From Brian Getaclue Houston

A Justice Generation

Justice cannot be reduced to a project, a protest or a crusade. Justice is a HEART.

It was injustice that compelled Jesus to the cross. He stepped into humanity’s desperation; stood for what was right; healed the sick and lifted the oppressed. Wherever there was injustice Jesus responded.

We’re called to do the same. Injustice demands our response.

In this series, Brian Houston inspires us to be a generation that is:
– Indignant in the face of injustice
– Compelled by Christ’s love to make a difference
– Committed to stand up, speak out and correct what is wrong
– Motivated by compassion

Part 1: The power of justice.
Who will declare Christ’s injustice to the generations? Who will right wrongs and reach the disenfranchised? Will you?

Part 2: A heart for justice.
Justice isn’t a political issue – it’s a spiritual issue. Is your heart indignant about injustice? What part will you play?

Part 3: The heart of the King.
When your heart represents the heart of God, it’s impossible to ignore injustice. Does your heart break for the poor and the oppressed?

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You too can buy Houston’s worthless trash right here:

http://www.leadershipministries.com.au/product.php?xProd=106

Make sure you waste your money on tickle-my-ears entertainment where you do nothing about injustice but marvel how wonderful Brian Houston really is! Make sure you throw up after each talk and pursue more of his great topics that is full of more crock!

In the last ten years, I don’t know one other man in his authority that has had the opportunity to speak out against injustice- yet his silence on world-wide issues is offensive and pathetic. Brian Houston talking about injustice? If he wants to see justice, he should step down that bloody hypocrite!


19 thoughts on “From Brian Getaclue Houston

  1. “Who will declare Christ’s injustice to the generations? ”

    Surely this is a misprint (I notice it is written that way on Brian’s website). Christ was dealt with unjustly but this is not Christ’s injustice, it is our own injustice.

    The questions will be asked, “How does the speaker deal with injustice in his own organisation? Has he at least attempted to right the wrongs and reach the disenfranchised?”

    Some high-profile people who fall into that category might be Geoff Bullock, Tanya Levin, the young men who were abused or taken advantage of by Brian’s father. There are of course many more people who feel disenfranchised by both the Hillsong and AOG organisations.

    Perhaps Brian has made attempts to right the perceived wrongs and eliminate the perceived injustice, if so there has been little publicity of this. I think that Hillsong will eventually have to communicate this more because this is the hard work of justice.

  2. Sounds like lots of spin to me.

    The Mercy Ministries exposure recently gave Hillsong an opportunity to examine an alleged wrong, and all that the wider world saw was a complete denial of involvement or even mistakes. The victims’ credibility was attacked.

    If they had humbly acknowledged a need for investigation, or demonstrated compassion, then I’d be more convinced by the rest of their talk.

    Besides, injustice wasn’t why Jesus went to the cross. It was to redeem our relationship with our Father. Many injustices may be redeemed as a result of that restoration of relationship, as we abide in Him and the fruit of that develops, but the relationship was the primary reason. The rest is one of many consequences. Still, yes, Jesus did oppose injustice wherever He saw it, especially that of the religious pharisees towards the ordinary people. Hmm.

    “Does your heart break for the poor and the oppressed?”… well, yes – and that is one reason many of us here oppose prosperity doctrine and unbiblical hierarchies. The former is bad news for the poor, and the latter oppresses the saints.

  3. Brian Houston is all talk. Hillsong have been talking big on justice in recent years and all they could come up with is another worship album (i heart revolution). Making an album and taking a few happy snaps with poor African kids for his promo material is not justice.

    “It was injustice that compelled Jesus to the cross.”

    I think Brian is very confused. If we had justice we would all be in hell. Jesus was compelled to the cross to bring glory to God and show his goodness. This misunderstanding is just another result of Brian’s humanism and prosperity gospel.

  4. I remember Lordoqu, from the last Signpost’s saying that “I heart” was a rip off from a European art movement someone over in Great Britain. I’m planning to meet up with them soon. They’re pretty slippery.

    One of the reasons why I posted the article is because of the lack of justice Hillsong has taken in the past. Now he speaks on justice as though he lives it? OK. Let’s see:

    Refugees — Hillsong = Silence = Injustice
    Afghanistan War — Hillsong = Silence = Injustice
    Iraq War — Hillsong = Silence = Injustice
    Industrial Relations Laws — Hillsong = Silence = Injustice
    Family First relations with Liberal Party — Hillsong = Silence = Injustice
    Mercy Ministry Dealings — Hillsong = Silence = Injustice
    Perversatisement Infiltration — Hillsong = Supports = Injustice
    False Indoctrination — Hillsong = Supports = Injustice
    Stance on Wolf Ministries — Hillsong = Supports = Injustice

    “I Heart Revolution” — Hillsong = Supports = Justice!

  5. Brethren

    I am aware, but not familiar with, Brian Houston of Hillsong Land.

    However I ask you not to confuse him with Brian Houston the Northern Irish singer/songwriter – complete with mind-blowing album ‘Jesus and Justice’.

    An album more about Jesus and His justice/mercy to mankind rather than social justice – although there are definatley hints of that too (and again in his other albums).

    I wrote a brief review posted at:
    http://onlinefool.wordpress.com/2007/12/01/jesus-and-justice-brian-houston/

    But rather than read this have a listen to his music on his website, YouTube, LastFM or similar. I’m sure you’ll not be disappointed.

    Regards
    the Fool

    PS Check out hes version of ‘What a Friend we have in Jesus’ – even my kids think that it rocks

  6. Maybe you could help by donating to the Hillsong Refugee Fund!

    http://www2.hillsong.com/capetown/default.asp?pid=2073#4june

    Details for Contributing to Refugee Fund

    We are endeavouring to provide help where it is most needed with immediacy in the present refugee crisis. The situation is changing daily but we are being updated with reliable information on where the need is.

    If you would like to contribute to this cause, please send all donations to the account below.

    Please reference: “Refugee Camp” to all donations.

    First National Bank (FNB)
    Branch: Tokai
    Branch Code: 200409
    Name of Account: Hillsong Cape Town
    Account Number: 62172887138
    Swift Code: FIRNZAJJ029

    Bank Phone: +27 21 713 8300

    Shop 106 Blue Route Mall
    Tokai, 7945
    South Africa
    Website: http://www.fnb.co.za

  7. What would our donations be used for, in this prime example of a place where injustice is happening? Hillsong have a three-point plan to address the injustice. More on that later.

    The Soetwater refugee camp is a very controversial place. Refugees from xenophobic attacks are claiming inhumane treatment, that they are starving to death, that they want to be transferred to a third-world country, and that 4 men ran into the sea and drowned themselves. In response the government has demanded that the camp be shut down and that the refugees be sent home to their countries of origin or to other dispersed camps. Since demanding the camp be shut down, the situation appears to have become worse for the inhabitants with the food situation becoming critical.

    So Hillsong with their heart for justice are speaking out against this treatment right? Well, no they have their three-point plan, which is :

    1. Encourage everyone to keep donating
    2. Have a meeting with a Kenyan pastor and other local leaders about what to do
    3. Planning another outreach event, “Kids Outreach Fun Event” to address the urgent need for the kids to have fun.

  8. It is good stewardship to be careful whom we donate through. Why not donate through established agencies, with a track record, with transparent accounting, and with effective reach to a multitude of places. Here is a website, ‘Charity Navigator’, where established charities can be measured in order to ensure effective giving:

    http://www.charitynavigator.org/

    Hillsong supports Compassion Australia, to help support poor children around the world. That’s fantastic and a great way to encourage people to give effectively. I have no issues with Hillsong supporting established effective charities. Why not continue that way?

    According to Charity Navigator, there are 12 4 star charities working in South Africa, where we can know money is being spent effectively and honestly. Why start a new one, branded Hillsong, if one of these would be more effective, doubling up on administration and handling.

    Before donating to a Hillsong charity, I would want to know why they are better than one of these others. That doesn’t mean I would not eventually donate. However, I would want to know that there was a good reason to give through them and not others, and that it wasn’t just a case of establishing the Hillsong charitable brand, diverting funds from where they can already be effectively distributed. This is particularly since the trust structures surrounding Hillsong look as though they have been handled to the advantage of the leadership team (not illegal), according to the press articles a couple of years ago, and there seems to be little requirement for transparency and accountability. Is their charity any different?

    Here’s a link to the text of ‘Gods Millionaires’ by Adele Ferguson, preserved on Matthew 6:23 blogspot:
    http://matthewsixtwentythree.blogspot.com/2008/04/gods-millionaires-brw-article-may-26th.html

    Why would people donate through a cash rich church that still encourages its members to tithe and then more?

  9. In particular, why would I put money in an account labelled, “Hillsong Cape Town” and not into a trust account specifically set up for the refugee work, which has to be managed according to the rules of the charitable trust, and not the discretion of the church?

  10. Are those banking details for real? If so, what an unprofessional way to handle charitable donations? Private individuals set up charitable trusts with more care.

  11. To qualify the above, if I were a local church member, and knew the people administering the money, I might contribute. But not as a non-local, not knowing the members, to an unproven charity and a non-trust account.

  12. This appears to be a charitable response, not all that well organised at present but they are trying to adjust to a dire situation that is changing all the time.

    But it dosent seem to me to match the rhetoric of Brian’s lectures which is to address the actual injustices. It seems to be a standard Pentecostal response which is some disparate charitable efforts mainly run with volunteers and with no overall planning, and some outreach and recruitment events.

    And it is not a substitute for cleaning up your own house first. I dont know of any systematic programs or protocols in the AOG for preventing abuse and injustice, or for addressing injustice when it occurs in those churches. There certainly are such protocols in other mainline churches.

  13. Fair comment, Wazza, and I agree with your other points.

    Here’s my comment that got moderated, minus the links which caused the moderation:

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    It is good stewardship to be careful whom we donate through. Why not donate through established agencies, with a track record, with transparent accounting, and with effective reach to a multitude of places. Here is a website, ‘Charity Navigator’, where established charities can be measured in order to ensure effective giving:
    http://www.charitynavigator.org/

    Hillsong supports Compassion Australia, to help support poor children around the world. That’s fantastic and a great way to encourage people to give effectively. I have no issues with Hillsong supporting established effective charities. Why not continue that way?

    **********

    Still, I can see why a rapid response to a dire situation would require a different response in the initial stage.

    Totally agree re the cleaning up of injustice in their own back yards. Not only mainline churches, but secular corporations see a requirement for these policies and programs, even though their administration sometimes doesn’t work. At least they attempt to recognise and deal with the issues, and don’t deny the need.

  14. ‘Yew’ all around!

    ‘Christian religions’ seem to generate so much vacuous poop- Great observations all around guys- Good to hear from you Boris.

    So many people seem divorced from realities nowadays, and its sickening to see BH [-what stupid initials eh,……..hey,……wha’…. they’re MY initials!..] as a social coward-dodging the true issues of Injustice in the world around us; great spotting Specks&planks.

    Always amazed how we’ve evolved these motor-mouth Leaders nowadays, and how their smooth-talk just doesnt really add-up; imagine what would happen to Hillsong if the band didnt turn up one day…

    Z.

    [‘Hey Fool, A Grand Top o the Mornin’ to yer’- good to meet you!]

    […hmm, but imagine if BH DID address all the wrongs above….the mind boggles at how much greater that church could become…]

  15. “Perhaps Brian has made attempts to right the perceived wrongs and eliminate the perceived injustice, if so there has been little publicity of this. I think that Hillsong will eventually have to communicate this more because this is the hard work of justice.”

    … Still waiting HS (#$).
    This ‘justice generation’ is more self-absorbed then ever before. This is an old thread I was looking at and was wondering… Was Hillsong aware of the Latter Rain Movement? I am not familiar with them promoting their circuit of speakers.

    Looking at this oldie ‘justice generation’ is very rainy. Maybe you can shed some light on this Bull…

  16. I can’t at the moment.

    All I can say is that historically speaking, Branhamism was declared declared heresy by the the American AOG.

    Since the 1950’s Latter rain teaching has slipped into AOG thinking in a covert manner, after making gains through C. Peter Wagner and John Wimber … NAR and Vineyard pretty much lead the way in dominionist thinking, so it is inevitable that the pragmatic approach that characterises both the seeker-sensitive and modern pentecostal movement will look at ‘success’ and think that equals blessing which as every good ‘prosperity gospel’ adherent knows means ‘God approves’.

    This disconnect might even lead to the acceptance of Islam within these movements as Islam is growing faster than Christianity. We shall see.

    It goes without saying that I am not a fan of pragmatism within a church context.

    Shalom

  17. What are some of your resources that you’ve read that has helped you to learn affectively about the Latter Rain movement and it’s trail of heresies and teachings, false prophets, apostles, pastors and teachers?

  18. google Latter Rain, or William Branham.

    The trail through wikipedia can actually start with Lakeland and Todd Bentley.

    Check endtimespropheticwords. Then take a look at Moriel’s websit or DITC (deception in the church)

    These are all anglo-american centric but you start to see the links to down-under very quickly.

    Shalom

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