To be honest, we don’t like focusing on the celebrity world.
Sadly, because Hillsong makes a big deal of it, some people have contacted us privately and want us to start looking at the issues emerging with Hillsong and their desperate attempts to drag celebrities into their New Age movement. Many people have observed that Hillsong are leeching off the credibility of the celebrity to bolster their street cred in both the secular and Christian worlds.
Our apologies if this is not your type of article.
CARL LENTZ’ UNCHRISTIAN FOCUS ON BEIBER
The sin of Hillsong is made more apparent when you see they lack any form of Christian understanding of the Holy Spirit and biblical authority when dealing with celebrities that want to live their own way. While we hope people like Justin Beiber can find faithful churches that don’t flaunt their celebrity status and encourage them to live upright and normal lives, it is in the interest of our readers to see how Hillsong is failing in this duty. We can observe Hillsong’s floundering in being Christian leaders when we examine what their celebrities behave like.
The below article reveals how poor Hillsong’s “Christianity” is to people like Beiber. After making “spectacular mistakes”, Carl Lentz has been reported saying that Beiber had come halfway around the world to make sure “his heart is right” to attend the annual Hillsong Mecca conference.
So according to Lentz, Beiber is going to Hillsong Conference to make sure “his heart is right?”
Lentz is out of line
First of all, Lentz is out of line from Hillsong’s standards in judging the heart. According to Hillsong’s idea of God only judging the heart, Lentz is now playing God.
Hillsong continually reinforces the idea that no one can judge another person because only God can judge the heart. Once again, Hillsong has exposed themselves of this double standard where only the leaders are a type of “God,” judging the hearts of their followers. This time, it was Carl Lentz publicly announcing his judgment on Justin Beiber’s heart. This is a form of spiritual abuse that can manipulate members to do what the pastor wants. In this case Lentz is using Beiber’s heart to manipulate him to come to Hillsong Conference Australia. Our opinion is that he is using him to sell Hillsong Conference Australia (which worked).
The reason why we say this is because Hillsong Conference is also in America. Why couldn’t Beiber have simply attended that Conference and not the Sydney Conference?
Secondly, Lentz is out of line for disclosing personal information as Beiber’s pastor. His comment does not respect the privacy of Justin Beiber’s “spiritual walk.” It only makes Lentz look as though he enjoys this tabloid journalism experience.
RIghteousness taught by Christianity
The above is a very revealing comment considering Christians go to church to learn how God has made us right before Him through Christ and His finished work (the gospel). Christians rely on Christ’s work not just to make their hearts right before God but their entire lives. This is called sanctification and this means our spirit, mind, heart, soul and our lives are transformed for the glory of God.
Righteousness taught by Hillsong
Carl Lentz is promoting not the gospel but legalism which is the antithesis of the Christian message (salvation by works). We can’t make our hearts right before God on our own. Beiber flying to his spiritual Mecca to make his heart right before God is a useless ritual that can send him to hell and will still make him live a life of unrepentance. Lentz spouted nothing but neo-pagan mysticism, a worldly teaching which Hillsong is guilty of promoting for decades through their “worship experiences”. And thankfully, some seculiar media outlets are now seeing that Beiber is involved in a New Age movement.
As you can see, holiness and repentance of sins was NOT preached at Hillsong Conference and Beiber clearly made “his heart right” on his own terms. Tell us, can you see God working in his life after his Mecca experience?
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One has to ask how on earth Carl Lentz is pastoring this poor soul.
The Daily Telegraph reports,
Justin Bieber just ‘wants to make his heart right’ says Hillsong pastor Carl Lentz
JUSTIN Bieber revealed his renewed religious fervour yesterday, declaring at Sydney’s Hillsong conference: “I was blind but now I see.”
The pop megastar came to Australia to be part of the congregation and not to preach but, as well as quoting the lines from John 9:25, Bieber spoke to #hillsong-backstage, telling its online audience: “I love you guys. Jesus loves you.”
Speaking at the Hillsong Sydney Conference the pastor, who counts stars like Bono, Vanessa Hudgens and Stephen Baldwin among his church members, described his relationship with Bieber as like “regular friends who talk all the time”.
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“We met when Justin was 14 after his mum reached out and we’ve become close from that day. He’s a part of our lives and has lived with us for weeks on end,” Lentz, 36, said.
“I can’t even explain the suffocating nature of the kind of fame that he has. If he’s going through something horrible, we’ll talk about it. If he makes a decision where I think he could have done something wiser, we’ll talk about it,” he said.
Lentz was adamant his 21-year-old pal was on the right path: “He flew halfway round the world at the busiest time of the year for him just for a church conference. It shows you what matters to him.”
Hillsong founder Brian Houston told the congregation that it left a $1.3 million shortfall in the cost and prayed for people to be generous and donate. The church he set up in Sydney 30 years ago is now bigger in the US than Australia.
Bieber yesterday told #hillsongbackstage that Lentz had changed his life and, while this was his first Hillsong conference, it would not be his last: “I’m having a great time. It’s pretty awesome.
“The music is incredible. What they are doing is incredible, I support it 100 per cent.”
Source: By Janet Fif-Yeomans & Matt Bamford, Justin Bieber just ‘wants to make his heart right’ says Hillsong pastor Carl Lentz, The Daily Telegraph, http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/entertainment/sydney-confidential/justin-bieber-just-wants-to-make-his-heart-right-says-hillsong-pastor-carl-lentz/story-fni0cvc9-1227422525508, Published 01/07/2015. (Accessed 05/07/2015.)
Sad to see this Celebrity driven market crazed selfies addicted Churchianity
It’s sad to read your article… religious spirit everywhere… First comment I have to make is: And who are you to judge what Pastor Carl Lentz is doing? In your own words “are you playing God?” At least he’s doing what we as Christians are call to do: Matthew 28:18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of ALL nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
When you say: ” The above is a very revealing comment considering Christians go to church to learn how God has made us right before Him through Christ and His finished work (the gospel)” Just want to remember: We are the church… Church isn’t a building it´s “an assembly”, it’s gathering and having communion. So we live everyday doing what God wants us to do in communion and koinonia with others.
And the third thing i have to tell you is:
4 But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5 made us (it doesn’t say just a few) alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. Ephesians 2:4-5 (NIV)
Are you perfect? When you first met God… at next day you were perfect? We ALL sin, and grace and mercy are for all!! Just Remember: From where God rescued you! Remember who you were before his grace found you?. It’s funny that in this days congregations accepts some kind of people with specific sins… Jesus did not come to save only a few.. He came for ALL of us!
It’s sad to read your response… blind hypocrisy and self righteousness everywhere… First comment we have to make is: who are you to judge what we are doing? You asked us, “are you playing God?”
No. We are merely pointing out the false brainwashed doctrine that Hillsong reinforces in it’s stormtroopers,
“Who are you to judge so-and-so’s heart? Only God can judge, all have sinned, judge not, etc.)”
You still can’t see it, can you? We stated in the article, “According to Hillsong’s idea of God only judging the heart, Lentz is now playing God.” Christ Himself calls his disciples to not judge by mere appearance but make righteous judgment. Jesus teaches us as Christians how we can judge the heart, Christ himself calling the heart and wicked and the source of wickedness.
Furthermore Jesus teaches us how we can discern from prophets/teachers from true teachers. It was a heart issue. Are they teaching false doctrine? In other words, are their hearts deceiving people? Giving false witness? Being hypocritical?
By using Jesus’ criteria, we continually examine the prophets/leaders/teachers of Hillsong. We are not finding Christians (those bearing fruit in keeping with repentance) but liars, hirelings and tares (hypocrites and brood of vipers producing false converts twice as bed as them (Matt 23)).
“Just want to remember: We are the church…”
Then tell Hillsong that. They seem to have forgotten that if they are the church, they need to believe the bible and love God’s sheep, not lie, maliciously malign and abuse them.
And that is a great scripture you quoted. That is something a Christian will hold to. However, Paul himself does a great job separating Hillsong from Christianity by asking this question:
“What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound?”
Hillsong’s response: Sin? Are you perfect Paul? Are you so perfect? Judge not! HATER!
Christian’s response: No! I am spared of my sin. He has made me righteous and made me new. I shall live daily in repentance.
You are simply spouting Hillsong rubbish. You need to love the Lord with all you heart, soul, MIND and strength. Think for yourself. Read the bible yourself. Don’t let these deceivers think for you.
“The former college dropout who found God in Sydney and went on to be named as one of 37 people under the age of 35 reshaping the world by Esquire magazine, spoke candidly about his relationship with Bieber, who was brought up a Christian.”
A worry when you “earn” the praise of the world…
No one is brought up a Christian…one needs to be born again…