The Dissenter covered the saga earlier this year surrounding Hillsong and its multiple sex scandals over the last several years. After firing Hillsong NYC pastor, Carl Lentz, after admitting to a long-term affair with a Muslim woman, Brian Houston, the founder and CEO of Hillsong, found himself embroiled in his own sex scandal.
Houston, who is also caught up in a child abuse cover-up scandal involving his late father, Frank Houston, who helped him found Hillsong, appears to be very good and running at a business but very bad at being a Christian leader. Now, Houston himself is caught up in his own sex scandal.
Two incidents that were reported and under investigation by Hillsong involved Houston sending inappropriate text messages to a woman of a sexual nature and the other involved Houston disappearing into a woman’s hotel room for almost an hour one night while away that involved the use of alcohol. Houston has not publicly admitted to having sex with this woman, but it does beg the question: what was he doing in her room?
Apparently, Hillsong and Houston have found these incidents—along with his alleged involvement in covering up his father’s sex crimes—to be detrimental enough for Houston to completely step away from Hillsong altogether. Previously, Houston stepped down as CEO of Hillsong but had continued to preach and hold the title of “Global Pastor.” After Reformation Charlotte broke the story on Monday that all of Brian Houston’s teaching had been scrubbed from Hillsong’s websites, Hillsong released a statement announcing that Houston has completely resigned from the global organization and that Hillsong has accepted his resignation.
Well, the business guru is coming back and he’s inviting you to join him. As with all false teachers who become disqualified for sin, Houston’s comeback is unsurprising. These seeker-sensitive movements, like Hillsong, do not revolve around the authority of Scripture or even anything remotely resembling Christ. They are cults of personality that revolve around the “vision” of the leader of the movement as stated clearly on the Hillsong website: We are about fulfilling our Senior Pastor’s vision (not our own).
Below is a screenshot of Houston and his co-pastor-wife’s event, An Evening With Bobbie and Brian, that he posted on his Instagram page.
He also announced another event on Twitter which seems to be different from the event above as it is scheduled on a different date.
It’s always just a matter of time before these people come back. Because, like I said, it’s all about Brian Houston, not God. And Brian Houston will gladly build another empire if necessary and he will gladly build another worldwide cult following because, as the Scriptures say in 2 Timothy 4:3-4:
For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.