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Hillsong Summercamp, no different from secular rock-off summer festivals except “Jesus” and Christian themes replacing secular lyrics and themes. Mindless soul-power.

Donald Elley of Bellingen:

I wrote the article below on November 7, 2015 after a Hillsong insider supplied me with more insights into Hillsong’s multiple dysfunctions.

I left Hillsong in 2000, never to set foot in another Hillsong Palace of Carnality. A series of Hillsong insiders and media scoops on Hillsong has kept me updated since then.

Things haven’t changed since 2015 when I wrote the article below.

No Christian parent, or any parent for that matter, should allow their young people anywhere near Hillsong or “Hillsong Youth Festivals” and “Hillsong Summer Camps”.

Batman Brian: “Robbing Pat, you sure laid the foundation for what is happening now in Hillsong Youth”. Pat Robbing: “You taught me everything I know, O Great Pasta Brian Battie-Man. You’re the greatest“.

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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 18th in a series of articles publishing the eye-witness testimonies of this Hillsong insider.

Hillsong Insider speaks:

7 November 2015

“Dear Donald

I was told last night about the covering up of lots of premarital sex in the Youth of Hillsong by the Hillsong City Church Youth Pastors Nathan and April Miller.

April Miller was the babysitting young lady for Julie and Joel A’Bell.

Now April and her husband Nathan run Hillsong Youth.

Cover ups include the covering up of how a young girl was forced to have sex at a Hillsong Youth Festival by two young men.

I’ve been told about how the reports of this incident are lost, and now after a time, it’s coming out from people who know the facts about it to people who were serving in the Hillsong Security teams.

Also at Hillsong Youth Festivals there has been under age drinking and smoking occurs and drugs were found at the Festivals”.

My comments:

When things get big like at Hillsong Church it’s very hard to control what goes on in the Youth department, especially when a Christian Church is void of the Blessed Holy Spirit, like Hillsong is.

Can loud rock-off music, enthusiastic lifestyle preaching, lasers, CGI and light-shows, and all the mod-cons of modern Hillsong life impart holiness into young people? It’s all a big festival and emporium of delusion and soul-power.

Cover-ups

Pastor Brian Houston and Hillsong have a policy and a practice of two types of leadership broom strokes.

Pastor Brian, the Hillsong Pastors, and the Hillsong helpers sweep dissenters out the Hillsong door. Aboriginal troublemaking kids, lesbian “lady lovers”, as Hillsong Pastor Steve McGhie likes to call them, and little old ladies who bring little dogs to their church in their hand-bags. All go “see ya later” out the Hillsong door.

The second broom-stroke is to sweep everything under the Hillsong carpet. Scandals. Rumours that the Hillsong founder Frank Houston molested heaps of little boys and young males. Underage sex in Hillsong Youth. The use of drugs in Hillsong Youth. The consumption of alcohol in Hillsong Youth. A young woman being forced by two young men to have sex at a Hillsong Youth Festival. Pastors like “Pastor” Pat Mesiti, former head of Hillsong Youth Alive, seeing prostitutes on a Hillsong credit card and betraying his first wife by chasing down, bedding and marrying a young Hillsong worship leader. The number of victims of the founder of Hillsong Frank Houston’s abuse.

The carpet of Hillsong is bulging and bursting like a Pandora’s Box with scandals and secrets.

Pandora’s Box

Pandora’s box is an artifact in Greek mythology, taken from the myth of Pandora’s creation in Hesiod’s Works and Days. The “box” was actually a large jar (πίθος pithos) given to Pandora (Πανδώρα, “all-gifted”, “all-giving”), which contained all the evils of the world.

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Donald Elley of Bellingen December 29, 2021:

When I Worte this article six years ago in 2015, a number of events hadn’t transpired.

Back then, we didn’t know Brian Houston would be charged by Australian police in August this year for the criminal offence of concealing a pedophile. That is, Brian concealing his pedophile father Frank Houston from police when Frank confessed in 1999.

And we didn’t know that Hillsong’s first gay marriage of Hillsong New York City’s worship leader Josh Canfield would fold when Joel split with his male partner Reed Kelly in early 2016.

In this article, I said that I have established 13 boy sex abuse victims of Frank Houston. Today I can’t put a number on how many because the number is now meteoric and unmeasurable. Hundreds. Thousands. Maybe over two thousand boy victims.

Donald Elley of Bellingen November 16, 2015:

The article below was published last Saturday in the Good Weekend section of the Sydney Morning Herald.

It’s pretty light-weight, the issues it raises have been covered many times before, and it doesn’t ask the hard questions, so it’s going to need my help to get it where it should be.

I’ll publish it now in full and make helpful comments as I go through it.

I’ll also add my pictures and images.

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Josh Canfield Hillsong NYC gay worship leader with gay live-in partner Reed.

Josh Canfield Hillsong New York City gay worship leader with gay live-in partner Reed. Josh helpfully informs us: “Our relationship is not yet consummated”, whatever that means, even though they live together and host a home bible study with their gay friends (in their bedroom?).

The Sydney Morning Herald (SMH) article:

Inside the Hillsong Church’s money-making machine

Sydney Morning Herald

November 14, 2015

Reporter: Deborah Snow

While Hillsong’s charismatic leader Brian Houston presides over a glitzy religious empire, he has not only had to face a Royal Commission grilling, but questions over theology, money and his church’s treatment of homosexuals.

My picture and comments:

Hi. I'm Bobbie Houston. Darlings, can't talk now. My ride is waiting. Going down to Double Bay to see my hairdresser and pop in to my Cosmetic Surgeon for a little touch-up.

Hi. I’m Bobbie Houston, Brian’s wife. “Darlings, can’t talk now. My chauffeur is waiting. Going down to Double Bay to see my hairdresser and pop in to my Cosmetic Surgeon for a little touch-up”.

The SMH article:

The charismatic leader of the Hillsong Church divides with his stance on homosexuality, wealth creation and the way he handled his father’s child abuse.

Sydney’s Allphones Arena looms out of the chilly dusk on a late June evening like one of painter Jeffrey Smart’s visions of urban dystopia.

Inside the cavernous space, the senior pastor and co-founder of the Hillsong Church, Brian Houston, is prowling the stage before more than 20,000 mesmerised souls who have flocked here for the opening of the church’s week-long annual conference, famed for its spectacle, fiery preaching and rock-concert atmosphere.

My picture and comments:

Pope Pete, the hip-hop groovy cool youth Pope of Baulkham Hills, Sydney , Australia. Formerly plain old Brian Houston from the bland grey suburb of Lower Hutt, Wellington, New Zealand.

Pope Pete, the hip-hop groovy cool Youth Pope of Baulkham Hills, Sydney, Australia. Formerly plain old Brian Houston from the bland grey suburb of Lower Hutt, Wellington, New Zealand.

The SMH article:

“I think my father was homosexual, a closet homosexual. I’m no psychiatrist … but I think whatever frustrations he had, he took out on children”.

My picture and comments:

Pastor Frank Houston. Lifelong pedophile. Answerable to God.

Pastor Frank Houston. Lifelong secret pedophile. Started abusing little boys aged 7 to 12 when he was in his teens, By the age of 20 he was a hardened pedophile. The covert secret pedophile Frank Houston decided that the Christian ministry was the best way to break down the defence mechanisms of good wholesome trusting Christian families and access their little boys and young males. The criminal pedophile Frank Houston probably sexually abused over 400 boys and young males in his lifetime, probably including his two sons, Brian and Graeme. Graeme refuses to go to church and Brian is in denial. I have definite proof through reliable testimony of victims of 13 boy and young teen victims, but mainly little boys aged 7 to 11. This is only the tip of the iceberg. The criminal pedophile Frank Houston was an extremely active pedophile for his whole adult lifetime. He confessed to his son Brian that he was “very active as a pedophile in the 1960s and 1970s”. This was when he was in his 40s and 50s”. This is when he sexually abused all the little boys that I know of. In the 1980s he switched his homosexual desires to young males in their 20s and 30s. He surrounded himself with young men in this demography at Christian Life Centre, Darlinghurst in the 1980s and 1990s. This was the first name of Hillsong. The criminal pedophile Frank Houston moved to Sydney to escape looming criminal charges for an out-of-control pedophile spree in New Zealand.

The SMH article:

The faithful, the curious, the spiritually hungry: they’re packed to the roof in tight rows, eyes fixed on this master showman. At 61, Houston seems the embodiment of Hillsong’s promise: olive-skinned, unlined brow, gleaming teeth, designer stubble, and powerful build set off by jeans, open-neck shirt and tailored jacket. A veritable poster boy for the boomer generation.

My picture and comments:

I wonder if Brian will ever be led away like this.

I wonder if Brian will ever be led away like this. He won’t be looking so young and bouncy, as described above, if the NSW Justice System prosecutes him for not reporting his old pedophile dad to the NSW Police in 1999 when he should have, according to his Statutory Duty as a leader of a large Christian organisation. For five years he sheltered his old pedophile dad Frank Houston for until he died, his mortal soul going into God’s Hands.

The SMH article:

He’s in full flight – cajoling, conversing, proselytising – when suddenly he drops like a stone to the stage and launches into a series of push-ups.

My pictures and comments:

When I listen to Brian Houston preaching, I think he’s insane. I think, “how can any rational and conscious human being listen to his trollop?” He’s a bigger bull-shit artist than even Donald Trump.

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The SMH article:

“We are lean, mean kingdom machines, all set for everything that God wants to do in this place. Amen! Amen!” he proclaims, pumping the stage as they stomp and cheer.

“Your words can frame your future,” he tells them. “Speak your faith, start seeing miracles … Owner of your first home! Best-selling author … Mother of handsome sons and beautiful daughters! Businessman who is prosperous and fruitful! Your brother’s salvation, your sister’s healing … Speak it into being! Speak it into being! Speak it into being! Amen!”

My comments: 

Who does Brian Houston think Australians are? A bunch of bogans?

I’d say there aren’t many, if any, articulate, reflective, intelligent, rational people left at Hillsong.

They’ve all been shunted out the Hillsong door.

Brian Houston’s preaching makes me want to puke.

The SMH article:

The uplifting mood is punctured for me two days later when I’m hauled out of my $300 conference seat near the rafters by a burly security guard wearing a Hillsong T-shirt. My sin, apparently, is to have made people “feel uncomfortable” by writing in a notebook and asking the young chap next to me a few questions.

My comments and picture:

In my recent Hillsong Insider series, the Hillsong Insider has been expressing how he feels Hillsong Security are a bunch of thugs, and how Senior Pastor Steve McGhie is an insensitive bogan.

The above incident demonstrates the Hillsong Insiders point. Hillsong have really lost it.

Pastor Steve McGhie

Pastor Steve McGhie. Senior Pastor at Hillsong City Church in Waterloo. Brian Houston’s goof-ball bro-in- law. God help us. God help the naive believing inexperienced Hillsong young faithful.  About Steve McGhie, the Hillsong Insider who I’ve interviewed, says: “Steve McGhie is Racist, Bigoted and Unloving. Steve McGhie has no heart for the poor and downtrodden of Sydney’s Inner City, Hillsong City’s neighbours. That Steve McGhie hates Aboriginal. That he hates lesbians and calls them “lady-lovers” and throws them out the Hillsong door”.

The SMH article:

Brian Houston speaks to the media after appearing at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in October last year.

My photograph and comments:

Brian Houston:

Brian Houston: His gospel is that “Greed is Good”. This is the polar opposite of the words and teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ and the mighty Apostle Paul. Brian Houston doesn’t know the Lord Jesus Christ.

The SMH article:

When I ask Houston some days afterwards about this subtle undercurrent of paranoia, he expresses surprise. He suggests it could have been a response to his stark warnings from the stage about Channel Nine’s A Current Affair, which had been quizzing Hillsongers outside the conference about their financial contributions to the church (a perennial sore point).

“ACA just lies” he says, eyes blazing. “Full stop. You can quote me. They are just liars.”

My photographs and comments:

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Pastor Brian Houston, the criminal pedophile Frank Houston's son. In denial.

Pastor Brian Houston, the criminal pedophile Frank Houston’s son. In denial.

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Brian Houston:

Brian Houston: “Current Affair are liars. They are just liars liars liars. I’m a liar liar liar. My father was a liar liar liar. What am I saying? Bobbie Bobbie Bobbie, My Foxy Princess and the Queen of Hillsong and the Queen of My Soul. My love. My Fair One. I’m feeling faint faint faint. Please bring me some more of those PTSD pills. I think I’m loosing it loosing it loosing it”.

The SMH article:

There’s more bristling when talk turns to the darkest cloud currently sitting on Hillsong’s horizon, the fallout from his appearance at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse last year (of which more later). “In their eyes, I didn’t do a thing right,” he says defiantly. Hillsong’s reputation for being on the thin-skinned side is starting to make some sense.

My photograph and comments:

Big bro Brian Hoston CEO of Hillsong organisation:

Brian Houston CEO of the Hillsong organisation at Day One of the Royal Commission: “Could you please repeat the question… Could you please repeat the question… Could you please repeat the question?” I think Brian’s psychiatrist lowered the dose level of his medications for Day Two of the Royal Commission.

The SMH article:

Our interview takes place in a private suite of rooms upstairs at the sprawling church complex in Alexandria (one of several valuable Sydney sites Hillsong owns) just as he’s about to jet off overseas for three months on church business.

Houston and his equally burnished wife, Bobbie, 58, the reigning couple of Australian Pentecostalism, are riding the crest of a wave that shows no signs of breaking. The Hillsong empire they founded (she, too, is a senior pastor) pulled in tax-free revenues of nearly $80 million in Australia last year and more than $100 million internationally. It is on the ground in 15 countries across Europe, Asia and the Americas, and broadcast in 160 nations. And it’s still growing. “I don’t feel there are any limits on how far we should try and go to reach as many people as we possibly can,” Houston says.

My pictures and comments:

Pastor Brian Houston.

Pastor Brian Houston. “No limits”.

Senior Joint Head Pastor of Hillsong international and the Hillsong Kingdoms stretching to the ends of the earth, as far as the vultures and eagle eyes can see.

Queen Bee Bobbie Houston. Eternal Princess and Queen Bee of the Hillsong Sisterhood. Botoxed to the Brim. Travels the world in luxury. No expense spared. Lives in a Houston McMansion in Glenhaven West Sydney. Only the very best will do for Queen Bobbie. Roars louder than all the Felons of Hillsong. (how do you spell Felions?). Felines, I think. The English language can be trickier than Brian Houston. Queen Bobbie: Senior Joint Head Pastor of Hillsong International based at Baulkham Hills Sydney Australia, and Queen Bee over all the Hillsong Kingdoms stretching to the ends of the earth, as far as the vultures and eagle eyes can see.

The SMH article:

Their three grown children all hold leadership positions within the church (though Houston flatly rejects suggestions it’s looking like a family business).

Sons Ben, 33, and Joel, 37, lead the charge in the US, with Ben having “planted” a Hillsong offshoot in LA and Joel becoming assistant pastor in New York. Daughter Laura, 28, and son-in-law Peter Toganivalu are youth pastors at Hillsong in Sydney.

My pictures and comments:

Joel Houston. Mummy's boy. Mummy spoils her kids rotten.

Joel Houston. Mummy’s boy. Mummy spoils her kids rotten.

“Pastor”Joel Houston. Pampered. Great sense of entitlement. “I’m Amazing. I’m the great Brian Houston’s son…Praise the Lord I’m Amazing”. Co-pastor of Hillsong New York City. Frank Houston’s talented grandson.

“Pastor” Joel Houston and “Pastor” Carl Lentz. Head pastors of Hillsong New York City. Gay lovers.

The SMH article:

There are bible training colleges, a Hillsong Performing Arts Academy, a Hollywood-produced film in the works, and Brian and Bobbie’s many books, CDs and DVDs. Underpinning it all is the hugely successful and lucrative Hillsong United rock band, fronted by Joel, which has soared to stratospheric heights on US Christian music charts.

It’s all too much for critics such as American pastor Chris Rosebrough, who labels Hillsong an “evangelical/ industrial complex” and Houston the “CEO of an international multimedia entertainment company” that “happens to have venues around the world where they do something they call church”.

Rosebrough runs Pirate Christian Radio, an online religious radio network that regularly takes aim at what he calls Hillsong’s “big box” approach to Christianity with its “squishy self-help inspirational messages” and “rock and roll laser light show”. More fundamentally, he takes issue with Hillsong’s theology, accusing Houston of teaching the “Word of Faith heresy”.

“It teaches that God wants you to be rich and prosperous so that you can be a blessing to other people, and that you do this by creating the future with your words,” he tells Good Weekend from his base in North Dakota. “It distorts the scriptures, and it’s a doctrine that wasn’t even taught until American televangelists invented it maybe 30 to 40 years ago.”

A similar queasiness about Hillsong’s messaging is felt by a number of mainstream church leaders here, though there is greater reluctance to say so openly.

“Brian’s intuitive genius is marketing,” says one senior churchman, who asks not to be quoted. “Hillsong is a culture – success, beautiful people, a positive message and nothing negative. The message is, ‘You’re awesome and God is awesome and we are God’s chosen and we have to be seen to be awesome.’ And when you tease out what awesome means, it basically means prosperity. They go very close to going that to be poor is sinful, to be saved successful.”

Sociologist Andrew Jakubowicz, of the University of Technology Sydney, observes that “this is not a church where the leader washes the feet of beggars”.

My picture and comments:

Brian Houston:

Brian Houston: “Greed is good”. “I’d wash the feet of beggars if I knew any but I’d rather get them to tithe their Social Security Pension”.

The SMH article:

But Houston is unapologetic about the self- advancement psychology embedded in Hillsong’s message. “I’d rather give people some hope than no hope,” he says. “We encourage them to look to Jesus and build their lives on the right foundations. My methods are relatable in a world where many say the church is a dying force. And I’m not prepared as a church leader to just sit there and let it die.”

Just as the Murdochs have taken three generations to build an empire, the Houstons have taken three generations to build Hillsong into the behemoth it is today. The more it grows, the more adherents see this as proof of divine endorsement.

“People are not looking for stale religion” with “dilapidated buildings filled with narrow-minded, self-righteous finger pointers”, Houston writes in his most recent book, Live Love Lead, released in July. “I am convinced beyond a doubt that God didn’t create us to live mediocre, settle-for-less lives.”

There was nothing settle-for-less about Brian’s father, William Francis “Frank” Houston, a consummate showman and gifted preacher whom Houston hero- worshipped as a boy. As a youngster, he would wave his dad off “longingly” on ministry trips, “believing that I, too, would do just that one day.”

Yet Frank, the empire-founder, was very nearly its undoing. In 1999, sensational allegations surfaced that he had been a serial paedophile, preying on boys and young men whom he had met through the church.

The revelations were shocking, perhaps less so to those familiar with Frank’s inauspicious start as a churchman. A former New Zealand Salvation Army officer who had left that organisation under a cloud when awkward discrepancies showed up in the local accounts, Frank suffered several nervous breakdowns in young adulthood. At least one episode required hospitalisation. So destitute were he and his young family that at one point they possessed nothing beyond “six forks, two pairs of blankets and an old radio”, according to his stalwart wife, Hazel.

The man who saved Frank Houston was a barnstorming Pentecostal preacher, Ray Bloomfield, who took him on as a kind of apprentice at a church near Auckland in the late 1950s.

Under Bloomfield’s tutelage, Frank became entranced by Pentecostalism, a form of charismatic Christian worship that celebrates exuberant physical manifestations of religious ecstasy such as the incomprehensible babbling known as “speaking in tongues”.

In her 1989 book, Being Frank, Hazel recalled how her husband would kneel in prayer “as close to Ray as possible so that he might experience the gushings of Ray’s tongues”.

When Bloomfield eventually left New Zealand for Canada, he handed his church over to Frank who, by some never fully explained process, became an Assemblies of God minister in his own right. He became an entertaining preacher who would “do crazy things like throw a glass of water over the congregation and make funny jokes – he endeared himself to a lot of people”, recalls one former pastor.

Frank’s enjoyment of the company of young men was noted, but rang no alarm bells at the time. It was always seen as “Frank being this father figure to young, gentle men”.

His fierce ambitions for a successor centred on his second son, Brian, rather than eldest, Graeme, who became a fireman and moved to Britain.

In early 1999, just before the first whiff of scandal hit, Frank issued his own book, The Release of the Human Spirit, in which he described laying hands on the infant Brian and beseeching the Lord to “make this boy grow to be a mighty man of God”.

The Houstons arrived in Sydney in 1977 after a divine visitation ordered Frank to “plant a church” in the harbour city. They set up the Sydney Christian Life Centre, initially in Double Bay, and ran it on a shoestring, with newlyweds Brian (then aged 24) and Bobbie coming out from NZ to help them a year later. Brian washed windows to make ends meet, the younger couple eventually buying themselves what one former friend recalls as a “tiny little bungalow in Kings Langley”.

In 1983, Brian Houston ventured out to nearby Baulkham Hills in the city’s north-west to set up an offshoot of his father’s church, calling it the Hills Christian Life Centre. He chose the Hills, he told the ABC’s Australian Story some years ago, partly because of a hugely successful car dealer out there who “used to be on the TV and sell Holdens. And I thought to myself, ‘If you could build the largest Holden dealership in Australia there, surely it must be somewhere where you could build a church.’ ”

Houston soon hit spiritual pay dirt, teaming up with the man who would become one of his closest friends: gifted musician and former ABC technical operations officer Geoff Bullock, who wrote, directed and produced much of Hillsong’s music in those years (delivering three gold albums and a platinum in the process). A trip to the US in 1989 also proved a turning point.

A wide-eyed Houston was feted by pastors involved with the American Word of Faith movement and came back wearing what Bullock remembers as “the loudest shirts we had ever seen”. Everything else changed, too, according to Bullock: “The focus of Hillsong went from the standard Assemblies of God doctrine, which was more working-class and left-wing, to suddenly the prosperity doctrine.” As Hillsong leapt from success to success, Bullock found himself struggling with the increasingly frenetic pace, his own turmoil, and Houston’s leadership style. He finally parted company with Hillsong in 1995, having taken it to the brink of its international musical success. The rupture was wounding to both men.

Bullock tells Good Weekend: “I had an unshakeable spiritual revelation that it was time to leave. There had always been tensions in our relationship. Brian had a fiery temper and domineering leadership style and I was under relentless pressure.” Bullock’s former wife, Janine, says, “They demanded blood of him, but it still wasn’t enough.”

The sense of betrayal was deep on both sides. Over the ensuing years Houston has repeatedly claimed (without naming Bullock) that he had no warning of the departure of the man he then considered his best friend. Bullock emphatically disputes this.

Most distressing to Bullock – and others who admired his work – is that he has now been effectively airbrushed from Hillsong’s history.

By the late 1990s Hillsong was in gleaming purpose- built premises, and feted enough to have John Howard open its new convention centre in 2002. Brian Houston had by now risen to the hugely influential position of national president of the Assemblies of God (AOG), a movement with which Hillsong was affiliated.

In early 1999 Frank stepped aside from the city branch, asking his son to take over. Few knew Frank was secretly fending off the first of the child sexual abuse allegations that would crash around the church with the force of a tsunami.

In evidence before the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse at the end of last year, Brian Houston said he’d had no inkling of his father’s dark secrets before October 1999.

He spoke of feeling shock and devastation, described how he had confronted his father at the first opportunity and – after convening a meeting of other AOG elders to discuss the crisis – forced Frank to stand aside (albeit on a pension) from further preaching duties.

But the counsel assisting the commission, Simeon Beckett, has taken a sterner view of the matter. Late last year he recommended Houston be referred to NSW police for failing to pass on that earliest claim of abuse (others involving at least six boys in New Zealand surfaced later). And he chastised Houston for failing to recognise the conflict of interest inherent in having carriage of the complaint against his father while also being head of Hillsong and head of the Assemblies of God.

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Brian Houston:

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Brian: trying to explain it away

The life of Brian

The life of Brian

The SMH article

Houston can barely contain his anger at Beckett’s recommendations. He maintains he respected the wishes of the victim, by then an adult, who had wanted the matter kept in-house; and that elders of the Assemblies of God had full knowledge and oversight of his handling of the affair.

Houston tells Good Weekend: “It didn’t really matter what the facts were, the counsel assisting [the commission] had his mind made up about what happened and never moved off it at any point.”

Frank died in 2004 aged 82, yet despite the gathering storm was still a respectable enough figure for then senior police officer (now NSW police commissioner) Andrew Scipione to attend his funeral. Scipione was also spotted at this year’s Hillsong conference, raising eyebrows among some of the church’s more trenchant critics.

My picture and comment

Phil Pringle. CEO of C3 International. Now a doctor. Regarded the pedophile Frank Houston as his spiritual father.

Phil Pringle. CEO of C3 International based in Sydney Australia. Now a Doctor. Regarded the Pedophile Frank Houston as his Spiritual Father. Has a little something in his syringe to help his mate Brian through all his many troubles.

The SMH article

As Frank’s dark secrets gradually unfurled, Brian Houston slid slowly into a growing dependence on sleeping pills.

In Live Love Lead, he describes falling prey to a growing disconnect between an inner emptiness and the church’s outward success. The climax came one night five years ago with a full-blown panic attack, which washed him up on a “great reef of jagged pain, fear and sorrow”. He was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, though he says he has now bounced back, through “the grace of God”.

Didn’t he feel he was living a lie through those years, telling others that faith was enough to deliver the good life, even as he was “imploding” inside?

“I don’t see that I was being fake at all,” he says. “I’ve never stopped loving people, never stopped loving God. “You call it a façade, but I don’t even see it like that, because to me, I was still genuine in everything I did.”

When Frank was 78, he told Brian that Frank’s own father had once abused him after coming home drunk.

“I think my father was homosexual, a closet homosexual,” says Houston, almost as an aside. “I’m no psychiatrist … but I think whatever frustrations he had, he took out on children.”

My comments:

“C’mon Brian, your dad was a child rapist all his life. Get over it. We’re all sick of you crapping on trying to sanitise yourself, your old rampant sicko pedophile dad, and your whole damn greedy avarice out-of-control family. Why don’t you just shut the whole darn thing down and go fishing or something?”

The SMH article:

The Hillsong United band takes the stage, its members in skinny jeans and T-shirts, frontman Joel Houston in an edgy black hat, as they pump up the volume under sweeping lights. “You take me higher than I’ve been before … You are everything I want and more.” Thousands sing along, arms upraised, eyes closed, in the grip of a kind of rapture. Somewhere here at the conference, keeping a lowish profile, is pop star Justin Bieber, who hangs out with Joel at Hillsong in New York. Joel is married to a fashion and lifestyle-blogging Brazilian model, Esther Lima Houston, who struts her stuff on misswhoo.com, providing “an unfiltered lifestyle platform for the modern woman”.

Happy, shiny people. Bullock once said he “came to think that the patron saint of Hillsong was Gianni Versace”. Jakubowicz says he’s “fascinated by how successfully Hillsong has integrated the various elements of contemporary culture into the whole story”.

Yet while it works hard at cultivating its hip, contemporary appeal, there is still little comfort to be found here for those who are openly homosexual. Former Hillsong regular Alex Pittaway, now studying theology in the US, says he saw one friend devastated after being told by the church that “we can’t have gay people in speaking or leadership roles”. He says others were left wounded after being directed towards what was known as “ex-gay reparative therapy”, aimed at “curing” them of homosexuality. “Gay people need to know that there is only so far they can go in Hillsong,” says Pittaway.

Anthony Venn-Brown, a former Assemblies of God pastor who broke with the movement after falling in love with a man, now runs Ambassadors & Bridge Builders International, an organisation aimed at building links between religious organisations and gay and bisexual Christians. He says Houston has a “heart for people” but “like many evangelical leaders is on a journey that requires greater understanding of sexual orientation”. Houston recently referred to gay marriage as the “elephant in the room” for the churches.

Hillsong’s finances are another perennial topic for critics, aired copiously on watchdog websites. (Infamously, in 1999 Houston put out a tome entitled You Need More Money; he regrets it now, though, insisting “the idea of the book, I think, was pure”.) In the past, Hillsong has encouraged tithing (rendering 10 per cent of income to the church) and is notorious for the “love offerings” it solicits at religious services for visiting preachers. Steve West, a former Hillsong regular who attended its leadership college 15 years ago, says Hillsong and its affiliates “are the only churches I know to have sermons designed to inspire giving, every single service. I have run a church ministry. This is totally unnecessary behaviour.”

The church’s financial operations are enmeshed in nine different corporate entities registered with the federal government’s Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission, and despite Hillsong’s frequent promises of financial transparency, that’s not been the experience of West, who says when he sought access to the books he was rebuffed and demonised.

“Their response was along the lines of trying to shut me down – I got a letter from their lawyers, a cease and desist notice.” Hillsong rejects the claims and says it had to “take the necessary steps to protect ourselves from baseless and inappropriate comments”. The bulk of Hillsong’s tax-free millions appears to go towards funding its relentless expansion, and keeping its own intricate machinery running, though it does underwrite a range of charitable activities. In recent years it has raised nearly $1.5 million for victims of natural disasters abroad. It runs prison outreach services, offers free counselling to those unable to afford mental health treatment, and last year distributed more than 130,000 food and toy items. It says it reached thousands of people with its volunteer-run CityCare street teams.

In 2013 Houston attempted to quell speculation about how much he and his family were earning from the rivers of gold Hillsong was generating by posting an online letter entitled “Bobbie’s and My Finances”. He stated he was earning $150,000 that year from the church plus $150,000 from Leadership Ministries Incorporated (LMI), which he described as “the entity by which Bobbie and I conduct our broader ministry” worldwide as guest speakers. (There is a well-trodden circuit for celebrity pastors, who were thick on the ground at the Hillsong’s own conference this year.) Personal royalties were not clarified, nor were Bobbie’s earnings.

When Good Weekend asked for an update on this year’s figures, a church spokesman demurred, saying, “We do not disclose the remuneration arrangements of any individual employee due to privacy and confidentiality issues.” The 2014 return for LMI showed it had gross earnings of nearly $670,000 and two full-time employees, whose names Hillsong did not disclose.

In early July, Channel Nine’s A Current Affair took fresh aim at the church’s well-filled coffers and the heavy burden placed on church volunteers.

The segment included an interview outside Allphones Arena (as the Hillsong conference was underway) with Tanya Levin, author of People in Glass Houses: An Insider’s Story of Life In and Out of Hillsong, a critique of Hillsong published in 2007. Acting on a tip-off from a Hillsong member – who told police at the venue that Levin had previously been banned by the church from venturing onto any Hillsong property – including premises the church had hired for events – police swooped and arrested her. She now faces trespass charges and will appear in court again this month. Thus far Hillsong is refusing to comment on the case. However, it has again outraged church critics; West sees it as further evidence of an internal culture deeply averse to criticism.

“If you criticise them its because you have let in a ‘root of bitterness’ – these are the terms they use,” he claims. “Any Hillsong pastor who has strayed from the vision is quickly ostracised.”

Even those who like and admire Houston worry that the circle surrounding him may be overly deferential. Rosebrough argues that the fact that Hillsong and other family-dominated Pentecostal churches have no “traditional ecclesiastical oversight” makes them more vulnerable to potential conflicts between family interests and those of the organisation more broadly.

But Houston insists that “there are all the other incredible people around me … it’s not like I’m the king of Saudi or something.”

Reverend Tim Costello, a Baptist minister, believes Hillsong is doing good work among young Australians who would otherwise be like “beached whales who have lost their radar”.

“It’s much better being in church than doing ice in nightclubs,” he says. “Young people living in a land of plenty are yearning for both spirituality and a sense of justice, and when you bring these two things together it is a powerful statement of true Christian faith. I do believe Hillsong are trying to do this.”

Steve West is more blunt about where Hillsong’s appeal lies: “Moral certainty, community, a sense of identity. There is something so attractive about a black and white view of the world.”

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My comments and pictures:

Why didn’t Deborah Snow ask a few tough questions like: “Were you ever abused by your old rampant evil child rapist father?” and “Why do you refuse point blank to help the boy and young male pedophile victims of the Founder of Hillsong, your father Frank Houston’s sexual abuses”.

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Hillsong’s Queen and King. Bobbie and Brian’s mansion in Glenhaven Sydney Australia bought with Hillsong tithes.

The house of Bobbie and Brian.

The Mansion of Bobbie and Brian.

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Brian and Bobbie Houston's McMansion Palace in Glenhaven, Western Sydney.

King Brian and Queen Bobbie Houston’s McMansion Palace in Glenhaven, Western Sydney.

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Bobbie and Brian's house. Home theatre.

Bobbie and Brian Houston’s Home Theatre.

Hillsong Summercamp, no different from secular rock-off summer festivals except “Jesus” and Christian themes replacing secular lyrics and themes. Mindless soul-power.

Donald Elley of Bellingen:

I wrote the article below on November 7, 2015 after a Hillsong insider supplied me with more insights into Hillsong’s multiple dysfunctions.

I left Hillsong in 2000, never to set foot in another Hillsong Palace of Carnality. A series of Hillsong insiders and media scoops on Hillsong has kept me updated since then.

Things haven’t changed since 2015 when I wrote the article below.

No Christian parent, or any parent for that matter, should allow their young people anywhere near Hillsong or “Hillsong Youth Festivals” and “Hillsong Summer Camps”.

Batman Brian: “Robbing Pat, you sure laid the foundation for what is happening now in Hillsong Youth”. Pat Robbing: “You taught me everything I know, O Great Pasta Brian Battie-Man. You’re the greatest“.

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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 18th in a series of articles publishing the eye-witness testimonies of this Hillsong insider.

Hillsong Insider speaks:

7 November 2015

“Dear Donald

I was told last night about the covering up of lots of premarital sex in the Youth of Hillsong by the Hillsong City Church Youth Pastors Nathan and April Miller.

April Miller was the babysitting young lady for Julie and Joel A’Bell.

Now April and her husband Nathan run Hillsong Youth.

Cover ups include the covering up of how a young girl was forced to have sex at a Hillsong Youth Festival by two young men.

I’ve been told about how the reports of this incident are lost, and now after a time, it’s coming out from people who know the facts about it to people who were serving in the Hillsong Security teams.

Also at Hillsong Youth Festivals there has been under age drinking and smoking occurs and drugs were found at the Festivals”.

My comments:

When things get big like at Hillsong Church it’s very hard to control what goes on in the Youth department, especially when a Christian Church is void of the Blessed Holy Spirit, like Hillsong is.

Can loud rock-off music, enthusiastic lifestyle preaching, lasers, CGI and light-shows, and all the mod-cons of modern Hillsong life impart holiness into young people? It’s all a big festival and emporium of delusion and soul-power.

Cover-ups

Pastor Brian Houston and Hillsong have a policy and a practice of two types of leadership broom strokes.

Pastor Brian, the Hillsong Pastors, and the Hillsong helpers sweep dissenters out the Hillsong door. Aboriginal troublemaking kids, lesbian “lady lovers”, as Hillsong Pastor Steve McGhie likes to call them, and little old ladies who bring little dogs to their church in their hand-bags. All go “see ya later” out the Hillsong door.

The second broom-stroke is to sweep everything under the Hillsong carpet. Scandals. Rumours that the Hillsong founder Frank Houston molested heaps of little boys and young males. Underage sex in Hillsong Youth. The use of drugs in Hillsong Youth. The consumption of alcohol in Hillsong Youth. A young woman being forced by two young men to have sex at a Hillsong Youth Festival. Pastors like “Pastor” Pat Mesiti, former head of Hillsong Youth Alive, seeing prostitutes on a Hillsong credit card and betraying his first wife by chasing down, bedding and marrying a young Hillsong worship leader. The number of victims of the founder of Hillsong Frank Houston’s abuse.

The carpet of Hillsong is bulging and bursting like a Pandora’s Box with scandals and secrets.

Pandora’s Box

Pandora’s box is an artifact in Greek mythology, taken from the myth of Pandora’s creation in Hesiod’s Works and Days. The “box” was actually a large jar (πίθος pithos) given to Pandora (Πανδώρα, “all-gifted”, “all-giving”), which contained all the evils of the world.

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Donald Elley of Bellingen December 29, 2021:

When I Worte this article six years ago in 2015, a number of events hadn’t transpired.

Back then, we didn’t know Brian Houston would be charged by Australian police in August this year for the criminal offence of concealing a pedophile. That is, Brian concealing his pedophile father Frank Houston from police when Frank confessed in 1999.

And we didn’t know that Hillsong’s first gay marriage of Hillsong New York City’s worship leader Josh Canfield would fold when Joel split with his male partner Reed Kelly in early 2016.

In this article, I said that I have established 13 boy sex abuse victims of Frank Houston. Today I can’t put a number on how many because the number is now meteoric and unmeasurable. Hundreds. Thousands. Maybe over two thousand boy victims.

Donald Elley of Bellingen November 16, 2015:

The article below was published last Saturday in the Good Weekend section of the Sydney Morning Herald.

It’s pretty light-weight, the issues it raises have been covered many times before, and it doesn’t ask the hard questions, so it’s going to need my help to get it where it should be.

I’ll publish it now in full and make helpful comments as I go through it.

I’ll also add my pictures and images.

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Josh Canfield Hillsong NYC gay worship leader with gay live-in partner Reed.

Josh Canfield Hillsong New York City gay worship leader with gay live-in partner Reed. Josh helpfully informs us: “Our relationship is not yet consummated”, whatever that means, even though they live together and host a home bible study with their gay friends (in their bedroom?).

The Sydney Morning Herald (SMH) article:

Inside the Hillsong Church’s money-making machine

Sydney Morning Herald

November 14, 2015

Reporter: Deborah Snow

While Hillsong’s charismatic leader Brian Houston presides over a glitzy religious empire, he has not only had to face a Royal Commission grilling, but questions over theology, money and his church’s treatment of homosexuals.

My picture and comments:

Hi. I'm Bobbie Houston. Darlings, can't talk now. My ride is waiting. Going down to Double Bay to see my hairdresser and pop in to my Cosmetic Surgeon for a little touch-up.

Hi. I’m Bobbie Houston, Brian’s wife. “Darlings, can’t talk now. My chauffeur is waiting. Going down to Double Bay to see my hairdresser and pop in to my Cosmetic Surgeon for a little touch-up”.

The SMH article:

The charismatic leader of the Hillsong Church divides with his stance on homosexuality, wealth creation and the way he handled his father’s child abuse.

Sydney’s Allphones Arena looms out of the chilly dusk on a late June evening like one of painter Jeffrey Smart’s visions of urban dystopia.

Inside the cavernous space, the senior pastor and co-founder of the Hillsong Church, Brian Houston, is prowling the stage before more than 20,000 mesmerised souls who have flocked here for the opening of the church’s week-long annual conference, famed for its spectacle, fiery preaching and rock-concert atmosphere.

My picture and comments:

Pope Pete, the hip-hop groovy cool youth Pope of Baulkham Hills, Sydney , Australia. Formerly plain old Brian Houston from the bland grey suburb of Lower Hutt, Wellington, New Zealand.

Pope Pete, the hip-hop groovy cool Youth Pope of Baulkham Hills, Sydney, Australia. Formerly plain old Brian Houston from the bland grey suburb of Lower Hutt, Wellington, New Zealand.

The SMH article:

“I think my father was homosexual, a closet homosexual. I’m no psychiatrist … but I think whatever frustrations he had, he took out on children”.

My picture and comments:

Pastor Frank Houston. Lifelong pedophile. Answerable to God.

Pastor Frank Houston. Lifelong secret pedophile. Started abusing little boys aged 7 to 12 when he was in his teens, By the age of 20 he was a hardened pedophile. The covert secret pedophile Frank Houston decided that the Christian ministry was the best way to break down the defence mechanisms of good wholesome trusting Christian families and access their little boys and young males. The criminal pedophile Frank Houston probably sexually abused over 400 boys and young males in his lifetime, probably including his two sons, Brian and Graeme. Graeme refuses to go to church and Brian is in denial. I have definite proof through reliable testimony of victims of 13 boy and young teen victims, but mainly little boys aged 7 to 11. This is only the tip of the iceberg. The criminal pedophile Frank Houston was an extremely active pedophile for his whole adult lifetime. He confessed to his son Brian that he was “very active as a pedophile in the 1960s and 1970s”. This was when he was in his 40s and 50s”. This is when he sexually abused all the little boys that I know of. In the 1980s he switched his homosexual desires to young males in their 20s and 30s. He surrounded himself with young men in this demography at Christian Life Centre, Darlinghurst in the 1980s and 1990s. This was the first name of Hillsong. The criminal pedophile Frank Houston moved to Sydney to escape looming criminal charges for an out-of-control pedophile spree in New Zealand.

The SMH article:

The faithful, the curious, the spiritually hungry: they’re packed to the roof in tight rows, eyes fixed on this master showman. At 61, Houston seems the embodiment of Hillsong’s promise: olive-skinned, unlined brow, gleaming teeth, designer stubble, and powerful build set off by jeans, open-neck shirt and tailored jacket. A veritable poster boy for the boomer generation.

My picture and comments:

I wonder if Brian will ever be led away like this.

I wonder if Brian will ever be led away like this. He won’t be looking so young and bouncy, as described above, if the NSW Justice System prosecutes him for not reporting his old pedophile dad to the NSW Police in 1999 when he should have, according to his Statutory Duty as a leader of a large Christian organisation. For five years he sheltered his old pedophile dad Frank Houston for until he died, his mortal soul going into God’s Hands.

The SMH article:

He’s in full flight – cajoling, conversing, proselytising – when suddenly he drops like a stone to the stage and launches into a series of push-ups.

My pictures and comments:

When I listen to Brian Houston preaching, I think he’s insane. I think, “how can any rational and conscious human being listen to his trollop?” He’s a bigger bull-shit artist than even Donald Trump.

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The SMH article:

“We are lean, mean kingdom machines, all set for everything that God wants to do in this place. Amen! Amen!” he proclaims, pumping the stage as they stomp and cheer.

“Your words can frame your future,” he tells them. “Speak your faith, start seeing miracles … Owner of your first home! Best-selling author … Mother of handsome sons and beautiful daughters! Businessman who is prosperous and fruitful! Your brother’s salvation, your sister’s healing … Speak it into being! Speak it into being! Speak it into being! Amen!”

My comments: 

Who does Brian Houston think Australians are? A bunch of bogans?

I’d say there aren’t many, if any, articulate, reflective, intelligent, rational people left at Hillsong.

They’ve all been shunted out the Hillsong door.

Brian Houston’s preaching makes me want to puke.

The SMH article:

The uplifting mood is punctured for me two days later when I’m hauled out of my $300 conference seat near the rafters by a burly security guard wearing a Hillsong T-shirt. My sin, apparently, is to have made people “feel uncomfortable” by writing in a notebook and asking the young chap next to me a few questions.

My comments and picture:

In my recent Hillsong Insider series, the Hillsong Insider has been expressing how he feels Hillsong Security are a bunch of thugs, and how Senior Pastor Steve McGhie is an insensitive bogan.

The above incident demonstrates the Hillsong Insiders point. Hillsong have really lost it.

Pastor Steve McGhie

Pastor Steve McGhie. Senior Pastor at Hillsong City Church in Waterloo. Brian Houston’s goof-ball bro-in- law. God help us. God help the naive believing inexperienced Hillsong young faithful.  About Steve McGhie, the Hillsong Insider who I’ve interviewed, says: “Steve McGhie is Racist, Bigoted and Unloving. Steve McGhie has no heart for the poor and downtrodden of Sydney’s Inner City, Hillsong City’s neighbours. That Steve McGhie hates Aboriginal. That he hates lesbians and calls them “lady-lovers” and throws them out the Hillsong door”.

The SMH article:

Brian Houston speaks to the media after appearing at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in October last year.

My photograph and comments:

Brian Houston:

Brian Houston: His gospel is that “Greed is Good”. This is the polar opposite of the words and teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ and the mighty Apostle Paul. Brian Houston doesn’t know the Lord Jesus Christ.

The SMH article:

When I ask Houston some days afterwards about this subtle undercurrent of paranoia, he expresses surprise. He suggests it could have been a response to his stark warnings from the stage about Channel Nine’s A Current Affair, which had been quizzing Hillsongers outside the conference about their financial contributions to the church (a perennial sore point).

“ACA just lies” he says, eyes blazing. “Full stop. You can quote me. They are just liars.”

My photographs and comments:

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Pastor Brian Houston, the criminal pedophile Frank Houston's son. In denial.

Pastor Brian Houston, the criminal pedophile Frank Houston’s son. In denial.

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Brian Houston:

Brian Houston: “Current Affair are liars. They are just liars liars liars. I’m a liar liar liar. My father was a liar liar liar. What am I saying? Bobbie Bobbie Bobbie, My Foxy Princess and the Queen of Hillsong and the Queen of My Soul. My love. My Fair One. I’m feeling faint faint faint. Please bring me some more of those PTSD pills. I think I’m loosing it loosing it loosing it”.

The SMH article:

There’s more bristling when talk turns to the darkest cloud currently sitting on Hillsong’s horizon, the fallout from his appearance at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse last year (of which more later). “In their eyes, I didn’t do a thing right,” he says defiantly. Hillsong’s reputation for being on the thin-skinned side is starting to make some sense.

My photograph and comments:

Big bro Brian Hoston CEO of Hillsong organisation:

Brian Houston CEO of the Hillsong organisation at Day One of the Royal Commission: “Could you please repeat the question… Could you please repeat the question… Could you please repeat the question?” I think Brian’s psychiatrist lowered the dose level of his medications for Day Two of the Royal Commission.

The SMH article:

Our interview takes place in a private suite of rooms upstairs at the sprawling church complex in Alexandria (one of several valuable Sydney sites Hillsong owns) just as he’s about to jet off overseas for three months on church business.

Houston and his equally burnished wife, Bobbie, 58, the reigning couple of Australian Pentecostalism, are riding the crest of a wave that shows no signs of breaking. The Hillsong empire they founded (she, too, is a senior pastor) pulled in tax-free revenues of nearly $80 million in Australia last year and more than $100 million internationally. It is on the ground in 15 countries across Europe, Asia and the Americas, and broadcast in 160 nations. And it’s still growing. “I don’t feel there are any limits on how far we should try and go to reach as many people as we possibly can,” Houston says.

My pictures and comments:

Pastor Brian Houston.

Pastor Brian Houston. “No limits”.

 

Senior Joint Head Pastor of Hillsong international and the Hillsong Kingdoms stretching to the ends of the earth, as far as the vultures and eagle eyes can see.

Queen Bee Bobbie Houston. Eternal Princess and Queen Bee of the Hillsong Sisterhood. Botoxed to the Brim. Travels the world in luxury. No expense spared. Lives in a Houston McMansion in Glenhaven West Sydney. Only the very best will do for Queen Bobbie. Roars louder than all the Felons of Hillsong. (how do you spell Felions?). Felines, I think. The English language can be trickier than Brian Houston. Queen Bobbie: Senior Joint Head Pastor of Hillsong International based at Baulkham Hills Sydney Australia, and Queen Bee over all the Hillsong Kingdoms stretching to the ends of the earth, as far as the vultures and eagle eyes can see.

The SMH article:

Their three grown children all hold leadership positions within the church (though Houston flatly rejects suggestions it’s looking like a family business).

Sons Ben, 33, and Joel, 37, lead the charge in the US, with Ben having “planted” a Hillsong offshoot in LA and Joel becoming assistant pastor in New York. Daughter Laura, 28, and son-in-law Peter Toganivalu are youth pastors at Hillsong in Sydney.

My pictures and comments:

Joel Houston. Mummy's boy. Mummy spoils her kids rotten.

Joel Houston. Mummy’s boy. Mummy spoils her kids rotten.

 

“Pastor”Joel Houston. Pampered. Great sense of entitlement. “I’m Amazing. I’m the great Brian Houston’s son…Praise the Lord I’m Amazing”. Co-pastor of Hillsong New York City. Frank Houston’s talented grandson.

 

“Pastor” Joel Houston and “Pastor” Carl Lentz. Head pastors of Hillsong New York City. Gay lovers.

The SMH article:

There are bible training colleges, a Hillsong Performing Arts Academy, a Hollywood-produced film in the works, and Brian and Bobbie’s many books, CDs and DVDs. Underpinning it all is the hugely successful and lucrative Hillsong United rock band, fronted by Joel, which has soared to stratospheric heights on US Christian music charts.

It’s all too much for critics such as American pastor Chris Rosebrough, who labels Hillsong an “evangelical/ industrial complex” and Houston the “CEO of an international multimedia entertainment company” that “happens to have venues around the world where they do something they call church”.

Rosebrough runs Pirate Christian Radio, an online religious radio network that regularly takes aim at what he calls Hillsong’s “big box” approach to Christianity with its “squishy self-help inspirational messages” and “rock and roll laser light show”. More fundamentally, he takes issue with Hillsong’s theology, accusing Houston of teaching the “Word of Faith heresy”.

“It teaches that God wants you to be rich and prosperous so that you can be a blessing to other people, and that you do this by creating the future with your words,” he tells Good Weekend from his base in North Dakota. “It distorts the scriptures, and it’s a doctrine that wasn’t even taught until American televangelists invented it maybe 30 to 40 years ago.”

A similar queasiness about Hillsong’s messaging is felt by a number of mainstream church leaders here, though there is greater reluctance to say so openly.

“Brian’s intuitive genius is marketing,” says one senior churchman, who asks not to be quoted. “Hillsong is a culture – success, beautiful people, a positive message and nothing negative. The message is, ‘You’re awesome and God is awesome and we are God’s chosen and we have to be seen to be awesome.’ And when you tease out what awesome means, it basically means prosperity. They go very close to going that to be poor is sinful, to be saved successful.”

Sociologist Andrew Jakubowicz, of the University of Technology Sydney, observes that “this is not a church where the leader washes the feet of beggars”.

My picture and comments:

Brian Houston:

Brian Houston: “Greed is good”. “I’d wash the feet of beggars if I knew any but I’d rather get them to tithe their Social Security Pension”.

The SMH article:

But Houston is unapologetic about the self- advancement psychology embedded in Hillsong’s message. “I’d rather give people some hope than no hope,” he says. “We encourage them to look to Jesus and build their lives on the right foundations. My methods are relatable in a world where many say the church is a dying force. And I’m not prepared as a church leader to just sit there and let it die.”

Just as the Murdochs have taken three generations to build an empire, the Houstons have taken three generations to build Hillsong into the behemoth it is today. The more it grows, the more adherents see this as proof of divine endorsement.

“People are not looking for stale religion” with “dilapidated buildings filled with narrow-minded, self-righteous finger pointers”, Houston writes in his most recent book, Live Love Lead, released in July. “I am convinced beyond a doubt that God didn’t create us to live mediocre, settle-for-less lives.”

There was nothing settle-for-less about Brian’s father, William Francis “Frank” Houston, a consummate showman and gifted preacher whom Houston hero- worshipped as a boy. As a youngster, he would wave his dad off “longingly” on ministry trips, “believing that I, too, would do just that one day.”

Yet Frank, the empire-founder, was very nearly its undoing. In 1999, sensational allegations surfaced that he had been a serial paedophile, preying on boys and young men whom he had met through the church.

The revelations were shocking, perhaps less so to those familiar with Frank’s inauspicious start as a churchman. A former New Zealand Salvation Army officer who had left that organisation under a cloud when awkward discrepancies showed up in the local accounts, Frank suffered several nervous breakdowns in young adulthood. At least one episode required hospitalisation. So destitute were he and his young family that at one point they possessed nothing beyond “six forks, two pairs of blankets and an old radio”, according to his stalwart wife, Hazel.

The man who saved Frank Houston was a barnstorming Pentecostal preacher, Ray Bloomfield, who took him on as a kind of apprentice at a church near Auckland in the late 1950s.

Under Bloomfield’s tutelage, Frank became entranced by Pentecostalism, a form of charismatic Christian worship that celebrates exuberant physical manifestations of religious ecstasy such as the incomprehensible babbling known as “speaking in tongues”.

In her 1989 book, Being Frank, Hazel recalled how her husband would kneel in prayer “as close to Ray as possible so that he might experience the gushings of Ray’s tongues”.

When Bloomfield eventually left New Zealand for Canada, he handed his church over to Frank who, by some never fully explained process, became an Assemblies of God minister in his own right. He became an entertaining preacher who would “do crazy things like throw a glass of water over the congregation and make funny jokes – he endeared himself to a lot of people”, recalls one former pastor.

Frank’s enjoyment of the company of young men was noted, but rang no alarm bells at the time. It was always seen as “Frank being this father figure to young, gentle men”.

His fierce ambitions for a successor centred on his second son, Brian, rather than eldest, Graeme, who became a fireman and moved to Britain.

In early 1999, just before the first whiff of scandal hit, Frank issued his own book, The Release of the Human Spirit, in which he described laying hands on the infant Brian and beseeching the Lord to “make this boy grow to be a mighty man of God”.

The Houstons arrived in Sydney in 1977 after a divine visitation ordered Frank to “plant a church” in the harbour city. They set up the Sydney Christian Life Centre, initially in Double Bay, and ran it on a shoestring, with newlyweds Brian (then aged 24) and Bobbie coming out from NZ to help them a year later. Brian washed windows to make ends meet, the younger couple eventually buying themselves what one former friend recalls as a “tiny little bungalow in Kings Langley”.

In 1983, Brian Houston ventured out to nearby Baulkham Hills in the city’s north-west to set up an offshoot of his father’s church, calling it the Hills Christian Life Centre. He chose the Hills, he told the ABC’s Australian Story some years ago, partly because of a hugely successful car dealer out there who “used to be on the TV and sell Holdens. And I thought to myself, ‘If you could build the largest Holden dealership in Australia there, surely it must be somewhere where you could build a church.’ ”

Houston soon hit spiritual pay dirt, teaming up with the man who would become one of his closest friends: gifted musician and former ABC technical operations officer Geoff Bullock, who wrote, directed and produced much of Hillsong’s music in those years (delivering three gold albums and a platinum in the process). A trip to the US in 1989 also proved a turning point.

A wide-eyed Houston was feted by pastors involved with the American Word of Faith movement and came back wearing what Bullock remembers as “the loudest shirts we had ever seen”. Everything else changed, too, according to Bullock: “The focus of Hillsong went from the standard Assemblies of God doctrine, which was more working-class and left-wing, to suddenly the prosperity doctrine.” As Hillsong leapt from success to success, Bullock found himself struggling with the increasingly frenetic pace, his own turmoil, and Houston’s leadership style. He finally parted company with Hillsong in 1995, having taken it to the brink of its international musical success. The rupture was wounding to both men.

Bullock tells Good Weekend: “I had an unshakeable spiritual revelation that it was time to leave. There had always been tensions in our relationship. Brian had a fiery temper and domineering leadership style and I was under relentless pressure.” Bullock’s former wife, Janine, says, “They demanded blood of him, but it still wasn’t enough.”

The sense of betrayal was deep on both sides. Over the ensuing years Houston has repeatedly claimed (without naming Bullock) that he had no warning of the departure of the man he then considered his best friend. Bullock emphatically disputes this.

Most distressing to Bullock – and others who admired his work – is that he has now been effectively airbrushed from Hillsong’s history.

By the late 1990s Hillsong was in gleaming purpose- built premises, and feted enough to have John Howard open its new convention centre in 2002. Brian Houston had by now risen to the hugely influential position of national president of the Assemblies of God (AOG), a movement with which Hillsong was affiliated.

In early 1999 Frank stepped aside from the city branch, asking his son to take over. Few knew Frank was secretly fending off the first of the child sexual abuse allegations that would crash around the church with the force of a tsunami.

In evidence before the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse at the end of last year, Brian Houston said he’d had no inkling of his father’s dark secrets before October 1999.

He spoke of feeling shock and devastation, described how he had confronted his father at the first opportunity and – after convening a meeting of other AOG elders to discuss the crisis – forced Frank to stand aside (albeit on a pension) from further preaching duties.

But the counsel assisting the commission, Simeon Beckett, has taken a sterner view of the matter. Late last year he recommended Houston be referred to NSW police for failing to pass on that earliest claim of abuse (others involving at least six boys in New Zealand surfaced later). And he chastised Houston for failing to recognise the conflict of interest inherent in having carriage of the complaint against his father while also being head of Hillsong and head of the Assemblies of God.

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Brian Houston:

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Brian: trying to explain it away

 

The life of Brian

The life of Brian

The SMH article

Houston can barely contain his anger at Beckett’s recommendations. He maintains he respected the wishes of the victim, by then an adult, who had wanted the matter kept in-house; and that elders of the Assemblies of God had full knowledge and oversight of his handling of the affair.

Houston tells Good Weekend: “It didn’t really matter what the facts were, the counsel assisting [the commission] had his mind made up about what happened and never moved off it at any point.”

Frank died in 2004 aged 82, yet despite the gathering storm was still a respectable enough figure for then senior police officer (now NSW police commissioner) Andrew Scipione to attend his funeral. Scipione was also spotted at this year’s Hillsong conference, raising eyebrows among some of the church’s more trenchant critics.

My picture and comment

Phil Pringle. CEO of C3 International. Now a doctor. Regarded the pedophile Frank Houston as his spiritual father.

Phil Pringle. CEO of C3 International based in Sydney Australia. Now a Doctor. Regarded the Pedophile Frank Houston as his Spiritual Father. Has a little something in his syringe to help his mate Brian through all his many troubles.

The SMH article

As Frank’s dark secrets gradually unfurled, Brian Houston slid slowly into a growing dependence on sleeping pills.

In Live Love Lead, he describes falling prey to a growing disconnect between an inner emptiness and the church’s outward success. The climax came one night five years ago with a full-blown panic attack, which washed him up on a “great reef of jagged pain, fear and sorrow”. He was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, though he says he has now bounced back, through “the grace of God”.

Didn’t he feel he was living a lie through those years, telling others that faith was enough to deliver the good life, even as he was “imploding” inside?

“I don’t see that I was being fake at all,” he says. “I’ve never stopped loving people, never stopped loving God. “You call it a façade, but I don’t even see it like that, because to me, I was still genuine in everything I did.”

When Frank was 78, he told Brian that Frank’s own father had once abused him after coming home drunk.

“I think my father was homosexual, a closet homosexual,” says Houston, almost as an aside. “I’m no psychiatrist … but I think whatever frustrations he had, he took out on children.”

My comments:

“C’mon Brian, your dad was a child rapist all his life. Get over it. We’re all sick of you crapping on trying to sanitise yourself, your old rampant sicko pedophile dad, and your whole damn greedy avarice out-of-control family. Why don’t you just shut the whole darn thing down and go fishing or something?”

The SMH article:

The Hillsong United band takes the stage, its members in skinny jeans and T-shirts, frontman Joel Houston in an edgy black hat, as they pump up the volume under sweeping lights. “You take me higher than I’ve been before … You are everything I want and more.” Thousands sing along, arms upraised, eyes closed, in the grip of a kind of rapture. Somewhere here at the conference, keeping a lowish profile, is pop star Justin Bieber, who hangs out with Joel at Hillsong in New York. Joel is married to a fashion and lifestyle-blogging Brazilian model, Esther Lima Houston, who struts her stuff on misswhoo.com, providing “an unfiltered lifestyle platform for the modern woman”.

Happy, shiny people. Bullock once said he “came to think that the patron saint of Hillsong was Gianni Versace”. Jakubowicz says he’s “fascinated by how successfully Hillsong has integrated the various elements of contemporary culture into the whole story”.

Yet while it works hard at cultivating its hip, contemporary appeal, there is still little comfort to be found here for those who are openly homosexual. Former Hillsong regular Alex Pittaway, now studying theology in the US, says he saw one friend devastated after being told by the church that “we can’t have gay people in speaking or leadership roles”. He says others were left wounded after being directed towards what was known as “ex-gay reparative therapy”, aimed at “curing” them of homosexuality. “Gay people need to know that there is only so far they can go in Hillsong,” says Pittaway.

Anthony Venn-Brown, a former Assemblies of God pastor who broke with the movement after falling in love with a man, now runs Ambassadors & Bridge Builders International, an organisation aimed at building links between religious organisations and gay and bisexual Christians. He says Houston has a “heart for people” but “like many evangelical leaders is on a journey that requires greater understanding of sexual orientation”. Houston recently referred to gay marriage as the “elephant in the room” for the churches.

Hillsong’s finances are another perennial topic for critics, aired copiously on watchdog websites. (Infamously, in 1999 Houston put out a tome entitled You Need More Money; he regrets it now, though, insisting “the idea of the book, I think, was pure”.) In the past, Hillsong has encouraged tithing (rendering 10 per cent of income to the church) and is notorious for the “love offerings” it solicits at religious services for visiting preachers. Steve West, a former Hillsong regular who attended its leadership college 15 years ago, says Hillsong and its affiliates “are the only churches I know to have sermons designed to inspire giving, every single service. I have run a church ministry. This is totally unnecessary behaviour.”

The church’s financial operations are enmeshed in nine different corporate entities registered with the federal government’s Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission, and despite Hillsong’s frequent promises of financial transparency, that’s not been the experience of West, who says when he sought access to the books he was rebuffed and demonised.

“Their response was along the lines of trying to shut me down – I got a letter from their lawyers, a cease and desist notice.” Hillsong rejects the claims and says it had to “take the necessary steps to protect ourselves from baseless and inappropriate comments”. The bulk of Hillsong’s tax-free millions appears to go towards funding its relentless expansion, and keeping its own intricate machinery running, though it does underwrite a range of charitable activities. In recent years it has raised nearly $1.5 million for victims of natural disasters abroad. It runs prison outreach services, offers free counselling to those unable to afford mental health treatment, and last year distributed more than 130,000 food and toy items. It says it reached thousands of people with its volunteer-run CityCare street teams.

In 2013 Houston attempted to quell speculation about how much he and his family were earning from the rivers of gold Hillsong was generating by posting an online letter entitled “Bobbie’s and My Finances”. He stated he was earning $150,000 that year from the church plus $150,000 from Leadership Ministries Incorporated (LMI), which he described as “the entity by which Bobbie and I conduct our broader ministry” worldwide as guest speakers. (There is a well-trodden circuit for celebrity pastors, who were thick on the ground at the Hillsong’s own conference this year.) Personal royalties were not clarified, nor were Bobbie’s earnings.

When Good Weekend asked for an update on this year’s figures, a church spokesman demurred, saying, “We do not disclose the remuneration arrangements of any individual employee due to privacy and confidentiality issues.” The 2014 return for LMI showed it had gross earnings of nearly $670,000 and two full-time employees, whose names Hillsong did not disclose.

In early July, Channel Nine’s A Current Affair took fresh aim at the church’s well-filled coffers and the heavy burden placed on church volunteers.

The segment included an interview outside Allphones Arena (as the Hillsong conference was underway) with Tanya Levin, author of People in Glass Houses: An Insider’s Story of Life In and Out of Hillsong, a critique of Hillsong published in 2007. Acting on a tip-off from a Hillsong member – who told police at the venue that Levin had previously been banned by the church from venturing onto any Hillsong property – including premises the church had hired for events – police swooped and arrested her. She now faces trespass charges and will appear in court again this month. Thus far Hillsong is refusing to comment on the case. However, it has again outraged church critics; West sees it as further evidence of an internal culture deeply averse to criticism.

“If you criticise them its because you have let in a ‘root of bitterness’ – these are the terms they use,” he claims. “Any Hillsong pastor who has strayed from the vision is quickly ostracised.”

Even those who like and admire Houston worry that the circle surrounding him may be overly deferential. Rosebrough argues that the fact that Hillsong and other family-dominated Pentecostal churches have no “traditional ecclesiastical oversight” makes them more vulnerable to potential conflicts between family interests and those of the organisation more broadly.

But Houston insists that “there are all the other incredible people around me … it’s not like I’m the king of Saudi or something.”

Reverend Tim Costello, a Baptist minister, believes Hillsong is doing good work among young Australians who would otherwise be like “beached whales who have lost their radar”.

“It’s much better being in church than doing ice in nightclubs,” he says. “Young people living in a land of plenty are yearning for both spirituality and a sense of justice, and when you bring these two things together it is a powerful statement of true Christian faith. I do believe Hillsong are trying to do this.”

Steve West is more blunt about where Hillsong’s appeal lies: “Moral certainty, community, a sense of identity. There is something so attractive about a black and white view of the world.”

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My comments and pictures:

Why didn’t Deborah Snow ask a few tough questions like: “Were you ever abused by your old rampant evil child rapist father?” and “Why do you refuse point blank to help the boy and young male pedophile victims of the Founder of Hillsong, your father Frank Houston’s sexual abuses”.

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Hillsong’s Queen and King. Bobbie and Brian’s mansion in Glenhaven Sydney Australia bought with Hillsong tithes.

 

The house of Bobbie and Brian.

The Mansion of Bobbie and Brian.

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Brian and Bobbie Houston's McMansion Palace in Glenhaven, Western Sydney.

King Brian and Queen Bobbie Houston’s McMansion Palace in Glenhaven, Western Sydney.

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Bobbie and Brian's house. Home theatre.

Bobbie and Brian Houston’s Home Theatre.

Jeff Beacham in New Zealand rock band 1970s. Front and centre. Jeff was a drummer.

Donald Elley of Bellingen:

This article was published on this site on 22 October 2014.

I knew Jeff Beacham, Barry Smith, Frank and Brian Houston and all the players at CLC Darlinghurst in the 1980s to 1990s.

Blog article of 22 October 2014

Early Hillsong

I was at CLC Darlinghurst, the second name and second location of Hillsong, from 1981 and knew Jeff Beacham.

Pastor Jeff Beacham formed an end-time prophet style ministry

In the 1990s, Pastor Jeff Beacham formed an end-time prophet style ministry based at Christian Life Centre (CLC) Sydney. Former names: CLC Double Bay, CLC Darlinghurst. Later names: Hillsong City Church, Hillsong City Campus.

Jeff’s ministry was derived from Barry Smith, a self-styled end-time prophet from New Zealand.

Frank on Barry Smith: “Barry Smith fills the church coffers”

Although no intellectual, Barry had devised a complex system of end-time interpretation of the scriptures related to current events. Some people would write off Barry Smith as a misguided mad false prophet. Frank Houston liked Barry and gave him a lot of playing time at CLC Darlinghurst in the early days.

Although Frank liked Barry he secretly thought Barry was a bit of a looney. Frank told me, “Barry is a looney but the people love him. Every time he comes here, he packs in the crowds and fills the church coffers”.

Barry Smith was popular and filled the house at CLC Darlinghurst. Translate “filled the church coffers”. Frank told me Barry’s ability to draw the crowds, and intrinsically the cash, was a plus for Barry, “even if I don’t believe everything he says”.

Impressionable young people believed every word Barry said.

Barry Smith

Jeff was greatly influenced by Barry Smith, a fellow New Zealander and similar personality type to Jeff.

Barry died before his time. He was a tall solid man and he liked hamburgers and used to make negative jokes about health foods. He died from a heart attack.

Pastor Jeff Beacham or “Jeff” as he was commonly known, took over from Barry Smith and formulated his own end-time ministry.

Jeff Beacham

In those days, Jeff was a bit of a knock-about man. Like Terry Appel, a bricky who became a pastor at CLC Darlinghurst and operates on the Northern Beaches as a pastor. Terry Appel started ministry as a head deacon at CLC Darlinghurst.

Terry Appel was a kind of spiritual bouncer meets servant of God. Solid and strong but big-hearted behind that rugged exterior and gingery beard.

Similarly Jeff Beacham had a bit of a Sylvester Stallone edge but again he was good-hearted and well-intended.

After his formation of his End-Time ministry, the prophecies hadn’t come to pass as quickly as Jeff had thought, so he decided to focus on the Holy Spirit.

Jeff hooked up with John and Carol Arnott, who were having success in Toronto, Canada and he brought their “Catch the Fire” ministry to CLC at Waterloo, its current location. Its now called Hillsong City Campus.

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Jeff Beacham was an astute businessman, but Pastor Frank Houston, that old fox, was far craftier

Jeff Beacham was an astute businessman, but Pastor Frank Houston, that old fox, was far craftier. Jeff was born in the late 1940s but old Frank had been around 28 years longer.

Jeff Beacham had a large family to feed. Five kids. He was serving God, and Jeff is a very genuine guy, but a man’s got to provide for his family.

Jeff told me the following story in about 1998, before the Frank Houston pedophile scandal hit the fan. At the time of the story, Frank was still the great man of God. Highly respected and almost revered.

Jeff had been ripped off by that cunning old fox Frank Houston the first time he brought Catch the Fire to Australia. Jeff’s Ministry was independently incorporated to CLC Waterloo with no legal ties or obligations to CLC. But Jeff made the mistake of not setting up a bank account separate from the treasury of CLC.

The first Catch the Fire made a healthy profit and the profit was, by verbal agreement with Frank, supposed to go to Jeff’s ministry. But CLC were a bit short of cash as always, and Frank took the profit.

Undeterred, Jeff forgave old Frank and decided to stage a second Catch the Fire. This time, remembering his first experience with Frank, he got Frank to sign a contract with the profits going to Jeff’s ministry coffers.

The 2nd Catch the Fire was an even bigger success. It made a profit of $150,000, which was a decent sum in the late 1990s. Still is today.

Cunning old Frank eyed the profit and took it into the CLC coffers. Jeff was very upset about this and shirt-fronted Frank.

Old Frank said to Jeff, “Sorry, we need the cash”.

Jeff replied, “But Frank, you signed a contract”.

To this Frank retorted, “It doesn’t matter. If you don’t like it, sue me then”.

Jeff, who greatly respected Frank, although this respect was being severely tested, decided to forgive him, give it to God and move on. There was nothing that he could do about it.

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Frank Houston at early Hillsong in Darlinghurst, Sydney in 1980

Frank Houston was a crook of the highest order

Frank was a crook of the highest order. This was soon to be revealed when his secret homosexuality and pedophilia was exposed in 1999.

It’s taken another twenty years for everything about Frank Houston and Brian Houston to be exposed to the whole world.

Jeff Beacham with second wife Melva

Jeff with his second wife Melva.

Jeff Beacham died from throat cancer in 2013

Jeff Beacham died from throat cancer in 2013. He’d been a heavy smoker in the 1960s to 1970s when he was a rock musician in New Zealand.

Donald Elley of Bellingen October 2, 2021:

The blog article of mine below on November 16, 2015 commentating on a Sydney Morning Herald article a couple of days earlier on Hillsong of November 14, 2021 should be read in that context.

Back then, six years go, we didn’t know Brian Houston would be charged by Australian police for the criminal offence of concealing a pedophile. That is, Brian’s lifelong secret pedophile father Frank Houston.

And we didn’t know that Hillsong’s first gay marriage of Hillsong New York City’s worship leader Josh Canfield would be aborted when Joel split with his male partner Reed Kelly in early 2016.

I state that I have established 13 boy sex abuse victims of Frank Houston. Today I can’t put a number on how many because the number is now meteoric and unmeasurable. Hundreds. Thousands. Maybe over two thousand boy victims.

Donald Elley of Bellingen November 16, 2015:

The article below was published last Saturday in the Good Weekend section of the Sydney Morning Herald.

It’s pretty light-weight, the issues it raises have been covered many times before, and it doesn’t ask the hard questions, so it’s going to need my help to get it where it should be.

I’ll publish it now in full and make helpful comments as I go through it.

I’ll also add my pictures and images.

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Josh Canfield Hillsong NYC gay worship leader with gay live-in partner Reed.

Josh Canfield Hillsong New York City gay worship leader with gay live-in partner Reed. Josh helpfully informs us: “Our relationship is not yet consummated”, whatever that means, even though they live together and host a home bible study with their gay friends (in their bedroom?).

The Sydney Morning Herald (SMH) article:

Inside the Hillsong Church’s money-making machine

Sydney Morning Herald

November 14, 2015

Reporter: Deborah Snow

While Hillsong’s charismatic leader Brian Houston presides over a glitzy religious empire, he has not only had to face a Royal Commission grilling, but questions over theology, money and his church’s treatment of homosexuals.

My picture and comments:

Hi. I'm Bobbie Houston. Darlings, can't talk now. My ride is waiting. Going down to Double Bay to see my hairdresser and pop in to my Cosmetic Surgeon for a little touch-up.

Hi. I’m Bobbie Houston, Brian’s wife. “Darlings, can’t talk now. My chauffeur is waiting. Going down to Double Bay to see my hairdresser and pop in to my Cosmetic Surgeon for a little touch-up”.

The SMH article:

The charismatic leader of the Hillsong Church divides with his stance on homosexuality, wealth creation and the way he handled his father’s child abuse.

Sydney’s Allphones Arena looms out of the chilly dusk on a late June evening like one of painter Jeffrey Smart’s visions of urban dystopia.

Inside the cavernous space, the senior pastor and co-founder of the Hillsong Church, Brian Houston, is prowling the stage before more than 20,000 mesmerised souls who have flocked here for the opening of the church’s week-long annual conference, famed for its spectacle, fiery preaching and rock-concert atmosphere.

My picture and comments:

Pope Pete, the hip-hop groovy cool youth Pope of Baulkham Hills, Sydney , Australia. Formerly plain old Brian Houston from the bland grey suburb of Lower Hutt, Wellington, New Zealand.

Pope Pete, the hip-hop groovy cool Youth Pope of Baulkham Hills, Sydney, Australia. Formerly plain old Brian Houston from the bland grey suburb of Lower Hutt, Wellington, New Zealand.

The SMH article:

“I think my father was homosexual, a closet homosexual. I’m no psychiatrist … but I think whatever frustrations he had, he took out on children”.

My picture and comments:

Pastor Frank Houston. Lifelong pedophile. Answerable to God.

Pastor Frank Houston. Lifelong secret pedophile. Started abusing little boys aged 7 to 12 when he was in his teens, By the age of 20 he was a hardened pedophile. The covert secret pedophile Frank Houston decided that the Christian ministry was the best way to break down the defence mechanisms of good wholesome trusting Christian families and access their little boys and young males. The criminal pedophile Frank Houston probably sexually abused over 400 boys and young males in his lifetime, probably including his two sons, Brian and Graeme. Graeme refuses to go to church and Brian is in denial. I have definite proof through reliable testimony of victims of 13 boy and young teen victims, but mainly little boys aged 7 to 11. This is only the tip of the iceberg. The criminal pedophile Frank Houston was an extremely active pedophile for his whole adult lifetime. He confessed to his son Brian that he was “very active as a pedophile in the 1960s and 1970s”. This was when he was in his 40s and 50s”. This is when he sexually abused all the little boys that I know of. In the 1980s he switched his homosexual desires to young males in their 20s and 30s. He surrounded himself with young men in this demography at Christian Life Centre, Darlinghurst in the 1980s and 1990s. This was the first name of Hillsong. The criminal pedophile Frank Houston moved to Sydney to escape looming criminal charges for an out-of-control pedophile spree in New Zealand.

The SMH article:

The faithful, the curious, the spiritually hungry: they’re packed to the roof in tight rows, eyes fixed on this master showman. At 61, Houston seems the embodiment of Hillsong’s promise: olive-skinned, unlined brow, gleaming teeth, designer stubble, and powerful build set off by jeans, open-neck shirt and tailored jacket. A veritable poster boy for the boomer generation.

My picture and comments:

I wonder if Brian will ever be led away like this.

I wonder if Brian will ever be led away like this. He won’t be looking so young and bouncy, as described above, if the NSW Justice System prosecutes him for not reporting his old pedophile dad to the NSW Police in 1999 when he should have, according to his Statutory Duty as a leader of a large Christian organisation. For five years he sheltered his old pedophile dad Frank Houston for until he died, his mortal soul going into God’s Hands.

The SMH article:

He’s in full flight – cajoling, conversing, proselytising – when suddenly he drops like a stone to the stage and launches into a series of push-ups.

My pictures and comments:

When I listen to Brian Houston preaching, I think he’s insane. I think, “how can any rational and conscious human being listen to his trollop?” He’s a bigger bull-shit artist than even Donald Trump.

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The SMH article:

“We are lean, mean kingdom machines, all set for everything that God wants to do in this place. Amen! Amen!” he proclaims, pumping the stage as they stomp and cheer.

“Your words can frame your future,” he tells them. “Speak your faith, start seeing miracles … Owner of your first home! Best-selling author … Mother of handsome sons and beautiful daughters! Businessman who is prosperous and fruitful! Your brother’s salvation, your sister’s healing … Speak it into being! Speak it into being! Speak it into being! Amen!”

My comments: 

Who does Brian Houston think Australians are? A bunch of bogans?

I’d say there aren’t many, if any, articulate, reflective, intelligent, rational people left at Hillsong.

They’ve all been shunted out the Hillsong door.

Brian Houston’s preaching makes me want to puke.

The SMH article:

The uplifting mood is punctured for me two days later when I’m hauled out of my $300 conference seat near the rafters by a burly security guard wearing a Hillsong T-shirt. My sin, apparently, is to have made people “feel uncomfortable” by writing in a notebook and asking the young chap next to me a few questions.

My comments and picture:

In my recent Hillsong Insider series, the Hillsong Insider has been expressing how he feels Hillsong Security are a bunch of thugs, and how Senior Pastor Steve McGhie is an insensitive bogan.

The above incident demonstrates the Hillsong Insiders point. Hillsong have really lost it.

Pastor Steve McGhie

Pastor Steve McGhie. Senior Pastor at Hillsong City Church in Waterloo. Brian Houston’s goof-ball bro-in- law. God help us. God help the naive believing inexperienced Hillsong young faithful.  About Steve McGhie, the Hillsong Insider who I’ve interviewed, says: “Steve McGhie is Racist, Bigoted and Unloving. Steve McGhie has no heart for the poor and downtrodden of Sydney’s Inner City, Hillsong City’s neighbours. That Steve McGhie hates Aboriginal. That he hates lesbians and calls them “lady-lovers” and throws them out the Hillsong door”.

The SMH article:

Brian Houston speaks to the media after appearing at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in October last year.

My photograph and comments:

Brian Houston:

Brian Houston: His gospel is that “Greed is Good”. This is the polar opposite of the words and teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ and the mighty Apostle Paul. Brian Houston doesn’t know the Lord Jesus Christ.

The SMH article:

When I ask Houston some days afterwards about this subtle undercurrent of paranoia, he expresses surprise. He suggests it could have been a response to his stark warnings from the stage about Channel Nine’s A Current Affair, which had been quizzing Hillsongers outside the conference about their financial contributions to the church (a perennial sore point).

“ACA just lies” he says, eyes blazing. “Full stop. You can quote me. They are just liars.”

My photographs and comments:

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Pastor Brian Houston, the criminal pedophile Frank Houston's son. In denial.

Pastor Brian Houston, the criminal pedophile Frank Houston’s son. In denial.

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Brian Houston:

Brian Houston: “Current Affair are liars. They are just liars liars liars. I’m a liar liar liar. My father was a liar liar liar. What am I saying? Bobbie Bobbie Bobbie, My Foxy Princess and the Queen of Hillsong and the Queen of My Soul. My love. My Fair One. I’m feeling faint faint faint. Please bring me some more of those PTSD pills. I think I’m loosing it loosing it loosing it”.

The SMH article:

There’s more bristling when talk turns to the darkest cloud currently sitting on Hillsong’s horizon, the fallout from his appearance at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse last year (of which more later). “In their eyes, I didn’t do a thing right,” he says defiantly. Hillsong’s reputation for being on the thin-skinned side is starting to make some sense.

My photograph and comments:

Big bro Brian Hoston CEO of Hillsong organisation:

Brian Houston CEO of the Hillsong organisation at Day One of the Royal Commission: “Could you please repeat the question… Could you please repeat the question… Could you please repeat the question?” I think Brian’s psychiatrist lowered the dose level of his medications for Day Two of the Royal Commission.

The SMH article:

Our interview takes place in a private suite of rooms upstairs at the sprawling church complex in Alexandria (one of several valuable Sydney sites Hillsong owns) just as he’s about to jet off overseas for three months on church business.

Houston and his equally burnished wife, Bobbie, 58, the reigning couple of Australian Pentecostalism, are riding the crest of a wave that shows no signs of breaking. The Hillsong empire they founded (she, too, is a senior pastor) pulled in tax-free revenues of nearly $80 million in Australia last year and more than $100 million internationally. It is on the ground in 15 countries across Europe, Asia and the Americas, and broadcast in 160 nations. And it’s still growing. “I don’t feel there are any limits on how far we should try and go to reach as many people as we possibly can,” Houston says.

My pictures and comments:

Pastor Brian Houston.

Pastor Brian Houston. “No limits”.

Senior Joint Head Pastor of Hillsong international and the Hillsong Kingdoms stretching to the ends of the earth, as far as the vultures and eagle eyes can see.

Queen Bee Bobbie Houston. Eternal Princess and Queen Bee of the Hillsong Sisterhood. Botoxed to the Brim. Travels the world in luxury. No expense spared. Lives in a Houston McMansion in Glenhaven West Sydney. Only the very best will do for Queen Bobbie. Roars louder than all the Felons of Hillsong. (how do you spell Felions?). Felines, I think. The English language can be trickier than Brian Houston. Queen Bobbie: Senior Joint Head Pastor of Hillsong International based at Baulkham Hills Sydney Australia, and Queen Bee over all the Hillsong Kingdoms stretching to the ends of the earth, as far as the vultures and eagle eyes can see.

The SMH article:

Their three grown children all hold leadership positions within the church (though Houston flatly rejects suggestions it’s looking like a family business).

Sons Ben, 33, and Joel, 37, lead the charge in the US, with Ben having “planted” a Hillsong offshoot in LA and Joel becoming assistant pastor in New York. Daughter Laura, 28, and son-in-law Peter Toganivalu are youth pastors at Hillsong in Sydney.

My pictures and comments:

Joel Houston. Mummy's boy. Mummy spoils her kids rotten.

Joel Houston. Mummy’s boy. Mummy spoils her kids rotten.

“Pastor”Joel Houston. Pampered. Great sense of entitlement. “I’m Amazing. I’m the great Brian Houston’s son…Praise the Lord I’m Amazing”. Co-pastor of Hillsong New York City. Frank Houston’s talented grandson.

“Pastor” Joel Houston and “Pastor” Carl Lentz. Head pastors of Hillsong New York City. Gay lovers.

The SMH article:

There are bible training colleges, a Hillsong Performing Arts Academy, a Hollywood-produced film in the works, and Brian and Bobbie’s many books, CDs and DVDs. Underpinning it all is the hugely successful and lucrative Hillsong United rock band, fronted by Joel, which has soared to stratospheric heights on US Christian music charts.

It’s all too much for critics such as American pastor Chris Rosebrough, who labels Hillsong an “evangelical/ industrial complex” and Houston the “CEO of an international multimedia entertainment company” that “happens to have venues around the world where they do something they call church”.

Rosebrough runs Pirate Christian Radio, an online religious radio network that regularly takes aim at what he calls Hillsong’s “big box” approach to Christianity with its “squishy self-help inspirational messages” and “rock and roll laser light show”. More fundamentally, he takes issue with Hillsong’s theology, accusing Houston of teaching the “Word of Faith heresy”.

“It teaches that God wants you to be rich and prosperous so that you can be a blessing to other people, and that you do this by creating the future with your words,” he tells Good Weekend from his base in North Dakota. “It distorts the scriptures, and it’s a doctrine that wasn’t even taught until American televangelists invented it maybe 30 to 40 years ago.”

A similar queasiness about Hillsong’s messaging is felt by a number of mainstream church leaders here, though there is greater reluctance to say so openly.

“Brian’s intuitive genius is marketing,” says one senior churchman, who asks not to be quoted. “Hillsong is a culture – success, beautiful people, a positive message and nothing negative. The message is, ‘You’re awesome and God is awesome and we are God’s chosen and we have to be seen to be awesome.’ And when you tease out what awesome means, it basically means prosperity. They go very close to going that to be poor is sinful, to be saved successful.”

Sociologist Andrew Jakubowicz, of the University of Technology Sydney, observes that “this is not a church where the leader washes the feet of beggars”.

My picture and comments:

Brian Houston:

Brian Houston: “Greed is good”. “I’d wash the feet of beggars if I knew any but I’d rather get them to tithe their Social Security Pension”.

The SMH article:

But Houston is unapologetic about the self- advancement psychology embedded in Hillsong’s message. “I’d rather give people some hope than no hope,” he says. “We encourage them to look to Jesus and build their lives on the right foundations. My methods are relatable in a world where many say the church is a dying force. And I’m not prepared as a church leader to just sit there and let it die.”

Just as the Murdochs have taken three generations to build an empire, the Houstons have taken three generations to build Hillsong into the behemoth it is today. The more it grows, the more adherents see this as proof of divine endorsement.

“People are not looking for stale religion” with “dilapidated buildings filled with narrow-minded, self-righteous finger pointers”, Houston writes in his most recent book, Live Love Lead, released in July. “I am convinced beyond a doubt that God didn’t create us to live mediocre, settle-for-less lives.”

There was nothing settle-for-less about Brian’s father, William Francis “Frank” Houston, a consummate showman and gifted preacher whom Houston hero- worshipped as a boy. As a youngster, he would wave his dad off “longingly” on ministry trips, “believing that I, too, would do just that one day.”

Yet Frank, the empire-founder, was very nearly its undoing. In 1999, sensational allegations surfaced that he had been a serial paedophile, preying on boys and young men whom he had met through the church.

The revelations were shocking, perhaps less so to those familiar with Frank’s inauspicious start as a churchman. A former New Zealand Salvation Army officer who had left that organisation under a cloud when awkward discrepancies showed up in the local accounts, Frank suffered several nervous breakdowns in young adulthood. At least one episode required hospitalisation. So destitute were he and his young family that at one point they possessed nothing beyond “six forks, two pairs of blankets and an old radio”, according to his stalwart wife, Hazel.

The man who saved Frank Houston was a barnstorming Pentecostal preacher, Ray Bloomfield, who took him on as a kind of apprentice at a church near Auckland in the late 1950s.

Under Bloomfield’s tutelage, Frank became entranced by Pentecostalism, a form of charismatic Christian worship that celebrates exuberant physical manifestations of religious ecstasy such as the incomprehensible babbling known as “speaking in tongues”.

In her 1989 book, Being Frank, Hazel recalled how her husband would kneel in prayer “as close to Ray as possible so that he might experience the gushings of Ray’s tongues”.

When Bloomfield eventually left New Zealand for Canada, he handed his church over to Frank who, by some never fully explained process, became an Assemblies of God minister in his own right. He became an entertaining preacher who would “do crazy things like throw a glass of water over the congregation and make funny jokes – he endeared himself to a lot of people”, recalls one former pastor.

Frank’s enjoyment of the company of young men was noted, but rang no alarm bells at the time. It was always seen as “Frank being this father figure to young, gentle men”.

His fierce ambitions for a successor centred on his second son, Brian, rather than eldest, Graeme, who became a fireman and moved to Britain.

In early 1999, just before the first whiff of scandal hit, Frank issued his own book, The Release of the Human Spirit, in which he described laying hands on the infant Brian and beseeching the Lord to “make this boy grow to be a mighty man of God”.

The Houstons arrived in Sydney in 1977 after a divine visitation ordered Frank to “plant a church” in the harbour city. They set up the Sydney Christian Life Centre, initially in Double Bay, and ran it on a shoestring, with newlyweds Brian (then aged 24) and Bobbie coming out from NZ to help them a year later. Brian washed windows to make ends meet, the younger couple eventually buying themselves what one former friend recalls as a “tiny little bungalow in Kings Langley”.

In 1983, Brian Houston ventured out to nearby Baulkham Hills in the city’s north-west to set up an offshoot of his father’s church, calling it the Hills Christian Life Centre. He chose the Hills, he told the ABC’s Australian Story some years ago, partly because of a hugely successful car dealer out there who “used to be on the TV and sell Holdens. And I thought to myself, ‘If you could build the largest Holden dealership in Australia there, surely it must be somewhere where you could build a church.’ ”

Houston soon hit spiritual pay dirt, teaming up with the man who would become one of his closest friends: gifted musician and former ABC technical operations officer Geoff Bullock, who wrote, directed and produced much of Hillsong’s music in those years (delivering three gold albums and a platinum in the process). A trip to the US in 1989 also proved a turning point.

A wide-eyed Houston was feted by pastors involved with the American Word of Faith movement and came back wearing what Bullock remembers as “the loudest shirts we had ever seen”. Everything else changed, too, according to Bullock: “The focus of Hillsong went from the standard Assemblies of God doctrine, which was more working-class and left-wing, to suddenly the prosperity doctrine.” As Hillsong leapt from success to success, Bullock found himself struggling with the increasingly frenetic pace, his own turmoil, and Houston’s leadership style. He finally parted company with Hillsong in 1995, having taken it to the brink of its international musical success. The rupture was wounding to both men.

Bullock tells Good Weekend: “I had an unshakeable spiritual revelation that it was time to leave. There had always been tensions in our relationship. Brian had a fiery temper and domineering leadership style and I was under relentless pressure.” Bullock’s former wife, Janine, says, “They demanded blood of him, but it still wasn’t enough.”

The sense of betrayal was deep on both sides. Over the ensuing years Houston has repeatedly claimed (without naming Bullock) that he had no warning of the departure of the man he then considered his best friend. Bullock emphatically disputes this.

Most distressing to Bullock – and others who admired his work – is that he has now been effectively airbrushed from Hillsong’s history.

By the late 1990s Hillsong was in gleaming purpose- built premises, and feted enough to have John Howard open its new convention centre in 2002. Brian Houston had by now risen to the hugely influential position of national president of the Assemblies of God (AOG), a movement with which Hillsong was affiliated.

In early 1999 Frank stepped aside from the city branch, asking his son to take over. Few knew Frank was secretly fending off the first of the child sexual abuse allegations that would crash around the church with the force of a tsunami.

In evidence before the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse at the end of last year, Brian Houston said he’d had no inkling of his father’s dark secrets before October 1999.

He spoke of feeling shock and devastation, described how he had confronted his father at the first opportunity and – after convening a meeting of other AOG elders to discuss the crisis – forced Frank to stand aside (albeit on a pension) from further preaching duties.

But the counsel assisting the commission, Simeon Beckett, has taken a sterner view of the matter. Late last year he recommended Houston be referred to NSW police for failing to pass on that earliest claim of abuse (others involving at least six boys in New Zealand surfaced later). And he chastised Houston for failing to recognise the conflict of interest inherent in having carriage of the complaint against his father while also being head of Hillsong and head of the Assemblies of God.

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The life of Brian

The SMH article

Houston can barely contain his anger at Beckett’s recommendations. He maintains he respected the wishes of the victim, by then an adult, who had wanted the matter kept in-house; and that elders of the Assemblies of God had full knowledge and oversight of his handling of the affair.

Houston tells Good Weekend: “It didn’t really matter what the facts were, the counsel assisting [the commission] had his mind made up about what happened and never moved off it at any point.”

Frank died in 2004 aged 82, yet despite the gathering storm was still a respectable enough figure for then senior police officer (now NSW police commissioner) Andrew Scipione to attend his funeral. Scipione was also spotted at this year’s Hillsong conference, raising eyebrows among some of the church’s more trenchant critics.

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Phil Pringle. CEO of C3 International. Now a doctor. Regarded the pedophile Frank Houston as his spiritual father.

Phil Pringle. CEO of C3 International based in Sydney Australia. Now a Doctor. Regarded the Pedophile Frank Houston as his Spiritual Father. Has a little something in his syringe to help his mate Brian through all his many troubles.

The SMH article

As Frank’s dark secrets gradually unfurled, Brian Houston slid slowly into a growing dependence on sleeping pills.

In Live Love Lead, he describes falling prey to a growing disconnect between an inner emptiness and the church’s outward success. The climax came one night five years ago with a full-blown panic attack, which washed him up on a “great reef of jagged pain, fear and sorrow”. He was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, though he says he has now bounced back, through “the grace of God”.

Didn’t he feel he was living a lie through those years, telling others that faith was enough to deliver the good life, even as he was “imploding” inside?

“I don’t see that I was being fake at all,” he says. “I’ve never stopped loving people, never stopped loving God. “You call it a façade, but I don’t even see it like that, because to me, I was still genuine in everything I did.”

When Frank was 78, he told Brian that Frank’s own father had once abused him after coming home drunk.

“I think my father was homosexual, a closet homosexual,” says Houston, almost as an aside. “I’m no psychiatrist … but I think whatever frustrations he had, he took out on children.”

My comments:

“C’mon Brian, your dad was a child rapist all his life. Get over it. We’re all sick of you crapping on trying to sanitise yourself, your old rampant sicko pedophile dad, and your whole damn greedy avarice out-of-control family. Why don’t you just shut the whole darn thing down and go fishing or something?”

The SMH article:

The Hillsong United band takes the stage, its members in skinny jeans and T-shirts, frontman Joel Houston in an edgy black hat, as they pump up the volume under sweeping lights. “You take me higher than I’ve been before … You are everything I want and more.” Thousands sing along, arms upraised, eyes closed, in the grip of a kind of rapture. Somewhere here at the conference, keeping a lowish profile, is pop star Justin Bieber, who hangs out with Joel at Hillsong in New York. Joel is married to a fashion and lifestyle-blogging Brazilian model, Esther Lima Houston, who struts her stuff on misswhoo.com, providing “an unfiltered lifestyle platform for the modern woman”.

Happy, shiny people. Bullock once said he “came to think that the patron saint of Hillsong was Gianni Versace”. Jakubowicz says he’s “fascinated by how successfully Hillsong has integrated the various elements of contemporary culture into the whole story”.

Yet while it works hard at cultivating its hip, contemporary appeal, there is still little comfort to be found here for those who are openly homosexual. Former Hillsong regular Alex Pittaway, now studying theology in the US, says he saw one friend devastated after being told by the church that “we can’t have gay people in speaking or leadership roles”. He says others were left wounded after being directed towards what was known as “ex-gay reparative therapy”, aimed at “curing” them of homosexuality. “Gay people need to know that there is only so far they can go in Hillsong,” says Pittaway.

Anthony Venn-Brown, a former Assemblies of God pastor who broke with the movement after falling in love with a man, now runs Ambassadors & Bridge Builders International, an organisation aimed at building links between religious organisations and gay and bisexual Christians. He says Houston has a “heart for people” but “like many evangelical leaders is on a journey that requires greater understanding of sexual orientation”. Houston recently referred to gay marriage as the “elephant in the room” for the churches.

Hillsong’s finances are another perennial topic for critics, aired copiously on watchdog websites. (Infamously, in 1999 Houston put out a tome entitled You Need More Money; he regrets it now, though, insisting “the idea of the book, I think, was pure”.) In the past, Hillsong has encouraged tithing (rendering 10 per cent of income to the church) and is notorious for the “love offerings” it solicits at religious services for visiting preachers. Steve West, a former Hillsong regular who attended its leadership college 15 years ago, says Hillsong and its affiliates “are the only churches I know to have sermons designed to inspire giving, every single service. I have run a church ministry. This is totally unnecessary behaviour.”

The church’s financial operations are enmeshed in nine different corporate entities registered with the federal government’s Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission, and despite Hillsong’s frequent promises of financial transparency, that’s not been the experience of West, who says when he sought access to the books he was rebuffed and demonised.

“Their response was along the lines of trying to shut me down – I got a letter from their lawyers, a cease and desist notice.” Hillsong rejects the claims and says it had to “take the necessary steps to protect ourselves from baseless and inappropriate comments”. The bulk of Hillsong’s tax-free millions appears to go towards funding its relentless expansion, and keeping its own intricate machinery running, though it does underwrite a range of charitable activities. In recent years it has raised nearly $1.5 million for victims of natural disasters abroad. It runs prison outreach services, offers free counselling to those unable to afford mental health treatment, and last year distributed more than 130,000 food and toy items. It says it reached thousands of people with its volunteer-run CityCare street teams.

In 2013 Houston attempted to quell speculation about how much he and his family were earning from the rivers of gold Hillsong was generating by posting an online letter entitled “Bobbie’s and My Finances”. He stated he was earning $150,000 that year from the church plus $150,000 from Leadership Ministries Incorporated (LMI), which he described as “the entity by which Bobbie and I conduct our broader ministry” worldwide as guest speakers. (There is a well-trodden circuit for celebrity pastors, who were thick on the ground at the Hillsong’s own conference this year.) Personal royalties were not clarified, nor were Bobbie’s earnings.

When Good Weekend asked for an update on this year’s figures, a church spokesman demurred, saying, “We do not disclose the remuneration arrangements of any individual employee due to privacy and confidentiality issues.” The 2014 return for LMI showed it had gross earnings of nearly $670,000 and two full-time employees, whose names Hillsong did not disclose.

In early July, Channel Nine’s A Current Affair took fresh aim at the church’s well-filled coffers and the heavy burden placed on church volunteers.

The segment included an interview outside Allphones Arena (as the Hillsong conference was underway) with Tanya Levin, author of People in Glass Houses: An Insider’s Story of Life In and Out of Hillsong, a critique of Hillsong published in 2007. Acting on a tip-off from a Hillsong member – who told police at the venue that Levin had previously been banned by the church from venturing onto any Hillsong property – including premises the church had hired for events – police swooped and arrested her. She now faces trespass charges and will appear in court again this month. Thus far Hillsong is refusing to comment on the case. However, it has again outraged church critics; West sees it as further evidence of an internal culture deeply averse to criticism.

“If you criticise them its because you have let in a ‘root of bitterness’ – these are the terms they use,” he claims. “Any Hillsong pastor who has strayed from the vision is quickly ostracised.”

Even those who like and admire Houston worry that the circle surrounding him may be overly deferential. Rosebrough argues that the fact that Hillsong and other family-dominated Pentecostal churches have no “traditional ecclesiastical oversight” makes them more vulnerable to potential conflicts between family interests and those of the organisation more broadly.

But Houston insists that “there are all the other incredible people around me … it’s not like I’m the king of Saudi or something.”

Reverend Tim Costello, a Baptist minister, believes Hillsong is doing good work among young Australians who would otherwise be like “beached whales who have lost their radar”.

“It’s much better being in church than doing ice in nightclubs,” he says. “Young people living in a land of plenty are yearning for both spirituality and a sense of justice, and when you bring these two things together it is a powerful statement of true Christian faith. I do believe Hillsong are trying to do this.”

Steve West is more blunt about where Hillsong’s appeal lies: “Moral certainty, community, a sense of identity. There is something so attractive about a black and white view of the world.”

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My comments and pictures:

Why didn’t Deborah Snow ask a few tough questions like: “Were you ever abused by your old rampant evil child rapist father?” and “Why do you refuse point blank to help the boy and young male pedophile victims of the Founder of Hillsong, your father Frank Houston’s sexual abuses”.

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Hillsong’s Queen and King. Bobbie and Brian’s mansion in Glenhaven Sydney Australia bought with Hillsong tithes.

The house of Bobbie and Brian.

The Mansion of Bobbie and Brian.

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Brian and Bobbie Houston's McMansion Palace in Glenhaven, Western Sydney.

King Brian and Queen Bobbie Houston’s McMansion Palace in Glenhaven, Western Sydney.

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Bobbie and Brian Houston’s Home Theatre.

Pastor Brian Houston has grown rich on Hillsong music royalties and from other church income sources such as “Love Offerings”, which can amount to hundreds of thousands each time Brian preaches or teaches at an American mega-church.

Brian needs to acknowledge, help and make large pay-outs to victims of his father’s abuse.

Brian should pay a net one million Australian dollar payout to each victim of his father’s abuse.

Hillsong have the means, they should do it.

Donald Elley of Bellingen September 13, 2021

Below is an article from mine of September 14, 2014 at the time Brian Houston appeared at The Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

I have been writing on this site about Hillsong and Pastor Brian Houston’s concealment of his father Pastor Frank Houston and Frank’s sexual abuse of hundreds, if not thousands of boy victims for over 60 years since 2012.

At the time I wrote the article below, I knew of 10 boy sex abuse victims of Frank Houston plus his worship leader at early Hillsong Peter Laughton with whom Frank had a secret homosexual affair. This was in 1980 to 1984.

My current count of known Frank boy victims is at least 17 although it is now impossible to arrive at a figure. I’m now thinking hundreds, if not thousands, maybe over 2000 boy victims.

Donald Elley of Bellingen September 14, 2014

Pastor Frank Houston

Pastor Frank Houston. Unclean hands.

Introductory Note:

Revision 31 October 2014:

The number of boy victims of Pastor Frank Houston’s sexual abuse is now 14 or more. I have unearthed 3 more victims since the blog article below was written.

Please see my article “Pastor Frank Houston. Part one. Pastor Frank Houston’s pedophile activities” dated 13 September 2012 which is my first article on this matter and which I’ve updated to include the overall story and a list of victims of Pastor Frank Houston’s sexual abuse of mainly boys.

Donald Elley of Bellingen September 14, 2014

The Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse is about to turn its attention to Pastor Frank Houston, the Hillsong Organisation and the Australian Christian Churches, another name for the Australian Assemblies of God Churches.

Hillsong and Pastor Brian Houston, its head pastor and the successor to his father Frank Houston, Hillsong’s founder, constantly takes the position that Pastor Frank Houston committed a sole act of pedophilia on a boy in Lower Hutt New Zealand forty years ago. This is the official Hillsong stance.

In numerous blog articles on this site I’ve described in detail how this statement is not only not true but a lie, spin and a complete cover-up.

Pastor Frank Houston had a sexual taste for young men and boys. His orientation was for young males. Ten year olds, teens and vulnerable young men in their early twenties.

Please bear in mind that Pastor Frank Houston was the most senior Assemblies of God (AOG) pastor in New Zealand in the late 1960s and 1970s and in Australia in the 1980s and 1990s. He was revered as the god-father and founder of Hillsong and the most senior figure in the Pentecostal movement in Australia and New Zealand for three plus decades.

All this time Pastor Frank Houston was committing pedophile and homosexual acts against young male victims.

I have sympathy for his son Pastor Brian Houston, in the sense that I know him and have spent time with him in the 1980s. I fitted out Brian’s first office in Baulkham Hills Shopping Centre in 1983 and Brian took me to his first home, a humble small dwelling in a street of better larger houses. I knew Brian before he became a pastor in the early 1980s. I have watched his progress over the decades.

I can understand Brian’s desire to paint his dad in a better light. I can understand his unwillingness, even denial, about the truth.

Brian has said that he didn’t know about Pastor Frank Houston’s abuse of his young worship leader Peter Laughton, in the early 1980s. But Brian knows now.

Pastor Frank Houston invited Peter Laughton, his young worship leader, to be a boarder, with him and his wife Hazel, in the peaceful environment of their church-funded Lane Cove Apartment, overlooking the Lane Cove River. Frank said he would mentor him. Frank, who was 58, proceeded to seduce and molest Peter and molest him repeatedly. Google “Peter Laughton abuse” or “Frank Houston abuse” for the sordid details Peter shared with the Sydney Morning Herald in 2007.

The reality is that Pastor Frank Houston abused many more children, adolescents and vulnerable young men than the one Hillsong and Pastor Brian Houston claim.

Here is the list of victims I know about which I’ve listed in chronological order.

They total 11 or more victims.

I suspect there are more. A lot more.

1. Lower Hutt, Wellington, New Zealand. Pastor Frank Houston abused six ten year old boys. SUB TOTAL: SIX VICTIMS

Sources: 1. A relative, who is now a prominent New Zealand Christian counsellor, told me in 1990 his professional mentor was abused by Pastor Frank Houston and that there were a total of six boys who Frank Houston abused. 2. Stan and Sheila Carter, former members of Lower Hutt Assemblies of God. Sheila was an AOG missionary for decades and a very reliable source. There are people alive today in New Zealand who would know the facts. There was an investigation and a big fall-out. Pastor Frank, like all pedophiles, denied the allegations and attacked and expelled his accusers from his church, the Lower Hutt AOG, Wellington, New Zealand..

2. Lower Hutt New Zealand. Early 1970s. Pastor Frank Houston molested a 16 year old adolescent boy. SUB TOTAL: ONE VICTIM

Sources: This is well-documented. Peter Fowler has written on-line about what happened to him. The NZ AOG made a pay-out. Google “Frank Houston and Peter Fowler” for details.

3. South Australia. Pastor Frank Houston molested at least three boys. SUB TOTAL: THREE PLUS VICTIMS

Sources. Stan and Sheila Carter. (refer above). One of the victims wrote a comment on one of my blog articles on this site. He said he had been abused by Pastor Frank Houston at an AOG Church camp in South Australia and there were others. He wrote that there were many young 10 year old boys who were sexually molested by Pastor Frank Houston.

4. Sydney, Australia. Early 1980s. Pastor Frank Houston aged 60 abused his vulnerable worship leader, Peter Laughton, aged in his 20s. SUB TOTAL: ONE VICTIM

GRAND TOTAL ELEVEN OR MORE VICTIMS.

I hope the Royal Commission digs into the detail and gets to the truth about Pastor Frank Houston and the Hillsong and Pastor Brian Houston spin and cover-ups.

It’s time the full truth came out and was acknowledged and owned by the Houston family.

It’s time Hillsong and Pastor Brian Houston took responsibility for Pastor Frank Houston’s actions and took the following actions:

1. Locate and made a full acknowledgment and apology to all the victims.

2. Pay for professional counselling, for as long as they require it, for all victims. The counsellor to be a counsellor of the victims choice.

3. Pay a net one million Australian dollar payout to each victim of his father’s abuse.

Pastor Brian Houston, and his family and others, have enriched  themselves on the back of Hillsong’s success.

I’m particularly concerned about individuals taking of royalties from the sale of Hillsong albums, which has been going on for decades. This is in reality stealing from God. Pastor Brian Houston, his family and others have no right to do this. If we do stuff for God and in the name of God, then we shouldn’t steal money from it. It’s wrong in the sight of God.

There is so much wrong at Hillsong and the acknowledgement, help and payment of Pastor Frank Houston’s pedophile and homosexual victims is just one of many things that should be set right at Hillsong.

Acknowledging and helping victims of Pastor Frank Houston’s pedophile acts would be a good start.

Pastor Brian Houston has grown rich on Hillsong music royalties and from other church income sources such as “Love Offerings”, which can amount to hundreds of thousands each time Brian preaches or teaches at an American mega-church.

Brian needs to acknowledge, help and make large pay-outs to victims of his father’s abuse.

Brian should pay a net one million Australian dollar payout to each victim of his father’s abuse.

Hillsong have the means, they should do it.

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Pastor Brian Houston. Grown rich on royalties and from other church income sources. Brian needs to acknowledge, help and make large pay-outs to victims of his father’s abuse. Hillsong have the means, they should do it.

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Frank Houston with a young man at early Hillsong. The homosexual Frank sneaking in a little masked homo hug. Pastor Frank Houston founder of Hillsong was a personification of evil. Frank Houston was a lifelong secret homosexual and pedophile.

Donald Elley of Bellingen August 15, 2021

Donald Elley

I wrote this article and first published it on this site on November 10, 2015

Donald Elley of Bellingen November 10, 2015

“Pastor” Frank Houston was a pedophile who used Christian ministry as a cloak, disguise and instrument to access little boys and young males.

Like a wolf in sheep’s clothing, Frank thought it was the perfect disguise to access his prey. This is a common tactic of pedophiles.

Frank Houston groomed good, trusting, wholesome New Zealand and Australian Christian families, then secretly accessed, assaulted and sexually abused their innocent, young boys.

Frank Houston’s preferred pedophile victims were little boys and young males. So by clinical psychological definition he was a pedophile. A pedophile sexually abuses children aged under 13, even babies.

In his criminal pedophile mind, Frank Houston calculated that being a Christian pastor provided the safest and easiest access to innocent little Christian boys.

Innocent little boys and young males were the object of his evil pedophile desires.

Christian ministry provided ongoing access to children, with the least chance of being caught out.

The pedophile mind works like this.

A pedophile’s primary motivation and satisfaction in life is to try to satisfy his, or her, insatiable inner sexual lusts for children and minors.

In my last blog I explained how Frank Houston was a pedophile who used Christian ministry as a cloak, instrument and disguise to gain access to good, kind, godly trusting Christian families and to sexually assault their little boys and young males.

I explained how the mind and psyche of a pedophile works.

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Frank Houston early 1980s The most evil and corrupt Pentecostal priest since the day of Pentecost 2000 years ago. 

Frank Houston selected a vocation in Christian ministry because he thought that Christian ministry is the best and the safest occupation and profession in which to operate as a pedophile and not be caught and sent to jail or worse.

Nobody, especially in the more innocent pre-1990s, would have expected Frank Houston to be a secret hardened evil pedophile.

It is very unlikely Frank would have gotten away with this type of behaviour today.

I write “innocent” because in the 1940s to 1970s, when Frank Houston was very active as a pedophile, there wasn’t the societal consciousness, or the educational and social awareness, about child sexual abuse that there is today.

Nor were there child protections such as police clearances, as common procedural practice, prior to people being employed in fields where children could easily be accessed and sexually abused.

And even today, after all the scandals of the past 25 years in all Christian denominations, Christian pastors, except Roman Catholic priests, are still some of the most trusted people in society.

Could a better foil or cover for a pedophile be found than that of a Christian pastor in the 1940s when Frank Houston trained as a Salvation Army Captain at the age of 18?

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The pedophile Frank Houston in one of his early disguises as a Salvation Army Captain in New Zealand in the 1940s.

Could a better foil or cover for a pedophile be found than that of an Assemblies of God pastor in the 1950s to 1970s in New Zealand when Frank Houston was a leading Assemblies of God pastor aged in his 30s, 40s and 50s?

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The pedophile Frank Houston looking to the Heavens while preaching in the early 1980s. A brazen act by a hardened pedophile. Flirting with judgment and mocking Almighty God.

Frank was head of the New Zealand AOG from 1965 to 1977.

Could a better foil or cover for a pedophile be found than that of an Australian AOG pastor in the 1980s when Frank Houston was a Sydney Pentecostal evangelist and leading pastor aged in his 60s?

At heart a pedophile is a coward who will scurry away into a dark corner if they feel they may be found out.

A pedophile also has a large range of ploys and strategies to keep their victims quiet, ranging from threats of violence to statements like what boy victim AHA said Frank Houston said it him.

One of the things Frank Houston said to boy victim AHA was “Even if you tell people, they won’t believe you because I’m a famous evangelist. Who would they believe? You or me?”.

This is the criminal mind of a pedophile talking. They’re talking from within their den or nest which has layers and layers of well-thought-out decoys, shields, cob-webs and protections.

The Western Australian slang word for pedophiles is “Rock Spider”.

Rock spider. Jail name for pedophile. Origin: Western Australia jail slang.

“Rock Spider”. Jail name for pedophile. Origin: Western Australia jail slang.

The reason for the name “Rock Spider” is that pedophiles like little kids cracks. Many pedophiles do lots of darker things than to touch children. Pedophiles are child rapists and amongst the worst human beings ever on the planet.

That’s why pedophiles are at the bottom of the jail hierarchy and inmates persecute and torment them. Even felons know that pedophiles are the low of the low.

By 1965, Frank Houston was way too far into his cover as a Christian pastor to change his cover and disguise.

From the 1940s, Frank Houston had embarked on a really dark and demonic series of extremely serious assaults on little boys and male teens.

In rapid succession in the 1940s to 1970s, the pedophile Frank Houston sexually abused over 400 little boys and young teens. Maybe over 1000. Maybe 2000 plus.

This is a projection of mine based on an enormous body of evidence I’ve collected on Frank Houston. Everything is published on this site except private conversations, mainly by email, with various victims, their supporters and others. But there is little I know that will help the reader understand Frank Houston, Brian Houston and the Hillsong organisation that I haven’t shared on this site.

The known victims of this out-of-control pedophile spree conducted by the pedophile Frank Houston in the 1940s to 1970s included at least 17 known boys aged 7 to 12. In reality hundreds, if not thousands of little boys

There were at least six known boy victims when Frank was pastor at Lower Hutt AOG.

During the 1960s and 1970s, Frank Houston sexually abused WNZ1 (my code name), now known to be Brett Sengstock.

Frank Houston sexually abused at least two other boys at a home bible group he was leading in another Wellington suburb.

The Bible study was being held in WNZ1’s parent’s home. David Cowdrey has recently gone public saying he’s that boy victim. The boys were aged about 11. He snuck down the corridor into WNZ1’s bedroom, pretending be going to use the bathroom, and sexually abused him in his childhood bed.

In 1971 and 1972, Frank Houston sexually abused SA1 (my code name) and at least two to three other little boys at Klemzeig Assemblies of God (AoG) Youth Camps at Cudlee Creek near Adelaide South Australia.

SA1 wrote in his statement to the Australian Royal Commission into Child Abuse that the epicentre of the sexual abuse of little boys was the male toilet block. I organised SA1 to contact them. He contacted me in 2012.

SA1 saw Frank Houston come out of a toilet block with another boy. Frank Houston had his trousers open and had an erection.

It is likely that there were numerous little boys sexually abused by Frank Houston at these AOG Youth Camps at Cudlee Creek in 1971 and 1972.

In the early 1970s, Frank sexually abused teen ANZ1 (my code name) at a hotel room in Auckland, New Zealand. He lured him there on the pretext of helping ANZ1 with some problems. Then he sexually abused him. ANZ1 later suicided because of the negative impact of this sexual abuse by the pedophile Frank Houston on his life.

In the 1970s, Frank Houston sexually abused Peter Fowler who was aged 15, while head pastor at Lower Hutt AOG and head of the New Zealand AOG. This abuse occurred in a motel room. I don’t know how he got Peter there. Frank would have thought of a way to lure him there.

In the late 1960s and early 1970s the pedophile Frank Houston sexually abused Royal Commission boy victim AHA (Brett Sengstock) at Brett’s parent’s apartment in Coogee Beach Sydney. Frank was an honoured guest of Brett’ss parents. A famous evangelist who they felt privileged to host.

Edit August 15, 2021: There are more known victims since this article. Please see my article “Pastor Frank Houston founder of Hillsong. Frank Houston’s pedophile activities.” I republish this article regularly or google the title.

These are only the victims we know about. The tip of the iceberg.

From Frank Houston’s known assaults and behaviour, I believe there are a lot more victims. Probably over 400. Maybe over 1000. May 2000 plus. Plus there are thousands of victims of masked homosexual and masked pedophile behaviour by Frank Houston.

Even the pedophile Frank Houston himself said to his son Brian, after he admitted in 1999 to having committed pedophile crimes, “I was very active at the time”. He was referring to the 1960s and 1970s.

Very active. How active? We may never know.

As Pastor Brian Houston said to the Sydney media, after he appeared at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, “We may never know the number of victims”.

The average pedophile abuses 250 children in their lifetime. Staggering. Sad. Extremely sick.

By 1965, the pedophile Frank Houston, who was using the Christian ministry as a cloak for his pedophile activities, was now way too far in to go back. Frank had to continue his pretence and act as a Christian pastor until the bitter end.

By 1977, when Frank moved his family to Sydney, Australia from Wellington, New Zealand, he was a criminal pedophile on the run.

In Sydney, Frank shared with everyone that God gave him a vision of the souls of Sydney like wheat-fields swaying in the breeze ripe for harvest. The souls of men waiting for the Christian evangelist Frank Houston.

It wasn’t the souls of men he had in mind. I believe by conjecture that his purpose for going to Sydney was four-fold.

Firstly to escape the heat of protests to police about his pedophilia attacks on little boys and young males in New Zealand in the 1960s and 1970s.

Secondly, Frank chose Darlinghurst because he thought he’d fit in well there unnoticed amongst all the gays and deviancy there.

Thirdly, Frank knew that in Darlinghurst he could visit gay brothels where young males were available, When he couldn’t find fresh victims. I’m truly sorry to put it this way but lesbians and homosexuals have a term for it: “fresh meat”. In fact, to many homosexuals and lesbians, it’s the thrill of the chase and the challenge of initiating the uninitiated, that really turns them on.

Many heterosexual males also enjoy “the thrill of the chase”. This is a sad aspect of the fallen human condition.

The fourth reason Frank chose Darlinghurst was because he was already under attack from the conservative and wise Australian Assemblies of God establishment who’d heard Frank Houston had committed pedophile offences in New Zealand from the Executive of the New Zealand AOG and they didn’t want a deviate pedophile pastor in their midst. So they excluded him.

Undeterred the criminal pedophile Frank Houston chose a Sydney suburb where there was no AOG Church. Frank distanced himself from his attackers and accused them of being territorial and jealous. I heard him talk like this in the 1980s at CLC Darlinghurst about the AOG establishment in Australia.

In fact, in the pedophile Frank Houston’s territory anyone who questioned him about his authority and leadership, and especially about pedophile allegations, was swiftly and aggressively shown the door.

This modus operandi had been adopted throughout his life by his son Pastor Brian Houston. Any dissenters at Hillsong are quickly shown the door. At Hillsong there’s an “Us and Them” mentality, which is a very immature psychological paradigm to conduct life.

By 1980, Frank Houston was now under incredible attack. The prophet Pastor Philip Powell was out to expose the pedophile Frank Houston to the world. He’d been hounding him since the late 1970s. In the 1980s he really turned up the temperature of his attacks.

The pedophile Frank Houston’s response was to go all out and build as big a defence fortress as possible.

Frank decided “to grow” Christian Life Centre (CLC) Darlinghurst into a mega-church.

The pedophile Frank Houston shared with the congregation at CLC Darlinghurst that he had a vision for over 100 churches, all connected to CLC Darlinghurst.

He went all out to raise up as many young men as possible as preachers and evangelists. Frank knew that the more young men who believed in him, the more they’d defend him. And this was the case.

Gary Canham- now a pastor in Victoria, Sean Stanton- now on the ACC Executive and a pastor in the ACT, Australia, Trevor King, Geoff Bullock, Peter Laughton- who was seriously sexually abused by the pedophile and homosexual Frank Houston in his early 20s in the early 1980s, his son Brian- current Head of Hillsong International, Terry Appel- now a pastor in Sydney’s Northern Beaches, Paul de Jong- Head Pastor of Life Church, Auckland, New Zealand, Tony Venn-Brown, Pat Mesiti- Tony Venn-Brown’s assistant, Laurie Murphy- pastor of Hillsong Glebe Outreach Church, and a friend of mine since 1981, Phil Thwaites and many others. These young men were all known at CLC Darlinghurst as “The Bishop’s Boys”.

The pedophile Frank Houston was affectionately called, “The Bishop”. It wasn’t a serious term but he was regarded with affection. He conned us all.

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Sean Stanton

Pastor Sean and Linda Stanton. Met and married at CLC Darlinghurst. One of “The Bishop’s Boys”. A pastor since the early 1980s. Raised to the ministry by the criminal pedophile Frank Houston. South African of origin. Pastor in the ACT Australia. On the Australian Christian Churches (ACC) Executive. The ACC is the new name for the Australian AOG since 2007.

Pastor Gary Canham

Pastor Gary Canham. Frank’s administrator at CLC Darlinghurst. Loyal and hard-working. One of “The Bishop’s Boys”. A strong supporter and defender of Frank Houston in the 1980s.

“Pastor” Brian Houston. Current CEO of Hillsong International  The pedophile Frank Houston’s only church-going son. Almost certainly sexually abused by his pedophile dad as a boy in the 1960s. Protected his dad from criminal charges and prison. Recently charges with criminal pedophile protection charges as recommended by the Australian Royal Commission for not concealing a pedophile. That is, his old, extremely corrupt dad, the criminal pedophile Frank Houston.

Trevor King. Very talented musician. Frank Houston's Music Director at CLC darlinghurst. One of

Trevor King. Very talented musician. Frank Houston’s Music Director at CLC Darlinghurst. One of “The Bishops Boys”.

Phil Pringle

“Doctor” Phil Pringle founder and head pastor of C3 Global Church based in Sydney, Australia. 500 churches globally. Regarded Frank Houston as his spiritual father. Close friend of Brian Houston.

Naughty “Pastor” Pat Mesiti. Renowned for serial adultery, including having sex with prostitutes on a Hillsong credit card while a very famous Hillsong Youth Alive evangelist. Frank and Brian Houston taught him well.

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Gay rights boys. Former Hillsong pastor and evangelist Tony Venn-Brown and gay pal.

Hi there. i'm gay.

Former famous Hillsong Youth Evangelist. One of “The Bishop’s Boys”. Pat Mesiti’s mentor. Now as camp as a row of tents.

Geoff Bullock. Famous Christian singer and musician. More a

Geoff Bullock. Famous Christian singer and musician. More a “Brian’s Boy” but he was one of “The Bishop’s Boys”. Brian later trashed Geoff.

Pastor Terry Appel. Brickie turned the Lord's soldier.

The likeable Pastor Terry Appel. Brickie turned the Lord’s soldier. Head deacon at CLC Darlinghurst. A long-time AoG/ ACC pastor on Sydney’s Northern Beaches.

Paul and Maree de Jong

Paul and Maree de Jong. Head pastors of Life Church Auckland. Paul was one of the pedophile Frank Houston’s favourite “Bishop’s Boys”.  I’m not implying Paul was sexually abused by Frank Houston. I’m not aware of anyone else in leadership at CLC Darlinghurst who was sexually abused by the pedophile and homosexual Frank Houston apart from Peter Laughton. Dave Sayers was homosexually abused by Frank Houston in two incidents.

Pastor Frank houston, Brian's dad. Lifelong secret pedophile. Eyes as black as Hades.

The pedophile “Pastor” Frank Houston, Brian’s dad. Lifelong secret pedophile and homosexual. Eyes as black as Hades.

The creation of a religious monster:

Out of hatred for humanity, hatred of himself and hatred towards Almighty God, the pedophile Frank Houston decided to go all out and create a monster, a ghoulish organisation from Hell, a machination of Satanic majesty, to torment and harass mankind. That is a full-on large Christian organisation within which he could hide, defend himself in, and still continue his homosexual pedophile past-times. This is the origins of Hillsong Global Church. The founder, a lifelong secret pedophile on the run from New Zealand police, coming to Australia to escape and building a major Christian church as a defence mechanism to avoid arrest.

Building Hillsong Church was a Rock Spider pedophile ploy by Frank Houston to build as large a defensive nest as possible for his own protection.

A pedophile is the ultimate pathological narcissist, who will only act for himself. He has no genuine feelings for other people. No genuine feelings for his own family. No genuine feelings for his sons. No genuine feelings for his daughters. No genuine feelings for his faithful and trusting wife.

We can see how Frank Houston’s seed or spawn, so-called “Pastor” Brian Houston, is similarly pathological in his scorn for mankind.

A mark of a Christian pastor is that he’ll help the victims of this life- the downtrodden and dispossessed of the earth.

Hillsong do this in limited ways to make themselves look good and worthy, but, as I have shown many times, Hillsong church is just a cash-cow for the Houstons, their off-spring and the Hillsong pastors to milk. A Christian pyramid scheme whereby the currency is cash and the souls of men are traded with abandon and without control.

Hillsong, the juggernaut that the pedophile Frank Houston created when he birthed Hillsong, in liaison with Lucifer, is getting more and more out-of-control each day.

One day it will fall apart and collapse.

In fact, both Satan and Frank Houston want it to.

The more carnage and destruction of human souls, the better.

Frank boy victim David Cowdrey from New Zealand:

“From the age of five into my teens I attended Lower Hutt AOG with my family.

My encounter with Frank was when I was 8 years old.”

Donald Elley of Bellingen September 9, 2021

Donald Elley

This is an article of mine from October 19, 2014.

This was at the time of The Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

At that time, this site had a lot of traffic when Brian Houston and other top Hillsong and ACC (Australian AOG) leaders appeared there by subpoena.

At this time a number of Frank Houston boy victims contacted me.

The article below is an introduction to a new Frank boy victim who contacted me then. I gave him the code-name WNZ1. At that time he was very shy about his identity and very much trying to come to terms with what Frank did to him.

Recently WNZ1 has revealed himself to the world as David Cowdrey from New Zealand.

I’ve been in touch with David Cowdrey by email for seven years since then. I gave David a voice to tell his story of what Frank Houston did to him as an 8 year old boy. He was lying in bed when Frank Houston, a respected AOG evangelist, sexually abused him. 

David Cowdrey has only vague memories of what happened and how often. It’s likely David was sexually abused far more and far more deeply than he can remember.

This is normal in child sex abuse

Donald Elley of Bellingen October 19, 2014

Brian Houston: I'm sorry the victims feel sad, very hurt and alone. I'll remember them in my prayers. Sorry I can't help the victims more.

Brian Houston: I’m sorry the victims feel sad, very hurt and alone. I’ll remember them in my prayers. Sorry I can’t help the victims more.

Here is the story of boy victim WNZ1. Wellington, New Zealand no 1. The abuse occurred at his parent’s home in a suburb near Tawa.

“Woe to him who interferes with a child. It would be better for a millstone to be fastened around his neck and for him to be flung into the deepest sea”.

Pastor Frank Houston. Pastor from hell.

Pastor Frank Houston. Lifelong secret pedophile.

Boy victim WNZ1’s story, exactly as he told it to me in an email last week.

Hi Donald

A bit about me…I went to Teachers College from 72-74 (attending Varsity part time) before Teaching for a year and a half then living a hippie lifestyle.

AB and I hung around Wellington together in the 70’s, walking the fine line between sin, repentance and sainthood. I’m afraid sex and drugs got the better of me for a time. I also hung around up at Kapiti during the late ‘70s with AB. He was (edit) a very close friend.

Here is my story. 

I discovered your blog earlier this year when working through childhood trauma with my counsellor. It was very helpful in providing background to my journey, enabling me to finally admit to myself that Frank was my abuser.

I’m 60 years old and the impact of the abuse involving Frank in my life has been significant. Despite appearing to be a successful corporate manager, I couldn’t sustain the facade. Inside I lived with fear, mistrust, anger and shame. I was depressed, lonely and isolated.

I sought comfort from my pain in unhelpful ways, compulsively pursuing and becoming involved in one relationship after another, sometimes having more than one sexual or emotional liaison at a time. I lived my life in compartments and feeling completely shut off from myself, God, my family and friends.

My broken life is testimony to the selfish acts of the sicko creep Frank Houston on an innocent boy.

From the age of five into my teens I attended Lower Hutt AOG with my family.

My encounter with Frank was when I was 8 years old.

My family lived in a Wellington suburb and my parents held a Saturday night prayer meeting which folk from Lower Hutt AOG attended.

Frank attended a few times and it was during these visits that the abuse occurred.

When I read of AHA’s experience in the Commission’s transcript, the details in the description brought everything back. I finally knew deep within me the true horror of what had happened all those years ago.

I recall feeling the weight of Frank on me, the breath in my face and my genitals being fondled.

I was completely paralysed with fear.

I could not speak. I was totally bewildered as to what was going on.

I remember this happening 2 or 3 times.

I tried to explain to my parents what had happened to me. I did not have the words to explain it.

They thought it was a nightmare. I knew differently.

I named this thing ‘the black shadow’.

I took a piece of wood to bed with me every night so I could defend myself or knock on the wall to alert my parents.

The problem was that when ‘the black shadow’ entered my room I was so fearful I could do nothing.

The incidents were not prolonged (although at the time the groping seemed to go on forever!).

I have come to realise that Frank would have excused himself to ‘use the bathroom’ and took a detour via my bedroom on the way.

I believe these incidents would have occurred more if my family hadn’t moved to Lower Hutt in 1962.

The prayer meetings were then held at the church and I don’t recall Frank visiting my home again.

I recently asked my father about the ‘incident’ with Peter Fowler in Lower Hutt where Frank had been accused of abuse. He said it was beyond his comprehension that Frank could have been guilty. He thought at that time, in his naivety that it was an ‘attack of the devil’. He was partly right – the devil was Frank!

A ‘minor’ incident occurred at lunch at the Houston’s when I was a pubescent boy. Frank pressed his leg into mine and had his hand on my thigh. I recall feeling extremely uncomfortable. Frank abused the trust of his children by abusing their friends. How depraved is that?

Another significant event in my life involving Frank occurred in 1969 when I was 15. I was sitting down the back of the church with Brian and Graeme Houston and some of the other youth at a Sunday night service.

We were chatting away during the sermon and Frank came all the way down the centre aisle from the pulpit and yelled at me to stand up. He then yelled at me “You fool!” and then turned to the congregation and continued saying “Fools like you are tools of Satan! I curse you!” He was in an absolute rage.

I still feel the pain and shame of that moment now – 45 years later. Not only was Frank a pervert he was a bully! All my life, from this moment forward I was filled with anxiety and unable to be direct with anyone in authority for fear of being shamed and/or humiliated.

Then the Jesus Hippie thing came along with lots of hugging. Frank would seek out young men to embrace. It was creepy. I still remember him pushing his crotch into me as we embraced in ‘brotherly love’!

Frank the Paedophile was a liar, full of cunning and deceit.

He was a very scary controlling man.

I am sure there are many more victims out there – both children and young adult. I suspect a number of people I knew in my teens and early twenties were victims of Frank.

My wife emailed Brian Houston in 2009 when I uncovered and told her of my abuse. He responded in a supportive way stating he had no knowledge of the abuse but that I was welcome to contact him to discuss it. I have not taken him up on his offer.

I have been granted long-term counselling stemming in part from my childhood abuse experience. I also attend a 12 Step programme which is helping repair my brokeness. I am lucky I have a supportive wife and family which I nearly lost.

I turned away from God for a long time. I am slowly learning to trust God with my life.

I remain angry about what Frank did. I still struggle to find a place of forgiveness in my heart for him.

Maybe Frank didn’t have this verse in his Bible…

But if you cause one of these little ones who trusts in me to fall into sin, it would be better for you to have a large millstone tied around your neck and be drowned in the depths of the sea. Matthew 18:6.
Thanks Donald, for bringing the abuses of Frank to light.

Keep up the campaign.

Truth always wins in the end.

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Frank Houston with young man at early Hillsong. The homosexual Frank sneaking in a little masked homo hug. Pastor Frank Houston founder of Hillsong was a personification of evil. Frank Houston was a lifelong secret pedophile and secret homosexual.

Donald Elley of Bellingen August 15, 2021

Donald Elley

I wrote this article and first published it on this site on November 10, 2015

Donald Elley of Bellingen November 10, 2015

“Pastor” Frank Houston was a pedophile who used Christian ministry as a cloak, disguise and instrument to access little boys and young males.

Like a wolf in sheep’s clothing, Frank thought it was the perfect disguise to access his prey. This is a common tactic of pedophiles.

Frank Houston groomed good, trusting, wholesome New Zealand and Australian Christian families, then secretly accessed, assaulted and sexually abused their innocent, young boys.

Frank Houston’s preferred pedophile victims were little boys and young males. So by clinical psychological definition he was a pedophile. A pedophile sexually abuses children aged under 13, even babies.

In his criminal pedophile mind, Frank Houston calculated that being a Christian pastor provided the safest and easiest access to innocent little Christian boys.

Innocent little boys and young males were the object of his evil pedophile desires.

Christian ministry provided ongoing access to children, with the least chance of being caught out.

The pedophile mind works like this.

A pedophile’s primary motivation and satisfaction in life is to try to satisfy his, or her, insatiable inner sexual lusts for children and minors.

In my last blog I explained how Frank Houston was a pedophile who used Christian ministry as a cloak, instrument and disguise to gain access to good kind godly trusting Christian families and to sexually assault their little boys and young males.

I explained how the mind and psyche of a pedophile works.

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Frank Houston early 1980s The most evil and corrupt Pentecostal priest since the day of Pentecost 2000 years ago. 

Frank Houston selected a vocation in Christian ministry because he thought that Christian ministry is the best and the safest occupation and profession in which to operate as a pedophile and not be caught and sent to jail or worse.

Nobody, especially in the more innocent pre-1990s, would have expected Frank Houston to be a secret hardened evil pedophile.

It is very unlikely Frank would have gotten away with this type of behaviour today.

I write “innocent” because in the 1940s to 1970s, when Frank Houston was very active as a pedophile, there wasn’t the societal consciousness, or the educational and social awareness, about child sexual abuse that there is today.

Nor were there child protections such as police clearances, as common procedural practice, prior to people being employed in fields where children could easily be accessed and sexually abused.

And even today, after all the scandals of the past 25 years in all Christian denominations, Christian pastors, except Roman Catholic priests, are still some of the most trusted people in society.

Could a better foil or cover for a pedophile be found than that of a Christian pastor in the 1940s when Frank Houston trained as a Salvation Army Captain at the age of 18?

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The pedophile Frank Houston in one of his early disguises as a Salvation Army Captain in Auckland New Zealand in the 1940s.

Could a better foil or cover for a pedophile be found than that of an Assemblies of God pastor in the 1950s to 1970s in New Zealand when Frank Houston was a leading Assemblies of God pastor aged in his 30s, 40s and 50s?

Frank was head of the New Zealand AOG from 1965 to 1977.

Could a better foil or cover for a pedophile be found than that of an Australian AOG pastor in the 1980s when Frank Houston was a Sydney Pentecostal evangelist and leading pastor aged in his 60s?

At heart a pedophile is a coward who will scurry away into a dark corner if they feel they may be found out.

A pedophile also has a large range of ploys and strategies to keep their victims quiet, ranging from threats of violence to statements like what boy victim AHA said Frank Houston said it him.

One of the things Frank Houston said to boy victim AHA was “Even if you tell people, they won’t believe you because I’m a famous evangelist. Who would they believe? You or me?”.

This is the criminal mind of a pedophile talking. They’re talking from within their den or nest which has layers and layers of well thought out decoys, shields, cob-webs and protection.

The Western Australian slang word for pedophiles is rock spider.

Rock spider. Jail name for pedophile. Origin: Western Australia jail slang.

Rock spider. Jail name for pedophile. Origin: Western Australia jail slang.

The reason for the name rock-spider is that pedophiles like little kids cracks. Many pedophiles do lots of darker things than to touch children. Pedophiles are child rapists and amongst the worst human beings ever on the planet.

That’s why pedophiles are at the bottom of the jail hierarchy and inmates persecute and torment them. Even felons know that pedophiles are the low of the low.

By 1965, Frank Houston was way too far into his cover as a Christian pastor to change his cover and disguise.

From the 1940s, Frank Houston had embarked on a really dark and demonic series of very serious assaults on little boys and teen males.

In rapid succession in the 1940s to 1970s, the pedophile Frank Houston sexually abused over 400 little boys and young teens. Maybe over 1000. Maybe 2000 plus.

This is a projection of mine based on an enormous body of evidence I’ve collected on Frank Houston. Everything is published on this site except private conversations, mainly by email, with various victims, their supporters and others. But there is little I know that will help the reader understand Frank Houston, Brian Houston and the Hillsong organisation that I haven’t shared on this site.

The known victims of this out-of-control pedophile spree conducted by the pedophile Frank Houston in the 1940s to 1970s included at least 17 boys aged 7 to 12.

There were at least six known boy victims when Frank was pastor at Lower Hutt AOG.

During the 1960s and 1970s, Frank Houston sexually abused WNZ1 (my code name) and he sexually abused at least two other boys at a home bible group he was leading in another Wellington suburb.

The Bible study was being held in WNZ1’s parent’s home. The boys were aged about 11. He snuck down the corridor into WNZ1’s bedroom, pretending be going to use the bathroom, and sexually abused him in his childhood bed.

In 1971 and 1972, the pedophile Frank Houston sexually abused SA1 (my code name) and at least two to three other little boys at Klemzeig Assemblies of God (AoG) Youth Camps at Cudlee Creek near Adelaide South Australia.

SA1 wrote in his statement to the Australian Royal Commission into Child Abuse that the epicentre of the sexual abuse of little boys was the male toilet block.

SA1 saw the pedophile Frank Houston come out of the toilet block with another boy. The pedophile Frank Houston had an erection.

It is possible there were numerous little boys sexually abused by Frank Houston at these AOG Youth Camps at Cudlee Creek in 1971 and 1972.

In the early 1970s, Frank sexually abused teen ANZ1 (my code name) at a hotel room in Auckland, New Zealand. He lured him there on the pretext of helping ANZ1 with some problems. Then he sexually abused him. ANZ1 later suicided because of the negative impact of this sexual abuse by the pedophile Frank Houston on his life.

In the 1970s, Frank Houston sexually abused Peter Fowler who was aged 15, while head pastor at Lower Hutt AOG and head of the New Zealand AOG. This abuse occurred in a motel room. I don’t know how he got Peter there. Frank would have thought of a way to lure him there.

In the late 1960s and early 1970s the pedophile Frank Houston sexually abused Royal Commission boy victim AHA (Brett Sengstock) at Brett’s parent’s apartment in Coogee Beach Sydney. Frank was an honoured guest of Brett’ss parents. A famous evangelist who they felt privileged to host.

Edit August 15, 2021: There are more known victims since this article. Please see my article “Pastor Frank Houston founder of Hillsong. Frank Houston’s pedophile activities.” I republish this article regularly or google the title.

These are only the victims we know about. The tip of the iceberg. From Frank Houston’s known assaults and behaviour, I believe there are a lot more victims. Probably over 400. Maybe over 1000. May 200 plus. Plus there are thousands of victims of masked homosexual and masked pedophile behaviour by the pedophile and homosexual Frank Houston.

Even the pedophile Frank Houston himself said to his son Brian, after he admitted in 1999 to having committed pedophile crimes, “I was very active at the time”. He was referring to the 1960s and 1970s.

Very active. How active? We may never know.

As Pastor Brian Houston said to the Sydney media, after he appeared at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, “We may never know the number of victims”.

The average pedophile abuses 250 children in their lifetime. Staggering. Sad. Extremely sick.

By 1965, the pedophile Frank Houston, who was using the Christian ministry as a cloak for his pedophile activities, was now way too far in to go back. Frank had to continue his pretence and act as a Christian pastor until the bitter end.

By 1977, when Frank moved his family to Sydney, Australia from Wellington, New Zealand, he was a criminal pedophile on the run.

In Sydney, Frank shared with everyone that God gave him a vision of the souls of Sydney like wheat-fields swaying in the breeze ripe for harvest. The souls of men waiting for the Christian evangelist Frank Houston.

It wasn’t the souls of men he had in mind. I believe by conjecture that his purpose for going to Sydney was four-fold.

Firstly to escape the heat of protests to police about his pedophilia attacks on little boys and young males in New Zealand in the 1960s and 1970s.

Secondly, Frank chose Darlinghurst because he thought he’d fit in well there unnoticed amongst all the gays and deviancy there.

Thirdly, Frank knew that in Darlinghurst he could visit gay brothels where young males were available, When he couldn’t find fresh victims. I’m truly sorry to put it this way but lesbians and homosexuals have a term for it: “fresh meat”. In fact, to many homosexuals and lesbians, it’s the thrill of the chase and the challenge of initiating the uninitiated, that really turns them on.

Many heterosexual males also enjoy “the thrill of the chase”. This is a sad aspect of the fallen human condition.

The fourth reason Frank chose Darlinghurst was because he was already under attack from the conservative and wise Australian Assemblies of God establishment who’d heard Frank Houston had committed pedophile offences in New Zealand from the Executive of the New Zealand AOG and they didn’t want a deviate pedophile pastor in their midst. So they excluded him.

Undeterred the criminal pedophile Frank Houston chose a Sydney suburb where there was no AOG Church. Frank distanced himself from his attackers and accused them of being territorial and jealous. I heard him talk like this in the 1980s at CLC Darlinghurst about the AOG establishment in Australia.

In fact, in the pedophile Frank Houston’s territory anyone who questioned him about his authority and leadership, and especially about pedophile allegation, was swiftly and aggressively shown the door.

This modus operandi had been adopted throughout his life by his son Pastor Brian Houston. Any dissenters at Hillsong are quickly shown the door. At Hillsong there’s an “Us and them” mentality, which is a very immature psychological attitude to have in life.

By 1980, Frank Houston was now under incredible attack. The prophet Pastor Philip Powell was out to expose the pedophile Frank Houston to the world. He’d been hounding him since the late 1970s. In the 1980s he really turned up the temperature of his attacks.

The pedophile Frank Houston’s response was to go all out and build as big a defence fortress as possible.

Frank decided “to grow” Christian Life Centre (CLC) Darlinghurst into a mega-church.

The pedophile Frank Houston shared with the congregation at CLC Darlinghurst that he had a vision for over 100 churches, all connected to CLC Darlinghurst.

He went all out to raise up as many young men as possible as preachers and evangelists. Frank knew that the more young men who believed in him, the more they’d defend him. And this was the case.

Gary Canham- now a pastor in Victoria, Sean Stanton- now on the ACC Executive and a pastor in the ACT, Australia, Trevor King, Geoff Bullock, Peter Laughton- who was seriously sexually abused by the pedophile and homosexual Frank Houston in his early 20s in the early 1980s, his son Brian- current Head of Hillsong International, Terry Appel- now a pastor in Sydney’s Northern Beaches, Paul de Jong- Head Pastor of Life Church, Auckland, New Zealand, Tony Venn-Brown, Pat Mesiti- Tony Venn-Brown’s assistant, Laurie Murphy- pastor of Hillsong Glebe Outreach Church, and a friend of mine since 1981, Phil Thwaites and many others. These young men were all known at CLC Darlinghurst as “The Bishop’s Boys”.

The pedophile Frank Houston was affectionately called, “The Bishop”. It wasn’t a serious term but he was regarded with affection. He conned us all.

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Sean Stanton

Pastor Sean and Linda Stanton. Met and married at CLC Darlinghurst. One of “The Bishop’s Boys”. A pastor since the early 1980s. Raised to the ministry by the criminal pedophile Frank Houston. South African of origin. Pastor in the ACT Australia. On the Australian Christian Churches (ACC) Executive. The ACC is the new name for the Australian AoG since 2007.

Pastor Gary Canham

Pastor Gary Canham. Frank’s administrator at CLC Darlinghurst. Loyal and hard-working. One of “The Bishop’s Boys”. A strong supporter and defender of Frank Houston in the 1980s.

“Pastor” Brian Houston. Current CEO of Hillsong International  The pedophile Frank Houston’s only church-going son. Almost certainly sexually abused by his pedophile dad as a lad in the 1960s. Protected his dad from criminal charges and prison. Awaiting criminal charges recommended by the Australian Royal Commission for not reporting and harbouring a pedophile, his old extremely corrupt dad, the criminal pedophile Frank Houston.

Trevor King. Very talented musician. Frank Houston's Music Director at CLC darlinghurst. One of

Trevor King. Very talented musician. Frank Houston’s Music Director at CLC Darlinghurst. One of “The Bishops Boys”.

Naughty “Pastor” Pat Mesiti. Renowned for serial adultery, including having sex with prostitutes on a Hillsong credit card while a very famous Hillsong Youth Alive evangelist. Frank and Brian Houston taught him well.

gay rights boys

Gay rights boys. Former Hillsong pastor and evangelist Tony Venn-Brown and gay pal.

Hi there. i'm gay.

Former famous Hillsong Youth Evangelist. One of “The Bishop’s Boys”. Pat Mesiti’s mentor. Now as camp as a row of tents.

Geoff Bullock. Famous Christian singer and musician. More a

Geoff Bullock. Famous Christian singer and musician. More a “Brian’s Boy” but he was one of “The Bishop’s Boys”. Brian later trashed Geoff.

Phil Pringle. CEO of C3 International. Now a doctor. Regarded the pedophile Frank Houston as his spiritual father.

Phil Pringle. CEO of C3 International. Now a Doctor. Regarded the pedophile Frank Houston as his spiritual father.

Pastor Terry Appel. Brickie turned the Lord's soldier.

The likeable Pastor Terry Appel. Brickie turned the Lord’s soldier. Head deacon at CLC Darlinghurst. A long-time AoG/ ACC pastor on Sydney’s Northern Beaches.

Paul and Maree de Jong

Paul and Maree de Jong. Head pastors of Life Church Auckland. Paul was one of the pedophile Frank Houston’s favourite “Bishop’s Boys”.  I’m not implying Paul was sexually abused by Frank Houston. I’m not aware of anyone else in leadership at CLC Darlinghurst who was sexually abused by the pedophile and homosexual Frank Houston apart from Peter Laughton. Dave Sayers and I were homosexually abused by Frank Houston in a low-level way in two separate incidents, but it was still ugly and still criminal assault and criminal abuse.

Pastor Frank houston, Brian's dad. Lifelong secret pedophile. Eyes as black as Hades.

The pedophile “Pastor” Frank Houston, Brian’s dad. Lifelong secret pedophile and homosexual. Eyes as black as Hades.

The creation of a religious monster:

Out of hatred for humanity, hatred of himself and hatred towards Almighty God, the pedophile Frank Houston decided to go all out and create a monster, a ghoulish organisation from hell, a machination of satanic majesty, to torment and harass mankind. That is a full-on large Christian organisation within which he could hide, defend himself in, and still continue his homosexual pedophile past-times.

This was also a rock-spider pedophile ploy to build as large a defensive nest as possible for his own protection.

A pedophile is the ultimate pathological narcissist, who will only act for himself. He has no genuine feelings for other people. No genuine feelings for his own family. No genuine feelings for his sons. No genuine feelings for his daughters. No genuine feelings for his faithful and trusting wife.

We can see how Frank Houston’s seed or spawn, so-called “Pastor” Brian Houston, is similarly pathological in his scorn for mankind.

A mark of a Christian pastor is that he’ll help the victims of life, the downtrodden and dispossessed of the earth.

Hillsong do this in limited ways to make themselves look good and worthy, but, as I have shown many times, Hillsong church is just a cash-cow for the Houstons, their off-spring and the Hillsong pastors to milk. A Christian pyramid scheme whereby the currency is cash and the souls of men are traded with abandon and without control.

In fact the juggernaut the pedophile Frank Houston created when he birthed Hillsong, in liaison with Lucifer, is getting more and more out-of-control each day.

One day it will fall apart and collapse.

In fact both Satan and Frank Houston want it to.

The more carnage and destruction of human souls, the better.