I am so thankful for the watchmen and women around the world who spend tireless hours digging and exposing the growing yeast in the visible church, and exposing it to the light. These folks take a lot of hits for the work they do, and they need your prayers and support. With that said, there is a growing pressure on churches from leftists who would have them water down the truth about Christ, sin and salvation. Some churches are taking a strong stand against this and warning their flocks to steer clear. Others are secretly embracing the post-modern political correctness that is sweeping through the world. Case in point is Hillsong, the world's biggest megachurch and brand. Ken Silva of Apprising Ministries features a before-and-after shot of a student handbook:
By Ken Silva pastor-teacher on May 13, 2014
In Apprising Ministries pieces like Tsunami of Pro-Homosexual Books from “Gay Christians” and Supporters and Dan Haseltine of CCM band Jars of Clay in support of Homosexual Marriage I’ve been warning you concerning the powerful pro-homosexual lobby.
Originally, as I pointed out a few years ago e.g. in Doug Pagitt and the Emerging Church Gay Agenda and Homopressive as Jay Bakker, it was given a boost beyond just the liberal mainline denominations right into mainstream evangelicalism through the Emerging Church.
This lobby’s relentless propaganda has resulted recently in World Vision to hire “Gay Christians in Same-Sex Marriages”; though the very next day they reversed that decision when they, like Haseltine, realized that the average evangelical’s not quite ready for this…yet.
For years I’ve been covering the issues surrounding those, like Jay Bakker, who’re working within evangelicalism to make the deviant and sinful lifestyle of having sexual relations with another of the same sex, i.e homosexuality, a viable one for the regenerated Christian.
Such as these have already succeeded in capturing much of its younger sectors to their perverted position. Now with the influx of feelings-oriented charismania and Contemplative Spirituality/Mysticism spreading throughout the mainstream, “soon” much of the rest will also follow.
Evangelicalism is set to pay a huge price for turning away from the proper Christian spirituality of sola Scriptura and toward the subjective spirituality of personal mysticism. It’s only a matter of time before more and more people cave-in on homosexuality. Perhaps, we have one more example.
As you might imagine, Hillsong International Leadership College (HILC) is another one of the extensions of the highly influential Word Faith outfit known as Hillsong Church in Australia, where pastor Brian Houston and pastrix Bobbie Houston are the “Senior Pastors.”
You can see below that the Houstons are also co-Presidents of HILC:
Under the subheading We believe in your God-given potential we’re told at the HILC website:
We invite you to prayerfully consider how investing one or more years here at Hillsong could prepare you for your God-given destiny. We passionately believe in the potential of all people, so we invite you to come to beautiful Australia to embark upon a life changing time of preparation.
We exist to champion the cause of the local church and see people reach their God-given potential, thus changing the world with the gospel of Jesus Christ. We look forward to having you join us for what will be an amazing journey. (source)
This professed Christian perspective is significant as I inform you that homosexuality has now been removed from the HILC Student Handbook (SH). It’s also important to note that the SH makes it clear that:
Any behaviour that contravenes the Student Code of’ Conduct will result in disciplinary action (Ref: Student Behaviour and Course Progress Policy). Any behavior that compromises the welfare of other students will result in immediate termination of enrolment [sic].
So obviously, SH lays out what the student of HILC must adhere to in order to remain a student at the college. As we come to the Student Code of Conduct, on pg.13 of this HILC SH, it used to read (click to enlarge):
(source, and hard copy on file)
Now, this prior HILC Student Code of Conduct also informs us that:
One of the College’s most important goals is to facilitate the growth and development of Christian character in line with biblical principles. It is expected that College students live in such a manner that brings glory to Christ in their behavior and attitudes both in and outside of College settings. Therefore each student is expected to…
Nothing out of the ordinary, so far, in that these are the kinds of things we’d expect at a college whose goal “is to facilitate the growth and development of Christian character in line with biblical principles.” This would all be consistent with bringing “glory to Christ.”
Well, as of this writing, a check on pg. 13 of the HILC student handbook reveals that the word homosexuality has since been removed (click to enlarge):
Curiously, in addition, the beginning section of the Student Code of Conduct has also now been expanded to include the following paragraph:
Since students are also being trained for Christian ministry, and are engaged in ministry as part of their course, it is expected that they will conduct themselves in a manner consistent with the moral, ethical and behavioural standards expected of Christian leaders and ministers, and the churches in which they are ministering and being trained. With these issues in mind, the College has developed a Student’ Code of Conduct, which reflects the leadership required by the Australian Christian Churches (Assemblies of God in Australia) and other similar denominations. (source)
With the omission of the word homosexuality from the Code itself, the closing section re. “behaviour that contravenes the Student Code of’ Conduct,” also contains this additional section:
Since it reflects the standards expected by churches of those in ministry, behaving and ministering consistently with the Student Code of Conduct is also a requirement for several assessments across the College’s courses, especially Practicum Passports.Breaching this Code will result in a student being assessed as Not Yet Competent for the relevant subjects / units. A student will subsequently need to provide verifiable evidence of meeting the requirements of the Code of Conduct for a reasonable period in order to achieve competence. (source)
Again, we would certainly expect this from a Christian college; only now, it would seem the practice of homosexuality isn’t included as something which would “result in a student being assessed as Not Yet Competent,” etc. The question becomes why HILC made this change.
You wouldn’t think that homosexual relations would be consistent with the admonition that HILC students “will conduct themselves in a manner consistent with the moral, ethical and behavioural standards expected of Christian leaders and ministers, and the churches” they are involved with.
In closing this, for now, it could be we find the reason for the change that’s been made is found in the article Hillsong: Pastor Brian Houston talks about the pink elephant in the room from just about a year ago by “a proud gay man,”1 and aggressive LGBT activist, Anthony Venn-Brown.
Lord willing, another time I’ll have more on Australian activist Venn-Brown, author of A Life of Unlearning, but for now I’ll just tell you his bio informs us that he’s a:
Former leader in the Assemblies of God and regular preacher in Australia’s mega churches. Anthony now lives as a proud gay man, committed to educating others about the issues of faith and sexuality. (source)
In 2011 the apostate Anthony Venn-Brown,2 who also goes by the moniker Gay Ambassador, would launch something called Ambassadors & Bridge Builders International (ABBl). Returning now to Venn-Brown’s aforementioned article, he tells us:
Contrary to popular opinion, homosexuality is not a topic often mentioned from Hillsong pulpits; for or against. On Sunday 18 August 2013, Hillsong’s Senior Pastor, Brian Houston, preached a message that was broadcast to all Hillsong congregations around the world in over 100 services. What was significant about this sermon was that during the message he publicly began a conversation about the Hillsong churches need to come to grips with the ‘gay issue’. (source, bold his)
He then goes on to tell us more about his personal agenda, which is the very same one that more and more LGBT activists here in the United States also have in store for weak evangelical churches:
When working with churches, leaders and denominations I let them know about the 10 separate issues they will face in order to become not just a welcoming but also accepting and affirming church. This is not a once off meeting or workshop it is a journey that will take several years to complete. (source)
Sadly, because people won’t believe what Scripture says, this is all part of the coming same-sex storm within mainstream evangelicalism. And I find myself beginning to wonder if Brian Houston and Hillsong coming “to grips with” homosexuality means moving closer toward its acceptance…
- THE SIN OF HOMOSEXUALITY IS DIFFERENT
- JAY BAKKER CRITIQUES KEN SILVA AT RELIGION DISPATCHES
- JESUS ALREADY DEFINED MARRIAGE FOR HIS CREATION
- Rachel Held Evans, Jay Bakker, Tony Jones push Matthew Vines' agenda (standupforthetruth.com)
- Destroy a Church in 4 Simple Steps (challies.com)