In part one of this series, we highlighted how Carl Lentz tries to “uncool” himself and his Hillsong church in America.
The ‘forked tongue’ of Hillsong and the ‘genuine’ Carl Lentz (Part 1).
In part two of this series, we heard ‘uncool’ Carl Lentz launch a protest against ‘boring’ churches and wants people to see Hillsong church “cool, fun” and so on.
The ‘forked tongue’ of Hillsong and the ‘genuine’ Carl Lentz (Part 2).
Carl Lentz and Hillsong leadership clearly have no problem engaging in ambiguity (double-speak). In this article, we highlight this ‘culture of cool’ propagated by Hillsong leadership at the recent Hillsong Conference 2017.
MIMICKING THE WORLD
Has Christ called the church to mimic the world? When a worship leader or a pastor stands before the church, is the focus drawn to Christ or in the case of Hillsong, the world?
“…Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.” James 4:4
CWC became aware that Katie Perry was recently in Australia to sing on the popular TV show, ‘The Voice’. In the image above you see Katie is sporting a new hairstyle.
Take note of Hillsong worship leader and golden girl, Taya Smith’s new look compared to Katie Perry.
Hillsong culture and its leadership continues to feed the allusion that they are being genuine, authentic and ‘real’ to win the approval of a new generation of ‘Christians’. How? By demonstrating they are the cutting-edge in Christians arts and entertainment. It only reinforces the truth that they are not leaders in the biblical sense at all. They are simply worldly people accomplishing worldly feats and gimmicks under the guise of Christianity.
It’s all about the music, glamour, show and controlling people’s perception.
Kate Perry started this short blonde-haired look first. So who is leading who? (Someone even pointed out that this new look is quite transgender, problematic in a movement that is yet to biblically address these issues in their culture i.e. transgenderism & homosexuality). We also draw attention to Hillsong’s favored protege Justin Bieber (and the same hairstyle) pictured here at Hillsong 2017 Conference with Carl Lentz.
No matter how you look at it, Hillsong appears to be doing everything within their power to create a celebrity culture. One has to ask the question – has Hillsong created their own ‘Katey Perry/Justin Bieber’ aka Taya Smith to lead worship at their church. Remember, none of this is coincidental. Hillsong are very aware of their brand and image. So what message do you think Hillsong is really sending to the world and Christianity?
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