Invited to preach at a recent Hillsong service, Phil Pringle described his close friends, Brian and Bobbie Houston, as ‘major apostles’. Of course this is ‘major’ New Apostolic Reformation terminology. This description comes from a man also described as an ‘apostle’ within his own C3Global movement.
It would be more correct to substitute the words ‘major apostles’ for the biblical description ‘super apostles’ – the words used by the Apostle Paul to call out false teachers in Corinth.
“For if someone comes and proclaims another Jesus than the one we proclaimed, or if you receive a different spirit from the one you received, or if you accept a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it readily enough. Indeed, I consider that I am not in the least inferior to these super-apostles. Even if I am unskilled in speaking, I am not so in knowledge; indeed, in every way we have made this plain to you in all things.” 2 Corinthians 11:4-6
Sadly many church leaders today have sought to emulate the style and success of Brian Houston and Hillsong as they move away from the sufficiency of scripture and the preaching of sound doctrine, no longer bringing people to true biblical repentance.
‘It is tempting to judge ministers as successful (or not) based on prosperity, popularity, oratory, and their ability to command respect and a following. This may make them “super-ministers” by the standards of the world but not necessarily by God’s standards.’ (Link)
Phil Pringle has this to say about Brian and Bobbie Houston:
“Even though Pastor Brian and Pastor Bobbie, we are good friends, it certainly doesn’t diminish in any way the huge respect I hold for them as major apostles in today’s Christian world. They have affected the course of Christian history. They have changed the culture, taken it up so many levels. I mean the buildings here are just a reflection of the excellence of Spirit and mindset that they carry.”
Of course it’s not surprising to see that description given by Phil Pringle – given these ‘major (super) apostles’ have long been claiming an ‘apostolic anointing’ for themselves.
‘When Bobbie Houston cited Revelation 2:29, “he who has ears…” she is citing Jesus’ words to John the Revelator, as he was giving personally inscripturated letters to the churches of Asia Minor. One can only deduce that when applying the words to her husband, Brian, while claiming for him ‘true Apostolic anointing’ that what he spoke was at least as authoritative as Holy Scripture’. (Link)
To this day, these dangerous people are influencing the Christian landscape across the world. Jesus well describes these false prophets (emphasis ours):
“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit. A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus you will recognize them by their fruits. “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’ Matthew 7:15-23
Source: Phil Pringle, Hillsong Church – Getting Unstuck, YouTube, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YFqgIvCZVwQ, [42:00], Published June 3, 2019. (Accessed July 13, 2019.)
Source: Bobbie Houston, Instagram, https://www.instagram.com/p/BfapQr8FGW6/, Published February 20, 2018. (Accessed July 15, 2019.)
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