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"Pastor" Brian Houston and "Pastor" Joel A'Bell. An imaginary picture of these two Hillsong stooges in the Hillsong pastor's lounge.

“Pastor” Brian Houston and “Pastor” Joel A’Bell in the Hillsong pastor’s lounge.

 

Donald Elley of Bellingen:

I wrote this article in 2016 before Joel A’Bell left Hillsong to start his own church called Revitalise in Sydney’s Sutherland Shire.

 

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Hillsong. The false gay-loving, money cult. 

 

 

Joel A'Bell.

Joel A’Bell

 

Hillsong website:

Joel A’Bell

Joel A’Bell

Lead Pastor Australia

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About Joel

Joel is the Lead Pastor of Hillsong Australia alongside Senior Pastors Brian & Bobbie Houston. Joel is an innovative thinker, leader and communicator. He is passionate about building and growing the local church. His fresh leadership ideas and style have helped shape Hillsong’s flourishing multi-campus church.

Joel is a team-focused leader dedicated to seeing all involved reach their full potential. He has been married to his best friend Julia for 21 years and is a dedicated father to Harmony & Eli.

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Hillsong Church. False teaching. Gays are welcome at Hillsong Church. These two men Josh Canfield and his male live-in partner Reed are getting married at Hillsong New York City this year. 

 

My comments:

When one considers the life and deeds of the extremely evil lifelong pedophile Frank Houston, the founder of Hillsong, its hard to believe that the other leaders of Hillsong and the Australian Christian Churches (ACC) movement didn’t report him to the NSW Police in 1999 and that they sheltered him for five years until Frank Houston died in November 2004.

Why did they protect their founding father Frank Houston- this evil criminal pedophile?

Who were the chief architects of this crime of pedophile protection?

 

The leaders of Hillsong and the Australian Christian Churches (ACC) movement that should be charged with pedophile protection crimes:

These are the leaders of Hillsong and the Australian Christian Churches (ACC) movement that should be charged with pedophile protection crimes.

The relevant NSW Legislation is the CHILDREN AND YOUNG PERSONS (CARE AND PROTECTION) ACT 1998 – SECT 23.

The Australian Christian Churches (ACC) is the new name for the Australian Assemblies of God (AOG) since Brian Houston renamed it in 2007.

The crimes are firstly that Frank Houston was not reported to the Police in 1999, when all the leaders of Hillsong and the Australian Christian Churches movement were made aware of serious pedophile crimes committed over decades by Frank Houston, the founder of Hillsong, and secondly that they colluded in sheltering the pedophile Frank Houston from the NSW Police for five years from 1999 to November 2004, when he died.

The following twelve men and one woman, Bobbie Houston, should all be charged with these crimes under NSW Law.

 

These leaders who should be charged 

These leaders who should be charged include:

Pastor Brian Houston the current Co-Head Pastor of Hillsong International (with his wife Bobbie).

Pastor Bobbie Houston, the Co-Head Pastor of Hillsong International, with her husband Brian.

George Aghajanian, the long-time Hillsong Business Manager.

Nabi Saleh, former owner of Gloria Jean Coffee and long time Hillsong elder.

Pastor Keith Ainge, the General Secretary of the Assemblies of God (AOG) at the time of the crimes.

Pastor John McMartin, the long-time NSW AOG/ ACC President. On the Australian National AOG Executive.

Pastor John Lewis, an Australian AoG Executive member at the time of these crimes. John Lewis has been very quiet about these matters.

Pastor Wayne Alcorn, an Australian AOG Executive member and long-time Houston supporter. Wayne Alcorn is the current President of the Australian Australian Christian Churches movement.

Pastor Joel A’Bell. Hillsong Australia Head Pastor. Long-time Hillsong pastor since the 1990s.

Dr Gordon Lee, Frank Houston’s personal doctor and a long-standing Hillsong leader. Dr Gordon Lee is currently a Hillsong elder.

Pastor Robert Fergusson, one of the most long-standing Hillsong pastors after Bobbie and Brian Houston.

Dr Jo Thomas, a long-standing Hillsong leader. Dr Jo Thomas is currently a Hillsong elder.

Pastor Ian Woods, who sheltered Frank Houston at Hawkesbury AOG (known as Hawkesbury Christian Centre) from 2000 for a few years until Frank Houston’s health began to fail.

 

Pastor Joel A’Bell, one of the longest pastors at Hillsong Church apart from Brian and Bobbie Houston and Robert Fergusson

 

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Joel & Julia A’Bell

 

I don’t know Joel personally.

Joel started at Christian Life Centre (CLC) Sydney at the City Church in Danks Street Waterloo in the late 1990s just before I stopped going there in 2000. I was a lay pastor there in the 1980s in charge of ten home fellowships with 150-200 people in my care. I raised up and led the leaders of these ten home fellowships.

Later I also partnered with Laurie and Heather Murphy in founding Hillsong’s Glebe Outreach Church which is located in the Sydney inner city suburb of Glebe. Laurie and Heather are long-time friends of mine.

I was there from the beginning of Christian Life Centre (CLC) Darlinghurst in 1981.

in 1977 Frank Houston started the church in a Sydney Eastern suburbs home then at Sherbrooke Hall in Double Bay.

Then CLC moved to the corner of 200 Goulburn Street in 1981.

Later IICM the  Christian Life Centre (CLC) Darlinghurst Bible College was started located on level 10, 162-166 Goulburn Street Darlinghurst. Dave Sayers and I worked for two years doing building projects around these premises. I as a carpenter and Dave was my trades assistant.

Nobody involved at CLC Darlinghurst had any idea that Frank Houston was a lifelong secret pedophile except possibly in son Brian who may have been sexually abused as a little boy. I’d heard allegations of a child abuse scandal involving Frank Houston at Lower Hutt Assemblies of God in New Zealand but I had trouble believing they were true. Its long story which I’ve covered in many articles on this site.

Christian Life Centre (CLC) Sydney is the third name for Hillsong’s operations in Sydney Australia.

The first name was Christian Life Centre (CLC) Darlinghurst. The second name was Christian Life Centre (CLC) Waterloo and the third name was Christian Life Centre (CLC) Sydney.

The fourth name was Hillsong City Church and Hillsong Church Baulkham Hills .

The fifth name is the current name Hillsong City Campus and Hillsong Hills Campus.

Joel A’Bell suddenly appeared in the late 1990s when he was introduced to the City congregation by Pastor Jonathan Wilson, who was for a short period the co-head pastor of CLC Sydney along with Pastor Robert Fergusson. These two Englishmen by descent were put in charge of Christian Life Centre (CLC) Sydney by Brian Houston in conference with the senior elders at Christian Life Centre (CLC) Sydney

The paedophile Frank Houston had been sidelined and we, the members of CLC Sydney, were told he was retiring.

The long-time participants found it hard to believe Frank Houston was “retiring” because he’d always said he’d never retire and that wanted to die in the saddle.

One of Frank Houston’s favourite sayings was, “I’d rather re-fire than retire”.

From the now revealed pedophile Frank Houston’s secret actions he wasn’t thinking of retirement but was thinking “I’d rather abuse little boys than little girls for the rest of my life on earth until I die and go to be with the devil and his demons in Hades” As Frank Houston got nearer death he became more and more scared until he lost his mind with the stress near the end.

I was at Christian Life Centre Sydney from 1981 until 2000. Continuously from 1981 to 1992 and then from 1997-2000.

I haven’t seen or heard Joel A’Bell speak since 2000. Small mercies. It was like eating candy floss for dinner. Too much pink colour. Too much sugar. To much air between the floss Prosperity Gospel and lifestyle soft-sop particles instead of Biblical solids.

 

"Pastor" Joel A'Bell offering his sweet homilies about Pat and warning off "the haters". Now with egg all over his face. "I find these public comments about Pat to be unloving. He is well on track in his restoration". Oh dear Joel- so naive too. Pat Mesiti really pulled the wool over your eyes too.

“Pastor” Joel A’Bell offering his sweet homilies about Pat Mesiti and warning off “the haters” on his Facebook page. Now with egg all over his face. Joel A’Bell: “I find these public comments about Pat to be unloving. He is well on track in his restoration”. Oh dear Joel- so naive too. Pat Mesiti really pulled the wool over your eyes. Please could you post a comment on how you all at Hillsong are going to do another divine miracle and remove from every newspaper in the world how a Hillsong pastor bashed his wife on New Years Eve. That would be the ultimate task for the Hillsong spin department. I mean Hillsong media.

 

I recall the ebullient Pastor Jonathan Wilson announcing to Christian Life Centre Sydney (early name for Hillsong) in the late 1990s that young Joel A’Bell was the new young gun Youth Pastor. Seems like a long time ago.

Joel showed up at just the wrong time from a legal point of view.

Joel was able to participate in the crimes of pedophile protection.

 

Brian Houston of Hillsong, the pedophile Frank Houston’s son, said publicly to the Royal Commission, “dad told me he was out of control (with his pedophilia) in the 1960s and 1970s”.

It is unknown when Brian Houston knew his father was a pedophile. Brian says it was 1999 but I think it was probably in the 1960s when Brian turned 7.

 

Brian houston. Has been recommended by the Australian Royal Commission to be charged for not reporting and for protecting a pedophile.

Brian Houston. Was probably abused by his “out of control” pedophile father Frank Houston from about 7 years old. Brian has been recommended by the Australian Royal Commission to be charged for not reporting and for protecting a pedophile.

Brian Houston. On medication at the Royal Commission. In denial about his responsibilities as a Christian leader.

Brian Houston. At the Royal Commission. In denial about his responsibilities as a Christian leader.

 

The 1950s to 1970s were when the evil pedophile Frank Houston abused numerous little boys. His sexual preference was always very young and male. His favoured demography was in the 7 to 12 year range.

All the times he did these perverse acts, and there were possibly hundreds of victims, he was a Christian pastor.

All these perverse acts on children were done secretly.

When challenged about them Frank Houston denied doing them and viciously attacked his accusers.

 

The lifelong evil criminal pedophile Frank Houston who sexually abuse possible over four hundred little boys in his lifetime. Brian said he knows of sic victims now, He's lying because he knows there are far more. I've evidence of 13 so far and counting.

The lifelong evil criminal pedophile Frank Houston who sexually abused possibly over four hundred little boys in his lifetime.

 

I have established 13 young male victims.

11 boys aged 7 to 12 and one male teen aged 15 and one teen ANZ1 who suicided.

Brian Houston has moved his public position on the number of victims from the position he held from 1999 until the Royal Commission of one boy victim, even though he knew about at least 9 victims.

That is, Brian Houston told everyone including the Sydney media from 1999 until 2014 that there was “only one boy victim in New Zealand over 30 years ago”, even though the Royal Commission has shown he knew about Sydney boy victim AHA and at least 8 other victims all this time.

Brian knew about victim AHA, victim WNZ1 because he contacted Brian by email in the mid-2000s and Brian replied, the six Lower Hutt victims and Brian knew about Peter Fowler, a 15 year old Lower Hutt, New Zealand boy who went public in the 1980s with Pastor Philip Powell’s support.

“One boy victim in New Zealand over 30 years ago” is what the Hillsong website said in 2012 when I began investigating the subject of Frank Houston’s pedophilia. This is what Brian Houston told the Sydney Morning Herald and other media organisations many times between 1999 and 2014. There is plenty of evidence of this on-line and in the Royal commissions transcripts.

This statement of Brian Houston’s that there was “only one boy victim in New Zealand over 30 years ago” was a lie told untold times by Brian and Hillsong media.

How can a Christian pastor lie? Ask Brian Houston. He’s an expert. He does it every day. His whole life is a lie. That’s why he’s a criminal recommended by the Royal Commission for prosecution and an evil cult leader.

Brian’s current position which he revealed to Sydney channel nine’s ‘Inside Story’ program is six victims.

Why do I bother writing hundreds of articles about the Houstons and Hillsong if they don’t listen?

I’ve established 13 victims but the total is far higher.

The article on this site, “Pastor Frank Houston. Part one. Frank Houston’s pedophile activities”, originally published on 13 September 2012, and updated regularly since, is a full known history of Frank Houston’s pedophile activities.

If you google this title or “Frank Houston abuse” you’ll find it.

I have outlined the 13 known victims in this article.

This site has the most information by far about the Houstons, Hillsong and Frank Houston’s pedophilia than any other source or site. There are over 900 articles on this site and about 600 are on Christianity. Hundreds of them are about Brian Houston, Frank Houston, Hillsong and the Australian Christian Churches (ACC) movement. The ACC is the name for the Australian Assemblies of God since 2007.

The Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse was influenced by two main sources to examine the case of Frank Houston, Brian Houston, Hillsong and the Australian Christian Churches movement.

These two sources are victim AHA’s story of sexual abuse by Frank Houston and my accounts and the testimonies of multiple victims on this site. Three victims have been discovered through this blog site: SA1. WNZ1 and ANZ1 who suicided as a direct result of Frank Houston abusing him. RIP ANZ1. Justice will come for you soon.

 

Pastor Joel A’Bell

 

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Joel A’Bell been Brian Houston’s lacky for over 25 years and done nothing and said nothing publicly or to the Police about all the pedophile crimes of Hillsong.

Joel A’Bell turned a blind eye and said nothing when Brian Houston, George Aghajanian, John McMartin, John Lewis and all the other Australian Christian Churches and Hillsong top leaders colluded to remove the evil lifelong pedophile Frank Houston from the spotlight.

They sent him “up the Hawkesbury” to Ian Wood at Hawkesbury Christian Centre, an Assemblies of God church, and hid Frank Houston there.

When Frank Houston became old and frail and had dementia they moved him to an old folks home on the Northern Beaches of Sydney. Again away from the spotlight.

Joel A’Bell a Hillsong pastor who was part of the Hillsong leadership inner circle saw all these crafty moves and did nothing.

This is why he is culpable.

This is why Joel A’Bell must be charged with pedophile protection crimes, along with the other 12 men and one woman, Bobbie Houston, outlined above.

 

Note to NSW Police:

Joel A’Bell is the lead pastor at Hillsong Baulkham Hills.

When you go to arrest Brian Houston, he’s the tall man with the hair transplants and botox in the largest office with no paperwork or records in it. They were all shredded a long time ago.

 

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Brian Houston- the tall man with a paunch, hair transplants and botox.

 

Down the corridor in one of the larger offices you’ll find George Aghajanian, the Hillsong Business manager. All the paperwork in there was changed in 2014 after the Royal Commission. All the old records have been shredded. Everything is now 100 per cent compliant.

 

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George Aghajanian. Now compliant.

 

In another of the larger offices you’ll find Pastor Joel A’Bell head of Hillsong Australia.

 

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NSW Police

NSW Police. Knock on the Hillsong door and you’ll catch three crooks at once: Brian Houston CEO, George Aghajanian Hillsong Business Manager and Joel A’Bell lead pastor of Hillsong Australia. You might even find your boss NSW Police Commissioner visiting his friend Brian Houston. But if Andrew Scipione is smart he might consider staying away from Hillsong for a while. Maybe forever. Sure Andrew Scipione might visit his close pal Brian in jail but that mightn’t look good for a NSW Police Commissioner.

Andrew Scipione NSW Police Commissioner.

Andrew Scipione NSW Police Commissioner. A close friend of Brian Houston of Hillsong Church. Has dinner with Brian and their wives sometimes at their homes and attends Hillsong Conferences at Homebush each July. May not be in the public interest or in Andrew Scipione’s personal interest to associate with the criminal pedophile protector Pastor Brian Houston of Hillsong Church anymore.

Evidence at the Royal Commission today. Pastor Brian Houston (in 2000 to a boy sex abuse victim of his father Frank Houston, who was abused in Australia from age 7 to 12): "You tempted my father so he abused you". Victim: "Did your father abuse you too?" Pastor Brian's response. Brian got angry and slammed the phone down on the victim. God help those who are under Pastor Brian's leadership. If God doesn't help them certainly Pastor Brian Houston of Hillsong and the Australian AOG/ ACC movement won't.

Pastor Brian Houston of Hillsong Church at the Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. The Australian Royal Commission has recommended that Pastor Brian Houston be charged with pedophile crimes. This will happen soon. Maybe in 2016 or by early 2017.

Brian Houston of Hillsong. In it's Findings of October 2015 The Australian Royal Commission found Brian Houston guilty of pedophile protection offences. Brian has since increased his prayer life from one minute a day to 24 hours a day.

Pastor Brian Houston of Hillsong. Praying to save his own butt. In it’s Findings of October 2015 The Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Response to Child Sexual Abuse found Brian Houston guilty of pedophile protection offences. Brian has since increased his prayer life from one minute a day to 24 hours a day. But Brian still has no empathy, no compassion and hasn’t offered any help or compensation to the boy victims of his father the lifelong pedophile Frank Houston, the founder and senior elder and father figure of Hillsong Church.

The pedophile Frank Houston and his wife Hazel's tombstone

The simple Christian tombstone of the lifelong secret serial child rapist Pastor Frank Houston the founder and father of Hillsong mega-church

The simple Christian tombstone of the lifelong secret serial child rapist Pastor Frank Houston the founder and father of Hillsong mega-church.

Buried with his Jezebel enabling wife Hazel Houston.

A simple Christian Cross above the Great HOUSTON Name.

The five Houston children names MAUREEN, GRAEME, THE GREAT BRIAN HOUSTON OF HILLSONG MEGA-CHURCH, BEVERLEY AND JUDITH lying at the feet of their beloved parent’s names FRANK HOUSTON and HAZEL HOUSTON.

Both Frank and Hazel died in 2004.

The lifelong pedophile Frank Houston collapsed and died in a Sydney Northern Beaches old folks home suffering from ‘fear of what is to come’- ranting, raving and shaking with the greatest fear and trembling about what God would do to him in the Hereafter because of what he did to his hundreds of little boys and teen sexual abuse victims during his whole lifetime while pretending to be a Christian pastor.

Hazel Houston died at a Northern Beaches, Sydney McDonalds. She was one year older than Frank.

The tombstone reads: “Hazel…LOVED WIFE OF FRANK”.

HAZEL- more a mother, servant, cook, cleaner, bottle-washer and housemaid to Frank than a wife and lover.

Frank “loved” little boys and young teens and took an older male lover for four years from 1980 until he tired of secret homosexual experimentation and sodomy with him.

Frank was 48 and his young naive lover was his 20 year old worship leader Peter Laughton.

Peter said to the Sydney Morning Herald that he was looking for “father love”.

What Frank Houston gave him was not father love but from the Devil.

Frank Houston loved no one, not even his old rotten corrupt errant narcissistic Houston self.

The tombstone reads: “HOUSTON” and “NOW WITH JESUS”. I don’t think so.

A rotten old pedophile child rapist Frank Houston and a rotten old Jezebel enabler and pedophile protector Hazel Houston don’t mix with a  Holy True Just Righteous Loving Sensitive Caring Eternal God.

 

For sometime I’ve shared about possible tombstones for Frank Houston.

 

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Now someone has kindly sent me a photograph of the real thing.

It’s a small and simple lawn memorial tombstone sunken flush into the light brown dry crusty sunburnt earth of Frank and Hazel Houston’s adopted country Australia surrounded by rotting leaves, other small and simple lawn tombstones of Sydney’s departed and a sweeping short-clipped parched lawn with seagulls, kookaburra and withered memorial flowers and mementos dotted about.

 

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The pedophile Frank Houston and his wife Hazel’s tombstone

 

I love a sunburnt country,
A land of sweeping plains,
Of ragged mountain ranges,
Of droughts and flooding rains.
I love her far horizons,
I love her jewel-sea,
Her beauty and her terror
The wide brown land for me!

stanza 2 of  Dorothea MacKellar’s poem about Australia “My Country”

 

 

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The pedophile Frank Houston and his wife Hazel's tombstone

The pedophile Frank Houston and his wife Hazel’s real tombstone in a quiet lawn cemetery in Northern Beaches Sydney Australia

 

Frank and Hazel Houston- “Now with Jesus”?

The tombstone of a beloved pastor and his dear and faithful wife?

“With Jesus”?

It’s a wonder the simply Houston tombstone hasn’t been yanked from its crusty sunburnt Australian soil and hoisted far into the deepest sea by one of the hundreds of boy and young teen sexual assault victims of the lifelong pedophile Frank Houston.

 

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Death at McDonald’s

In 2004 shortly before her husband’s demise, Hazel Houston choked and had a massive seizure at a McDonald’s on the Northern Beaches and died.

Frank Houston valiantly tried to raise her from the dead but McDonald’s had taken her into the Here After.

The McDonald’s manager came to her funeral. Maybe Nabi Saleh hadn’t paid her bill.

I always warn my children not to eat McDonald’s.

“It’s poison” I say…”So is Coca Cola…Don’t drink it…”

They like to sneak in a big Mac, some french fries and a coke when I’m not around.

 

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Dirty Deals at McDonald’s 

McDonald’s seems to be part of the fabric of the Hillsong-Houston story.

Nabi Saleh and the lifelong pedophile Frank Houston tried to pay boy victim AHA off at McDonalds with a miserly ten grand.

 

Nabi Saleh. Likes McDonalds

Nabi Saleh. Longtime Hillsong elder. Likes McDonalds

 

Nabi Saleh ate a Big Mac while the pedophile Frank Houston asked forgiveness off AHA for ruining his life and cried crocodile tears into a dirty McDonald’s napkin.

 

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Pastor Frank Houston. Lifelong pedophile. Answerable to God.

Old man Pedophile Pastor Frank Houston. Liked to beg and grovel at McDonald’s to boy sexual abuse victims. Secret lifelong pedophile. Answerable to God. You can see Frank Houston’s prince demon if look at his bloodied black as Hades eyes, large elfish ears, pointy mottled nose, dry tight lips, jaggered uneven teeth and reptilian chin simultaneously. It’s the same droopy eye-lidded dangerous demonic reptilian Luciferian snake prince demon that all the Houston males are possessed with- Frank, Brian, Joel and Ben. Bobbie Houston, Brian’s wife has dark-eyed demons.

 

Droopy eye-lids and snake eyes. Cunning, cany and deceptive as a fox.

Brian Houston. Droopy eye-lids and snake eyes. Hard. Calculating, cunning, crafty, canny and callous as a snake.

 

Bobbie Houston

Bobbie Houston. Enabler. Erratic. Earth-bound. Sexual. Sensual. Lust-filled. Looney. Very dark eyes. A true Jezebel Princess of Religious Delusion.

 

Nabi Saleh. Likes Big Macs.

Nabi Saleh. Dark cunning crafty eyes. Likes Big Macs.

 

The godfather of Hillsong Church Pastor Brian Houston like all good mafioso bosses kept himself at an arm’s length in his plush Hillsong Baulkham Hills office during the dirty pay-off deal at McDonald’s Thornleigh.

 

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Presidential Pastor Brian Houston

 

Brian a good person?

In a recent interview Sydney Channel Nine’s Leila McKinnon mentioned to Brian how he is now in his 60s and of course is not immortal and she asked Brian how he’d like to be remembered.

Brian replied that he’d like to have written on his tombstone “Brian was a good person”.

Can a greedy arrogant pedophile protecting, fraudster, scammer, charlatan and church rapist be remembered as a good person?

 

Brian Houston at the Australian Royal Commission. Has been recommended for pedophile protection charges in its findings of October 2015.

Pastor Brian Houston at the Australian Royal Commission. Good person? Has been recommended for pedophile protection charges in the Royal Commissions findings of October 2015.

 

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“When the day of Pentecost had fully come, they were with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came the sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them tongues of fire and one sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance”. Acts 2: 1-4.

 

Pastor Brian Houston took over Hillsong City Church from his dad when the pedophile scandal hit the fan

In 1999 Pastor Brian Houston took over Hillsong City Campus from his dad when the pedophile scandal hit the fan.

Former names of Hillsong City Campus: Hillsong City Church, Christian Life Centre Sydney, Christian Life Centre Waterloo, Christian Life Centre Darlinghurst. Denomination: Australian Christian Churches. Former name Australian Assemblies of God.

I was sitting there listening to the announcement. Brian declared: “I’m taking over from dad”.

Us players in the humble flock weren’t given the heads up on the real reason for this change.

The real reason for the change was that Brian’s father Frank Houston, the founder of Hillsong Church in 1977 in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs, had confessed to being a life-long secret pedophile. Yes, a secret abuser of little children. A secret criminal serial child rapist.

 

Pastor Frank Houston as an old man. Founder of Hillsong. Extremely corrupt life-long pedophile.

Pastor Frank Houston as an old man. Founder of Hillsong. Secret criminal serial child rapist.

 

Brian: “I’m taking over and its going to be amazing because I’m amazing”.

We were merely told words to the effect, “dad is retiring and I’m taking over and its going to be amazing because I’m amazing”.

 

Brian: "I'm taking over Christian Life Centre Waterloo. From now on its going to be called hillsong City Church. It's going to be amazing because I'm amazing".

Brian Houston: “Dad is retiring. I’m taking over Christian Life Centre Waterloo. From now on its going to be called Hillsong City Church. It’s going to be amazing because I’m amazing”.

 

Brian was destined to take Pentecost out of the Pentecostal Church in Australia

I knew instantly Pentecost was over because Pastor Brian had revealed, for over a decade prior, at Hillsong Baulkham Hills that he liked a slicker, more sanitised version of Christianity than the traditional Pentecostal Churches.

Brian was destined to take Pentecost out of the Pentecostal Church in Australia and the take over of Christian Life Centre Sydney was the first step.

Mind you he was taking over what he already owned because his dad had agreed for Brian to “go west young man” to prove himself as a man and a Houston, and he had. Brian had started Christian Life Centre, Baulkham Hills 17 years earlier with 90 people from Christian Life Centre (CLC) Waterloo. Then his sick old kinky perverse secret criminal serial pedophile child-rapist extremely corrupt and evil father, Frank Houston, the founder of Hillsong Church, had anointed him to be his successor- everywhere.

 

Pastor Frank Houston: "I'm tired my son. I've lived a very busy life in so many ways. You're my boy. My man. My hero. No longer shall you be called Brian, You shall be called St Peter of Baulkham Hills. Go forth and conquer. Make the Houston name great. Take no captives. Spread our word, the Houston gospel, to the ends of the earth. I'm proud of you son. Go forth!

Pastor Frank Houston: “I’m tired my son. I’ve lived a very busy life in so many ways. You’re my boy. My man. My hero. No longer shall you be called Brian Houston. You shall be called The Mexican Millionaire Mindset Houston Bandito of Baulkham Hills. Go forth and conquer. Make the Houston name great. Take no prisoners. Spread our word, the Houston Prosperity Gospel, to the ends of the earth. I’m proud of you son. Go forth!”

 

When Pastor Brian took over Christian Life Centre Waterloo, and rebranded and reinvented it as Hillsong City Church he immediately did five acts.

 

The Acts of the Apostolate Brian.

The Hillsong Apostasy Gospel. Chapters One to Five.

Chapter One: The Apostolate Brian closed the Sunday night soaker services at 8pm after the 6pm evening service.

Chapter Two: The Apostolate Brian closed the Spirit-filled public prayer meetings before the Services and on Friday nights.

Chapter Three: The Apostolate Brian shut down the operation of the gifts of the Spirit

Chapter Four: The Apostolate Brian shut down being slain in the Spirit, shaking on the floor or anywhere under the power of God, or any dramatic expression of the Holy Spirit on human flesh. No one was to be prayed for at the end of each service as was the tradition at Christian Life Centre for two decades.

Chapter Five: The Apostolate Brian shut down Christian Commandos, the long-standing radical street evangelism expression of CLC Sydney. This group was founded by Dave Sayers. The leader Francis Lawrence had committed adultery and things had gotten messy. Anyway, Street evangelism was never Brian’s style and King’s Cross ministry amongst the poor, downtrodden, lost and searching for answers and God was way too difficult to control, risky and messy for the polished Brian Houston, a suit man.

In the 1980s Pastor Laurie Murphy and I used to call all the young gun pastors who dressed up in suits like Frank Houston, “suits”

 

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Brian. Likes suits.

 

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Brian. “A suit”

 

Brian shut down all the Holy Spirit expressions in Christian Life Centre Sydney

Brian shut down all the Holy Spirit expressions in Christian Life Centre Sydney, rebranded and reinvented it as Hillsong City Church, and, in effect put the Holy Spirit in a box: the box of very controlled worship and a holy ghost money-printing machine.

 

Hillsong Church: a holy ghost money printing machine for Brian and Bobbie Houston, their family, the leading pastors and their coterie.

Hillsong Church: a pyramid holy ghost money printing religious machine for Brian and Bobbie Houston, their family, the leading pastors and their coterie.

 

Hillsong has metamorphosed into an organisation which isn’t Pentecostal in any way.

Rather than being Pentecostal in the true biblical sense, its more of a very watered down battler working class and battler middle class, doctrinally amoral evangelical expression of the Christian faith married with positive lifestyle affirmations, Prosperity Gospel doctrines and happy-clappy singing to the accompaniment of tame feel-good pop rock bands. A kind of vaguely Christian amoral lifestyle hedonism with Holy Spirit-less rock-off singing about very light-weight Christian themes.

Compared to true Pentecostal churches, starting from the lives and actions of the early Christians as outlined in the book of Acts in the Holy Bible, Hillsong and the modern Prosperity Gospel churches are the lukewarm amoral compromised church that the Lord Jesus says in the book of Revelation He’ll spew out of His mouth.

These are the current fruits of Hillsong Church outlined pictorially below.

This is why Hillsong should be excluded from Australian Christian Churches and the International Assemblies of God movements.

 

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The fruits of Hillsong Church. Hillsong New York City gay worship leader Josh Canfield who plans to marry his male partner Reed this year.

The fruits of Hillsong Church. Hillsong New York City gay worship leader Josh Canfield who plans to marry his male partner Reed this year.

Brian Houston's book. Koorong Bookshop in Sydney told me they were asked by Hillsong to remove this book of Brian's from their shelves.

The fruits of Hillsong Church. Brian Houston’s book. 

The fruits of Hillsong Church

The fruits of Hillsong Church

The fruits of Hillsong Church

The fruits of Hillsong Church

The fruits of Hillsong Church. Sydney's media criticising Hillsong.

The fruits of Hillsong Church. “Hillsong. The Money Machine”. It’s greed and avarice- a poor witness for Christ. The world can see through Hillsong and its love of Mammon and it judges it harshly. Image: Sydney’s media criticising Hillsong.

The fruits of Hillsong Church. Hillsong New York City. CGI snake over the worship. CGI pyramids over the stage. Blackened out walls as in all Hillsong chambers of death. CGI Pyramids: Egyptology occult symbols of death, of satanic angels and a lost empty eternity. The Hillsong laser and rock-off hip gospel. An emporium of soul-power and loud noise with zero Holy Spirit.

The fruits of Hillsong Church. Hillsong New York City. CGI snake over the worship. CGI pyramids over the stage. Blackened out walls as in all Hillsong chambers of death. CGI Pyramids: Egyptology occult symbols of death, of satanic angels and a lost empty eternity. The Hillsong laser and rock-off hip gospel. An emporium of soul-power and loud noise with zero Holy Spirit.

The fruits of Hillsong Church

The fruits of Hillsong Church

The fruits of Hillsong Church. Dollar dominated. Hillsong's gospel of greed and avarice.

The fruits of Hillsong Church. Dollar dominated. Hillsong’s gospel of greed and avarice.

The fruits of Hillsong Church

The fruits of Hillsong Church. Pat Mesiti the porno preacher. A self-confessed sex addict. Getting it off with prostitutes after preaching to thousands of young people as Hillsong Youth Alive evangelist. Now charged with domestic violence on his second wife Andrea this New Years Eve.

Pat Mesiti with second wife Andrea in Positano Italy. On holiday with their close friends Bobbie and Brian Houston.

The fruits of Hillsong Church. “Pastor” Pat Mesiti of Hillsong Church and C3 Church commits Domestic Violence on his wife Andrea on New Years Eve. Happier times. Pat Mesiti with second wife Andrea in Positano Italy. On holiday with their close friends Bobbie and Brian Houston, Darlene Zscech and the Hillsong inner circle.

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Hillsong Mexican Millionaire’s Mindset- as perfected by The Three Amigos- Padre Brian Houston- Mexican Millionaire’s Head Padre, The Naughty Padre Pat Mesiti of Mexican Millionaire’s Mindset Club and Padre Joel A’Bell- head of Hillsong Australia. Padres Brian “Dirty Harry” Houston and “Dodgy Doctor” Phil Pringle are now restoring the Very Naughty Padre Pasquale “Pat” Mesiti to Hillsong and C3 ministry for the tenth time.

 

 

 

Pastor Brian Houston sure loves money as this funny satirical video portrays.

Brian has even written a book about money entitled, “You need more money”.

“Pastor” Brian Houston. The riches of Egypt haven’t made him happy. He’s on medication and an inner mess.

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Embarrassed by the flack he copped from the release of such a book, which was almost in as poor taste as his wife Bobbie’s books, “Kingdom women love sex” and “I’m have what’s she’s having”- a borrow from Meg Ryan’s fake orgasm in the cafeteria in “When Harry met Sally”, Brian had it withdrawn from publication and Hillsong even pressured large Christian bookshops like Koorong in Sydney to remove all copies from their shelves.

Brian Houston. Shut down Pentecost. Only interested in money (transferring your money to him and his family and friends) and financial prosperity.

Brian Houston. Shut down Pentecost. Only interested in money (transferring your money to him and his family and friends) and financial prosperity.

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The world and the secular media were onto Hillsong a long time ago.

Check out this article by the Sydney Morning Herald (abbreviation- SMH) in 2003. And that was 13 years ago. Things have gotten way worse since then.

Why would anyone give a dollar to Hillsong and the top pastors so they can spend it on themselves.

Brian Houston is worth at least $50 million net personally and his annual income is millions.

Don’t believe Brian when he lies and says his income is $300,000 per year. Its ten times that.

My comments follow the article.

Sydney Morning Herald

The lord’s profits

January 30 2003

Journalist: Greg Bearup

Hallelujah … Prime Minister John Howard at Hillsong last year and right, the church’s senior pastors Brian and Bobbie Houston.
The music is catchy, the mood euphoric and the message perfect for a material age: believe in God and you’ll be rewarded in this life as well as the next. Greg Bearup reports.

A sexy young Christian, a walkie-talkie clipped to her hipsters, greets us on our walk from the car park. “Hiya, howya doin’?” she says, with a flick of her mane and a smile. “Welcome to God’s house – what an awesome day!” She points us in the direction of God’s pad, a massive Olympic-style stadium up on the hill, and returns to conducting traffic with a fluoro stick.

All around, beaming young folk (and they are mainly young) are decked out in their coolest threads – no Amish-skirted Christians here. Hundreds walk with us, and beneath the awnings and in the foyer of the building – all tubular steel and glass – thousands are milling excitedly. By the end of the weekend, almost 12,000 people will have made this walk. Once inside, the first thing the faithful strike is not a crucifix or stained-glass window (the building is devoid of Christian symbolism), but a vast bookshop, of sleek frosted glass and wood, where dozens wait by the till for books and tapes and CDs – or, as they like to call them here at Hillsong Church, “Christian resources” – from around the world. Most prominent, and with almost half the shop to themselves, are the titles by Brian Houston and his wife Bobbie, Hillsong’s senior pastors.

As 6pm approaches, the crowd spills into the church, a massive 3500-seat auditorium in Sydney’s Baulkham Hills. Australia’s newest, wealthiest and largest single church, it holds almost twice as many people as that city’s St Mary’s Cathedral, its closest competitor (which has total weekend attendances of fewer than 2000). They are crowds no one can afford to ignore and, the day after he returned from visiting the scene of the Bali bombings in October, Prime Minister Howard put aside his war on terror to open this house of worship.

Today a 12-piece band with five back-up singers and a choir of 50-odd youngsters literally bounce into action. Behind them, three massive screens hang from the walls – the middle one morphs through different shades of red and blue, only the message, “Glory to God”, remaining constant. The momentum builds with the tempo of the band as the packed stadium sings along to the words flashed up on the screens, swaying in a one-armed, open-palm salute to the band, to the Lord.

After 20 minutes, the warm-up pastor takes to the stage, chiming in with the band – “Come on, church, you can groove” – and then segues into his spiel. Our God, he says, is a God who delivers miracles, a totally awesome God. He rattles off stories, true stories, from this very congregation, of cancers cured, of cripples healed, of sinners saved. Why, the Lord even saw his way to finding $4000 for one student to pay his fees at the Hillsong Bible college. The congregation hoot and clap; a young fellow beside me has his eyes closed and as each miracle is proclaimed he shouts, “Amen, man. Awesome.”

But you, too, should honour the Lord, the pastor tells his flock, and He will deliver these miracles, because the Bible says so, right here in Proverbs, chapter 3, which says that “if you honour the Lord with your possessions, and with the fruits of your increase, your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will overflow with new wine”. He makes the point numerous times, lets it sink in, then informs the throng that credit card facilities are available, and cheques should be made out to Hillsong. “Amen,” shouts the pastor, thumping the air with his fists. “Amen, let’s pass those buckets along.”

And the faithful oblige – last year they filled the Hillsong buckets to the tune of $10 million. The church’s music arm also bought in a tidy tax-free $8 million, and one of its albums, Blessed, debuted at No4 in the pop charts, above Shakira, and stayed there for weeks. Hillsong has bought into medical centres. Its Bible college has close to 1700 full- and part-time students, some paying annual fees of more than $4000. It has a staff of almost 200, including 70 pastors. It has built a state-of-the-art conference centre-cum-church worth $25 million. No fewer than five television cameras are mounted in the auditorium; the services are recorded and then televised in more than 80 countries.

Let’s not be coy, Hillsong is not a church that is afraid of money – its spiritual leader, Brian Houston, is also the author of You Need More Money: Discovering God’s Amazing Financial Plan for Your Life. Is that what makes this the seemingly fastest-growing Christian church in Australia? The census reveals that while millions identify as Catholic, Anglican or other Protestant denominations, few of them actually go to church. There are, for example, 3.9 million Anglicans, but only 180,000 attend church. (The Anglicans are like South Sydney rugby league club supporters – plenty of guernseys, but hardly any go to the games.) The Catholics are way out in front with 875,000 attendees from their 4.7 million flock. But with almost 200,000 people attending Pentecostal services each weekend around the country, they have nudged ahead of the Anglicans. The Pentecostals have a truancy rate of almost nil. What brand of God are they selling that sees the Almighty walking off the shelves, when the traditional churches struggle to give Him away?

Brian Houston, 48, saunters over to greet me, a tall, tanned man with a deep, radio man’s drawl, and a silver and gold Breitling watch shimmering on his wrist. The pastor drives, among other vehicles, a Harley-Davidson Fatboy that a friend from overseas gave him. After emigrating from New Zealand, he and his wife, Bobbie, started this church in Baulkham Hills almost 20 years ago, preaching to a couple of dozen people in a hired school hall. Brian’s father, Frank, had already set up a similar fundamentalist Pentecostal church (which has since joined with Hillsong) in the inner-Sydney suburb of Waterloo. Brian grew up with the church, while Bobbie got saved and “met Jesus” at the Auckland Town Hall at the age of 15. The couple met at church camp when Bobbie bought Brian an ice-cream (“He was the first boy I ever kissed,” says Bobbie with a girlish giggle. “Can you believe I’m telling you this?”), were married when Bobbie was 19 and are now Hillsong’s senior pastors.

They work out regularly and look like an advertiser’s dream couple. Bobbie, 45, is blonde, busty and beautiful, and speaks in an airy, suburban earth-mother tone – part Phoebe from Friends, part Kath & Kim.

When asked to explain their roles in the church, Bobbie says pleasantly: “We are seen as one entity but obviously our roles will differ in that we kinda, we are united in this together so we are not afraid of that, yeah, so, so, we are not a kingdom divided against ourselves. So, we are yoked together in this, I mean, they are biblical words, we are yoked together, obviously his roles, I defer to him, I respect his role. Do you know what I mean?”

Brian and I leave Bobbie and go for a drive.

So why does he think the church has been so successful? “I think the biggest issue is relevance, I really do,” he says, as we tour around the bland suburbs – row upon row of enormous, identical houses – of the Hills District, which surrounds his church. “We are scratching people where they are itching.” This is the nearest thing Australia has to a Bible belt. Houston says that when he and Bobbie set out to build a church, he wanted to build one that he and his family would want to attend, with good music, good sermons and a positive message.

So, at Hillsong services, the music is modern and uplifting and the presentation theatrical. The show stopper is the communal baptism, held every few weeks. The giant stage rolls back and beneath is a baptismal pool. The faithful line up at the side to be dunked, fully clothed, while the onlookers cheer and clap.

Then, there’s the message, which is simple and alluring. It says that if you embrace this brand of God you will be rewarded financially and spiritually in this life, as well as the next. It is religion for our material age. And there, as an example of what is possible, is the handsome, charismatic pastor, his bubbly wife and their three beautiful kids (Joel, 23, the oldest, is lead singer in the Hillsong rock band). All this comes with Brian’s guarantee – from More Money – that “anyone who puts the Kingdom of God first (rich or poor) can expect bible economics to work in their life NOW”.

Many of the young people I meet at the services volunteer their stories of financial success since joining Hillsong. “I was living in a housing commission house, working in a factory job and struggling to pay my bills,” says Brian Griffiths, aged in his early twenties and still sweating from dancing in the bleachers. “Since I started coming [in 1999], great things have happened.” He got a job selling insurance over the phone, with someone he met through the church. “God made me meet him.” He is more than happy to give

10 per cent of his wage back, as most are. “Granted, many people have a life that’s going great without God, yet I think that God probably had a whole lot more in mind for them.”

“If you believe in Jesus,” Houston tells me, “He will reward you here [on earth] as well [as in Heaven].” It is this prosperity gospel teaching that puts him at odds with people like the Reverend Tim Costello, the former head of the Baptist Union of Australia.

“The quickest way to degrade the gospel,” says Costello, “is to link it with money and the pursuit of money. It is the total opposite of what Jesus preached. These people have learnt nothing from the mistakes made by the American televangelists.”

Not so, says Houston. When Jesus said it was harder for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of Heaven than for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle, he didn’t mean rich Christians, because all you need is “God as your foremost priority. Jesus talks constantly of people’s attitude to money but he never talks against money.”

Costello, says Houston, “likes what we do generally” but has a problem with Hillsong’s success. He, like those from some of the more traditional churches, is simply jealous of it, Houston tells me. “The irony is, Tim Costello is a pretty successful guy himself. The big difference between us is that I like to teach other people to be successful and not just enjoy the success myself.”

Hillsong, he says, has moved with the times, while the old churches are stuck in the 19th century. “What good is a vow of poverty?” he asks. “A person who has more is able to help more. That’s what we are all about, giving people a handout.” The multi-million-dollar church’s charitable arm, Hillsong Emerge, according to ASIC documents, has an annual budget of just a little over $400,000.

That’s not to say that Houston’s views on some other matters aren’t conservative. He believes in speaking in tongues. He would like to see creationism taught in schools and abortion banned. Homosexuals are, of course, unwelcome, but Houston says he’s not a Fred Nile-type fanatic on these matters. Picketing outside abortion clinics achieves little; a more pro-active approach is to help teenage girls through their pregnancies. The church partly funds a hostel, Mercy Ministries, for young pregnant women and other troubled girls (there’s another for troubled boys at Bankstown) who can live there free for a year, on the proviso that they attend church. Another of the Hillsong Emerge projects, Young and Gorgeous, sees young Emerge women going into schools to teach 12- and

13-year-old girls about skin care and make-up, to help them learn, an Emerge woman told me, “that each and every one of them is unique and precious”. Houston takes me for a drive past the youth hostel, in a bush setting near his church, and then on to a medical centre the church has bought in Baulkham Hills (they own another at Blacktown). It is all part of healing people “body, mind and spirit”, he says, explaining the Hillsong approach.

The medical centres are small, but with plans for expansion. And while they may be helping the converted, they’re also causing ripples among those outside Hillsong. Local doctors are angry that they will have to compete against a business that is exempt from all the normal business taxes – such as payroll tax – just because it is a religious organisation.

It is a matter the AMA intends to scrutinise.

Max Wallace, a sociologist at the Australian National University, is writing a book,

The Purple Economy, about the tax-free godsend enjoyed by the Australian churches. He says that while the traditional churches are “immensely wealthy”, Australians had better get used to the “astronomical wealth growth”of young, corporate churches such as Hillsong, which haven’t the burden of maintaining ageing churches and small congregations (some don’t even have the burden of charity). New churches are also moving into a host of new business ventures that have nothing to do with religion – turf farms, fruit juice manufacturing, furniture making – often sending their competitors broke along the way.

Tim Costello wants to know how much of the Hillsong wealth is going to Brian and Bobbie. “The churches have an enormously privileged position in society – not only do they not pay tax, but they are exempt from many of the fringe benefit rules as well. As a result, they need to be open and fully accountable. Anyone can walk into my church and find out exactly how much I earn, what car I drive, whatever, including any other associated monies I might earn from being a minister. I would like to ask the same of Hillsong.”

So I do. Brian Houston’s open, good-guy demeanour disappears. No, he will not tell me what he or Bobbie earns. “All you guys [the media] want to know about is the money,” he says. “You don’t want to know about the church.” Well, it’s a bit like walking into Rose Hancock’s house and not noticing the chandeliers – the money at Hillsong just leaps out at you.

Houston says that while he draws a wage, he donates it back to the church. “I want to make it clear that I cost this church nothing, I want that on the record.” He earns some of his money, he says, as a property developer, “being a silent partner with a couple of guys from the church in building developments”, but he gets “the vast majority” of his money from overseas speaking engagements at other charismatic churches. He and Bobbie also get the royalties from those “Christian resources” out the front of the church.

Phillip Powell, a Pentecostal preacher and a former general secretary of the Assemblies of God (the umbrella group of which Houston is now president), says Houston’s overseas speaking engagements are at churches whose own senior pastors are “on the circuit”. Powell, who has set up a “watchdog ministry”, Christian Witness Ministries, in part to monitor Hillsong, says, “They get paid huge amounts of money to speak at each other’s churches. The money goes to Brian, but his profile comes from Hillsong.” It is a bit like the Pope charging for speaking engagements, and then keeping the cash. (Houston says Powell’s sentiments are “pitiful comments from a pitiful man who knows nothing of Hillsong or of me”.)

The Hillsong church structure is tightly controlled. The general manager, Brian Aghajanian (also an elder), says the elders are nominated “by Brian or the other elders”. No elections? “No, we feel that people might stand who don’t have a great understanding of the way the church works or have the same vision we have for the church,” Aghajanian says.

What we do know is that Houston wears a watch worth thousands of dollars, he owns an enormous house overlooking a bush valley, in a suburb of other enormous houses, at Glenhaven. He also owns a picturesque spread on the Hawkesbury River, near Windsor, just west of Sydney, gets paid handsomely to speak overseas and is a property developer – and he’s not ashamed of any of it.

“Look,” he says, “I can tell you that if I was in business, and held this sort of position, I would be earning three times as much. I don’t do it for the money.”

So, you couldn’t see Jesus running into Hillsong and overturning the cash registers,as he famously did with the money changers in the temple? “Absolutely not,” he says. “Absolutely not. Because the spirit of those people was … the house of God wasn’t even about God any more. It was about, you know, it had become a marketplace inside the temple – it wasn’t about Christian resources, resources that are helping people. It [the books and tapes and CDs] are not just about making money, it is about putting tools in people’s hands.

[But] I have no problem if it makes a profit.”

So, what exactly is in those Christian resources? One particularly irresistible title is Bobbie’s three-tape boxed set Kingdom Women Love Sex ($22, also available on CD). In it, Bobbie explains why it is important for Christians to be good at “it”. “We need to be good at sex ourselves so that if the world happens to come knocking we can tell the story of God in our lives,” Bobbie says, on the tape. “Without being lurid or untruthful – hello! – we can say [she whispers], ‘I have a great marriage and a great sex life’ – wink wink, nudge nudge. Yeah, truly.”

Bobbie also offers some practical advice.

Fat is out. Do some exercise. “If I carry weight I feel like a retard … How are you going to do anything to surprise your man when you need a hydraulic crane just to turn over in bed?” Have plastic surgery, if it makes you feel better and it is for the right reasons, and “girls, pelvic floor exercises – can you believe I am saying this? – you know, I have heard that orgasm is not as strong if you are really sloppy in that area”.

As Bobbie says, “When you are doing what is correct in God there is a protection over your life. Like – hello! – it is just there. So it is a very powerful thing. Amen. Yeah, fully.”

There have been some dramas in the House of Camelot in the past few years. Houston had to sack one of his senior preachers and good friends, Pat Mesiti, after it was revealed he’d been visiting prostitutes. And then Brian’s father, former minister Frank Houston, confessed to being a pedophile.

Finding out his father had abused a child back in New Zealand was, Houston tells me, “like the jets flying into the twin towers of my soul”. It was, understandably, one of the hardest issues he has ever had to deal with. “Basically I received a complaint, so I confronted my father and he admitted it.” Houston removed his father from all roles in the church, but did not contact police in New Zealand because the victim was old enough to do that himself. He said that he was candid with his congregation, although he has been criticised for not acting quickly enough.

“I told our church what had happened [several months after he found out], but as soon as I found out I told the elders of this church and the Assemblies of God,” Houston says. “To my congregation, when I told them, I used words like predator and sexual abuse and so on – I did not try to hide it.”

It is a matter that appears unlikely to go away, and Houston tells me that, since the initial allegation was made public, other alleged victims have come forward. Good Weekend understands that another alleged male victim of his father is “extremely unhappy” with his treatment by the church and is currently considering civil action.

Bobbie says that the sexual abuse claims were the hardest thing her husband has ever had to confront. “But the leader in him rose and I think that is what endeared the congregation to us. This issue is rampant through society and you don’t have to be Blind Willy to see that – sorry, blind Freddy, I always get my sayings wrong – but as a church we are dealing with those issues.”

Phillip Powell, the watchdog, says he doesn’t believe Brian Houston has dealt adequately with a whole range of issues within his church regarding accountability, and says he will continue to monitor the work of Hillsong. “There are alarm bells and people need to ring them,” he says.

On one of the Sundays I attend a Hillsong service, Anne Luckwell, a 36-year-old administration officer with the Harvey Norman retail chain, is excitedly waiting to be baptised. She joined the church six months ago and is now ready to “dedicate my life to the Lord”. She has a child and has been through a rough time. “I lived with a man for 15 years and we were splitting up – he said he was not going to give me anything from the house [he owned] in the settlement.” She says that now, since she found Hillsong, she has come to an agreement with her former partner for a share of the house. It has as much to do with the law as it has with the Lord, but still she attributes the agreement to Hillsong. I call her up a few days later to see how she feels, post-baptism. “Not too good, actually,” she croaks. “I’ve got the flu. I think it’s because of the wet hair.” Still, she says, she’ll be back in church next Sunday, ready to hear the word of Brian – and, of course, willing to give in order to receive

My comments:

SMH article: 

“Once inside, the first thing the faithful strike is not a crucifix or stained-glass window (the building is devoid of Christian symbolism), but a vast bookshop, of sleek frosted glass and wood, where dozens wait by the till for books and tapes and CDs – or, as they like to call them here at Hillsong Church, “Christian resources” – from around the world. Most prominent, and with almost half the shop to themselves, are the titles by Brian Houston and his wife Bobbie, Hillsong’s senior pastors”.

My comment:

The observation, “with almost half the shop to themselves, are the titles by Brian Houston and his wife Bobbie, Hillsong’s senior pastors” is perceptive.

This shameless promotion and taking massive royalties and cuts for themselves is still done to this day 13 years later by Brian and Bobbie Houston.

SMH article: 

“All this comes with Brian’s guarantee – from More Money – that “anyone who puts the Kingdom of God first (rich or poor) can expect bible economics to work in their life NOW””.

My comment:

This is one of Brian Houston’s eternal themes: Money. Money. And more money.

Except this avarice won’t get you God’s favour and his skewered Prosperity Gospel is not what Biblical New Testament Christianity is all about.

New Testament Christianity is not about seeking riches but about living in humility and walking with the Lord.

SMH article:

“Tim Costello wants to know how much of the Hillsong wealth is going to Brian and Bobbie. “The churches have an enormously privileged position in society – not only do they not pay tax, but they are exempt from many of the fringe benefit rules as well. As a result, they need to be open and fully accountable. Anyone can walk into my church and find out exactly how much I earn, what car I drive, whatever, including any other associated monies I might earn from being a minister. I would like to ask the same of Hillsong.”

So I do. Brian Houston’s open, good-guy demeanour disappears. No, he will not tell me what he or Bobbie earns. “All you guys [the media] want to know about is the money,” he says. “You don’t want to know about the church.” Well, it’s a bit like walking into Rose Hancock’s house and not noticing the chandeliers – the money at Hillsong just leaps out at you”.

My comment:

This was 2003 and it’s still the same secrecy and defensiveness about the millions the Houstons and the senior pastors skim off Hillsong cash for themselves each year. Nothing is revealed in any detail. Most is hidden. There is a sinister secrecy here. A non-Biblical deceit and deception.

SMH article: 

“Houston says that while he draws a wage, he donates it back to the church. “I want to make it clear that I cost this church nothing, I want that on the record.” He earns some of his money, he says, as a property developer, “being a silent partner with a couple of guys from the church in building developments”, but he gets “the vast majority” of his money from overseas speaking engagements at other charismatic churches. He and Bobbie also get the royalties from those “Christian resources” out the front of the church”.

My comment:

Don’t believe a word of it. Brian and Bobbie Houston and their family skim millions off Hillsong each year. Period.

SMH article:

“Phillip Powell, a Pentecostal preacher and a former general secretary of the Assemblies of God (the umbrella group of which Houston is now president), says Houston’s overseas speaking engagements are at churches whose own senior pastors are “on the circuit”. Powell, who has set up a “watchdog ministry”, Christian Witness Ministries, in part to monitor Hillsong, says, “They get paid huge amounts of money to speak at each other’s churches. The money goes to Brian, but his profile comes from Hillsong.” It is a bit like the Pope charging for speaking engagements, and then keeping the cash. (Houston says Powell’s sentiments are “pitiful comments from a pitiful man who knows nothing of Hillsong or of me”.)”

My comment:

Pastor Phillip Powell, who died last year, hounded the founder of Hillsong, Brian’s father Frank Houston for decades about his secret pedophilia until it was investigated. Well done Phillip Powell.

Then he hounded Brian for decades about his Prosperity Gospel, money orientation and other things he felt Hillsong was off-track about. “Good on ya” Phillip Powell.

Brian Houston’s response: “(Houston says Powell’s sentiments are “pitiful comments from a pitiful man who knows nothing of Hillsong or of me”.)”

Pastor Phillip Powell knew more about Hillsong than anyone outside the Hillsong inner circle and he got right up Brian’s nose in the same way that Tanya Levin, the Hillsong critic does today.

SMH article:

“It [the books and tapes and CDs] are not just about making money, it is about putting tools in people’s hands.

[But] I have no problem if it makes a profit.”

So, what exactly is in those Christian resources? One particularly irresistible title is Bobbie’s three-tape boxed set Kingdom Women Love Sex ($22, also available on CD). In it, Bobbie explains why it is important for Christians to be good at “it”. “We need to be good at sex ourselves so that if the world happens to come knocking we can tell the story of God in our lives,” Bobbie says, on the tape. “Without being lurid or untruthful – hello! – we can say [she whispers], ‘I have a great marriage and a great sex life’ – wink wink, nudge nudge. Yeah, truly.”

Bobbie also offers some practical advice.

Fat is out. Do some exercise. “If I carry weight I feel like a retard … How are you going to do anything to surprise your man when you need a hydraulic crane just to turn over in bed?” Have plastic surgery, if it makes you feel better and it is for the right reasons, and “girls, pelvic floor exercises – can you believe I am saying this? – you know, I have heard that orgasm is not as strong if you are really sloppy in that area”.

As Bobbie says, “When you are doing what is correct in God there is a protection over your life. Like – hello! – it is just there. So it is a very powerful thing. Amen. Yeah, fully.”

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My comment:

As a Christian, I really find some of Bobbie’s comments quite embarrassing, even over 12 years after she said them.

Bobbie explains: “In it, Bobbie explains why it is important for Christians to be good at “it”. “We need to be good at sex ourselves so that if the world happens to come knocking we can tell the story of God in our lives,” Bobbie says, on the tape. “Without being lurid or untruthful – hello! – we can say [she whispers], “I have a great marriage and a great sex life” – wink wink, nudge nudge. Yeah, truly.””

The mind boggles. Bobbie Houston the sex athlete of the Pentecostal movement world-wide.

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SMH article:

“Fat is out. Do some exercise. “If I carry weight I feel like a retard … How are you going to do anything to surprise your man when you need a hydraulic crane just to turn over in bed?” Have plastic surgery, if it makes you feel better and it is for the right reasons, and “girls, pelvic floor exercises – can you believe I am saying this? – you know, I have heard that orgasm is not as strong if you are really sloppy in that area”.

As Bobbie says, “When you are doing what is correct in God there is a protection over your life. Like – hello! – it is just there. So it is a very powerful thing. Amen. Yeah, fully.””

My comments:

Bobbie explains: “If I carry weight I feel like a retard…Have plastic surgery…girls, pelvic floor exercises – can you believe I am saying this? – you know, I have heard that orgasm is not as strong if you are really sloppy in that area”.

Oh no Bobbie…”really sloppy in that area”. AHHHH

No sloppiness

Bobbie: No sloppiness

I’ve got a copy of these tapes of Bobbie’s about “Kingdom women love sex” and all that. Can’t wait to review them. This is the wackiest stuff I’ve ever heard a Christian pastor say in my life of 59 years.

SMH article:

“There have been some dramas in the House of Camelot in the past few years. Houston had to sack one of his senior preachers and good friends, Pat Mesiti, after it was revealed he’d been visiting prostitutes. And then Brian’s father, former minister Frank Houston, confessed to being a pedophile.

Finding out his father had abused a child back in New Zealand was, Houston tells me, “like the jets flying into the twin towers of my soul”. It was, understandably, one of the hardest issues he has ever had to deal with. “Basically I received a complaint, so I confronted my father and he admitted it.” Houston removed his father from all roles in the church, but did not contact police in New Zealand because the victim was old enough to do that himself. He said that he was candid with his congregation, although he has been criticised for not acting quickly enough”.

My comment: 

This is what I’ve been writing for over three years on this blog site. Brian was telling the media and had it on the Hillsong website that my “father had abused a child back in New Zealand”. This is what he told this reporter. This is the lie Brian told for 14 plus years until the Royal Commission in October 2014 set him straight. In 2003 Brian knew of at least nine boy and young teen male victims of his father Frank Houston’s sexual abuse. This is why Brian Houston is a pathological liar.

Brian also told the reporter this:

“Houston removed his father from all roles in the church, but did not contact police in New Zealand because the victim was old enough to do that himself. He said that he was candid with his congregation, although he has been criticised for not acting quickly enough”.

Brian is finding out that it’s irrelevant whether the victim wanted to contact the Police. As a Christian pastor Brian had a responsibility under NSW Child Protection Laws to report his father Frank Houston to the NSW Police immediately in 1999.

This is why Brian Houston is in massive trouble today.

Please also note that the Sydney Australian boy victim AHA was the main reason Frank Houston got sacked and that Brian did not disclose to the SMH reporter that the victim was from Sydney. This is because Brian was being a cunning fox that is. He didn’t foresee that the long arm of the Law would catch up eventually with his spin and blatant lies.

SMH article:

“Bobbie says that the sexual abuse claims were the hardest thing her husband has ever had to confront. “But the leader in him rose and I think that is what endeared the congregation to us. This issue is rampant through society and you don’t have to be Blind Willy to see that – sorry, blind Freddy, I always get my sayings wrong – but as a church we are dealing with those issues.””

My comment:

Bobbie told the SMH reporter: “Blind Willy to see that – sorry, blind Freddy, I always get my sayings wrong – but as a church we are dealing with those issues.””

Bobbie is being sloppy and committed a Freudian slip. She was still thinking about her sexy videos and books and said “Blind Willy”- meaning Brian. This sounds crude but it was Bobbie who said it.

Bobbie also revealed, “I always get my sayings wrong”. Like Brian she is a molester and saboteur of the Queen’s English. In this way they suit each other. Two street-wise hustlers without a sound education leading a working class church in Sydney’s Western suburbs and other places to hell.

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Padre Pasquale “Pat” Mesiti of Hillsong Mexican Millionaire’s Mindset Club: “Hand over your cash and I’ll make you rich”.

 

Pastor Brian Houston sure loves money as this funny satirical video portrays.

Brian has even written a book about money entitled, “You need more money”.

“Pastor” Brian Houston. The riches of Egypt haven’t made him happy. He’s on medication and an inner mess.

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Embarrassed by the flack he copped from the release of such a book, which was almost in as poor taste as his wife Bobbie’s books, “Kingdom women love sex” and “I’m have what’s she’s having”- a borrow from Meg Ryan’s fake orgasm in the cafeteria in “When Harry met Sally”, Brian had it withdrawn from publication and Hillsong even pressured large Christian bookshops like Koorong in Sydney to remove all copies from their shelves.

Brian Houston. Shut down Pentecost. Only interested in money (transferring your money to him and his family and friends) and financial prosperity.

Brian Houston. Shut down Pentecost. Only interested in money (transferring your money to him and his family and friends) and financial prosperity.

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The world and the secular media were onto Hillsong a long time ago.

Check out this article by the Sydney Morning Herald (abbreviation- SMH) in 2003. And that was 13 years ago. Things have gotten way worse since then.

Why would anyone give a dollar to Hillsong and the top pastors so they can spend it on themselves.

Brian Houston is worth at least $50 million net personally and his annual income is millions.

Don’t believe Brian when he lies and says his income is $300,000 per year. Its ten times that.

My comments follow the article.

Sydney Morning Herald

The lord’s profits

January 30 2003

Journalist: Greg Bearup

Hallelujah … Prime Minister John Howard at Hillsong last year and right, the church’s senior pastors Brian and Bobbie Houston.
The music is catchy, the mood euphoric and the message perfect for a material age: believe in God and you’ll be rewarded in this life as well as the next. Greg Bearup reports.

A sexy young Christian, a walkie-talkie clipped to her hipsters, greets us on our walk from the car park. “Hiya, howya doin’?” she says, with a flick of her mane and a smile. “Welcome to God’s house – what an awesome day!” She points us in the direction of God’s pad, a massive Olympic-style stadium up on the hill, and returns to conducting traffic with a fluoro stick.

All around, beaming young folk (and they are mainly young) are decked out in their coolest threads – no Amish-skirted Christians here. Hundreds walk with us, and beneath the awnings and in the foyer of the building – all tubular steel and glass – thousands are milling excitedly. By the end of the weekend, almost 12,000 people will have made this walk. Once inside, the first thing the faithful strike is not a crucifix or stained-glass window (the building is devoid of Christian symbolism), but a vast bookshop, of sleek frosted glass and wood, where dozens wait by the till for books and tapes and CDs – or, as they like to call them here at Hillsong Church, “Christian resources” – from around the world. Most prominent, and with almost half the shop to themselves, are the titles by Brian Houston and his wife Bobbie, Hillsong’s senior pastors.

As 6pm approaches, the crowd spills into the church, a massive 3500-seat auditorium in Sydney’s Baulkham Hills. Australia’s newest, wealthiest and largest single church, it holds almost twice as many people as that city’s St Mary’s Cathedral, its closest competitor (which has total weekend attendances of fewer than 2000). They are crowds no one can afford to ignore and, the day after he returned from visiting the scene of the Bali bombings in October, Prime Minister Howard put aside his war on terror to open this house of worship.

Today a 12-piece band with five back-up singers and a choir of 50-odd youngsters literally bounce into action. Behind them, three massive screens hang from the walls – the middle one morphs through different shades of red and blue, only the message, “Glory to God”, remaining constant. The momentum builds with the tempo of the band as the packed stadium sings along to the words flashed up on the screens, swaying in a one-armed, open-palm salute to the band, to the Lord.

After 20 minutes, the warm-up pastor takes to the stage, chiming in with the band – “Come on, church, you can groove” – and then segues into his spiel. Our God, he says, is a God who delivers miracles, a totally awesome God. He rattles off stories, true stories, from this very congregation, of cancers cured, of cripples healed, of sinners saved. Why, the Lord even saw his way to finding $4000 for one student to pay his fees at the Hillsong Bible college. The congregation hoot and clap; a young fellow beside me has his eyes closed and as each miracle is proclaimed he shouts, “Amen, man. Awesome.”

But you, too, should honour the Lord, the pastor tells his flock, and He will deliver these miracles, because the Bible says so, right here in Proverbs, chapter 3, which says that “if you honour the Lord with your possessions, and with the fruits of your increase, your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will overflow with new wine”. He makes the point numerous times, lets it sink in, then informs the throng that credit card facilities are available, and cheques should be made out to Hillsong. “Amen,” shouts the pastor, thumping the air with his fists. “Amen, let’s pass those buckets along.”

And the faithful oblige – last year they filled the Hillsong buckets to the tune of $10 million. The church’s music arm also bought in a tidy tax-free $8 million, and one of its albums, Blessed, debuted at No4 in the pop charts, above Shakira, and stayed there for weeks. Hillsong has bought into medical centres. Its Bible college has close to 1700 full- and part-time students, some paying annual fees of more than $4000. It has a staff of almost 200, including 70 pastors. It has built a state-of-the-art conference centre-cum-church worth $25 million. No fewer than five television cameras are mounted in the auditorium; the services are recorded and then televised in more than 80 countries.

Let’s not be coy, Hillsong is not a church that is afraid of money – its spiritual leader, Brian Houston, is also the author of You Need More Money: Discovering God’s Amazing Financial Plan for Your Life. Is that what makes this the seemingly fastest-growing Christian church in Australia? The census reveals that while millions identify as Catholic, Anglican or other Protestant denominations, few of them actually go to church. There are, for example, 3.9 million Anglicans, but only 180,000 attend church. (The Anglicans are like South Sydney rugby league club supporters – plenty of guernseys, but hardly any go to the games.) The Catholics are way out in front with 875,000 attendees from their 4.7 million flock. But with almost 200,000 people attending Pentecostal services each weekend around the country, they have nudged ahead of the Anglicans. The Pentecostals have a truancy rate of almost nil. What brand of God are they selling that sees the Almighty walking off the shelves, when the traditional churches struggle to give Him away?

Brian Houston, 48, saunters over to greet me, a tall, tanned man with a deep, radio man’s drawl, and a silver and gold Breitling watch shimmering on his wrist. The pastor drives, among other vehicles, a Harley-Davidson Fatboy that a friend from overseas gave him. After emigrating from New Zealand, he and his wife, Bobbie, started this church in Baulkham Hills almost 20 years ago, preaching to a couple of dozen people in a hired school hall. Brian’s father, Frank, had already set up a similar fundamentalist Pentecostal church (which has since joined with Hillsong) in the inner-Sydney suburb of Waterloo. Brian grew up with the church, while Bobbie got saved and “met Jesus” at the Auckland Town Hall at the age of 15. The couple met at church camp when Bobbie bought Brian an ice-cream (“He was the first boy I ever kissed,” says Bobbie with a girlish giggle. “Can you believe I’m telling you this?”), were married when Bobbie was 19 and are now Hillsong’s senior pastors.

They work out regularly and look like an advertiser’s dream couple. Bobbie, 45, is blonde, busty and beautiful, and speaks in an airy, suburban earth-mother tone – part Phoebe from Friends, part Kath & Kim.

When asked to explain their roles in the church, Bobbie says pleasantly: “We are seen as one entity but obviously our roles will differ in that we kinda, we are united in this together so we are not afraid of that, yeah, so, so, we are not a kingdom divided against ourselves. So, we are yoked together in this, I mean, they are biblical words, we are yoked together, obviously his roles, I defer to him, I respect his role. Do you know what I mean?”

Brian and I leave Bobbie and go for a drive.

So why does he think the church has been so successful? “I think the biggest issue is relevance, I really do,” he says, as we tour around the bland suburbs – row upon row of enormous, identical houses – of the Hills District, which surrounds his church. “We are scratching people where they are itching.” This is the nearest thing Australia has to a Bible belt. Houston says that when he and Bobbie set out to build a church, he wanted to build one that he and his family would want to attend, with good music, good sermons and a positive message.

So, at Hillsong services, the music is modern and uplifting and the presentation theatrical. The show stopper is the communal baptism, held every few weeks. The giant stage rolls back and beneath is a baptismal pool. The faithful line up at the side to be dunked, fully clothed, while the onlookers cheer and clap.

Then, there’s the message, which is simple and alluring. It says that if you embrace this brand of God you will be rewarded financially and spiritually in this life, as well as the next. It is religion for our material age. And there, as an example of what is possible, is the handsome, charismatic pastor, his bubbly wife and their three beautiful kids (Joel, 23, the oldest, is lead singer in the Hillsong rock band). All this comes with Brian’s guarantee – from More Money – that “anyone who puts the Kingdom of God first (rich or poor) can expect bible economics to work in their life NOW”.

Many of the young people I meet at the services volunteer their stories of financial success since joining Hillsong. “I was living in a housing commission house, working in a factory job and struggling to pay my bills,” says Brian Griffiths, aged in his early twenties and still sweating from dancing in the bleachers. “Since I started coming [in 1999], great things have happened.” He got a job selling insurance over the phone, with someone he met through the church. “God made me meet him.” He is more than happy to give

10 per cent of his wage back, as most are. “Granted, many people have a life that’s going great without God, yet I think that God probably had a whole lot more in mind for them.”

“If you believe in Jesus,” Houston tells me, “He will reward you here [on earth] as well [as in Heaven].” It is this prosperity gospel teaching that puts him at odds with people like the Reverend Tim Costello, the former head of the Baptist Union of Australia.

“The quickest way to degrade the gospel,” says Costello, “is to link it with money and the pursuit of money. It is the total opposite of what Jesus preached. These people have learnt nothing from the mistakes made by the American televangelists.”

Not so, says Houston. When Jesus said it was harder for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of Heaven than for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle, he didn’t mean rich Christians, because all you need is “God as your foremost priority. Jesus talks constantly of people’s attitude to money but he never talks against money.”

Costello, says Houston, “likes what we do generally” but has a problem with Hillsong’s success. He, like those from some of the more traditional churches, is simply jealous of it, Houston tells me. “The irony is, Tim Costello is a pretty successful guy himself. The big difference between us is that I like to teach other people to be successful and not just enjoy the success myself.”

Hillsong, he says, has moved with the times, while the old churches are stuck in the 19th century. “What good is a vow of poverty?” he asks. “A person who has more is able to help more. That’s what we are all about, giving people a handout.” The multi-million-dollar church’s charitable arm, Hillsong Emerge, according to ASIC documents, has an annual budget of just a little over $400,000.

That’s not to say that Houston’s views on some other matters aren’t conservative. He believes in speaking in tongues. He would like to see creationism taught in schools and abortion banned. Homosexuals are, of course, unwelcome, but Houston says he’s not a Fred Nile-type fanatic on these matters. Picketing outside abortion clinics achieves little; a more pro-active approach is to help teenage girls through their pregnancies. The church partly funds a hostel, Mercy Ministries, for young pregnant women and other troubled girls (there’s another for troubled boys at Bankstown) who can live there free for a year, on the proviso that they attend church. Another of the Hillsong Emerge projects, Young and Gorgeous, sees young Emerge women going into schools to teach 12- and

13-year-old girls about skin care and make-up, to help them learn, an Emerge woman told me, “that each and every one of them is unique and precious”. Houston takes me for a drive past the youth hostel, in a bush setting near his church, and then on to a medical centre the church has bought in Baulkham Hills (they own another at Blacktown). It is all part of healing people “body, mind and spirit”, he says, explaining the Hillsong approach.

The medical centres are small, but with plans for expansion. And while they may be helping the converted, they’re also causing ripples among those outside Hillsong. Local doctors are angry that they will have to compete against a business that is exempt from all the normal business taxes – such as payroll tax – just because it is a religious organisation.

It is a matter the AMA intends to scrutinise.

Max Wallace, a sociologist at the Australian National University, is writing a book,

The Purple Economy, about the tax-free godsend enjoyed by the Australian churches. He says that while the traditional churches are “immensely wealthy”, Australians had better get used to the “astronomical wealth growth”of young, corporate churches such as Hillsong, which haven’t the burden of maintaining ageing churches and small congregations (some don’t even have the burden of charity). New churches are also moving into a host of new business ventures that have nothing to do with religion – turf farms, fruit juice manufacturing, furniture making – often sending their competitors broke along the way.

Tim Costello wants to know how much of the Hillsong wealth is going to Brian and Bobbie. “The churches have an enormously privileged position in society – not only do they not pay tax, but they are exempt from many of the fringe benefit rules as well. As a result, they need to be open and fully accountable. Anyone can walk into my church and find out exactly how much I earn, what car I drive, whatever, including any other associated monies I might earn from being a minister. I would like to ask the same of Hillsong.”

So I do. Brian Houston’s open, good-guy demeanour disappears. No, he will not tell me what he or Bobbie earns. “All you guys [the media] want to know about is the money,” he says. “You don’t want to know about the church.” Well, it’s a bit like walking into Rose Hancock’s house and not noticing the chandeliers – the money at Hillsong just leaps out at you.

Houston says that while he draws a wage, he donates it back to the church. “I want to make it clear that I cost this church nothing, I want that on the record.” He earns some of his money, he says, as a property developer, “being a silent partner with a couple of guys from the church in building developments”, but he gets “the vast majority” of his money from overseas speaking engagements at other charismatic churches. He and Bobbie also get the royalties from those “Christian resources” out the front of the church.

Phillip Powell, a Pentecostal preacher and a former general secretary of the Assemblies of God (the umbrella group of which Houston is now president), says Houston’s overseas speaking engagements are at churches whose own senior pastors are “on the circuit”. Powell, who has set up a “watchdog ministry”, Christian Witness Ministries, in part to monitor Hillsong, says, “They get paid huge amounts of money to speak at each other’s churches. The money goes to Brian, but his profile comes from Hillsong.” It is a bit like the Pope charging for speaking engagements, and then keeping the cash. (Houston says Powell’s sentiments are “pitiful comments from a pitiful man who knows nothing of Hillsong or of me”.)

The Hillsong church structure is tightly controlled. The general manager, Brian Aghajanian (also an elder), says the elders are nominated “by Brian or the other elders”. No elections? “No, we feel that people might stand who don’t have a great understanding of the way the church works or have the same vision we have for the church,” Aghajanian says.

What we do know is that Houston wears a watch worth thousands of dollars, he owns an enormous house overlooking a bush valley, in a suburb of other enormous houses, at Glenhaven. He also owns a picturesque spread on the Hawkesbury River, near Windsor, just west of Sydney, gets paid handsomely to speak overseas and is a property developer – and he’s not ashamed of any of it.

“Look,” he says, “I can tell you that if I was in business, and held this sort of position, I would be earning three times as much. I don’t do it for the money.”

So, you couldn’t see Jesus running into Hillsong and overturning the cash registers,as he famously did with the money changers in the temple? “Absolutely not,” he says. “Absolutely not. Because the spirit of those people was … the house of God wasn’t even about God any more. It was about, you know, it had become a marketplace inside the temple – it wasn’t about Christian resources, resources that are helping people. It [the books and tapes and CDs] are not just about making money, it is about putting tools in people’s hands.

[But] I have no problem if it makes a profit.”

So, what exactly is in those Christian resources? One particularly irresistible title is Bobbie’s three-tape boxed set Kingdom Women Love Sex ($22, also available on CD). In it, Bobbie explains why it is important for Christians to be good at “it”. “We need to be good at sex ourselves so that if the world happens to come knocking we can tell the story of God in our lives,” Bobbie says, on the tape. “Without being lurid or untruthful – hello! – we can say [she whispers], ‘I have a great marriage and a great sex life’ – wink wink, nudge nudge. Yeah, truly.”

Bobbie also offers some practical advice.

Fat is out. Do some exercise. “If I carry weight I feel like a retard … How are you going to do anything to surprise your man when you need a hydraulic crane just to turn over in bed?” Have plastic surgery, if it makes you feel better and it is for the right reasons, and “girls, pelvic floor exercises – can you believe I am saying this? – you know, I have heard that orgasm is not as strong if you are really sloppy in that area”.

As Bobbie says, “When you are doing what is correct in God there is a protection over your life. Like – hello! – it is just there. So it is a very powerful thing. Amen. Yeah, fully.”

There have been some dramas in the House of Camelot in the past few years. Houston had to sack one of his senior preachers and good friends, Pat Mesiti, after it was revealed he’d been visiting prostitutes. And then Brian’s father, former minister Frank Houston, confessed to being a pedophile.

Finding out his father had abused a child back in New Zealand was, Houston tells me, “like the jets flying into the twin towers of my soul”. It was, understandably, one of the hardest issues he has ever had to deal with. “Basically I received a complaint, so I confronted my father and he admitted it.” Houston removed his father from all roles in the church, but did not contact police in New Zealand because the victim was old enough to do that himself. He said that he was candid with his congregation, although he has been criticised for not acting quickly enough.

“I told our church what had happened [several months after he found out], but as soon as I found out I told the elders of this church and the Assemblies of God,” Houston says. “To my congregation, when I told them, I used words like predator and sexual abuse and so on – I did not try to hide it.”

It is a matter that appears unlikely to go away, and Houston tells me that, since the initial allegation was made public, other alleged victims have come forward. Good Weekend understands that another alleged male victim of his father is “extremely unhappy” with his treatment by the church and is currently considering civil action.

Bobbie says that the sexual abuse claims were the hardest thing her husband has ever had to confront. “But the leader in him rose and I think that is what endeared the congregation to us. This issue is rampant through society and you don’t have to be Blind Willy to see that – sorry, blind Freddy, I always get my sayings wrong – but as a church we are dealing with those issues.”

Phillip Powell, the watchdog, says he doesn’t believe Brian Houston has dealt adequately with a whole range of issues within his church regarding accountability, and says he will continue to monitor the work of Hillsong. “There are alarm bells and people need to ring them,” he says.

On one of the Sundays I attend a Hillsong service, Anne Luckwell, a 36-year-old administration officer with the Harvey Norman retail chain, is excitedly waiting to be baptised. She joined the church six months ago and is now ready to “dedicate my life to the Lord”. She has a child and has been through a rough time. “I lived with a man for 15 years and we were splitting up – he said he was not going to give me anything from the house [he owned] in the settlement.” She says that now, since she found Hillsong, she has come to an agreement with her former partner for a share of the house. It has as much to do with the law as it has with the Lord, but still she attributes the agreement to Hillsong. I call her up a few days later to see how she feels, post-baptism. “Not too good, actually,” she croaks. “I’ve got the flu. I think it’s because of the wet hair.” Still, she says, she’ll be back in church next Sunday, ready to hear the word of Brian – and, of course, willing to give in order to receive

My comments:

SMH article: 

“Once inside, the first thing the faithful strike is not a crucifix or stained-glass window (the building is devoid of Christian symbolism), but a vast bookshop, of sleek frosted glass and wood, where dozens wait by the till for books and tapes and CDs – or, as they like to call them here at Hillsong Church, “Christian resources” – from around the world. Most prominent, and with almost half the shop to themselves, are the titles by Brian Houston and his wife Bobbie, Hillsong’s senior pastors”.

My comment:

The observation, “with almost half the shop to themselves, are the titles by Brian Houston and his wife Bobbie, Hillsong’s senior pastors” is perceptive.

This shameless promotion and taking massive royalties and cuts for themselves is still done to this day 13 years later by Brian and Bobbie Houston.

SMH article: 

“All this comes with Brian’s guarantee – from More Money – that “anyone who puts the Kingdom of God first (rich or poor) can expect bible economics to work in their life NOW””.

My comment:

This is one of Brian Houston’s eternal themes: Money. Money. And more money.

Except this avarice won’t get you God’s favour and his skewered Prosperity Gospel is not what Biblical New Testament Christianity is all about.

New Testament Christianity is not about seeking riches but about living in humility and walking with the Lord.

SMH article:

“Tim Costello wants to know how much of the Hillsong wealth is going to Brian and Bobbie. “The churches have an enormously privileged position in society – not only do they not pay tax, but they are exempt from many of the fringe benefit rules as well. As a result, they need to be open and fully accountable. Anyone can walk into my church and find out exactly how much I earn, what car I drive, whatever, including any other associated monies I might earn from being a minister. I would like to ask the same of Hillsong.”

So I do. Brian Houston’s open, good-guy demeanour disappears. No, he will not tell me what he or Bobbie earns. “All you guys [the media] want to know about is the money,” he says. “You don’t want to know about the church.” Well, it’s a bit like walking into Rose Hancock’s house and not noticing the chandeliers – the money at Hillsong just leaps out at you”.

My comment:

This was 2003 and it’s still the same secrecy and defensiveness about the millions the Houstons and the senior pastors skim off Hillsong cash for themselves each year. Nothing is revealed in any detail. Most is hidden. There is a sinister secrecy here. A non-Biblical deceit and deception.

SMH article: 

“Houston says that while he draws a wage, he donates it back to the church. “I want to make it clear that I cost this church nothing, I want that on the record.” He earns some of his money, he says, as a property developer, “being a silent partner with a couple of guys from the church in building developments”, but he gets “the vast majority” of his money from overseas speaking engagements at other charismatic churches. He and Bobbie also get the royalties from those “Christian resources” out the front of the church”.

My comment:

Don’t believe a word of it. Brian and Bobbie Houston and their family skim millions off Hillsong each year. Period.

SMH article:

“Phillip Powell, a Pentecostal preacher and a former general secretary of the Assemblies of God (the umbrella group of which Houston is now president), says Houston’s overseas speaking engagements are at churches whose own senior pastors are “on the circuit”. Powell, who has set up a “watchdog ministry”, Christian Witness Ministries, in part to monitor Hillsong, says, “They get paid huge amounts of money to speak at each other’s churches. The money goes to Brian, but his profile comes from Hillsong.” It is a bit like the Pope charging for speaking engagements, and then keeping the cash. (Houston says Powell’s sentiments are “pitiful comments from a pitiful man who knows nothing of Hillsong or of me”.)”

My comment:

Pastor Phillip Powell, who died last year, hounded the founder of Hillsong, Brian’s father Frank Houston for decades about his secret pedophilia until it was investigated. Well done Phillip Powell.

Then he hounded Brian for decades about his Prosperity Gospel, money orientation and other things he felt Hillsong was off-track about. “Good on ya” Phillip Powell.

Brian Houston’s response: “(Houston says Powell’s sentiments are “pitiful comments from a pitiful man who knows nothing of Hillsong or of me”.)”

Pastor Phillip Powell knew more about Hillsong than anyone outside the Hillsong inner circle and he got right up Brian’s nose in the same way that Tanya Levin, the Hillsong critic does today.

SMH article:

“It [the books and tapes and CDs] are not just about making money, it is about putting tools in people’s hands.

[But] I have no problem if it makes a profit.”

So, what exactly is in those Christian resources? One particularly irresistible title is Bobbie’s three-tape boxed set Kingdom Women Love Sex ($22, also available on CD). In it, Bobbie explains why it is important for Christians to be good at “it”. “We need to be good at sex ourselves so that if the world happens to come knocking we can tell the story of God in our lives,” Bobbie says, on the tape. “Without being lurid or untruthful – hello! – we can say [she whispers], ‘I have a great marriage and a great sex life’ – wink wink, nudge nudge. Yeah, truly.”

Bobbie also offers some practical advice.

Fat is out. Do some exercise. “If I carry weight I feel like a retard … How are you going to do anything to surprise your man when you need a hydraulic crane just to turn over in bed?” Have plastic surgery, if it makes you feel better and it is for the right reasons, and “girls, pelvic floor exercises – can you believe I am saying this? – you know, I have heard that orgasm is not as strong if you are really sloppy in that area”.

As Bobbie says, “When you are doing what is correct in God there is a protection over your life. Like – hello! – it is just there. So it is a very powerful thing. Amen. Yeah, fully.”

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My comment:

As a Christian, I really find some of Bobbie’s comments quite embarrassing, even over 12 years after she said them.

Bobbie explains: “In it, Bobbie explains why it is important for Christians to be good at “it”. “We need to be good at sex ourselves so that if the world happens to come knocking we can tell the story of God in our lives,” Bobbie says, on the tape. “Without being lurid or untruthful – hello! – we can say [she whispers], “I have a great marriage and a great sex life” – wink wink, nudge nudge. Yeah, truly.””

The mind boggles. Bobbie Houston the sex athlete of the Pentecostal movement world-wide.

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SMH article:

“Fat is out. Do some exercise. “If I carry weight I feel like a retard … How are you going to do anything to surprise your man when you need a hydraulic crane just to turn over in bed?” Have plastic surgery, if it makes you feel better and it is for the right reasons, and “girls, pelvic floor exercises – can you believe I am saying this? – you know, I have heard that orgasm is not as strong if you are really sloppy in that area”.

As Bobbie says, “When you are doing what is correct in God there is a protection over your life. Like – hello! – it is just there. So it is a very powerful thing. Amen. Yeah, fully.””

My comments:

Bobbie explains: “If I carry weight I feel like a retard…Have plastic surgery…girls, pelvic floor exercises – can you believe I am saying this? – you know, I have heard that orgasm is not as strong if you are really sloppy in that area”.

Oh no Bobbie…”really sloppy in that area”. AHHHH

No sloppiness

Bobbie: No sloppiness

I’ve got a copy of these tapes of Bobbie’s about “Kingdom women love sex” and all that. Can’t wait to review them. This is the wackiest stuff I’ve ever heard a Christian pastor say in my life of 59 years.

SMH article:

“There have been some dramas in the House of Camelot in the past few years. Houston had to sack one of his senior preachers and good friends, Pat Mesiti, after it was revealed he’d been visiting prostitutes. And then Brian’s father, former minister Frank Houston, confessed to being a pedophile.

Finding out his father had abused a child back in New Zealand was, Houston tells me, “like the jets flying into the twin towers of my soul”. It was, understandably, one of the hardest issues he has ever had to deal with. “Basically I received a complaint, so I confronted my father and he admitted it.” Houston removed his father from all roles in the church, but did not contact police in New Zealand because the victim was old enough to do that himself. He said that he was candid with his congregation, although he has been criticised for not acting quickly enough”.

My comment: 

This is what I’ve been writing for over three years on this blog site. Brian was telling the media and had it on the Hillsong website that my “father had abused a child back in New Zealand”. This is what he told this reporter. This is the lie Brian told for 14 plus years until the Royal Commission in October 2014 set him straight. In 2003 Brian knew of at least nine boy and young teen male victims of his father Frank Houston’s sexual abuse. This is why Brian Houston is a pathological liar.

Brian also told the reporter this:

“Houston removed his father from all roles in the church, but did not contact police in New Zealand because the victim was old enough to do that himself. He said that he was candid with his congregation, although he has been criticised for not acting quickly enough”.

Brian is finding out that it’s irrelevant whether the victim wanted to contact the Police. As a Christian pastor Brian had a responsibility under NSW Child Protection Laws to report his father Frank Houston to the NSW Police immediately in 1999.

This is why Brian Houston is in massive trouble today.

Please also note that the Sydney Australian boy victim AHA was the main reason Frank Houston got sacked and that Brian did not disclose to the SMH reporter that the victim was from Sydney. This is because Brian was being a cunning fox that is. He didn’t foresee that the long arm of the Law would catch up eventually with his spin and blatant lies.

SMH article:

“Bobbie says that the sexual abuse claims were the hardest thing her husband has ever had to confront. “But the leader in him rose and I think that is what endeared the congregation to us. This issue is rampant through society and you don’t have to be Blind Willy to see that – sorry, blind Freddy, I always get my sayings wrong – but as a church we are dealing with those issues.””

My comment:

Bobbie told the SMH reporter: “Blind Willy to see that – sorry, blind Freddy, I always get my sayings wrong – but as a church we are dealing with those issues.””

Bobbie is being sloppy and committed a Freudian slip. She was still thinking about her sexy videos and books and said “Blind Willy”- meaning Brian. This sounds crude but it was Bobbie who said it.

Bobbie also revealed, “I always get my sayings wrong”. Like Brian she is a molester and saboteur of the Queen’s English. In this way they suit each other. Two street-wise hustlers without a sound education leading a working class church in Sydney’s Western suburbs and other places to hell.

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Padre Pasquale “Pat” Mesiti of Hillsong Mexican Millionaire’s Mindset Club: “Hand over your cash and I’ll make you rich”.

 

Pastor Brian Houston sure loves money as this funny satirical video portrays.

Brian has even written a book about money entitled, “You need more money”.

“Pastor” Brian Houston. The riches of Egypt haven’t made him happy. He’s on medication and an inner mess.

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Embarrassed by the flack he copped from the release of such a book, which was almost in as poor taste as his wife Bobbie’s books, “Kingdom women love sex” and “I’m have what’s she’s having”- a borrow from Meg Ryan’s fake orgasm in the cafeteria in “When Harry met Sally”, Brian had it withdrawn from publication and Hillsong even pressured large Christian bookshops like Koorong in Sydney to remove all copies from their shelves.

Brian Houston. Shut down Pentecost. Only interested in money (transferring your money to him and his family and friends) and financial prosperity.

Brian Houston. Shut down Pentecost. Only interested in money (transferring your money to him and his family and friends) and financial prosperity.

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The world and the secular media were onto Hillsong a long time ago.

Check out this article by the Sydney Morning Herald (abbreviation- SMH) in 2003. And that was 13 years ago. Things have gotten way worse since then.

Why would anyone give a dollar to Hillsong and the top pastors so they can spend it on themselves.

Brian Houston is worth at least $50 million net personally and his annual income is millions.

Don’t believe Brian when he lies and says his income is $300,000 per year. Its ten times that.

My comments follow the article.

Sydney Morning Herald

The lord’s profits

January 30 2003

Journalist: Greg Bearup

Hallelujah … Prime Minister John Howard at Hillsong last year and right, the church’s senior pastors Brian and Bobbie Houston.
The music is catchy, the mood euphoric and the message perfect for a material age: believe in God and you’ll be rewarded in this life as well as the next. Greg Bearup reports.

A sexy young Christian, a walkie-talkie clipped to her hipsters, greets us on our walk from the car park. “Hiya, howya doin’?” she says, with a flick of her mane and a smile. “Welcome to God’s house – what an awesome day!” She points us in the direction of God’s pad, a massive Olympic-style stadium up on the hill, and returns to conducting traffic with a fluoro stick.

All around, beaming young folk (and they are mainly young) are decked out in their coolest threads – no Amish-skirted Christians here. Hundreds walk with us, and beneath the awnings and in the foyer of the building – all tubular steel and glass – thousands are milling excitedly. By the end of the weekend, almost 12,000 people will have made this walk. Once inside, the first thing the faithful strike is not a crucifix or stained-glass window (the building is devoid of Christian symbolism), but a vast bookshop, of sleek frosted glass and wood, where dozens wait by the till for books and tapes and CDs – or, as they like to call them here at Hillsong Church, “Christian resources” – from around the world. Most prominent, and with almost half the shop to themselves, are the titles by Brian Houston and his wife Bobbie, Hillsong’s senior pastors.

As 6pm approaches, the crowd spills into the church, a massive 3500-seat auditorium in Sydney’s Baulkham Hills. Australia’s newest, wealthiest and largest single church, it holds almost twice as many people as that city’s St Mary’s Cathedral, its closest competitor (which has total weekend attendances of fewer than 2000). They are crowds no one can afford to ignore and, the day after he returned from visiting the scene of the Bali bombings in October, Prime Minister Howard put aside his war on terror to open this house of worship.

Today a 12-piece band with five back-up singers and a choir of 50-odd youngsters literally bounce into action. Behind them, three massive screens hang from the walls – the middle one morphs through different shades of red and blue, only the message, “Glory to God”, remaining constant. The momentum builds with the tempo of the band as the packed stadium sings along to the words flashed up on the screens, swaying in a one-armed, open-palm salute to the band, to the Lord.

After 20 minutes, the warm-up pastor takes to the stage, chiming in with the band – “Come on, church, you can groove” – and then segues into his spiel. Our God, he says, is a God who delivers miracles, a totally awesome God. He rattles off stories, true stories, from this very congregation, of cancers cured, of cripples healed, of sinners saved. Why, the Lord even saw his way to finding $4000 for one student to pay his fees at the Hillsong Bible college. The congregation hoot and clap; a young fellow beside me has his eyes closed and as each miracle is proclaimed he shouts, “Amen, man. Awesome.”

But you, too, should honour the Lord, the pastor tells his flock, and He will deliver these miracles, because the Bible says so, right here in Proverbs, chapter 3, which says that “if you honour the Lord with your possessions, and with the fruits of your increase, your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will overflow with new wine”. He makes the point numerous times, lets it sink in, then informs the throng that credit card facilities are available, and cheques should be made out to Hillsong. “Amen,” shouts the pastor, thumping the air with his fists. “Amen, let’s pass those buckets along.”

And the faithful oblige – last year they filled the Hillsong buckets to the tune of $10 million. The church’s music arm also bought in a tidy tax-free $8 million, and one of its albums, Blessed, debuted at No4 in the pop charts, above Shakira, and stayed there for weeks. Hillsong has bought into medical centres. Its Bible college has close to 1700 full- and part-time students, some paying annual fees of more than $4000. It has a staff of almost 200, including 70 pastors. It has built a state-of-the-art conference centre-cum-church worth $25 million. No fewer than five television cameras are mounted in the auditorium; the services are recorded and then televised in more than 80 countries.

Let’s not be coy, Hillsong is not a church that is afraid of money – its spiritual leader, Brian Houston, is also the author of You Need More Money: Discovering God’s Amazing Financial Plan for Your Life. Is that what makes this the seemingly fastest-growing Christian church in Australia? The census reveals that while millions identify as Catholic, Anglican or other Protestant denominations, few of them actually go to church. There are, for example, 3.9 million Anglicans, but only 180,000 attend church. (The Anglicans are like South Sydney rugby league club supporters – plenty of guernseys, but hardly any go to the games.) The Catholics are way out in front with 875,000 attendees from their 4.7 million flock. But with almost 200,000 people attending Pentecostal services each weekend around the country, they have nudged ahead of the Anglicans. The Pentecostals have a truancy rate of almost nil. What brand of God are they selling that sees the Almighty walking off the shelves, when the traditional churches struggle to give Him away?

Brian Houston, 48, saunters over to greet me, a tall, tanned man with a deep, radio man’s drawl, and a silver and gold Breitling watch shimmering on his wrist. The pastor drives, among other vehicles, a Harley-Davidson Fatboy that a friend from overseas gave him. After emigrating from New Zealand, he and his wife, Bobbie, started this church in Baulkham Hills almost 20 years ago, preaching to a couple of dozen people in a hired school hall. Brian’s father, Frank, had already set up a similar fundamentalist Pentecostal church (which has since joined with Hillsong) in the inner-Sydney suburb of Waterloo. Brian grew up with the church, while Bobbie got saved and “met Jesus” at the Auckland Town Hall at the age of 15. The couple met at church camp when Bobbie bought Brian an ice-cream (“He was the first boy I ever kissed,” says Bobbie with a girlish giggle. “Can you believe I’m telling you this?”), were married when Bobbie was 19 and are now Hillsong’s senior pastors.

They work out regularly and look like an advertiser’s dream couple. Bobbie, 45, is blonde, busty and beautiful, and speaks in an airy, suburban earth-mother tone – part Phoebe from Friends, part Kath & Kim.

When asked to explain their roles in the church, Bobbie says pleasantly: “We are seen as one entity but obviously our roles will differ in that we kinda, we are united in this together so we are not afraid of that, yeah, so, so, we are not a kingdom divided against ourselves. So, we are yoked together in this, I mean, they are biblical words, we are yoked together, obviously his roles, I defer to him, I respect his role. Do you know what I mean?”

Brian and I leave Bobbie and go for a drive.

So why does he think the church has been so successful? “I think the biggest issue is relevance, I really do,” he says, as we tour around the bland suburbs – row upon row of enormous, identical houses – of the Hills District, which surrounds his church. “We are scratching people where they are itching.” This is the nearest thing Australia has to a Bible belt. Houston says that when he and Bobbie set out to build a church, he wanted to build one that he and his family would want to attend, with good music, good sermons and a positive message.

So, at Hillsong services, the music is modern and uplifting and the presentation theatrical. The show stopper is the communal baptism, held every few weeks. The giant stage rolls back and beneath is a baptismal pool. The faithful line up at the side to be dunked, fully clothed, while the onlookers cheer and clap.

Then, there’s the message, which is simple and alluring. It says that if you embrace this brand of God you will be rewarded financially and spiritually in this life, as well as the next. It is religion for our material age. And there, as an example of what is possible, is the handsome, charismatic pastor, his bubbly wife and their three beautiful kids (Joel, 23, the oldest, is lead singer in the Hillsong rock band). All this comes with Brian’s guarantee – from More Money – that “anyone who puts the Kingdom of God first (rich or poor) can expect bible economics to work in their life NOW”.

Many of the young people I meet at the services volunteer their stories of financial success since joining Hillsong. “I was living in a housing commission house, working in a factory job and struggling to pay my bills,” says Brian Griffiths, aged in his early twenties and still sweating from dancing in the bleachers. “Since I started coming [in 1999], great things have happened.” He got a job selling insurance over the phone, with someone he met through the church. “God made me meet him.” He is more than happy to give

10 per cent of his wage back, as most are. “Granted, many people have a life that’s going great without God, yet I think that God probably had a whole lot more in mind for them.”

“If you believe in Jesus,” Houston tells me, “He will reward you here [on earth] as well [as in Heaven].” It is this prosperity gospel teaching that puts him at odds with people like the Reverend Tim Costello, the former head of the Baptist Union of Australia.

“The quickest way to degrade the gospel,” says Costello, “is to link it with money and the pursuit of money. It is the total opposite of what Jesus preached. These people have learnt nothing from the mistakes made by the American televangelists.”

Not so, says Houston. When Jesus said it was harder for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of Heaven than for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle, he didn’t mean rich Christians, because all you need is “God as your foremost priority. Jesus talks constantly of people’s attitude to money but he never talks against money.”

Costello, says Houston, “likes what we do generally” but has a problem with Hillsong’s success. He, like those from some of the more traditional churches, is simply jealous of it, Houston tells me. “The irony is, Tim Costello is a pretty successful guy himself. The big difference between us is that I like to teach other people to be successful and not just enjoy the success myself.”

Hillsong, he says, has moved with the times, while the old churches are stuck in the 19th century. “What good is a vow of poverty?” he asks. “A person who has more is able to help more. That’s what we are all about, giving people a handout.” The multi-million-dollar church’s charitable arm, Hillsong Emerge, according to ASIC documents, has an annual budget of just a little over $400,000.

That’s not to say that Houston’s views on some other matters aren’t conservative. He believes in speaking in tongues. He would like to see creationism taught in schools and abortion banned. Homosexuals are, of course, unwelcome, but Houston says he’s not a Fred Nile-type fanatic on these matters. Picketing outside abortion clinics achieves little; a more pro-active approach is to help teenage girls through their pregnancies. The church partly funds a hostel, Mercy Ministries, for young pregnant women and other troubled girls (there’s another for troubled boys at Bankstown) who can live there free for a year, on the proviso that they attend church. Another of the Hillsong Emerge projects, Young and Gorgeous, sees young Emerge women going into schools to teach 12- and

13-year-old girls about skin care and make-up, to help them learn, an Emerge woman told me, “that each and every one of them is unique and precious”. Houston takes me for a drive past the youth hostel, in a bush setting near his church, and then on to a medical centre the church has bought in Baulkham Hills (they own another at Blacktown). It is all part of healing people “body, mind and spirit”, he says, explaining the Hillsong approach.

The medical centres are small, but with plans for expansion. And while they may be helping the converted, they’re also causing ripples among those outside Hillsong. Local doctors are angry that they will have to compete against a business that is exempt from all the normal business taxes – such as payroll tax – just because it is a religious organisation.

It is a matter the AMA intends to scrutinise.

Max Wallace, a sociologist at the Australian National University, is writing a book,

The Purple Economy, about the tax-free godsend enjoyed by the Australian churches. He says that while the traditional churches are “immensely wealthy”, Australians had better get used to the “astronomical wealth growth”of young, corporate churches such as Hillsong, which haven’t the burden of maintaining ageing churches and small congregations (some don’t even have the burden of charity). New churches are also moving into a host of new business ventures that have nothing to do with religion – turf farms, fruit juice manufacturing, furniture making – often sending their competitors broke along the way.

Tim Costello wants to know how much of the Hillsong wealth is going to Brian and Bobbie. “The churches have an enormously privileged position in society – not only do they not pay tax, but they are exempt from many of the fringe benefit rules as well. As a result, they need to be open and fully accountable. Anyone can walk into my church and find out exactly how much I earn, what car I drive, whatever, including any other associated monies I might earn from being a minister. I would like to ask the same of Hillsong.”

So I do. Brian Houston’s open, good-guy demeanour disappears. No, he will not tell me what he or Bobbie earns. “All you guys [the media] want to know about is the money,” he says. “You don’t want to know about the church.” Well, it’s a bit like walking into Rose Hancock’s house and not noticing the chandeliers – the money at Hillsong just leaps out at you.

Houston says that while he draws a wage, he donates it back to the church. “I want to make it clear that I cost this church nothing, I want that on the record.” He earns some of his money, he says, as a property developer, “being a silent partner with a couple of guys from the church in building developments”, but he gets “the vast majority” of his money from overseas speaking engagements at other charismatic churches. He and Bobbie also get the royalties from those “Christian resources” out the front of the church.

Phillip Powell, a Pentecostal preacher and a former general secretary of the Assemblies of God (the umbrella group of which Houston is now president), says Houston’s overseas speaking engagements are at churches whose own senior pastors are “on the circuit”. Powell, who has set up a “watchdog ministry”, Christian Witness Ministries, in part to monitor Hillsong, says, “They get paid huge amounts of money to speak at each other’s churches. The money goes to Brian, but his profile comes from Hillsong.” It is a bit like the Pope charging for speaking engagements, and then keeping the cash. (Houston says Powell’s sentiments are “pitiful comments from a pitiful man who knows nothing of Hillsong or of me”.)

The Hillsong church structure is tightly controlled. The general manager, Brian Aghajanian (also an elder), says the elders are nominated “by Brian or the other elders”. No elections? “No, we feel that people might stand who don’t have a great understanding of the way the church works or have the same vision we have for the church,” Aghajanian says.

What we do know is that Houston wears a watch worth thousands of dollars, he owns an enormous house overlooking a bush valley, in a suburb of other enormous houses, at Glenhaven. He also owns a picturesque spread on the Hawkesbury River, near Windsor, just west of Sydney, gets paid handsomely to speak overseas and is a property developer – and he’s not ashamed of any of it.

“Look,” he says, “I can tell you that if I was in business, and held this sort of position, I would be earning three times as much. I don’t do it for the money.”

So, you couldn’t see Jesus running into Hillsong and overturning the cash registers,as he famously did with the money changers in the temple? “Absolutely not,” he says. “Absolutely not. Because the spirit of those people was … the house of God wasn’t even about God any more. It was about, you know, it had become a marketplace inside the temple – it wasn’t about Christian resources, resources that are helping people. It [the books and tapes and CDs] are not just about making money, it is about putting tools in people’s hands.

[But] I have no problem if it makes a profit.”

So, what exactly is in those Christian resources? One particularly irresistible title is Bobbie’s three-tape boxed set Kingdom Women Love Sex ($22, also available on CD). In it, Bobbie explains why it is important for Christians to be good at “it”. “We need to be good at sex ourselves so that if the world happens to come knocking we can tell the story of God in our lives,” Bobbie says, on the tape. “Without being lurid or untruthful – hello! – we can say [she whispers], ‘I have a great marriage and a great sex life’ – wink wink, nudge nudge. Yeah, truly.”

Bobbie also offers some practical advice.

Fat is out. Do some exercise. “If I carry weight I feel like a retard … How are you going to do anything to surprise your man when you need a hydraulic crane just to turn over in bed?” Have plastic surgery, if it makes you feel better and it is for the right reasons, and “girls, pelvic floor exercises – can you believe I am saying this? – you know, I have heard that orgasm is not as strong if you are really sloppy in that area”.

As Bobbie says, “When you are doing what is correct in God there is a protection over your life. Like – hello! – it is just there. So it is a very powerful thing. Amen. Yeah, fully.”

There have been some dramas in the House of Camelot in the past few years. Houston had to sack one of his senior preachers and good friends, Pat Mesiti, after it was revealed he’d been visiting prostitutes. And then Brian’s father, former minister Frank Houston, confessed to being a pedophile.

Finding out his father had abused a child back in New Zealand was, Houston tells me, “like the jets flying into the twin towers of my soul”. It was, understandably, one of the hardest issues he has ever had to deal with. “Basically I received a complaint, so I confronted my father and he admitted it.” Houston removed his father from all roles in the church, but did not contact police in New Zealand because the victim was old enough to do that himself. He said that he was candid with his congregation, although he has been criticised for not acting quickly enough.

“I told our church what had happened [several months after he found out], but as soon as I found out I told the elders of this church and the Assemblies of God,” Houston says. “To my congregation, when I told them, I used words like predator and sexual abuse and so on – I did not try to hide it.”

It is a matter that appears unlikely to go away, and Houston tells me that, since the initial allegation was made public, other alleged victims have come forward. Good Weekend understands that another alleged male victim of his father is “extremely unhappy” with his treatment by the church and is currently considering civil action.

Bobbie says that the sexual abuse claims were the hardest thing her husband has ever had to confront. “But the leader in him rose and I think that is what endeared the congregation to us. This issue is rampant through society and you don’t have to be Blind Willy to see that – sorry, blind Freddy, I always get my sayings wrong – but as a church we are dealing with those issues.”

Phillip Powell, the watchdog, says he doesn’t believe Brian Houston has dealt adequately with a whole range of issues within his church regarding accountability, and says he will continue to monitor the work of Hillsong. “There are alarm bells and people need to ring them,” he says.

On one of the Sundays I attend a Hillsong service, Anne Luckwell, a 36-year-old administration officer with the Harvey Norman retail chain, is excitedly waiting to be baptised. She joined the church six months ago and is now ready to “dedicate my life to the Lord”. She has a child and has been through a rough time. “I lived with a man for 15 years and we were splitting up – he said he was not going to give me anything from the house [he owned] in the settlement.” She says that now, since she found Hillsong, she has come to an agreement with her former partner for a share of the house. It has as much to do with the law as it has with the Lord, but still she attributes the agreement to Hillsong. I call her up a few days later to see how she feels, post-baptism. “Not too good, actually,” she croaks. “I’ve got the flu. I think it’s because of the wet hair.” Still, she says, she’ll be back in church next Sunday, ready to hear the word of Brian – and, of course, willing to give in order to receive

My comments:

SMH article: 

“Once inside, the first thing the faithful strike is not a crucifix or stained-glass window (the building is devoid of Christian symbolism), but a vast bookshop, of sleek frosted glass and wood, where dozens wait by the till for books and tapes and CDs – or, as they like to call them here at Hillsong Church, “Christian resources” – from around the world. Most prominent, and with almost half the shop to themselves, are the titles by Brian Houston and his wife Bobbie, Hillsong’s senior pastors”.

My comment:

The observation, “with almost half the shop to themselves, are the titles by Brian Houston and his wife Bobbie, Hillsong’s senior pastors” is perceptive.

This shameless promotion and taking massive royalties and cuts for themselves is still done to this day 13 years later by Brian and Bobbie Houston.

SMH article: 

“All this comes with Brian’s guarantee – from More Money – that “anyone who puts the Kingdom of God first (rich or poor) can expect bible economics to work in their life NOW””.

My comment:

This is one of Brian Houston’s eternal themes: Money. Money. And more money.

Except this avarice won’t get you God’s favour and his skewered Prosperity Gospel is not what Biblical New Testament Christianity is all about.

New Testament Christianity is not about seeking riches but about living in humility and walking with the Lord.

SMH article:

“Tim Costello wants to know how much of the Hillsong wealth is going to Brian and Bobbie. “The churches have an enormously privileged position in society – not only do they not pay tax, but they are exempt from many of the fringe benefit rules as well. As a result, they need to be open and fully accountable. Anyone can walk into my church and find out exactly how much I earn, what car I drive, whatever, including any other associated monies I might earn from being a minister. I would like to ask the same of Hillsong.”

So I do. Brian Houston’s open, good-guy demeanour disappears. No, he will not tell me what he or Bobbie earns. “All you guys [the media] want to know about is the money,” he says. “You don’t want to know about the church.” Well, it’s a bit like walking into Rose Hancock’s house and not noticing the chandeliers – the money at Hillsong just leaps out at you”.

My comment:

This was 2003 and it’s still the same secrecy and defensiveness about the millions the Houstons and the senior pastors skim off Hillsong cash for themselves each year. Nothing is revealed in any detail. Most is hidden. There is a sinister secrecy here. A non-Biblical deceit and deception.

SMH article: 

“Houston says that while he draws a wage, he donates it back to the church. “I want to make it clear that I cost this church nothing, I want that on the record.” He earns some of his money, he says, as a property developer, “being a silent partner with a couple of guys from the church in building developments”, but he gets “the vast majority” of his money from overseas speaking engagements at other charismatic churches. He and Bobbie also get the royalties from those “Christian resources” out the front of the church”.

My comment:

Don’t believe a word of it. Brian and Bobbie Houston and their family skim millions off Hillsong each year. Period.

SMH article:

“Phillip Powell, a Pentecostal preacher and a former general secretary of the Assemblies of God (the umbrella group of which Houston is now president), says Houston’s overseas speaking engagements are at churches whose own senior pastors are “on the circuit”. Powell, who has set up a “watchdog ministry”, Christian Witness Ministries, in part to monitor Hillsong, says, “They get paid huge amounts of money to speak at each other’s churches. The money goes to Brian, but his profile comes from Hillsong.” It is a bit like the Pope charging for speaking engagements, and then keeping the cash. (Houston says Powell’s sentiments are “pitiful comments from a pitiful man who knows nothing of Hillsong or of me”.)”

My comment:

Pastor Phillip Powell, who died last year, hounded the founder of Hillsong, Brian’s father Frank Houston for decades about his secret pedophilia until it was investigated. Well done Phillip Powell.

Then he hounded Brian for decades about his Prosperity Gospel, money orientation and other things he felt Hillsong was off-track about. “Good on ya” Phillip Powell.

Brian Houston’s response: “(Houston says Powell’s sentiments are “pitiful comments from a pitiful man who knows nothing of Hillsong or of me”.)”

Pastor Phillip Powell knew more about Hillsong than anyone outside the Hillsong inner circle and he got right up Brian’s nose in the same way that Tanya Levin, the Hillsong critic does today.

SMH article:

“It [the books and tapes and CDs] are not just about making money, it is about putting tools in people’s hands.

[But] I have no problem if it makes a profit.”

So, what exactly is in those Christian resources? One particularly irresistible title is Bobbie’s three-tape boxed set Kingdom Women Love Sex ($22, also available on CD). In it, Bobbie explains why it is important for Christians to be good at “it”. “We need to be good at sex ourselves so that if the world happens to come knocking we can tell the story of God in our lives,” Bobbie says, on the tape. “Without being lurid or untruthful – hello! – we can say [she whispers], ‘I have a great marriage and a great sex life’ – wink wink, nudge nudge. Yeah, truly.”

Bobbie also offers some practical advice.

Fat is out. Do some exercise. “If I carry weight I feel like a retard … How are you going to do anything to surprise your man when you need a hydraulic crane just to turn over in bed?” Have plastic surgery, if it makes you feel better and it is for the right reasons, and “girls, pelvic floor exercises – can you believe I am saying this? – you know, I have heard that orgasm is not as strong if you are really sloppy in that area”.

As Bobbie says, “When you are doing what is correct in God there is a protection over your life. Like – hello! – it is just there. So it is a very powerful thing. Amen. Yeah, fully.”

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My comment:

As a Christian, I really find some of Bobbie’s comments quite embarrassing, even over 12 years after she said them.

Bobbie explains: “In it, Bobbie explains why it is important for Christians to be good at “it”. “We need to be good at sex ourselves so that if the world happens to come knocking we can tell the story of God in our lives,” Bobbie says, on the tape. “Without being lurid or untruthful – hello! – we can say [she whispers], “I have a great marriage and a great sex life” – wink wink, nudge nudge. Yeah, truly.””

The mind boggles. Bobbie Houston the sex athlete of the Pentecostal movement world-wide.

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SMH article:

“Fat is out. Do some exercise. “If I carry weight I feel like a retard … How are you going to do anything to surprise your man when you need a hydraulic crane just to turn over in bed?” Have plastic surgery, if it makes you feel better and it is for the right reasons, and “girls, pelvic floor exercises – can you believe I am saying this? – you know, I have heard that orgasm is not as strong if you are really sloppy in that area”.

As Bobbie says, “When you are doing what is correct in God there is a protection over your life. Like – hello! – it is just there. So it is a very powerful thing. Amen. Yeah, fully.””

My comments:

Bobbie explains: “If I carry weight I feel like a retard…Have plastic surgery…girls, pelvic floor exercises – can you believe I am saying this? – you know, I have heard that orgasm is not as strong if you are really sloppy in that area”.

Oh no Bobbie…”really sloppy in that area”. AHHHH

No sloppiness

Bobbie: No sloppiness

I’ve got a copy of these tapes of Bobbie’s about “Kingdom women love sex” and all that. Can’t wait to review them. This is the wackiest stuff I’ve ever heard a Christian pastor say in my life of 59 years.

SMH article:

“There have been some dramas in the House of Camelot in the past few years. Houston had to sack one of his senior preachers and good friends, Pat Mesiti, after it was revealed he’d been visiting prostitutes. And then Brian’s father, former minister Frank Houston, confessed to being a pedophile.

Finding out his father had abused a child back in New Zealand was, Houston tells me, “like the jets flying into the twin towers of my soul”. It was, understandably, one of the hardest issues he has ever had to deal with. “Basically I received a complaint, so I confronted my father and he admitted it.” Houston removed his father from all roles in the church, but did not contact police in New Zealand because the victim was old enough to do that himself. He said that he was candid with his congregation, although he has been criticised for not acting quickly enough”.

My comment: 

This is what I’ve been writing for over three years on this blog site. Brian was telling the media and had it on the Hillsong website that my “father had abused a child back in New Zealand”. This is what he told this reporter. This is the lie Brian told for 14 plus years until the Royal Commission in October 2014 set him straight. In 2003 Brian knew of at least nine boy and young teen male victims of his father Frank Houston’s sexual abuse. This is why Brian Houston is a pathological liar.

Brian also told the reporter this:

“Houston removed his father from all roles in the church, but did not contact police in New Zealand because the victim was old enough to do that himself. He said that he was candid with his congregation, although he has been criticised for not acting quickly enough”.

Brian is finding out that it’s irrelevant whether the victim wanted to contact the Police. As a Christian pastor Brian had a responsibility under NSW Child Protection Laws to report his father Frank Houston to the NSW Police immediately in 1999.

This is why Brian Houston is in massive trouble today.

Please also note that the Sydney Australian boy victim AHA was the main reason Frank Houston got sacked and that Brian did not disclose to the SMH reporter that the victim was from Sydney. This is because Brian was being a cunning fox that is. He didn’t foresee that the long arm of the Law would catch up eventually with his spin and blatant lies.

SMH article:

“Bobbie says that the sexual abuse claims were the hardest thing her husband has ever had to confront. “But the leader in him rose and I think that is what endeared the congregation to us. This issue is rampant through society and you don’t have to be Blind Willy to see that – sorry, blind Freddy, I always get my sayings wrong – but as a church we are dealing with those issues.””

My comment:

Bobbie told the SMH reporter: “Blind Willy to see that – sorry, blind Freddy, I always get my sayings wrong – but as a church we are dealing with those issues.””

Bobbie is being sloppy and committed a Freudian slip. She was still thinking about her sexy videos and books and said “Blind Willy”- meaning Brian. This sounds crude but it was Bobbie who said it.

Bobbie also revealed, “I always get my sayings wrong”. Like Brian she is a molester and saboteur of the Queen’s English. In this way they suit each other. Two street-wise hustlers without a sound education leading a working class church in Sydney’s Western suburbs and other places to hell.

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Padre Pasquale “Pat” Mesiti of Hillsong Mexican Millionaire’s Mindset Club: “Hand over your cash and I’ll make you rich”.

Please see the attached word document with text revisions.

Pastor Brian Houston sure loves money as this funny satirical video portrays.

Brian has even written a book about money entitled, “You need more money”.

“Pastor” Brian Houston. The riches of Egypt haven’t made him happy. He’s on medication and an inner mess.

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Embarrassed by the flack he copped from the release of such a book, which was almost in as poor taste as his wife Bobbie’s books, “Kingdom women love sex” and “I’m have what’s she’s having”- a borrow from Meg Ryan’s fake orgasm in the cafeteria in “When Harry met Sally”, Brian had it withdrawn from publication and Hillsong even pressured large Christian bookshops like Koorong in Sydney to remove all copies from their shelves.

Brian Houston. Shut down Pentecost. Only interested in money (transferring your money to him and his family and friends) and financial prosperity.

Brian Houston. Shut down Pentecost. Only interested in money (transferring your money to him and his family and friends) and financial prosperity.

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The world and the secular media were onto Hillsong a long time ago.

Check out this article by the Sydney Morning Herald (abbreviation- SMH) in 2003. And that was 13 years ago. Things have gotten way worse since then.

Why would anyone give a dollar to Hillsong and the top pastors so they can spend it on themselves.

Brian Houston is worth at least $50 million net personally and his annual income is millions.

Don’t believe Brian when he lies and says his income is $300,000 per year. Its ten times that.

My comments follow the article.

Sydney Morning Herald

The lord’s profits

January 30 2003

Journalist: Greg Bearup

Hallelujah … Prime Minister John Howard at Hillsong last year and right, the church’s senior pastors Brian and Bobbie Houston.
The music is catchy, the mood euphoric and the message perfect for a material age: believe in God and you’ll be rewarded in this life as well as the next. Greg Bearup reports.

A sexy young Christian, a walkie-talkie clipped to her hipsters, greets us on our walk from the car park. “Hiya, howya doin’?” she says, with a flick of her mane and a smile. “Welcome to God’s house – what an awesome day!” She points us in the direction of God’s pad, a massive Olympic-style stadium up on the hill, and returns to conducting traffic with a fluoro stick.

All around, beaming young folk (and they are mainly young) are decked out in their coolest threads – no Amish-skirted Christians here. Hundreds walk with us, and beneath the awnings and in the foyer of the building – all tubular steel and glass – thousands are milling excitedly. By the end of the weekend, almost 12,000 people will have made this walk. Once inside, the first thing the faithful strike is not a crucifix or stained-glass window (the building is devoid of Christian symbolism), but a vast bookshop, of sleek frosted glass and wood, where dozens wait by the till for books and tapes and CDs – or, as they like to call them here at Hillsong Church, “Christian resources” – from around the world. Most prominent, and with almost half the shop to themselves, are the titles by Brian Houston and his wife Bobbie, Hillsong’s senior pastors.

As 6pm approaches, the crowd spills into the church, a massive 3500-seat auditorium in Sydney’s Baulkham Hills. Australia’s newest, wealthiest and largest single church, it holds almost twice as many people as that city’s St Mary’s Cathedral, its closest competitor (which has total weekend attendances of fewer than 2000). They are crowds no one can afford to ignore and, the day after he returned from visiting the scene of the Bali bombings in October, Prime Minister Howard put aside his war on terror to open this house of worship.

Today a 12-piece band with five back-up singers and a choir of 50-odd youngsters literally bounce into action. Behind them, three massive screens hang from the walls – the middle one morphs through different shades of red and blue, only the message, “Glory to God”, remaining constant. The momentum builds with the tempo of the band as the packed stadium sings along to the words flashed up on the screens, swaying in a one-armed, open-palm salute to the band, to the Lord.

After 20 minutes, the warm-up pastor takes to the stage, chiming in with the band – “Come on, church, you can groove” – and then segues into his spiel. Our God, he says, is a God who delivers miracles, a totally awesome God. He rattles off stories, true stories, from this very congregation, of cancers cured, of cripples healed, of sinners saved. Why, the Lord even saw his way to finding $4000 for one student to pay his fees at the Hillsong Bible college. The congregation hoot and clap; a young fellow beside me has his eyes closed and as each miracle is proclaimed he shouts, “Amen, man. Awesome.”

But you, too, should honour the Lord, the pastor tells his flock, and He will deliver these miracles, because the Bible says so, right here in Proverbs, chapter 3, which says that “if you honour the Lord with your possessions, and with the fruits of your increase, your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will overflow with new wine”. He makes the point numerous times, lets it sink in, then informs the throng that credit card facilities are available, and cheques should be made out to Hillsong. “Amen,” shouts the pastor, thumping the air with his fists. “Amen, let’s pass those buckets along.”

And the faithful oblige – last year they filled the Hillsong buckets to the tune of $10 million. The church’s music arm also bought in a tidy tax-free $8 million, and one of its albums, Blessed, debuted at No4 in the pop charts, above Shakira, and stayed there for weeks. Hillsong has bought into medical centres. Its Bible college has close to 1700 full- and part-time students, some paying annual fees of more than $4000. It has a staff of almost 200, including 70 pastors. It has built a state-of-the-art conference centre-cum-church worth $25 million. No fewer than five television cameras are mounted in the auditorium; the services are recorded and then televised in more than 80 countries.

Let’s not be coy, Hillsong is not a church that is afraid of money – its spiritual leader, Brian Houston, is also the author of You Need More Money: Discovering God’s Amazing Financial Plan for Your Life. Is that what makes this the seemingly fastest-growing Christian church in Australia? The census reveals that while millions identify as Catholic, Anglican or other Protestant denominations, few of them actually go to church. There are, for example, 3.9 million Anglicans, but only 180,000 attend church. (The Anglicans are like South Sydney rugby league club supporters – plenty of guernseys, but hardly any go to the games.) The Catholics are way out in front with 875,000 attendees from their 4.7 million flock. But with almost 200,000 people attending Pentecostal services each weekend around the country, they have nudged ahead of the Anglicans. The Pentecostals have a truancy rate of almost nil. What brand of God are they selling that sees the Almighty walking off the shelves, when the traditional churches struggle to give Him away?

Brian Houston, 48, saunters over to greet me, a tall, tanned man with a deep, radio man’s drawl, and a silver and gold Breitling watch shimmering on his wrist. The pastor drives, among other vehicles, a Harley-Davidson Fatboy that a friend from overseas gave him. After emigrating from New Zealand, he and his wife, Bobbie, started this church in Baulkham Hills almost 20 years ago, preaching to a couple of dozen people in a hired school hall. Brian’s father, Frank, had already set up a similar fundamentalist Pentecostal church (which has since joined with Hillsong) in the inner-Sydney suburb of Waterloo. Brian grew up with the church, while Bobbie got saved and “met Jesus” at the Auckland Town Hall at the age of 15. The couple met at church camp when Bobbie bought Brian an ice-cream (“He was the first boy I ever kissed,” says Bobbie with a girlish giggle. “Can you believe I’m telling you this?”), were married when Bobbie was 19 and are now Hillsong’s senior pastors.

They work out regularly and look like an advertiser’s dream couple. Bobbie, 45, is blonde, busty and beautiful, and speaks in an airy, suburban earth-mother tone – part Phoebe from Friends, part Kath & Kim.

When asked to explain their roles in the church, Bobbie says pleasantly: “We are seen as one entity but obviously our roles will differ in that we kinda, we are united in this together so we are not afraid of that, yeah, so, so, we are not a kingdom divided against ourselves. So, we are yoked together in this, I mean, they are biblical words, we are yoked together, obviously his roles, I defer to him, I respect his role. Do you know what I mean?”

Brian and I leave Bobbie and go for a drive.

So why does he think the church has been so successful? “I think the biggest issue is relevance, I really do,” he says, as we tour around the bland suburbs – row upon row of enormous, identical houses – of the Hills District, which surrounds his church. “We are scratching people where they are itching.” This is the nearest thing Australia has to a Bible belt. Houston says that when he and Bobbie set out to build a church, he wanted to build one that he and his family would want to attend, with good music, good sermons and a positive message.

So, at Hillsong services, the music is modern and uplifting and the presentation theatrical. The show stopper is the communal baptism, held every few weeks. The giant stage rolls back and beneath is a baptismal pool. The faithful line up at the side to be dunked, fully clothed, while the onlookers cheer and clap.

Then, there’s the message, which is simple and alluring. It says that if you embrace this brand of God you will be rewarded financially and spiritually in this life, as well as the next. It is religion for our material age. And there, as an example of what is possible, is the handsome, charismatic pastor, his bubbly wife and their three beautiful kids (Joel, 23, the oldest, is lead singer in the Hillsong rock band). All this comes with Brian’s guarantee – from More Money – that “anyone who puts the Kingdom of God first (rich or poor) can expect bible economics to work in their life NOW”.

Many of the young people I meet at the services volunteer their stories of financial success since joining Hillsong. “I was living in a housing commission house, working in a factory job and struggling to pay my bills,” says Brian Griffiths, aged in his early twenties and still sweating from dancing in the bleachers. “Since I started coming [in 1999], great things have happened.” He got a job selling insurance over the phone, with someone he met through the church. “God made me meet him.” He is more than happy to give

10 per cent of his wage back, as most are. “Granted, many people have a life that’s going great without God, yet I think that God probably had a whole lot more in mind for them.”

“If you believe in Jesus,” Houston tells me, “He will reward you here [on earth] as well [as in Heaven].” It is this prosperity gospel teaching that puts him at odds with people like the Reverend Tim Costello, the former head of the Baptist Union of Australia.

“The quickest way to degrade the gospel,” says Costello, “is to link it with money and the pursuit of money. It is the total opposite of what Jesus preached. These people have learnt nothing from the mistakes made by the American televangelists.”

Not so, says Houston. When Jesus said it was harder for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of Heaven than for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle, he didn’t mean rich Christians, because all you need is “God as your foremost priority. Jesus talks constantly of people’s attitude to money but he never talks against money.”

Costello, says Houston, “likes what we do generally” but has a problem with Hillsong’s success. He, like those from some of the more traditional churches, is simply jealous of it, Houston tells me. “The irony is, Tim Costello is a pretty successful guy himself. The big difference between us is that I like to teach other people to be successful and not just enjoy the success myself.”

Hillsong, he says, has moved with the times, while the old churches are stuck in the 19th century. “What good is a vow of poverty?” he asks. “A person who has more is able to help more. That’s what we are all about, giving people a handout.” The multi-million-dollar church’s charitable arm, Hillsong Emerge, according to ASIC documents, has an annual budget of just a little over $400,000.

That’s not to say that Houston’s views on some other matters aren’t conservative. He believes in speaking in tongues. He would like to see creationism taught in schools and abortion banned. Homosexuals are, of course, unwelcome, but Houston says he’s not a Fred Nile-type fanatic on these matters. Picketing outside abortion clinics achieves little; a more pro-active approach is to help teenage girls through their pregnancies. The church partly funds a hostel, Mercy Ministries, for young pregnant women and other troubled girls (there’s another for troubled boys at Bankstown) who can live there free for a year, on the proviso that they attend church. Another of the Hillsong Emerge projects, Young and Gorgeous, sees young Emerge women going into schools to teach 12- and

13-year-old girls about skin care and make-up, to help them learn, an Emerge woman told me, “that each and every one of them is unique and precious”. Houston takes me for a drive past the youth hostel, in a bush setting near his church, and then on to a medical centre the church has bought in Baulkham Hills (they own another at Blacktown). It is all part of healing people “body, mind and spirit”, he says, explaining the Hillsong approach.

The medical centres are small, but with plans for expansion. And while they may be helping the converted, they’re also causing ripples among those outside Hillsong. Local doctors are angry that they will have to compete against a business that is exempt from all the normal business taxes – such as payroll tax – just because it is a religious organisation.

It is a matter the AMA intends to scrutinise.

Max Wallace, a sociologist at the Australian National University, is writing a book,

The Purple Economy, about the tax-free godsend enjoyed by the Australian churches. He says that while the traditional churches are “immensely wealthy”, Australians had better get used to the “astronomical wealth growth”of young, corporate churches such as Hillsong, which haven’t the burden of maintaining ageing churches and small congregations (some don’t even have the burden of charity). New churches are also moving into a host of new business ventures that have nothing to do with religion – turf farms, fruit juice manufacturing, furniture making – often sending their competitors broke along the way.

Tim Costello wants to know how much of the Hillsong wealth is going to Brian and Bobbie. “The churches have an enormously privileged position in society – not only do they not pay tax, but they are exempt from many of the fringe benefit rules as well. As a result, they need to be open and fully accountable. Anyone can walk into my church and find out exactly how much I earn, what car I drive, whatever, including any other associated monies I might earn from being a minister. I would like to ask the same of Hillsong.”

So I do. Brian Houston’s open, good-guy demeanour disappears. No, he will not tell me what he or Bobbie earns. “All you guys [the media] want to know about is the money,” he says. “You don’t want to know about the church.” Well, it’s a bit like walking into Rose Hancock’s house and not noticing the chandeliers – the money at Hillsong just leaps out at you.

Houston says that while he draws a wage, he donates it back to the church. “I want to make it clear that I cost this church nothing, I want that on the record.” He earns some of his money, he says, as a property developer, “being a silent partner with a couple of guys from the church in building developments”, but he gets “the vast majority” of his money from overseas speaking engagements at other charismatic churches. He and Bobbie also get the royalties from those “Christian resources” out the front of the church.

Phillip Powell, a Pentecostal preacher and a former general secretary of the Assemblies of God (the umbrella group of which Houston is now president), says Houston’s overseas speaking engagements are at churches whose own senior pastors are “on the circuit”. Powell, who has set up a “watchdog ministry”, Christian Witness Ministries, in part to monitor Hillsong, says, “They get paid huge amounts of money to speak at each other’s churches. The money goes to Brian, but his profile comes from Hillsong.” It is a bit like the Pope charging for speaking engagements, and then keeping the cash. (Houston says Powell’s sentiments are “pitiful comments from a pitiful man who knows nothing of Hillsong or of me”.)

The Hillsong church structure is tightly controlled. The general manager, Brian Aghajanian (also an elder), says the elders are nominated “by Brian or the other elders”. No elections? “No, we feel that people might stand who don’t have a great understanding of the way the church works or have the same vision we have for the church,” Aghajanian says.

What we do know is that Houston wears a watch worth thousands of dollars, he owns an enormous house overlooking a bush valley, in a suburb of other enormous houses, at Glenhaven. He also owns a picturesque spread on the Hawkesbury River, near Windsor, just west of Sydney, gets paid handsomely to speak overseas and is a property developer – and he’s not ashamed of any of it.

“Look,” he says, “I can tell you that if I was in business, and held this sort of position, I would be earning three times as much. I don’t do it for the money.”

So, you couldn’t see Jesus running into Hillsong and overturning the cash registers,as he famously did with the money changers in the temple? “Absolutely not,” he says. “Absolutely not. Because the spirit of those people was … the house of God wasn’t even about God any more. It was about, you know, it had become a marketplace inside the temple – it wasn’t about Christian resources, resources that are helping people. It [the books and tapes and CDs] are not just about making money, it is about putting tools in people’s hands.

[But] I have no problem if it makes a profit.”

So, what exactly is in those Christian resources? One particularly irresistible title is Bobbie’s three-tape boxed set Kingdom Women Love Sex ($22, also available on CD). In it, Bobbie explains why it is important for Christians to be good at “it”. “We need to be good at sex ourselves so that if the world happens to come knocking we can tell the story of God in our lives,” Bobbie says, on the tape. “Without being lurid or untruthful – hello! – we can say [she whispers], ‘I have a great marriage and a great sex life’ – wink wink, nudge nudge. Yeah, truly.”

Bobbie also offers some practical advice.

Fat is out. Do some exercise. “If I carry weight I feel like a retard … How are you going to do anything to surprise your man when you need a hydraulic crane just to turn over in bed?” Have plastic surgery, if it makes you feel better and it is for the right reasons, and “girls, pelvic floor exercises – can you believe I am saying this? – you know, I have heard that orgasm is not as strong if you are really sloppy in that area”.

As Bobbie says, “When you are doing what is correct in God there is a protection over your life. Like – hello! – it is just there. So it is a very powerful thing. Amen. Yeah, fully.”

There have been some dramas in the House of Camelot in the past few years. Houston had to sack one of his senior preachers and good friends, Pat Mesiti, after it was revealed he’d been visiting prostitutes. And then Brian’s father, former minister Frank Houston, confessed to being a pedophile.

Finding out his father had abused a child back in New Zealand was, Houston tells me, “like the jets flying into the twin towers of my soul”. It was, understandably, one of the hardest issues he has ever had to deal with. “Basically I received a complaint, so I confronted my father and he admitted it.” Houston removed his father from all roles in the church, but did not contact police in New Zealand because the victim was old enough to do that himself. He said that he was candid with his congregation, although he has been criticised for not acting quickly enough.

“I told our church what had happened [several months after he found out], but as soon as I found out I told the elders of this church and the Assemblies of God,” Houston says. “To my congregation, when I told them, I used words like predator and sexual abuse and so on – I did not try to hide it.”

It is a matter that appears unlikely to go away, and Houston tells me that, since the initial allegation was made public, other alleged victims have come forward. Good Weekend understands that another alleged male victim of his father is “extremely unhappy” with his treatment by the church and is currently considering civil action.

Bobbie says that the sexual abuse claims were the hardest thing her husband has ever had to confront. “But the leader in him rose and I think that is what endeared the congregation to us. This issue is rampant through society and you don’t have to be Blind Willy to see that – sorry, blind Freddy, I always get my sayings wrong – but as a church we are dealing with those issues.”

Phillip Powell, the watchdog, says he doesn’t believe Brian Houston has dealt adequately with a whole range of issues within his church regarding accountability, and says he will continue to monitor the work of Hillsong. “There are alarm bells and people need to ring them,” he says.

On one of the Sundays I attend a Hillsong service, Anne Luckwell, a 36-year-old administration officer with the Harvey Norman retail chain, is excitedly waiting to be baptised. She joined the church six months ago and is now ready to “dedicate my life to the Lord”. She has a child and has been through a rough time. “I lived with a man for 15 years and we were splitting up – he said he was not going to give me anything from the house [he owned] in the settlement.” She says that now, since she found Hillsong, she has come to an agreement with her former partner for a share of the house. It has as much to do with the law as it has with the Lord, but still she attributes the agreement to Hillsong. I call her up a few days later to see how she feels, post-baptism. “Not too good, actually,” she croaks. “I’ve got the flu. I think it’s because of the wet hair.” Still, she says, she’ll be back in church next Sunday, ready to hear the word of Brian – and, of course, willing to give in order to receive

My comments:

SMH article: 

“Once inside, the first thing the faithful strike is not a crucifix or stained-glass window (the building is devoid of Christian symbolism), but a vast bookshop, of sleek frosted glass and wood, where dozens wait by the till for books and tapes and CDs – or, as they like to call them here at Hillsong Church, “Christian resources” – from around the world. Most prominent, and with almost half the shop to themselves, are the titles by Brian Houston and his wife Bobbie, Hillsong’s senior pastors”.

My comment:

The observation, “with almost half the shop to themselves, are the titles by Brian Houston and his wife Bobbie, Hillsong’s senior pastors” is perceptive.

This shameless promotion and taking massive royalties and cuts for themselves is still done to this day 13 years later by Brian and Bobbie Houston.

SMH article: 

“All this comes with Brian’s guarantee – from More Money – that “anyone who puts the Kingdom of God first (rich or poor) can expect bible economics to work in their life NOW””.

My comment:

This is one of Brian Houston’s eternal themes: Money. Money. And more money.

Except this avarice won’t get you God’s favour and his skewered Prosperity Gospel is not what Biblical New Testament Christianity is all about.

New Testament Christianity is not about seeking riches but about living in humility and walking with the Lord.

SMH article:

“Tim Costello wants to know how much of the Hillsong wealth is going to Brian and Bobbie. “The churches have an enormously privileged position in society – not only do they not pay tax, but they are exempt from many of the fringe benefit rules as well. As a result, they need to be open and fully accountable. Anyone can walk into my church and find out exactly how much I earn, what car I drive, whatever, including any other associated monies I might earn from being a minister. I would like to ask the same of Hillsong.”

So I do. Brian Houston’s open, good-guy demeanour disappears. No, he will not tell me what he or Bobbie earns. “All you guys [the media] want to know about is the money,” he says. “You don’t want to know about the church.” Well, it’s a bit like walking into Rose Hancock’s house and not noticing the chandeliers – the money at Hillsong just leaps out at you”.

My comment:

This was 2003 and it’s still the same secrecy and defensiveness about the millions the Houstons and the senior pastors skim off Hillsong cash for themselves each year. Nothing is revealed in any detail. Most is hidden. There is a sinister secrecy here. A non-Biblical deceit and deception.

SMH article: 

“Houston says that while he draws a wage, he donates it back to the church. “I want to make it clear that I cost this church nothing, I want that on the record.” He earns some of his money, he says, as a property developer, “being a silent partner with a couple of guys from the church in building developments”, but he gets “the vast majority” of his money from overseas speaking engagements at other charismatic churches. He and Bobbie also get the royalties from those “Christian resources” out the front of the church”.

My comment:

Don’t believe a word of it. Brian and Bobbie Houston and their family skim millions off Hillsong each year. Period.

SMH article:

“Phillip Powell, a Pentecostal preacher and a former general secretary of the Assemblies of God (the umbrella group of which Houston is now president), says Houston’s overseas speaking engagements are at churches whose own senior pastors are “on the circuit”. Powell, who has set up a “watchdog ministry”, Christian Witness Ministries, in part to monitor Hillsong, says, “They get paid huge amounts of money to speak at each other’s churches. The money goes to Brian, but his profile comes from Hillsong.” It is a bit like the Pope charging for speaking engagements, and then keeping the cash. (Houston says Powell’s sentiments are “pitiful comments from a pitiful man who knows nothing of Hillsong or of me”.)”

My comment:

Pastor Phillip Powell, who died last year, hounded the founder of Hillsong, Brian’s father Frank Houston for decades about his secret pedophilia until it was investigated. Well done Phillip Powell.

Then he hounded Brian for decades about his Prosperity Gospel, money orientation and other things he felt Hillsong was off-track about. “Good on ya” Phillip Powell.

Brian Houston’s response: “(Houston says Powell’s sentiments are “pitiful comments from a pitiful man who knows nothing of Hillsong or of me”.)”

Pastor Phillip Powell knew more about Hillsong than anyone outside the Hillsong inner circle and he got right up Brian’s nose in the same way that Tanya Levin, the Hillsong critic does today.

SMH article:

“It [the books and tapes and CDs] are not just about making money, it is about putting tools in people’s hands.

[But] I have no problem if it makes a profit.”

So, what exactly is in those Christian resources? One particularly irresistible title is Bobbie’s three-tape boxed set Kingdom Women Love Sex ($22, also available on CD). In it, Bobbie explains why it is important for Christians to be good at “it”. “We need to be good at sex ourselves so that if the world happens to come knocking we can tell the story of God in our lives,” Bobbie says, on the tape. “Without being lurid or untruthful – hello! – we can say [she whispers], ‘I have a great marriage and a great sex life’ – wink wink, nudge nudge. Yeah, truly.”

Bobbie also offers some practical advice.

Fat is out. Do some exercise. “If I carry weight I feel like a retard … How are you going to do anything to surprise your man when you need a hydraulic crane just to turn over in bed?” Have plastic surgery, if it makes you feel better and it is for the right reasons, and “girls, pelvic floor exercises – can you believe I am saying this? – you know, I have heard that orgasm is not as strong if you are really sloppy in that area”.

As Bobbie says, “When you are doing what is correct in God there is a protection over your life. Like – hello! – it is just there. So it is a very powerful thing. Amen. Yeah, fully.”

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My comment:

As a Christian, I really find some of Bobbie’s comments quite embarrassing, even over 12 years after she said them.

Bobbie explains: “In it, Bobbie explains why it is important for Christians to be good at “it”. “We need to be good at sex ourselves so that if the world happens to come knocking we can tell the story of God in our lives,” Bobbie says, on the tape. “Without being lurid or untruthful – hello! – we can say [she whispers], “I have a great marriage and a great sex life” – wink wink, nudge nudge. Yeah, truly.””

The mind boggles. Bobbie Houston the sex athlete of the Pentecostal movement world-wide.

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SMH article:

“Fat is out. Do some exercise. “If I carry weight I feel like a retard … How are you going to do anything to surprise your man when you need a hydraulic crane just to turn over in bed?” Have plastic surgery, if it makes you feel better and it is for the right reasons, and “girls, pelvic floor exercises – can you believe I am saying this? – you know, I have heard that orgasm is not as strong if you are really sloppy in that area”.

As Bobbie says, “When you are doing what is correct in God there is a protection over your life. Like – hello! – it is just there. So it is a very powerful thing. Amen. Yeah, fully.””

My comments:

Bobbie explains: “If I carry weight I feel like a retard…Have plastic surgery…girls, pelvic floor exercises – can you believe I am saying this? – you know, I have heard that orgasm is not as strong if you are really sloppy in that area”.

Oh no Bobbie…”really sloppy in that area”. AHHHH

No sloppiness

Bobbie: No sloppiness

I’ve got a copy of these tapes of Bobbie’s about “Kingdom women love sex” and all that. Can’t wait to review them. This is the wackiest stuff I’ve ever heard a Christian pastor say in my life of 59 years.

SMH article:

“There have been some dramas in the House of Camelot in the past few years. Houston had to sack one of his senior preachers and good friends, Pat Mesiti, after it was revealed he’d been visiting prostitutes. And then Brian’s father, former minister Frank Houston, confessed to being a pedophile.

Finding out his father had abused a child back in New Zealand was, Houston tells me, “like the jets flying into the twin towers of my soul”. It was, understandably, one of the hardest issues he has ever had to deal with. “Basically I received a complaint, so I confronted my father and he admitted it.” Houston removed his father from all roles in the church, but did not contact police in New Zealand because the victim was old enough to do that himself. He said that he was candid with his congregation, although he has been criticised for not acting quickly enough”.

My comment: 

This is what I’ve been writing for over three years on this blog site. Brian was telling the media and had it on the Hillsong website that my “father had abused a child back in New Zealand”. This is what he told this reporter. This is the lie Brian told for 14 plus years until the Royal Commission in October 2014 set him straight. In 2003 Brian knew of at least nine boy and young teen male victims of his father Frank Houston’s sexual abuse. This is why Brian Houston is a pathological liar.

Brian also told the reporter this:

“Houston removed his father from all roles in the church, but did not contact police in New Zealand because the victim was old enough to do that himself. He said that he was candid with his congregation, although he has been criticised for not acting quickly enough”.

Brian is finding out that it’s irrelevant whether the victim wanted to contact the Police. As a Christian pastor Brian had a responsibility under NSW Child Protection Laws to report his father Frank Houston to the NSW Police immediately in 1999.

This is why Brian Houston is in massive trouble today.

Please also note that the Sydney Australian boy victim AHA was the main reason Frank Houston got sacked and that Brian did not disclose to the SMH reporter that the victim was from Sydney. This is because Brian was being a cunning fox that is. He didn’t foresee that the long arm of the Law would catch up eventually with his spin and blatant lies.

SMH article:

“Bobbie says that the sexual abuse claims were the hardest thing her husband has ever had to confront. “But the leader in him rose and I think that is what endeared the congregation to us. This issue is rampant through society and you don’t have to be Blind Willy to see that – sorry, blind Freddy, I always get my sayings wrong – but as a church we are dealing with those issues.””

My comment:

Bobbie told the SMH reporter: “Blind Willy to see that – sorry, blind Freddy, I always get my sayings wrong – but as a church we are dealing with those issues.””

Bobbie is being sloppy and committed a Freudian slip. She was still thinking about her sexy videos and books and said “Blind Willy”- meaning Brian. This sounds crude but it was Bobbie who said it.

Bobbie also revealed, “I always get my sayings wrong”. Like Brian she is a molester and saboteur of the Queen’s English. In this way they suit each other. Two street-wise hustlers without a sound education leading a working class church in Sydney’s Western suburbs and other places to hell.

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Padre Pasquale “Pat” Mesiti of Hillsong Mexican Millionaire’s Mindset Club: “Hand over your cash and I’ll make you rich”.