Archive for September, 2008

Brian Houston lies about the bible to sell his book

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on September 10, 2008 by hillsongchurch

Hillsong Churchs leader Brian Houston has lied on  Television  in an effort to sell a few more books.

While selling his book “Money” he quotes from the bible saying “why does the bible say let the poor say I am rich”

These  words came out of a Hillsong song called “Let the weak say I am strong ” which was stolen from a poem called “Give Thanks” by Henry Smith

When you cant trust the leader to tell the truth how can you trust them with your soul.

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Complaint by Hillsong about Mercy Ministries Media Reports – Dismissed

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on September 9, 2008 by hillsongchurch

September 10, 2008

THE Press Council has dismissed a complaint from Benjamin Isaac against the Herald. The ruling said:

Mr Isaac [complained about] aspects of a series of articles about Mercy Ministries’ work with women in crisis, its links with Hillsong Church, and related matters.

In particular, Mr Isaac took issue with an article not concerned directly with Mercy Ministries, but which reported a letter of support for a development proposal in Rosebery by the Hillsong Church. The letter of support came from Caroline Bateson in her role as manager of the South Sydney Police and Community Youth Club. Ms Bateson was a former volunteer worker for Hillsong.

The article included quotes from the club’s chief executive confirming that Ms Bateson ceased working for Hillsong before becoming club manager, that the club had written similar supporting letters for other community organisations, and that other Hillsong members had been club volunteers, but no longer worked there. Sydney’s Deputy Mayor was quoted saying the letter breached the club’s charter and that Ms Bateson had been an active recruiter for Hillsong before taking up her club management role.

Mr Isaac complained that the article insinuated that Ms Bateson had infiltrated the club to act as a Hillsong agent. He also said describing the proposed development as “controversial” was a prejudicial remark, and that the phrase “Hillsong link” in the report’s headline was misleading as the word “link” was usually associated with crime.

Mr Isaac also complained that the article lacked balance and breached a Press Council principle concerning gratuitous emphasis on people’s religion. He wrote two letters to the newspaper, neither of which was published.

The newspaper responded that the articles on the Mercy Ministries had been meticulously researched, used both named and anonymous sources, included relevant associations to religious organisations, and were clearly in the public interest. Officials from Mercy Ministries had been quoted, as had several independent health professionals. The newspaper had published an opinion piece by Peter Irvine, a senior board member of Mercy Ministries, along with a significant number of letters on the matter.

While the newspaper quoted several women who alleged poor treatment or abuse by Mercy Ministries, it also published the favourable remarks of a woman who had graduated from the Mercy program, although information about successful outcomes was not forthcoming from the organisation itself.

Concerning the story about Ms Bateson’s letter of support for the Hillsong development, the newspaper outlined the numerous attempts its journalist had made to contact and meet Ms Bateson, all of which had been rebuffed. Various relevant parties to the matter had been contacted for comment. The newspaper argued that, as well as the clear public interest in the development, it was extremely unusual for a Police and Community Youth Club actively to support a development proposal, especially one of the size and controversy involved.

The Press Council found no breach of its principles of the kind suggested by Mr Isaacs.

This story was found at: http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2008/09/09/1220857547504.html

Hillsong ‘using schools for recruitment’

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on September 9, 2008 by hillsongchurch

Posted Tue Sep 9, 2008 11:38am AEST
Updated Tue Sep 9, 2008 2:55pm AEST

The Hillsong sign sits on the entrance to the Hillsong Church

Evangelising: Hillsong is accused of trying to recruit schoolchildren (AAP: Mick Tsikas)

The Christian evangelical church Hillsong has been accused of secretly making a push to convert public school students in New South Wales.

The NSW Federation of Parents and Citizens Association says it has received a number of complaints from teachers and parents concerned that Hillsong is using public schools as a recruiting ground.

Federation president Dianne Giblin says the church is using its young people to go into schools and host barbecues called ‘Exo days’ in about 30 schools across the state.

Ms Giblin says religious education is strictly defined under the Public School Act.

“There’s a section in the Act that says there’s not to be more than one hour of special religious education a week,” she said.

“These are coming under the disguise of cultural events or even PD [personal development], health and PE [physical education] sessions.

“We believe the content is not known to the department and the content should be known. All our curriculum content is known and we feel that they should take some action.”

NSW Greens MP John Kaye says he has also received a number of complaints from teachers.

Mr Kaye says the new Education Minister, Verity Firth, should step in.

“The Education Department is calling it a cultural event but that’s not true. It’s an event which is designed to convert children to the Assemblies of God religion.”

Hillsong declined to comment when contacted by the ABC.