Time and time again we have caught Brian Houston lying. We have caught him lying in his sermons, lying about God, lying about what the bible says, lying about what the gospel is, lying to the media about his church, lying about us and his critics, lying at the Royal Commission and lying in his media statements. (And Brian Houston wonders why no one understands him and his movement?)
So when we read his media statement regarding him supposedly dropping Mark Driscoll from speaking at his annual Hillsong Conference 2015, we saw right through his word games. We knew he was getting Mark Driscoll to speak somehow.
Now that Houston was publicly exposed of lying and not advertising Driscoll speaking at his conference, there is a new protest happening outside Hillsong Church, Melbourne this Sunday. This flyer gives more details.
The organiser of this protest writes,
Please bring protest signs. We will be protesting peacefully!
Under enormous pressure from pro women groups and others, Hillsong senior pastor Brian Houston was very deceptive about cancelling an interview with misogynist and abuser Mark Driscoll at Hillsong Conference. We demand that Brian Houston publicly fully admit his intentional deceit and publicly apologise both for his deceit as well as for giving a gigantic platform to abusive power monger Mark Driscoll.
Source: Ben Ady, Protest Brian Houston’s Deception Regarding Mark Driscoll, Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/events/1635129876744676/, Accessed
As people can see, placards are being made for this event.
This information is also supplied from the Facebook page,
We’re here protesting today because Hillsong’s senior pastor, Brian Houston, deceived protestors and world-wide media about interviewing abusive and arrogant ex-pastor Mark Driscoll at Hillsong Conference in Sydney!
“And don’t say anything you don’t mean. This counsel is embedded deep in our traditions. You only make things worse when you lay down a smoke screen of pious talk … You don’t make your words true by embellishing them with religious lace. In making your speech sound more religious, it becomes less true. Just say ‘yes’ and ‘no.’ When you manipulate words to get your own way, you go wrong”
~Jesus, in Matthew 5:33-37, The Message
Under enormous pressure from pro-women groups and others, Hillsong senior pastor Brian Houston was very deceptive about cancelling an interview with misogynist and abuser Mark Driscoll at Hillsong Conference. We humbly request that Brian Houston publicly fully admit his intentional deceit and publicly apologise both for his deceit as well as for giving a gigantic platform to abusive power-monger Mark Driscoll.
Brian Houston’s deceptive statement can be found here: http://hillsong.com/media/statement-from-pastor-brian-houston-hillsong-church/
Worldwide media reporting on this statement made it obvious that everyone understood this to mean that Mr. Driscoll would no longer be appearing at all at Hillsong’s Sydney Conference. However, Brian Houston deceitfully went ahead and interviewed Mr. Driscoll on camera and broadcast it at Hillsong Conference anyway, going back on the obvious intent and spirit of his statement. Mr. Houston allowed Mr. Driscoll to re-iterate Mr. Driscoll’s previous lie that most of his critics have been anonymous.
Helpful Resources about why Mark Driscoll shouldn’t be given a platform.
Lateline Segment: http://www.abc.net.au/lateline/content/2015/s4250054.htm
Who Would Jesus Smack Down? http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/11/magazine/11punk-t.html?pagewanted=all
Why the Church Welcomes Bullies and How to Stop It http://www.amazon.com/Question-Mark-Church-Welcomes-Bullies-ebook/dp/B00UCJMRSW
On behalf of people from various churches around Melbourne and others protesting here today, and people throughout the world who’ve told us they wish they could be here, thank you for taking the time to read this, Benjamin Ady — firstname.lastname@example.org
Source: Handout Hillsong Mark Driscoll 2, https://docs.google.com/document/d/1GYQHcbO4mmqq9OTkPY3ShF4fpWCHeHd7vgjzOd1h75I/edit, Accessed 11/07/2015.