19 October 2014

Hillsong 'Clarifies' Stance on Homosexuality

Following his comments reported here, Brian Houston of Hillsong Church has attempted to clarify Hillsong's stance on homosexuality. The official statement reads as follows:
I encourage people not to assume a media headline accurately represents what I said at a recent press conference.

Nowhere in my answer did I diminish biblical truth or suggest that I or Hillsong Church supported gay marriage. I challenge people to read what I actually said, rather than what was reported that I said. My personal view on the subject of homosexuality would line up with most traditionally held Christian views. I believe the writings of Paul are clear on this subject.

I was asked a question on how the church can stay relevant in the context of gay marriage being legal in the two states of the USA where we have campuses. My answer was simply an admission of reality – no more and no less. I explained that this struggle for relevance was vexing as we did not want to become ostracized by a world that needs Christ.

I made the point that public statements condemning people will place a barrier between the church and the world (and I note that Jesus came to save and not to condemn), which is why at Hillsong, we don’t want to reduce the real issues in people’s lives to a sound bite.

This – like many other issues, is a conversation the church needs to have and we are all on a journey as we grapple with the question of merging biblical truth with a changing world.

(Source)
Says Houston,
My personal view on the subject of homosexuality would line up with most traditionally held Christian views. I believe the writings of Paul are clear on this subject.
So what are those views? Why have they still not been clearly and explicitly stated?

The question must be, then, does this offer clarity to Hillsong's position—especially since this statement still does not actually appear to provide a concrete position? Does Houston's comment that, "Nowhere in my answer did I diminish biblical truth or suggest that I or Hillsong Church supported gay marriage," actually miss the point? After all, the concerns that were raised by many were not necessarily claiming that Hillsong was offering outright support of homosexual marriage, but that their wishy-washy 'journey' on the path to taking a stance on the issue saw this so-called church failing to stand firmly upon Scripture in wholehearted affirmation of homosexuality as sin. Has the looking glass that peers into Hillsong's windows been wiped clean, or has it become more smudged with these latest comments?

Further Reading
Hillsong's 'Journey' Down the Broad Path
Asked and Answered: Is It Sin to Experience Same-Sex Attraction?
A Pastor Responds to Desiring God on the Issue of Same-Sex Attraction

3 comments:

  1. Mohler said it best:
    "It's a prosperity movement for the millennials... What has made Hillsong distinctive is a minimization of the actual content of the Gospel, and a far more diffuse presentation of spirituality."

    Can't have a prosperity movement if you actually speak the truth!

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  2. Mr. Houston stated, ". .we are all on a journey as we grapple with the question of merging biblical truth with a changing world." In Paul's day, he did not concern himself with merging biblical truth. His day looks like our day--sex-saturated society, worship of false gods, relativism, nothing has really "changed" so as to try to work the truth to appease it. God's word is alive and active, as relevant today as when it was first given to us. Speak the truth in love, brothers and sisters. The only way to minister to a broken world and have others recognize their broken relationship with God, is by His unfettered Truth, not "merging".

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  3. So, clearly, Brian wants to have it both ways. "I explained that this struggle for relevance was vexing as we did not want to become ostracized by a world that needs Christ."

    Struggle for relevance? THAT's the thing you're struggling for? I don't recall Christ ever seeking relevance. And when it comes to being ostracized, how about being beaten, scourged, and crucified? You can't get much more ostracized than that. Do you mean to say you want to avoid what Christ went through? Well, then, put down your cross and stop following him. That'll do the trick. Just remember that friendship with the world is enmity with Christ.

    "This – like many other issues, is a conversation the church needs to have and we are all on a journey as we grapple with the question of merging biblical truth with a changing world." No it's not a conversation the church needs to have. It's a statement the church needs to make. Let the world have the conversation. And if we need any more evidence of Brian Houston's heart it's evident in his zeal to "merge" biblical truth. Biblical truth doesn't change, it doesn't move. Let the world waffle, but truth and Christ stand like a rock. It's clear Brian has the wrong view of both of them.

    Sorry, Brian. It's a binary choice. You can't have it your way, not if you're a true Christian. You can't mumble some platitudes about Christ and cozy up to the world. Well... you can, but you can't do that and call yourself a Christian. Well... you can, but we know better.

    And so does Jesus.

    (Feel free to edit this down if it's not pithy enough.)

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