RavingPente revealed to Signposts02 some time ago her surprise of Hillsong’s statement of faith. In particular the following line:
“We believe that in order to receive forgiveness and the ‘new birth’ we must repent of our sins, believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, and submit to His will for our lives.” – http://myhillsong.com/what-we-believe
The Bottom Line reports:
A Screen Door On A Submarine – The Hillsong Faith Statement
Stop the press! Just when I thought I had finished with my series on the false gospel of Hillsong some intriguing videos were drawn to my attention. Many of you have been reading my series over the last few weeks where I have exposed Hillsong’s shameful editing of Scripture. Equally shameful was the blatant contradiction between their faith statement and the gospel presented in their massively popular worship CDs. This contradiction was so bad that Hillsong’s faith statement actually defines their gospel presentation as a false gospel. This is an extremely serious matter for people who publically represent stewardship of the Christian faith.
Robert Fergusson, who Brian Houston (their senior pastor) used to write their faith statement, actually engaged in some correspondence with me. He is one of the most prominent preacher/teachers at the Hillsong mothership in Sydney. Fergusson’s e-mails ultimately revealed (click here to read the correspondance) that Hillsong’s faith statement is as useful as an ashtray on a motorbike or a screen door on a submarine. It gives the cosmetic effect of orthodoxy all the while serving no practical purpose whatsoever (it is a lesson to all of us to make sure that our churches have orthodox creeds and that the teaching submits to those creeds).
Even though Fergusson ultimately decided to deal with my questions by ignoring them, one of the readers on this blog drew my attention to this intriguing video . . .
So, clearly, Fergusson outwardly professes that their faith or creedal statement should be the driving force behind the message they communicate. But his apologetic with the Anglican minister was amazing – listen to some of our other CDs! What a great way to answer a legitimate theological question – NOT! Furthermore, it was interesting to note that Fergusson stressed the importance of teaching the theology of the Trinity in their songs. Robert, if the Trinity is so important then why did you invite this guy as your main speaker?????
That’s right, TD Jakes, the keynote speaker at this year’s Hillsong conference doesn’t even believe in the Trinity. He is what is known as a modalist, someone who denies the three distinct Persons of the Trinity by describing them as three manifestations (http://www.thepottershouse.org/v2/content/view/18/32/). TD Jakes’ modalist presentation of God is clearly not the God of Scripture and therefore an idol. Modalism is a heresy that was denounced in the fourth century AD by the Athanasian Creed (http://www.ccel.org/creeds/athanasian.creed.html) and was punishable by death during the reformation. But in 2010 it qualifies you as a keynote speaker at a Hillsong conference!
I will be doing another post shortly on a pastor called Ed Young that also will be speaking at the Hillsong Conference. E-mails have been popping up in my inbox about him. My main focus is that churches in the past have also talked about boycotting Hillsong worship song’s and CD’s (which we’ve talked about previously on Signposts02). After Fergusson’s talk on applying Hillsong’s statement of faith to their music, surely that must be of concern to local congregations who like to sing their music.
After watching Fergusson what are your thoughts on boycotting Hillsong products? Music, I believe, is more of a powerful form of media than preaching. You can forget a preach, but a catchy tune tied to wrong doctrine is dangerous indoctrination. I would go far as to say that it can be a form of brainwashing.