Brian Houston’s tantrum over the media may land him in hot water among the media, those he accused personally or even Hillsong members or conference attendees. In the meantime, we would like to alert our readers to the controversy surrounding Brian Houston’s accusations against former Hillsong member Tanya Levin.
Her presence at the Hillsong Conference 2015 event caused the Hillsong authorities to get antsy and have the police remove her off the property.
One common deceitful tactic Brian Houston attempts to pull on people is ‘distance’. When it was his father’s paedophilia crimes, Brian Houston distanced him and his church from the scandals, saying that it not only happened only in New Zealand but that it happened thirty years ago (which was proven to be untrue). Below you see Brian Houston pulling the same scheme in two different cases.
LIE: TANYA “HAS NOT BEEN TO OUR CONFERENCE FOR OVER 20 YEARS”?
Brian Houston said in his below statement,
“Furthermore they [A Current Affair] have engaged in a cheap publicity stunt by bringing a so called “Hillsong insider” who has not been to our church for 20 years, to our conference today.”
The following is a Facebook post made by Tanya Levin (click to read her letter):
“Hi. Home safe and a little shaky. Yes, the real policepersons arrested me and charged me with tresspass today. No, it was not a media stunt. I was born in South Africa and have a healthy terror of authority. Not supposed to incriminate myself here. So I just have to turn to Tex, as you do, as you should.
LIE: HOUSTON DISTANCING HIM & HIS PEOPLE OF TANYA’S “BEHAVIOUR”?
Brian Houston also needs to explain why he said this untruth about Tanya Levin:
“We are advised that her behaviour outside the venue resulted in her being apprehended by police at the request of the arena’s security staff (not Hillsong staff).”
So how would they know who she was and what made Tanya Levin the target by police? How did the police know that Tanya Levin was not allowed to attend and how would they know if she was trespassing?
Tanya’s comment on Houston’s media statement is as follows:
“It really is amazing that Hillsong felt confident to predict what would be on ACA last night. Or that they encourage congregants to censor their own viewing. Or suggest that Channel 9 were unethical regarding minors. If it weren’t so obscene, it would just be ridiculous. But the irony is disgusting, not just offensive.
When HIllsong stops harrassing minors unethically in schools, communities and the church, or bothers to show interest in child protection matters, then it can comment.”
Source: Tanya Levin, FaceBook, https://www.facebook.com/tanya.levin/posts/10154052106188957, Published 02/07/2016. (Accessed 02/07/2015.)
Brian Houston writes,
Statement from Hillsong Church re: A Current Affair story
1st July, 2015
We understand A Current Affair has been promoting a story supposedly about the Hillsong Conference.
They have also been outside our conference today harassing minors in an unethical manner.
Furthermore they have engaged in a cheap publicity stunt by bringing a so called “Hillsong insider” who has not been to our church for 20 years, to our conference today.
We are advised that her behaviour outside the venue resulted in her being apprehended by police at the request of the arena’s security staff (not Hillsong staff).
The behaviour of A Current Affair is reprehensible and this pending story will be no more than a continuation of their anti-Christian agenda and hate.
This story will be entirely fabricated and contain no truth whatsoever as do all of their stories about our church.
We note that as usual the program has not contacted us for comment.
We urge Christians and all who stand for truth in reporting to refuse to even watch or record this tabloid trash, and not give them the reward of ratings, because in the end this is no more than a grab for ratings.
Source: Statement from Hillsong Church re: A Current Affair story, Hillsong, http://hillsong.com/media/statement-from-hillsong-church-re-a-current-affair-story/, Published 01/07/2015. (Accessed 02/07/2015.)