“Hillsong doesn’t force us to give money. We give it freely.’
That is the protest of faithful Hillsong cult apologists and it’s members.
Of course Hillsong members give their money freely. Wouldn’t you give Hillsong your money “freely” if they accused you of robbing God if you withheld your cash?
Hillsong, after the recent A Current Affair report, made the mistake of letting Bobbie Houston do the offering talk. Here is Bobbie talking about why Hillsong members should give:
“… I want to encourage you with your giving this morning, because that’s what it’s about. Malachi 3 says, bring the tithe and offering, bring it into the house of God that there might be food in my house. And in context it’s saying when you withhold or draw back you actually rob God, well we don’t rob God because we can’t rob God, but we rob His heart for the earth…”
It only goes to show that A Current Affair is right to portray Hillsong as a Prosperity cult and a money-making machine. Prosperity cults are known for ripping Malachi 3 out of context to accuse people of “robbing God” so they are guilted into giving money. To Christians, this is what is known as “works-based righteousness.”
The Christian owes God nothing except repentance of their sins in light of Jesus being our perfect sacrifice to God so that we may be right with him. By placing money as the mediator before God and not Christ, Bobbie is espousing nothing but pagan idolatry. Money is her God and she wants it now.
To say that people are robbing God’s heart for the earth because we’re not giving him cash is neurotic. But then again, Hillsong members think that this is a valid reason to give “freely”…