Think of this scenario. A pastor is reading Alistair Begg's book, "Preaching for God's Glory". He sees a point that he would really like to make the next Sunday. When he's done reading, he picks up Brian Houston's "You Need More Money" from the heresy shelf, in which the same point is made (This is a hypothetical). He gets up in the pulpit, and instead of using quotes from "Preaching for God's Glory", he uses the quotes from "You Need More Money". What is wrong with this?
I can think of two major things:
1. This gives credence to Brian Houston. It will likely cause his undiscerning congregation to listen to Brian Houston, quote Brian Houston, read Brian Houston, and even recommend Brian Houston to others.
2. Brian Houston's writings reflect his theology. What he said will be said leaning towards the point he wanted to make, using the same hermeneutic (Way of reading the Bible) he usually uses, and showing the same errors common in his theology.
Now, can we agree that a Church-goer's theology is usually relatively similar to that of the pastor? So let's look at the congregants at Hillsong Australia (Brian Houston) and Parkside Church of Cleveland (Alistair Begg). In this case, Hillsong Music and the Gettys (Who are former members of Parkside).
Let's say someone is given an option of who to sing in Church. They can choose between Hillsong's "Jesus, Lover of My Soul" and Keith and Krystin Getty's "In Christ Alone". What if that person were to go with the Hillsong song? Would it be just as wrong as quoting Brian Houston above Alistair Begg? I would say yes. The same two points still stand. Hillsong's music still reflects their theology, and it is still endorsing a group that preaches the Word of Faith heresy and false Prosperity Gospel. It would be as if you had Brian Houston come in and write your worship music for you.
What's sad is that some of the most popular music groups out there have some of the most terrible theologies. Hillsong promotes Word of Faith heresy. Jesus Culture happens to be under Bill Johnson, a Hyper-Charismatic who denies Sola Scriptura (Scripture Alone) and stated that Jesus ceased to be God on the cross. This comes out not only in their music, but at their concerts (I will discuss this further later on). Jars of Clay's singer and songwriter, Dan Haseltine, said, "I just don't see a negative effect to allowing gay marriage. No societal breakdown, no war on traditional marriage. ?? Anyone?". Amy Grant isn't much better, as she has knowingly preformed alongside Lesbians and has known about her Gay Fanbase since she was 18 without calling any of them to repentance. Matt Maher is a devout Roman Catholic who has preformed for Pope Francis. Do we really trust these people to write our worship music? To write the songs we sing when worshiping a Holy God? These people wrote these songs to idols, so why would we repeat them?
Furthermore, the music has taken a grip on people my age. Most of the teenagers who claim to be Christian would prefer to sing a Hillsong song over hearing a theologically solid sermon. It has went from a Local Church to a full denomination with 15 churches just in the city of Sydney alone. The denomination has 100,000 weekly attenders. Many celebrities are a part of this denomination. It can almost exclusively be attributed to their music program. Bethel Church in Redding, CA is another megachurch that has benefited from this. It is the Home Church of the band Jesus Culture, and the spearhead of what is called the New Apostolic Reformation, which is a cultic movement. They have promoted Benny Hinn, Todd Bentley, Kris Vallotton, and T.D. Jakes. If you don't understand the corruption of the Music Industry here, watch this:
This is the kind of thing that happens at Jesus Culture concerts. Maybe you could take a look at this video:
Have a child that wants to go to a Jesus Culture concert? Maybe Jesus Culture has already made them want to go to Bethel, or even to the Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry. That is what they are getting into. You may ask, "Does that really happen at Jesus Culture concerts?" According to these videos, yes:
Most of these people first heard of Jesus Culture because their local radio or church decided to play a song written by Bethel Music (Usually "One Thing Remains"). Trust me, Hillsong may be slightly more reserved with their Charismania (Only Slightly), but they are no less toxic. We would never sing a song written by followers of Arius or Pelagius Morgan, so why would we sing songs written by followers of Brian Houston and Bill Johnson? My friends and brethren, we cannot and should not be playing any songs written by heretics. It could lead to physical harm in the case of the NAR bands (Bethel). Even worse, though, it could lead people into spiritual ruin, causing the destruction of the soul. You might think that a little severe, but it's true. So I urge you all, saints, avoid this music at all costs. Do not play it in your churches. Do not play it on your radio station. It is poison. Please, keep reforming against these heresies and these wolves. Keep reforming agains the Prosperity Gospel and Brian Houston and Hillsong and Hillsong UNITED. Keep reforming against the New Apostolic Reformation and Bill Johnson and Bethel and Jesus Culture. Keep reforming against Vinism and the Gay Agenda and Matthew Vines and Dan Haseltine and Jars of Clay and Amy Grant. Keep reforming against the Roman Catholic Church and Pope Francis and Matt Maher. Ecclesia Semper Reformanda Est. Keep Reforming.
About the Author
Brandon C. Hines is a young writer from somewhere in northern Alabama who writes about Theology, Polemics, and Apologetics. His beliefs are best summarized by the 1689 London Baptist Confession.
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