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Australian Christian Churches (ACC) pastors and members should remove Hillsong Church from being part of the ACC movement.

The Australian Christian Churches was known as the Australian Assemblies of God (AOG) until Pastor Brian Houston renamed it in 2007.

The ACC is a Pentecostal movement and Hillsong isn’t Pentecostal in any way.

None of the core Pentecostal doctrines of the great International Assemblies of God Movement, of which the ACC is a part, are practiced at Hillsong Church.

 

“Pastor” Brian Houston the head of Hillsong Global Church. Heartless. Refuses to help the boy sexual abuse victims of his father “Pastor” Frank Houston the founder of Hillsong Global Church in any way. Hid and sheltered his secret lifelong pedophile father Frank Houston for five years from 1999 to 2004 from the NSW Police and in doing this deprived the boy victims of Justice. Facing looming pedophile protection charges Brian Houston: “I’m sorry the victims feel sad, very hurt and alone. I’ll remember them in my prayers”. Sorry I can’t help the victims more.

 

Hillsong welcomes unrepentant homosexuals into its midst.

Brian Houston is a pathological liar and deceiver. For fourteen years until the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, Brian Houston said publicly ‘there was only one boy victim of my father Frank and that was over thirty years ago in New Zealand”, when he knew there were many boy and teen victims, including Australian victim AHA who Brian personally knew.

Brian Houston has personally taken secret commissions on worship CDs and product for over thirty years and scammed the Body of Christ for its cash through multiple secret scams to be worthy over $50 million personally.

Brian Houston refuses to help the sex abuse victims of his father Frank Houston, the founder of Hillsong, in any way.

 

The ACC website explains the ACC Church as follows:

The ACC Website. acc.org.au

WHO WE ARE

AUSTRALIAN CHRISTIAN CHURCHES is a movement of Pentecostal Churches in voluntary cooperation. Each individual church is self-governing, but commits itself to work together with other churches in the movement for the purpose of mutual support and the spread of the gospel in Australia and the world.

The Assemblies of God in Australia was formed in 1937 and has experienced consistent growth. It adopted a new name of Australian Christian Churches in 2007 and currently consists of over 1,000 churches with over 280,000 constituents, making it the largest Pentecostal movement in Australia.

In our churches you’ll find vibrant, contemporary Christians who love the Lord Jesus Christ and express that love in lively praise and worship and in caring relationships. Australian Christian Churches are Bible-loving, evangelical and Pentecostal, and are about connecting people to Jesus Christ.

 

OUR HISTORY

THE AUSTRALIAN CHRISTIAN CHURCHES (formerly called Assemblies of God in Australia) was formed in 1937, and is unique among Christian movements in the world in that we are unable to trace our origins to any human leader.

Australian Pentecostalism in the early decades of the 20th century was greatly influenced by such figures as Mrs. Janet Lancaster, AC Valdez, Smith Wigglesworth, C L Greenwood and P B Duncan but none of these were individually responsible for the formation of the Assemblies of God in Australia.

The Assemblies of God in Australia formed out of a conference of the Assemblies of God – Queensland and the Pentecostal Church of Australia in Sydney, Easter 1937. It was recognised by the leaders of both movements that a more harmonious, co-operative and unified relationship was needed. C.L Greenwood was elected the first Chairman of the Assemblies of God in Australia and every state was granted autonomy in its own affairs as was each registered assembly.

In the early years of the movement growth was very slow but firm foundations were set in place. In 1948 the Commonwealth Bible College was established in order to train men and women for ministry. Various leaders also arose to bring leadership and direction to the movement such as Henry Wiggins, Philip Duncan, Edward Irish, James Wallace, Alec Davidson and Ralph Read.

In 1977, when Pastor Andrew Evans became the General Superintendent of the Assemblies of God in Australia, the movement experienced great growth, multiplying by over 13 times in the number of members and adherents and planting over 700 churches.

In May 1997 Pastor Brian Houston was elected the new National President of the Assemblies of God in Australia, and under his leadership, the movement continued to grow and expand its influence into the 21st century. It was renamed the Australian Christian Churches in April 2007.

Pastor Wayne Alcorn was elected the new National President by the National Conference in April 2009. Today, the ACC represents over 1,000 churches and more than 280,000 believers across Australia.

 

My comments:

The ACC Constitution published on the ACC website acc.org.au is a lengthy document.

The ACC Doctrines are outlined in Article 4.

I’ll publish Article 4 and then comment on the Pentecostal doctrines which Hillsong don’t teach and practice.

 

The ACC Constitution

Title: United Constitution

Document Type: Movement Constitution

Version: 2015:1

Date: April 2015

Approval: Amendments approved National Conference 2015

ARTICLE 4

Preamble

To plant and sustain churches that provide a safe and nurturing environment in which Christians can grow and others can find faith in Christ.

To engage in Christian action in the relief of human suffering and need by all available means and in development programs appropriate to developing countries and disadvantaged groups.

To train, ordain and send out ministers of the Gospel, missionaries and other ministries, for the work of God in Australia and overseas.

To allow and encourage individuals and churches to fulfil their God-given purpose without undue interference or restriction on their activities and ministries.

To establish a code of conduct, policies and standards of behaviour, endorsed by the National Conference, that will be required standards for credential holders and churches.

To establish and maintain such departments and institutions as may be necessary for the fulfilment of the Movement’s mission both in Australia and overseas.

To establish corporate entities on the basis set out in ARTICLE 22, under the ultimate control of its elected executives (National and State), to carry out the business of the Movement in an efficient and lawful manner.

To use whatever means are available, whether traditional or electronic, to communicate information to its ministers, constituents and the community at large.

To, either directly in its own right where possible or by it’s corporate entities, own, hold in trust, use, sell, convey, lease or otherwise dispose of such property, real or otherwise or engage in any lawful activity whatever, as may be considered necessary to fulfil the objectives of the Movement.

 

DOCTRINAL BASIS

 

The Holy Scriptures, known as the Bible, is the inspired Word of God and our all-sufficient rule for faith and practice.

These articles of faith of the Australian Christian Churches, grounded in these scriptures, are given as a basis for belief, fellowship and ministry “that we all preach the same thing” (1 Corinthians 1:10). Let it be remembered, however, that this is not given as a summary of the complete revelation of biblical truth, only that it covers our present needs as to these fundamental doctrines.

 

4.1 The Eternal Godhead

We believe in the unity of the true and living God who is the eternal, self-existent one, who has revealed himself as one being in three persons – Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and who is the Creator and preserver of things visible and invisible (Genesis 1:1; Deuteronomy 6:4; Psalm 86:9-10; Isaiah 43:10-11; Matthew 28.19, Mark 12:29; John 1:1-3).

4.2 The Lord Jesus Christ

We believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, the second person of the triune Godhead, who was and is the eternal Son of God; that he became incarnate by the Holy Spirit and was born of the virgin Mary.

We believe in his sinless life, miraculous ministry, substitutionary atoning death, bodily resurrection, glorious ascension, and abiding intercession (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:23; Luke 24:39; Acts 1:9; 2:22; 10:38; Romans 8:34; 1 Corinthians 15:4; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Ephesians 4:8-10; Hebrews 7:25-26; 9:12; 1 Peter 2:22).

4.3 The Holy Spirit

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the third person of the triune Godhead, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, and is ever present and active in the work of convicting and regenerating the sinner, and sanctifying and guiding the believer into all truth (John 14:26; 16:8-11; Romans 8:14; 1 Peter 1:2).

4.4 The Holy Scriptures

We believe in the verbal, plenary inspiration of the Holy Scriptures, namely the Old and New Testaments in their original writings. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is infallible, inerrantly revealing the will of God concerning us all in all things necessary to our salvation, and is absolutely supreme and sufficient in authority in all matters of faith and conduct. The Bible does not simply contain the Word of God, but is, in reality, the complete revelation and very Word of God, inspired by the Holy Spirit, so that whatever is not contained therein is not to be enjoined as an article of faith (Matthew 5:17-18; 24:35; John 4:39; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 2 Peter 1:19-21).

4.5 The Devil

We believe in the personality of the devil, who, by his influence, brought about the downfall of man, and now seeks to destroy the faith of every believer in the Lord Jesus Christ

(Genesis 3:1-15; Matthew 4:1-11; Luke 4:1-13; John 13:2; James 4:7; 1 Peter 5:8).

4.6 The Fall of Man

We believe that man was created by God by specific immediate act and in his image and likeness, morally upright and perfect, but fell by voluntary transgression.

Consequently, all men are separated from original righteousness, being depraved and without spiritual life (Genesis 1:26-31; 3:1-7; Romans 5:12-21).

4.7 The Atonement

We believe that God’s answer to man’s sinful state is in the death of his Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, on the cross, whose sufferings and shed blood have made full atonement for the sins of the whole world, both original and actual, and that there is no other ground for salvation (2 Corinthians 5:18-21; Galatians 1:4; Ephesians 1:7; Colossians 1:14; Hebrews 9:25-26; 1 Peter 1:19-20).

4.8 Salvation of Man

We believe that salvation is received through repentance toward God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. This experience is also known as the new birth and is an instantaneous and complete operation of the Holy Spirit whereby the believing sinner is regenerated, justified, and adopted into the family of God and becomes a new creation in Christ Jesus and heir of eternal life (Titus 2:11; 3:5-7; 1 Peter 1:23; 1 John 5:1).

4.9 The Church

We believe that the church is the body of Christ, the habitation of God through the Spirit, with divine appointments for the fulfilment of its great commission. Each believer, born of the Spirit, is an integral part of the general assembly and church of the first-born whose names are written in heaven (Ephesians 1:22-23; 2:22; Hebrews 12:23).

4.10 Water Baptism

We believe that baptism, by single immersion, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, is enjoined on all who have repented and have believed in Christ as Saviour and Lord, and that it is symbolic of our identification with Christ in his death, burial and resurrection (Matthew 28:19-20; Mark 16:16; Acts 10:47-48; 2:38-39; Romans 6:4-5; Colossians 2:12).

4.11 The Lord’s Supper

We believe that the Lord’s Supper, consisting of the elements of bread and the fruit of the vine, is the symbol expressing our sharing the divine nature of our Lord Jesus Christ (2 Peter 1:4); a memorial of his sufferings and death (1 Corinthians 11:26); and a prophecy of his second coming (1 Corinthians 11:26), and is enjoined on all believers “until He comes” (Matthew 26:26-28; Luke 22:1520; Acts 20:7).

4.12 Sanctification

We believe that sanctification is an act of separation from that which is evil, and of dedication unto God. We believe it is the glorious provision for every believer in Christ to be made pure in heart and wholly sanctified, through the operation of the Holy Spirit, by the blood of Jesus and the Word of God (John 17:15-19; Acts 15:8-9; Romans 12:1-2; 1 Thessalonians 4:3-4; 5:23-24; Hebrews 2:11; 10:16-19).

4.13 The Baptism in the Holy Spirit

We believe that the baptism in the Holy Spirit is the bestowing of the believer with power to be an effective witness for Christ. This experience is distinct from, and subsequent to, the new birth; is received by faith, and is accompanied by the manifestation of speaking in tongues as the Spirit gives utterance, as the initial evidence (Luke 24:49; Acts 1:4-5, 8; 2:1-4; 8:15-19; 11:14-17; 19:1-7).

4.14 Gifts

We believe in the present day operation of the nine supernatural gifts of the Holy Spirit, as recorded in 1 Corinthians 12:8-10. We also believe in the ministry gifts of Christ, as recorded in Ephesians 4:11-13.

4.15 Divine Healing

In accordance with the teachings of the scriptures, we trust our heavenly Father to protect and heal our bodies from sickness and disease. We believe that divine healing for the body, as with all redemptive blessings of God, has been provided for us by the atoning death and victorious resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ; it is the privilege of all believers and it is appropriated by faith in our heavenly Father’s unfailing promises (Exodus 15:26; Psalms 103:3; Isaiah 53:4; Matthew 8:16-17; Mark 16:17-18; 1 Peter 2:24; James 5:14-15).

4.16 The Second Coming of Christ

We believe in the premillennial, imminent and personal return of our Lord Jesus Christ to gather his people to himself. Having this glorious hope and earnest expectation, we purify ourselves, even as he is pure, so that we may be ready to meet him when he comes. (John 14:1-3; 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17; 2 Thessalonians 2:1; Titus 2:13; James 5:7-8; 1 John 2:28; 3:2-3).

4.17 The Millennium

We believe in the return of the Lord Jesus Christ to set up his millennial reign on this earth (Psalm 11; 96:10-13; Daniel 7.22; Zechariah 14:5; Revelation 5:9-10; 20:1-10).

4.18 The Punishment of the Wicked

We believe in the everlasting punishment of the wicked (in the sense of eternal torment) who wilfully reject and despise the love of God manifested in the great sacrifice of his only Son on the cross for their salvation (Matthew 25:46; 13:49-50; Luke 12:47-48; Romans 6:23; 2 Thessalonians 1:8-9; Revelation 20:11-15).

We believe that the devil and his angels and whoever is not found written in the book of life shall be consigned to everlasting punishment in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death (Revelation 19:20; 20:10-15).

4.19 The New Heavens and the New Earth

“We, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells” (2 Peter 3:13; Revelation chapters 21-22).

4.20 Creation

We believe that the heavens and earth and all original life forms, including humanity, were made by the specific immediate creative acts of God as described in the account of origins presented in Genesis, and that all biological changes which have occurred since creation are limited to variation within each species.

 

My comments:

The following Doctrines are not taught and practiced by Hillsong Church.

4.12 Sanctification

We believe that sanctification is an act of separation from that which is evil, and of dedication unto God. We believe it is the glorious provision for every believer in Christ to be made pure in heart and wholly sanctified, through the operation of the Holy Spirit, by the blood of Jesus and the Word of God (John 17:15-19; Acts 15:8-9; Romans 12:1-2; 1 Thessalonians 4:3-4; 5:23-24; Hebrews 2:11; 10:16-19).

4.13 The Baptism in the Holy Spirit

We believe that the baptism in the Holy Spirit is the bestowing of the believer with power to be an effective witness for Christ. This experience is distinct from, and subsequent to, the new birth; is received by faith, and is accompanied by the manifestation of speaking in tongues as the Spirit gives utterance, as the initial evidence (Luke 24:49; Acts 1:4-5, 8; 2:1-4; 8:15-19; 11:14-17; 19:1-7).

4.14 Gifts

We believe in the present day operation of the nine supernatural gifts of the Holy Spirit, as recorded in 1 Corinthians 12:8-10. We also believe in the ministry gifts of Christ, as recorded in Ephesians 4:11-13.

4.15 Divine Healing

In accordance with the teachings of the scriptures, we trust our heavenly Father to protect and heal our bodies from sickness and disease. We believe that divine healing for the body, as with all redemptive blessings of God, has been provided for us by the atoning death and victorious resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ; it is the privilege of all believers and it is appropriated by faith in our heavenly Father’s unfailing promises (Exodus 15:26; Psalms 103:3; Isaiah 53:4; Matthew 8:16-17; Mark 16:17-18; 1 Peter 2:24; James 5:14-15).

 

The Pentecostal/ ACC doctrines not taught and practiced by Hillsong Church with my comments:

The following doctrines aren’t taught and practiced by Brian Houston and Hillsong Church.

Sanctification

4.12 Sanctification

“We believe that sanctification is an act of separation from that which is evil, and of dedication unto God. We believe it is the glorious provision for every believer in Christ to be made pure in heart and wholly sanctified, through the operation of the Holy Spirit, by the blood of Jesus and the Word of God (John 17:15-19; Acts 15:8-9; Romans 12:1-2; 1 Thessalonians 4:3-4; 5:23-24; Hebrews 2:11; 10:16-19)”.

This Doctrine is not taught and practiced at Hillsong Church.

Hillsong is a great Apostate Church who allow homosexuals in positions of leadership. For example for five years until recently Josh Canfield has been a worship leader at Hillsong New York City, even though he is an open practicing homosexual who lives with his boyfriend Reed.

Josh Canfield and Reed his male live-in partner host a Hillsong home Bible study group in their New York apartment.

There are many open gays attending Hillsong including in the choir and other positions of service to the Lord in Hillsong New York City and Hillsong Los Angeles.

Brian Houston smokes cigars. He openly shared about this from the Hillsong pulpit in Sydney.

It has been reported that Brian Houston likes excessive amounts of alcohol. This should be investigated.

Brian Houston has a very bad temper. He has punched Hillsong church walls in anger and punched a man he was unhappy with in the Hillsong church car park.

Hillsong City Church shows no compassion for the local Aboriginal community and treats them with disdain and harshly. Sometimes they are roughly man-handled by Hillsong pastors and security in Hillsong City Church premises. The worst perpetrator of this is Pastor Steve McGhie, Brian Houston’s brother-in-law.

Brian Houston, Bobbie Houston, and other prominent Hillsong and ACC leaders sheltered the pedophile Frank Houston from the Australian Police and Authorities for five years from 1999 to 2004. They have been recommended for prosecution by the Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

Brian and Bobbie Houston should resign or be stood down until this situation is clarified and fully resolved with the Australian Government.

 

The Baptism in the Holy Spirit

4.13 The Baptism in the Holy Spirit

“We believe that the baptism in the Holy Spirit is the bestowing of the believer with power to be an effective witness for Christ. This experience is distinct from, and subsequent to, the new birth; is received by faith, and is accompanied by the manifestation of speaking in tongues as the Spirit gives utterance, as the initial evidence (Luke 24:49; Acts 1:4-5, 8; 2:1-4; 8:15-19; 11:14-17; 19:1-7)”.

The doctrine of The Baptism in the Holy Spirit is not taught and practiced at Hillsong.

In 2000 Brian Houston shut down all Pentecostal practices associated with the Holy Spirit and His power at all Hillsong Churches.

This situation should be investigated and Hillsong Church removed as an ACC and International Assemblies of God Church.

 

The gifts of the Holy Spirit

4.14 Gifts

We believe in the present day operation of the nine supernatural gifts of the Holy Spirit, as recorded in 1 Corinthians 12:8-10. We also believe in the ministry gifts of Christ, as recorded in Ephesians 4:11-13.

Hillsong does not teach and practice the “operation of the nine supernatural gifts of the Holy Spirit”.

This should be investigated and Hillsong Church removed as an ACC Church.

 

Divine Healing

4.15 Divine Healing

In accordance with the teachings of the scriptures, we trust our heavenly Father to protect and heal our bodies from sickness and disease. We believe that divine healing for the body, as with all redemptive blessings of God, has been provided for us by the atoning death and victorious resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ; it is the privilege of all believers and it is appropriated by faith in our heavenly Father’s unfailing promises (Exodus 15:26; Psalms 103:3; Isaiah 53:4; Matthew 8:16-17; Mark 16:17-18; 1 Peter 2:24; James 5:14-15).

This doctrine is not taught or practiced at Hillsong.

 

Recommendation:

Hillsong should be investigated and then excluded from the fellowship of the Australian Christian Churches and the International Assemblies of God for the above stated reasons.

 

Open male homosexuals part of Hillsong New York City worship team.

Open male homosexuals part of Hillsong New York City worship team. Visiting Hillsong Los Angeles which is also likes homosexuals to be part of their team.

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