Let His Truth Reign
LINK TO the original Hillsong, Australia with Brian Houston. NYC Hillsong is an extension of that church.
EXCERPT: I first mentioned “hipster” pastor Carl Lentz aka the “Apostle of Cool,” here at Apprising Ministries in my article NYC Hillsong Hipster Pastor Carl Lentz , which was even quoted the other day by Alex Kocman of Charisma magazine in his report Hillsong NYC’s ‘Apostle of Cool’ Carl Lentz
Later I’d write a follow up on Lentz, co-founder and lead pastor of Hillsong NYC (HNYC),
Then in my second article I offered why he appears to be doing so. It’s a common tact with these evangelical megachurches to employ a bait and switch technique to supposedly bring people to Christ. The vision-casting prophet-pastor promises in his sermon something people in society are looking for, money, self-esteem, a better sex life, etc.1
After luring people into his mega social club with said bait, the hipster pastor then switches and includes a little bit of a pitch to become a “Christ-follower.” The implication being, it’s cool to follow Jesus now as you can still have the things the world desires because He has a wonderful plan for your life; and then afterward, He’ll will take you to heaven.
Of course, someone like Carl Lentz would deny this is what he and Evangelical Ecumenical Magisterium member Judah Smith are doing. However, the evidence quite clearly shows that this is exactly what they’re doing. I say, a modern fulfillment of this:
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. (2 Timothy 4:3-4)
Now, you might ask, “Wait a minute, what’s Judah Smith got to go with this?” I’ll show you in a moment; but first, these kinds of megachurch playpens prove very adept at attracting celebrities like Justin Bieber, hence the reason these Seeker Driven megachurches are also known as the “attractional” model. One can be of the world, and yet still, well, be in the world.
You see, what’s missing in the SD/attractional model is the Gospel of repentance and forgiveness of sins in Jesus’ Name.2 So, as a result, celebrity “Christ-followers” fit right in. Ok, now to Judah Smith; you may recall that I first told you about this Seeker Driven figure a few years ago in Charismatic Quasi-Prosperity Preacher Judah Smith.
Smith, a Hillsong Church favorite,3 is co-Lead Pastor at a charismaniac megachurch called The City Church of Seattle along with his wife, pastrix Chelsea Smith.4 Of course, he comes complete with the blessing of EEM member and General of the Seeker Driven Army Rick Warren:
Then a couple of years ago I showed you Judah Smith With Justin Bieber’s Swag Coach Ryan Good and a quasi-Christian video Smith did with Good. This brings us to the BreatheCast.com report Justin Bieber Baptisted by Pastor Carl Lentz After Usher, Scooter Braun Defend Singer for ‘Racist Video’ Controversy where we’re informed:
Justin Bieber has been baptized by Pastor Carl Lentz in New York City after controversial videos from the singer’s past were recently leaked online.
According to TMZ, Bieber was seen being baptized by the “Apostle of Cool” Pastor, Carl Lentz, in a bathtub after previously studying the Bible with him for an entire week.” (source)
Carey Lodge of Christian Today adds:
While Justin Bieber has become well-known for boozy nights out and getting in trouble with the law, he reportedly spent this weekend rather unusually for a pop star – getting baptised.
According to gossip website TMZ, the 20-year-old spent the past week studying the Bible with Hillsong NYC pastor Carl Lentz before being baptised in a friend’s bathtub. He apparently chose the unique location after being unable to find a church where the ceremony could be conducted privately.
It follows a week of controversy for the star after two videos surfaced showing Bieber making racist jokes and substituting the lyrics to one of his hit songs with racist slurs.(source)
It’s important to note here that BREATHEcast News Reporter William Rameau does inform us:
Two videos were recently leaked online where Bieber made a number of jokes that some are calling racist. The jokes were made in regards to African-Americans and joining the Klu Klux Klan. However, it has emeged that the videos were made a long time ago – the first video was made when he was 14-years-old, and the second when he was 15-years-old. (source)
Which is about how long Justin Bieber’s been talking about being a Christian; so, the baptism would appear to be a bit late.5 Bieber’s apparently been playing at being “Christian” for quite some time.6 As Lodge also brings out:
Despite his bad-boy image, Bieber has spoken about his faith numerous times, and enjoys a close relationship with Lentz, as well as lead pastor of The City Church, Seattle, Judah Smith, who apparently texts the him Bible verses each day.
The three have shared pictures of their time together on social media, and Bieber even posted a video of one of Lentz’s sermons on his Twitter account, where he has over 52 million followers. (source)
Well, here’s the thing; if you’re going to be a pastor to the stars like Smith and Lentz, then the celebs you teach are the fruit of your labor. The notoriety cuts both ways guys. Just about a year ago in Christ.Culture.News we saw Justin Bieber Discusses His ‘Savior Jesus’ With Hillsong NYC Pastor Carl Lentz where we found:
Justin Bieber shared a photo of him hanging out recently and talking about Christianity with Hillsong NYC pastor Carl Lentz and his buddy Ryan Good…
Pastor Carl Lentz shared the photo himself, writing:
“Sure do love my friends @ryangood24 @justinbieber ..discussing things such as: sometimes it SEEMS like although all us ‘Christians’ live in GLASS HOUSES, people (especially social media “Christians”) still develop an uncanny propensity to be olympian level expert rock throwers and criticism/foolish judgement is far to prevalent..the TRUTH is that Jesus outweighs em all.. there is so much GOOD, so many GRACE FILLED/KIND/HUMBLE people in this world that our job is to simply ‘tune out the noise’ from the world and ‘turn up the volume’ on the voice from HEAVEN..life is GOOD when you can hear from GOD! #occupyallstreets #churchinthewild #leavemymanJBaloneandcleanupyourownife #shouldkeepyousobusy #loveyoueitherway #twerk?”
Lentz is apparently defending Bieber from online criticism, as he was sure to add some key hashtags, like “Leave my man JB alone and clean up your own (l)ife.” Although he “love you either way” and…something about “twerk(ing)” for whatever reason. (source)
Frankly, it looks to me like charismaniac cult of celebrity pastors Carl Lentz and Judah Smith are looking for some of the same attention as the celebrities they hang with. Well gentlemen, now you’ve got it.
EXCERPT: It’s a Sunday night on W. 34th St. Young women wearing denim cutoffs and straw fedoras join a line with guys in tank tops and Converse. There is idle chatter about movies and other pop culture topics. There’s also word of an after-party. Meanwhile, other fashionable youngsters cut the line — guests of the rock star inside.
Another line outside a club? No, a church.
Hillsong NYC is attracting more than 6,000 young, attractive urbanites every Sunday with a simple approach to religion: A hot pastor covered in tattoos gets onstage to a rock introduction to preach an anti-Kennedy gospel: Ask not what you can do for God — ask what God can do for you.
“We don’t use the word ‘religion,’ because it’s hard to get people excited about religion,” says Carl Lentz, 35, the pastor of this megachurch for millennials. “Religion is dead. I don’t know anything about religion, I couldn’t help you. Religion has no power. But a relationship with God is a superpower.”
LINK TO READ REST OF ARTICLE: http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/hillsong-nyc-draws-thousands-...
MY COMMENT: Jesus isn't trendy. What Lentz is preaching, isn't even half the gospel. His club may be enjoyable, and there may be some who will find Jesus there; but he misrepresents the whole gospel.
Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.
EXCERPT: R. Albert Mohler Jr., the president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary recently spoke with the New York Times about Hillsong Church and criticized the movement for watering down the Gospel message.
"It's a prosperity movement for the millennials, in which the polyester and middle-class associations of Oral Roberts have given way to ripped jeans and sophisticated rock music," said Mohler Jr. to NY Times. "What has made Hillsong distinctive is a minimization of the actual content of the Gospel, and a far more diffuse presentation of spirituality."
The publication also spoke to Brian Houston, the Sydney-based senior pastor of Hillsong about the choice to spread the church into major cities.
EXCERPT: Exposing the Devil’s counterfeit church
“And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.” Ephesian 5:11
Everywhere you look today in the entertainment industry, you see signs and symbols belong to the New Age movement and the Illuminati. Some of the most-influential and best-selling recording artists like Jay-Z, Beyonce, Lady Gaga and others promote a constant push of Illuminati and Satanic symbols. The 2014 Grammy Awards Show displayed open witchcraft.
Now this is becoming apparent within the walls of the professing Christian church as well.
Hillsong United Church, located in Australia, cranks out a rock-n-roll show on a par with anything the world has other offer. They feature Heavy Metal crunching guitar riffs, fantastic explosions of light and sound like you were at a Lady Gaga concert, and proudly displayed center stage is the Illuminati pyramid that Beyonce is so fond of. When asked about the use of this major Illuminati symbol, they said that they were “inspired by Mount Zion” in the bible. Yeah, right.
The bible calls us to be separate, not be not like the world but to be like Jesus Christ. Hillsong has millions of fans and follower all over the world, not because they preach the Gospel, but because they offer up Satan’s counterfeit of what the Church of Jesus Christ is supposed to be all about. Look at this video clip of one of their concert “church services”, and you tell me where you see Jesus in any of that unholy mess.
The doctrine preached at Hillsong is not the doctrine of the bible, and if you are a Christian saved by the shed blood of Jesus Christ, you should have no part of these workers of darkness.
Hillsong United is part of the demonic Emergent Church Movement, and it is deadly spiritual poison wrapped in the candy-coated wrapper of the world’s entertainment.
EXCERPT: UPDATE MARCH 29/2014: This story caused an impact heard ’round the world, and within 24 hours it forced Hillsong United pastor Brian Houston to issue the standard quickie denial of the things he said in the video clip below. In interest of fairness, click here to read the full context his denial of Chrislam. You can make up your own mind if he is sincere or not, and if he meant what he originally said or not. We take it at his word and believe he meant what he said in the video segment below. The story stands.
One by one, the huge mega-churches with their 5,000+ member congregations are beginning to reveal their true agenda. The Emergent Church, powered by the Rick Warren machine, is a huge promoter of Chrislam, the demonic hybrid of Christianity and Islam. Now Hillsong United in Australia has thrown their hat into the same ring.
Listen to the word of Hillsong United leader Brian Houston:
“How do you view God? In a desert there’s two types of birds: there’s vultures and there’s hummingbirds. One lives off dead carcasses, rotting meat. The other lives off the beautiful, sweet nectar in a particular flower on a particular desert plant. In the same desert, they both find what they’re looking for.
EXCERPT: Prime Minister Julia Gillard may be an avowed atheist, but if the Australian music-buying public is anything to go by, she's a tad out of step with her electorate. You might say she's not singing from the same hymn sheet. God Is Able, an album of contemporary Christian music released by the stratospherically successful Hillsong mega-church in Sydney, recently debuted at number three in the Australian chart ahead of Beyonce and Lady Gaga, becoming the tenth album of Christian pop to reach the top ten there since 2002. And Hillsong has broken America without so much as breaking a sweat. Last year its youth ministry house band, Hillsong United, went in at number two on the US iTunes album chart, just behind Eminem. If it's true that the music industry is in its death throes, then nobody told Hillsong.
Hillsong Music is the 'resource arm' of Hillsong Church, a Pentecostal ministry in Sydney which began in 1983 with a congregation of forty-five, and which now boasts a membership of 21,000, an annual conference attracting 28,000 faithful attendees, and a growing international footprint with churches in London, Paris, Cape Town, Stockholm and Kiev. In 2009 Hillsong London celebrated ten years of worship in the capital with a service at the O2 London Arena. More than 14,000 people attended.
EXCERPT: Religion has gone Hollywood.
William Morris Endeavor Entertainment signed the Hillsong church Wednesday to its roster of celebrities and talent, the first time a major Hollywood talent agency has signed a house of worship as a client.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, WME will help the megachurch, which boasts celebrity attendees and a social media following in the tens of millions, land film and digital entertainment opportunities. The agency will also reportedly help the church expand its TV viewership from an already impressive 10 million global viewers.
The move appears to be a perfect fit for Hillsong and its glossy celebrity clientele. Justin Bieber “broke down” after attending a sermon at Hillsong’s New York City outpost in September 2013, while his on/off girlfriend Selena Gomez is reportedly a regular at the Los Angeles location. Athletes Kevin Durant and Jeremy Lin and actress Vanessa Hudgens have also attended services.
The church, which has 12 locations across the globe, is known for mixing concerts with its sermons. The church band, Hillsong United, has sold over 16 million albums worldwide with songs like the #1 Billboard Christian Songs hit, “Oceans.”
“We aren’t trying to have this cool trendy packed church,” Hillsong New York pastor Carl Lentz told ABC News in November. “The story is not the clothes people wear. It’s the lives they lead.”
A New York Times columnist recently opined that “our debate about religious freedom should include a conversation about freeing religions and religious people from prejudices that they needn’t cling to and can indeed jettison, much as they’ve jettisoned other aspects of their faith’s history, rightly bowing to the enlightenments of modernity.”
Actually, this has already happened via The Message “Bible.” The Message flat out key New Testament passages and gives a politically correct spin to a third.
It is no coincidence that Pastor Carl Lentz of Hillsong NYC uses The Message so much. Hillsong seeks to please the world.
Above is Dr. James White’s YouTube piece on Hillsong’s Carl Lentz’s use of a non-existent phrase found only in The Message. Lentz emphasizes this made-up phrase to rationalize Hillsong.
You can also read more about Hillsong’s politically correct silence and the deletions, additions, and altered passages in The Message (1 Cor 6:9-11, 1 Timothy 1:8-11, Romans 1:25-27) in this short online booklet: http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/blog/?p=16449