church”.

And Brian Houston writes, “we are now registered by the Australian Department of Births, Deaths, and Marriages, as a recognised denomination with the ability to credential pastors in our own right”.

Now Brian Houston and Hillsong is not accountable to any other church organisation or group of churches.

Given Hillsong’s many heresies, in effect they have become a cult.

 

Letter “to the world” from Pastor Brian Houston head pastor of Hillsong Global Church:

                                         

To Whom It May Concern, I am writing today to announce – in cooperation with the ACC National President, Wayne Alcorn – a proposed change to Hillsong Church’s relationship with the Australian Christian Churches (ACC).

I love the ACC and have been a part of this denomination since I was a five year old in New Zealand, and have held a credential in Australia with the AOG/ACC for virtually forty years. I also served as NSW State President for six years, and National President for twelve. It is a movement I have devoted many years of my adult life to both serving and leading. I believe wholeheartedly that Pastor Wayne Alcorn is doing a wonderful job in leading the movement, and I want to make it clear that we have no grief or dispute at all with the ACC. Instead, this decision comes after almost two years of prayerful discussion within both our global and Australian church boards.

Our discussions have been focused on the global nature of Hillsong Church. As Hillsong Church has continued to grow, we no longer see ourselves as an Australian Church with a global footprint, but rather a Global church with an Australian base – our global office now resides in the USA. Two thirds of the people attending Hillsong Church each weekend live in countries beyond Australia. We have pastoral staff in twenty-four nations around the world, representing 123 campuses and locations, with 263 different church services on any given weekend. We consider it to be “One House, with many rooms”.

So with that growing footprint in mind – it has become clear to us that we need to be able to credential our own pastors and restructure our church in a way that enables us to give due diligence to governance, risk, church health, safe church, and many other policies that are crucial to the future progress of Hillsong, globally. For this reason, we are now registered by the Australian Department of Births, Deaths, and Marriages, as a recognised denomination with the ability to credential pastors in our own right.

This recognition alleviates the issues that would occur if, for example, a concern arises that affects the credential of a Hillsong Church youth pastor in one of our campuses in Europe. The Australian ACC cannot be expected to have adequate information to address this issue or even know who the person is, let alone the resources to appropriately deal with the issue on a personal or pastoral level.

I am very grateful to the ACC National Executive who have been both gracious and proactive in working with our church board and drafting a potential structure to redefine our relationship moving forward. Obviously, this would be subject to proper process. The goal is that we could become an associate church, and that we would continue to lean into the ACC and support, at some level, initiatives such as conferences, missions, and Alphacrucis; while foregoing voting and other rights associated with full member churches and ordained ACC pastors.

It is my great hope that the church in Australia will continue to be healthy and unified, and that more Australians than ever will come to faith in Jesus. And it is my belief and my prayer that, by the grace of God, all our churches will continue to flourish and grow.

 

 

Letter to all ACC (Australian Christian Churches denomination) pastors from the ACC President Wayne Alcorn:

 Dear ACC family,

I am emailing you to share some important news relating to our movement. We have always been a fellowship of autonomous churches in voluntary co-operation, but more than that, we have always been a family who supports and cheers each other on.

Recently Hillsong Church advised its desire for a change in its relationship with the ACC. In a way, this can be likened to a child who has grown up and now has a larger life outside the family home. Hillsong Church now has more constituents and churches outside Australia than within, and as such, has announced its intention of establishing its own international denomination to credential their pastors, whilst remaining in Kingdom partnership with the ACC going forward.

May I emphasise that the relationship between Hillsong Church and ACC is strong. The change in relationship has been facilitated by Hillsong’s global growth, rather than any disagreement.

Pastor Brian Houston has written a personal letter to the ACC family that explains his love for the movement and the reasons for the change. Click here to read Brian’s letter.

Despite the changing shape of the relationship between Hillsong and ACC, both parties are committed to working together towards a new effective partnership.  Discussions to that end are ongoing.  I encourage you to be in prayer as ACC and Hillsong finalise discussions;  the goal being that God’s Kingdom will only increase during this change.

The first of our State Conferences has started this week in South Australia, and I am looking forward to attending many of these annual state-wide ACC family gatherings over the upcoming weeks. We have much to celebrate and thank God for.

Thank you for being a great blessing to our movement.

Warmest regards,

WAYNE ALCORN
ACC NATIONAL PRESIDENT

My comments:

There is a spiritual battle in America, and all over the world between good and evil.

The US Republicans generally stand for Biblical values- pro-life, upholding the Bible, attending church, and Christian morals and ethics. The US Democrats generally are pro-abortion, pro-gay rights, and not practicing Christians. Because the Democrats don’t know the Lord, they are given over to Satan and his demons. All the vitriol, slander and demonising of people by the Democrats are reflective of the fact that their demonised and under the influence of Satan, demons and their sins. This is the age-old battle between good and evil.

Article below:

“Mr. Limbaugh said observers should not discount documented evidence that the judge’s accuser is a partisan activist.

“She has worn one of those vagina hats at some anti-Trump marches,” he said. “She is cited in a San Jose Mercury News article as wearing the hat at the march, which the newspaper said was held because people were ‘angered by the Trump administration’s proposed cuts to research. She also signed [a] ‘Letter Fighting Trump Border Enforcement’ — Christine Blasey Ford signed a letter fighting Trump’s ‘Zero Tolerance’ policy at the U.S.-Mexico border. … So clearly she’s a political activist. She’s an angry political activist.””

Rush Limbaugh: Christine Blasey Ford part of orchestrated

Democrat ‘smear’ to destroy decent people

Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh waits to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee for the third day of his confirmation hearing, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Sept. 6, 2018. Official Washington is scrambling Monday to assess and manage Kavanaugh’s prospects after his accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, revealed her identity to The Washington Post and described an encounter she believes was attempted rape. Kavanaugh reported to the White House amid the upheaval, but there was no immediate word on why or whether he had been summoned. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
– The Washington Times – Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh told his listeners that Americans who are confused by the circus-like atmosphere surrounding Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s road to the U.S. Supreme Court fail to comprehend the Democrats’ modus operandi: “They need to destroy anybody credible who opposes them.”

Accusations by Christine Blasey Ford that President Trump’s pick for the high court tried to rape her in his teens has thrown a wrench into the voting plans of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, but Mr. Limbaugh said Monday it all was rather predictable.

The conservative radio host said Mrs. Blasey Ford is a “left-wing political activist” whose political goals match Democrats’ “everyday operational political strategy” of trying to destroy “a decent person and his family.”

“It’s not just Kavanaugh,” he said. “They need to destroy anybody credible who opposes them. They need to ruin them. As such, I don’t think decent people quite know how to deal with this. Decent people don’t spend their day strategizing like this. And, as such, they don’t end up being prepared for it. By definition, decent people are not prepared for this kind of thing. Not that they’re ignorant to it. It’s just they don’t go through each and every day studying and prepping on how to get ready for the next smear job from the Democrat Party.”

Sen. Charles E. Grassley told radio host Hugh Hewitt Tuesday that Republicans have unsuccessfully tried to reach Mr. Kavanaugh’s accuser for 36 hours. They want to schedule a public hearing for the California professor to share her story.

“So it kind of raises the question … do they want to come to [the] public hearing or not?” Mr. Grassley said, Reuters reported.

“I want to hear from Dr. Ford,” Mr. Grassley said. “And she deserves to be heard because these are serious accusations. And I would surely hope she’d come Monday. I mean, after all, read all the details she put in the Washington Post. She’s surely prepared. She hired a lawyer, I understand, back in August.”

Mr. Limbaugh said observers should not discount documented evidence that the judge’s accuser is a partisan activist.

“She has worn one of those vagina hats at some anti-Trump marches,” he said. “She is cited in a San Jose Mercury News article as wearing the hat at the march, which the newspaper said was held because people were ‘angered by the Trump administration’s proposed cuts to research. She also signed [a] ‘Letter Fighting Trump Border Enforcement’ — Christine Blasey Ford signed a letter fighting Trump’s ‘Zero Tolerance’ policy at the U.S.-Mexico border. … So clearly she’s a political activist. She’s an angry political activist.”

Mr. Trump told reporters Tuesday that Mr. Kavanaugh is “anxious” to publicly defend his reputation.

Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC

My comments follow the scriptures below from Ephesians chapter one.

Ephesians 1:2 Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ

In context:

Ephesians chapter one

Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God,

To God’s holy people in Ephesus, the faithful in Christ Jesus:

Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and understanding, he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, 10 to be put into effect when the times reach their fulfillment—to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ.

Ephesians 1:2 Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ

There is no peace on earth, even remotely like the peace the Presence of the Holy Spirit brings.

I remember experiencing the manifest Presence of the Lord many times and in many profound ways aged 19 in 1975 when I was searching for God. I’d been brought up as a Evangelical Presbyterian in New Zealand in the 1950s to 1970s.

In 1975 when I started a law major at university, I started simultaneously a remarkable and persistent search for truth and God which lasted all year until on 5 December 1975 I surrendered my life to God through Jesus Christ.

This was at the peak of the Jesus Movement and Charismatic Movement. The Christians I got involved with were involved in the Charismatic Movement- Ken and Dorothy Kissling, Marcus Arden, Tom Marshall and many others.

When I surrender my life to God, my conversion was immediately radical, profound and far-reaching. From 1975 to 1987 I was a very radical and devoted Christian. I’ve had a few battles with sin and lapses over the last 43 years since then but overall I’ve always been a very committed Christian.

Every morning I wake early and listen to Christian worship- the songs I publish each morning are the ones I’ve been listening to that day. At the moment I’m mainly listening to Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir from New York City.

As I listen to these beautiful hymns I feel the Presence of the Holy Spirit. I feel His Peace.

Listening to Christian worship is also a good way to get rid of demons from our lives. In fact, I think it is one of the best methods.

In 2014, I was healed from a very serious Chronic Fatigue Syndrome illness caused by a work-related stress and over-work burn-out. My body shut-down and I was in bed for 2.5 years. I looked after myself during that time and didn’t have a carer. I’m capable of being alone and looking after myself. My own company doesn’t bother me. In fact, I like it. I have a lot of interest and hobbies and when I was a bachelor for 18 years between marriages I was always busy. Being married is better in some respects but it is time and energy demanding, particularly if there are small children. My wife and I have two little boys, Reuben and Raphael, aged 3 and 4.

Holding my new born son Reuben at church in 2014

Reuben Jaz at 2 weeks old. 

My youngest Raphael with his daddy

My youngest of my five boys- Reuben (then aged 3) on right and Raphael (then 2). Reuben was named in memory of my father Reuben Donald Elley who died two years before he was born in 2012.

My father and mother making a grand entry at my neice Alana and her husband Jeff’s wedding. My father died in August 2012 and my mother now 87 is in the last stage of her life in an old folks home. Mum has advanced dementia and doesn’t remember or recognise any one. Her brain is old and tired. So if your mum and dad are still alive, please love and honour them as best as you can. Before you know it they’ll be old and gone, and it will be too late for all your good intentions. Life life now to the full, unto the Lord, with no regrets.