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I’ve been contacted by a high up Hillsong insider who believes that Hillsong has gone off the rails and wants to tell their story.

This article is the sixth in a series of articles publishing the eye-witness testimonies of this Hillsong insider.

Hillsong insider speaks:

“Dear Donald

That particular incident with Aboriginal kids stealing stuff from the Hillsong City premises was 2004 and 2005.

At the same time there was a community Hillsong female pastor from the America. She was a reformed prostitute and drug addict.

She started to help people out down at The Block in Redfern. (edit: ‘The Block’ in Redfern is the name given to an area inhabited by Sydney aborigines near Redfern Railway Station a few kilometres south of the City fringe)

She was amazing.

She had been to the Hillsong Bible College. She didn’t fit in as a Hillsong pastor because she was down to earth and Hillsong pastors must be stuck up, snobby, ‘above others’ types of people

She got a bashing more than once from locals and copped heaps of verbal abuse from the Hillsong pastors who were mad at her.

The Hillsong pastors couldn’t cope with all the problems that the Aboriginal kids and older Aboriginals she brought around to Hillsong City church. Those types of people can’t cope with Aboriginals from The Block because the Redfern Aboriginal are poor, down and out, on welfare and have no cash. The kids have had the worst life, and most were white trash or black kids

She has a gift from God for people who are down and out”.

My comments:

The writer Donald Elley

The writer Donald Elley of Bellingen

The beautiful Aboriginal people, the historic owners of all of Australia for at least 40,000 years, walked down from Papua New Guinea, East Timor and Indonesia when the earth’s sea level was much lower and there was a land isthmus between the Asian Continent and Australia.

Prior to the coming of the White Man from Europe and the UK, the beautiful extremely sensitive, yet hardy and smart Aboriginal people lived a natural nomadic lifestyle, living off the land.

If you want to get an insight into the Aboriginal, the movie ‘Ten Canoes’ is a good starting point.

In Australian city and regional libraries there are heaps of old photographic portrayals of the Aboriginal at the turn of the nineteenth century and prior to photography, numerous beautiful paintings recorded Aboriginal life when the First Settlers arrived and formed a penal colony in the 18th century.

‘Ten Canoes’ is the only movie I’ve ever been to when I was the only person in the cinema. It was an afternoon session at the Verona Cinema in Paddington, Sydney. I’m not sure what the interest was in the movie but it was nice to sit there in the dark with no sounds of people talking during the movie, and no sounds of people eating lollies or potato crisps.

Ten Canoes

Ten Canoes

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Ten Canoes

From Wikipedia

Directed by Rolf de Heer and Peter Djigirr

Produced by Rolf de Heer

Julie Ryan

Written by Rolf de Heer

Starring Jamie Gulpilil

Narrated by David Gulpilil

Cinematography Ian Jones

Edited by Tania Nehme

Distributed by Palace Films

Release dates 29 June 2006

Running time 92 minutes

Country Australia

Language Yolngu Matha


Budget A$2,200,000

Box office A$3,000,000

Ten Canoes is a 2006 Australian period drama film directed by Rolf de Heer and Peter Djigirr and starring Crusoe Kurddal. The title of the film arose from discussions between de Heer and David Gulpilil about a photograph of ten canoeists poling across the Arafura Swamp, taken by anthropologist Donald Thomson in 1936. It is the first ever movie entirely filmed in Australian Aboriginal languages.

The film is set in Arnhem Land, in a time before Western contact, and tells the story of a group of ten men hunting goose eggs. The leader of the group, Minygululu, tells the young Dayindi (Jamie Gulpilil) a story about another young man even further back in time who, like Dayindi, coveted his elder brother’s youngest wife. The sequences featuring Dayindi and the hunt are in black and white, while shots set in distant past are in colour. All protagonists speak in indigenous languages of the Yolŋu Matha language group, with subtitles. The film is narrated in English by David Gulpilil, although versions of the film without narration, and featuring narration in Yolŋu Matha, are also available.

Minygululu tells a story of the great warrior Ridjimiraril, who suspects a visiting stranger of kidnapping his second wife. In a case of mistaken identity, Ridjimiraril kills a member of a neighbouring tribe. To prevent all-out war, tribal laws dictate that the offending tribe allow the offender to be speared from a distance by the tribe of the slain man. The offender is allowed to be accompanied by a companion, and he takes his younger brother. Whenever one of the two is hit, the spear-throwers will stop, and justice will have been served. Ridjimiraril is hit and mortally wounded but survives long enough to return to his camp, where he is tended to by his eldest wife. After he finally succumbs, the elder brother’s kidnapped second wife finds her way back to the camp. She reveals that she had been kidnapped by a different tribe, much farther away and had taken this long to return. She mourns her lost husband, who had attacked the wrong tribe, though now she and the elder wife take his younger brother as their new husband. The younger brother, who was only interested in the youngest of the three wives, now has to care for all of them, and satisfying their many and constant demands is much more than he bargained for.

Minygululu tells this story in the hope that Dayindi learns of the added responsibilities of a husband and elder statesman in the tribe, and in the end we see Dayindi withdrawing from his pursuit of Minygululu’s young wife.

Cast and crew
Crusoe Kurddal is from Maningrida and speaks Gunwinggu. Other actors and actresses from Ramingining speak various dialects of the Yolngu Matha language family.

My comments:

At Hillsong City Church we have a clash of cultures. Sure an enthusiastic America pastor came to Hillsong and tried to cut it with the Aboriginal at Redfern. From the Hillsong Insiders account she made a good fist of it.

But Hillsong Pastors like Pastor Steve McGhie, Brian Houston’s brother-in-law, lack the historical knowledge and insight, spiritual and cultural sensitivity, street smarts and Holy Spirit anointing to cut any ground with the Aboriginal.

On the contrary, Hillsong pastors like Pastor Steve McGhie are more likely to offend all of Hillsong’s neighbours, and especially the Aboriginal, rather than build cultural and spiritual bridges to them.

Pastor Steve McGhie’s choice of movies is probably action movies like ‘Rambo First Blood’ or ‘Terminator’.

“Ten Canoes’ would be lost on Pastor Steve McGhie. He’d probably fall asleep in the first 15 minutes.

Pastor Steve McGhie

Pastor Steve McGhie. Hillsong pastor. Great White Hunter. Culturally insensitive.

Hillsong's gospel of greed and avarice.

Hillsong’s gospel of greed and avarice.










I’ve been contacted by a high up Hillsong insider who believes that Hillsong has gone off the rails and wants to tell their story.

This article is the fifth in a series of articles publishing the eye-witness testimonies of this Hillsong insider.

Hillsong insider speaks:

“Dear Donald

Pastor Steve McGhie and his wife Judith (Brian Houston’s sister) are the most corrupt people in the Hillsong church.

Steve McGhie has a hatred towards Aboriginals. He treats them badly and has rough-handled them at times, when they’ve misbehaved inside Hillsong premises at Waterloo. (Hillsong City Campus).

Pastor Steve McGhie

Pastor Steve McGhie. Great White Hunter. Steve proudly framed by the antlers of a deer he slew in New Zealand. Hates Aboriginals.


Pastor Joel A’Bell, formerly a Hillsong Youth Pastor, and now head of Hillsong Australia, is a snake. He’ll be nice to you and stab you in the back. Pastor Joel A’Bell has a love of power.


Joel A'Bell

Pastor Joel A’Bell. Head of Hillsong Australia. Back-stabber.


It’s all ‘jobs for the boys’ at Hillsong. A “if you scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours” culture, where morality and ethics take a second place.

Mateship and nepotism are the currency of the Hillsong culture. This culture revolves around money and finance. Pastor Joel Houston, Pastor Bobbie and Brian Houston’s eldest son, before he became prominent in the Hillsong Youth Band, and later become co-pastor at Hillsong New York City, had a printing business. He was given all of Hillsong’s printing business which is massive. This is blatant shameless nepotism.


Joel Houston. Mummy and daddy look after me financially.

Joel Houston. “Mummy and daddy look after me financially”. It’s the Houston and Hillsong way.


There was a big fallout between Darlene Zschech and Pastors Brian and Bobbie Houston before Darlene and her husband Mark left Hillsong to form their own church on the Central Coast, an hour north of Sydney. Darlene didn’t want the high rock and roll Hillsong was getting into under its Hillsong Alive band run by Pastor Joel Houston. Darlene wanted worship to be more worshipful and she wanted to be there for the people. Pastor Brian Houston is led by money not love for people. Pastor Brian Houston, his wife Bobbie and his son Joel wanted the high rock and roll. Now Hillsong has to beg and scrap to Darlene if they want her to sing, because they want to trade on her name still in their promotions by having her sing occasionally for them.

In respect to Bobbie Houston, Pastor Brian Houston’s wife, I don’t know how Brian puts up with her. She’s just a nag. Bobbie is a princess who can do whatever she wants. In fact at one Colour Conference she said, “This is my conference and I’ll do whatever I like”. Who pays for Bobbie’s cosmetic surgery? Hillsong does.

Hillsong is just corporate now. It’s about business, business, business. It’s a job for the full-time staff rather than a Christian ministry of heart-felt service, like the Lord Jesus Christ wanted the Church of Jesus to be.

Joel Houston is a bit of a fool. Joel’s best mate made out he had terminal cancer and achieved fame throughout Australia for it. His name is Michael Guglielmucci. Then he was found out to have lied about it.

Joel is out for fame. I knew Brian’s kids in the pram. All the Houston kids are power-mad. All their spouses married into money.

Joel Houston has an immense sense of entitlement. Joel’s attitude is “I’m in Hillsong. I’m Brian Houston’s son”.


Pastor Joel Houston. Great sense of entitlement. Joel Houston:

Pastor Joel Houston. Immense sense of entitlement. “I’m Joel Houston, I’m Brian Houston’s son”


All the young Hillsong City church pastors have homes and apartments in the beach-side Eastern Suburbs of Sydney bought with Hillsong church financial assistance. If they need money to buy an apartment, cash gets put into their account to help them get the loan, and then it is moved out once the loan is approved. All the young pastors at the Hillsong City Church get helped in ways like this. It’s “jobs for the boys”. Hillsong Bible College teaching is all about the Hillsong business and about milking the system.

Brian Houston has a very bad temper. His overall attitude is “I’m the great Brian Houston”. Bobbie and Brian Houston live a life of luxury and excess.


Pastor Brian Houston. Bad temper. Sometimes violent.

Pastor Brian Houston. Anger management issues. Has a bad temper. Sometimes violent.

The life of Brian

The life of Brian


“Hillsong keeps records on members, just like a cult”.

My comments:

The writer Donald Elley

The writer Donald Elley of Bellingen (and Bondi).


I’m not surprised by these comments by this Hillsong insider. I’ve sensed these things and heard about Hillsong greed, avarice, corruption and nepotism for over three decades, since Pastor Brian Houston launched out in Sydney’s Western Suburbs under the banner of Christian Life Centre Baulkham Hills. It was later renamed Hillsong. It’s gotten worse and worse over the past three decades.

In the early days in the early 1980s, Brian Houston, who I knew personally and built his first office out west, wasn’t harmless but he wasn’t evil like he is today. He was always pushy, arrogant and a bit of a block-head. But more of a bone-headed wombat than any serious threat. Now he’s an out-of-control monster from Hades the devil has unleashed on the earth to deceive and torment Christendom. The Pope is less harmful. Not really they’re both the same. Deceived. From the House of Babylon. Religious frauds. No Protestant should believe a word Pope Francis or Pope Brian Houston say. They’re as dumb as each other.


Finally the great man, Pope Pete of Baulkham Hills. Welcome again to my blog site

Pope Brian Houston of Hillsong. A fraud. Don’t believe him. Don’t listen to him. Don’t buy his books. Don’t buy Hillsong CDs, DVDs or anything else. Don’t waste your precious hard-earned cash. Whatever you do don’t tithe to Hillsong. Don’t help the Great Babylon. Let it rot.


Brian is now a bully. A wilful, stubborn, arrogant, pushy, bad-tempered, conceited, incredibly greedy, heartless and unkind man.

Brian slammed the phone down on his father Frank Houston’s boy victim AHA, who is now in his 50s, when he lost his rag with him.


Brian Houston. Phone slammer. Outbursts of anger. Bully. Stubborn. Rude. A lot of dysfunction behind the spin and smiles.

Brian Houston. Phone slammer. Outbursts of anger. Bully. Stubborn. Rude. A lot of dysfunction behind the spin and smiles.


There are zero fruits of the Holy Spirit in this man, Brian Houston’s, life. He is one of the greatest con-artists and charlatans, like his father the corrupt life-long pedophile Pastor Frank Houston, to ever have walked on God’s earth.

I’m sure these kinds of thoughts, comments and observations of this Hillsong insider are shared by many astute people, who are either still in Hillsong, and are feeling kinda disillusioned, or have left Hillsong and are feeling traumatised by their experiences there, feel it was like being in a cult, but are glad their out, or they have relatives or friends who go to Hillsong and feel that something is very wrong.

If you’d like to offer some comments about your experiences with Hillsong, please feel free to comment in the comment’s box at the bottom of any article on this site. It would be more helpful to readers of this site to comment on this series of articles about the Hillsong inner culture. If you have a longer story to tell, I’m happy to publish any bona fide stories of Hillsong scandals, corruption, or of the dysfunctional Hillsong culture and activities.

This site, my personal blog-site, is the most influential and widely read blog-site about the Houstons and Hillsong. There are people from all over the world reading it. Please feel free to contribute.


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