Hillsong Conference: Strange Bedfellows

I learned a long time ago that if you want to lose followers, just talk about their favorite singers/bands.  I might lose a few after this, but so be it.

Hillsong has been on the slippery slope of false doctrine for a while, but many still love to listen to their music.  But when a band/singer/group, etc., forms an unholy alliance (as Stand Up for the Truth so aptly put it), there comes a point when you should turn your back on them.

Hillsong’s 2013/2014 Conference is going to have a mix of speakers from some of the most apostate veins of the modern church.

This is from Stand Up for the Truth’s website:

The diversity is certainly represented in the speaker docket, uniting and melding Word of Faith (T.D. Jakes, the Osteens, Hillsong Church), Purpose Driven/Drucker-designed big business (Rick Warren), Craig Groeschel and Judah Smith.  (Online source.)

The author of the article asks a pertinent question:  “…at some point you just have to wonder how teachers of different “gospels” can find unity?”  The key words there are “different gospels.”

Hillsong does not represent Biblical Christianity, but a false gospel which has no power to save.  This is from the Hillsong Conference website:

“Our prayer is that our magnificent 2013 guests will again unleash and water the potential within our collective lives.”

Not to nitpick, but there is only One who is magnificent, and the ones who are speaking at this conference are not Him.  Our magnificent Lord has spoken the true gospel, and that truth is that if we don’t repent, we shall all perish.  (Luke 13:3)  Instead of teaching purpose-driven prosperity potential and navel gazing, they should teach death to self and repentance.  But they won’t.

What Hillsong is effectively praying for is that these self-titled magnificent speakers will show unrepentant sinners how to be happy unrepentant sinners.  Let’s pray they don’t make them two-fold the child of Hell that they potentially may be.  (Matthew 23:15)

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21 thoughts on “Hillsong Conference: Strange Bedfellows

  1. N4TM

    This is normal/typical of contemporary Christian music. It’s almost a non issue. No Christian should be looking up to a Christian band for their spirituality. No Christian should look to any “Pastor” either for that matter. Christian music is just as compromised as secular music. Christians would do well to focus on the actual word of God and allow the Holy Spirit to teach. The real story here is the great apostasy gripping the church. When a Christian is ready to abandon doctrine to defend a favorite personality therein lies the problem.

    1. Believer

      Music is mentioned so many times in the Bible as a way to Worship God so it’s actually biblical to use music to exalt Jesus’ name this is why Hillsongs Church is so effective because unlike you they don’t focus on the law or other peoples judgement they focus on God and His truth (the word) The bible says sing a new song so many times Psalm 94, 98, 114 etc playing the harp and lyre as praise rejoicing in His name. If this is from the bible itself then why should we listen to you that obviously doesn’t know the bible telling people not to listen to their music and just read Gods word. If you did that yourself you’d know it helps our spirit and relationship with God to listen to music and sing and dance.

  2. unworthy1 - lyn


    You will find more about Hillsong by going to http://onceuponacross.blogspot.com/2013/01/hillsong-pastor-brian-houstons.html

    Music is a powerful tool used by Satan and CCM to deceive. I am not implying that every artist in the CCM industry is deceitful, but the majority are either unregenerate or very shallow in their biblical understanding of God’s word. I used to dj at a CCM radio station, so I did some research on some of the artists, trying to get their testimonies or statements of belief…it was, for the most part, a dead end search.

  3. ali

    Like you, I have been watching Hillsong for some time, and like you,not liking what I have been seeing.!.
    It is heart wrenching to watch the church swallowing and following such doctrine dribble – running after the glitter while ignoring the gold.

    Keep speaking truth, a rare commodity these days.

  4. mywordlikefire

    Sad. I guess I am over being astounded at stuff like this, because there is so much of it, and it just keeps coming.

  5. Ray

    Sadly , they do all have one thing in common, none of them know what the gospel is. As an aussie Im embarrassed by our nations contribution to Christendom , C3 churches and Hillsong, and an unofficial race to see who can syndicate the most churches.

    1. thenarrowingpath

      It is so sad to think of how many people are being deceived by this church. If I remember correctly, Chris Roseborough from Pirate Christian Radio did a great sermon review on a Brian Houston sermon some time last year. If you are not familiar with Brian’s “preaching” check out the Pirate archives for the review and have a listen. The sermon certainly isn’t from the Bible.

  6. Believer

    You sound like you’re against God yourself. These speakers do preach the same Gospel they may do it in different ways but they serve and speak the same truth. And the bit where it says Our prayer is that our magnificent 2013 guest speakers etc.. We are all made in Gods image and He uses us as vessels to do His magnificent work we are all made in Jesus’ image. So I see nothing wrong with everything you’re trying to conjour up against the Hillsongs Church.

  7. Kiwi Dave

    I stand behind Crystal 1000% on this! The so-called “Christan Rock” from Hillsong is horrible noise, and their auditorium looks like a Roman arena! I will never forget Hillsong attempting to bully people in Sydney out of their homes and businesses so that they could build a AUD$58 million “super church”. All they do is mimic the world to get richer through the prosperity “gospel” and by laying the “tithe guilt trip” on whoever is in the building. Of course, regarding these other “gospels”, the Apostle Paul has this to say:

    “I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. 9As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.” Galatians 1: 6 – 8 KJV

    “For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.” II Corinthians 11:13 – 15 KJV

    BTW, I’ve been busy trying to persuade Tumblr and the NCMEC to get literally hundreds of hard core satanist blogs deleted and taken offline. Seriously disturbing and dangerous material is available for children to access. They are heavy on promoting hopelessness, self harm and suicide. One makes the plain statement “Let all innocence be corrupted”. Mind you, Hillsong is fulfilling that purpose perfectly. Hopefully Yahoo will get rid of all those blogs now that they own Tumblr.

  8. Thehoz

    No offenc but u Chrystal are a hypocrite. You only let the posts that agrees with your views out on this block. I disagree with this blog and you badmouthing others. Get a life….preferably in God.

  9. Corey

    I read this article via facebook from a friend. I noticed a lot of churches use Hillsong music during praise and worship. I am not at all familiar with the organization or church. Would someone explain to me what this “slippery slope” is.

  10. Greg Vance

    Adam fell from grace. So who wrote the first part of Genesis. Adam and Moses documented it again. Jesus appears to people who have not read the bible, with gospel, and a christian comes later with word. Nazarene Christians know the Torah, they also know where the LORD, king of the universe and the SON. They don’t get caught up in bible/ religious argument. People don’t want religion, they want the supernatural GOD. God does not like these people that talk about “slippery slope” etc. he wants people that will WORSHIP, and use his name .
    Jesus does talk about this issue. He says to avoid the people that are “WHITEWASHED TOMBS” – But only 50% of regular church goers are Christians. Not the word of the Lord, or thesin of the preacher. That is your problem – Hmm . Would you judge Jesus in South Africa, becuase his prophet there has tattoos. 180000 salvations in 6 weeks. Or becasue he would use a phone call to do a healing, as the Lord requires. No. you say . Amen, thnak you Jesus. It is your church, Jesues, your healing, your MIGHTY WORD, We also have a healing church, pastor was saved from death becuase God wanted it. Prostitute was healed and he life changed , and tattoo removed instantly, Speak with fire, Holy spirit, Apostles, prophets, healers, WORSHIP. Mt SINAI

  11. Greg Vance

    Please correct spelling etc, in the above posting. I dont usually make spelling mistake, I tend to be a perfectionist, and have uni degree, was dux of the school. But my disability was acting up, and the Lord led me to this site. So I have to write straight away. Going to Hillsong conference, but I have not been to this Hillsong for many , many years. The lord says to go, to encourage my fiance who is just ou tof hospital, needs it

  12. unworthy1 - lyn

    To Greg V and those who defend Hillsong,

    Inside the cover of Hillsong’s cd, ‘Hillsong live, mighty to save’, you will find this ‘method of salvation’…

    Our prayer is that you would discover the Author of Love . . . Jesus. His life and death represent the greatest gift of love the world will ever see . . . a gift for you. All you need to do is accept it . . . a brand new start to a life lived in relationship with God. Meeting God is as simple as praying a prayer . . . asking Jesus to meet you right where you are. If you are not sure that you know God, and that you are going to heaven, then make this your prayer today . . .

    Dear Lord Jesus

    I need You . . . I need Your grace to forgive me and I need your love to change me. Thank You for your amazing love. Thank You for giving me life and eternity. But above all, thank you for dying on the cross for me.

    I accept You as my Lord and Saviour. Now I’m a Christian, which means You live in me.

    I belong to You. I will live my life for You and I will love You forever . . . Amen. {from Cameron Buettel’s blog – onceuponacrossdotblogspotdotcom}

    What is wrong with this? It is NOT found anywhere in the word of God. Nowhere does the Bible tell us to pray a sinner’s prayer, to accept Christ. Nowhere are we called to lead the unregenerate in a method on ‘how to be saved’. How are sinners saved? ‘For I am not ashamed of the gospel: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth’. Romans 1:16 The proclaiming of the Gospel is the power that either saves or leaves the sinner in their sins. God is the one who saves sinners through the hearing of the word, not through some method or steps laid out by man. All of salvation is a gift of God, given to whom He chooses to save, NOT according to man-made methods, but according to His grace, ‘for by grace have ye been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, that no man should glory.’ Ephesians 2:8-9.
    Hillsong is preaching ‘another gospel’, they coerce sinners to do something in order to be saved. Trusting solely in the finished work of Christ is what saves, not praying sinner’s prayers. As for ‘accepting Jesus’, this is not humanly possible. All are dead in sin {read Ephesians 2:1, 5} and remain dead in sin until the Father quickens them, ‘And you did he quicken, when ye were dead through your trespasses and sins.’ Ephesians 2:1 also John 5:21, ‘ For as the Father raiseth the dead and quickeneth them, even so the Son also quickeneth whom he will.’

    There is no mention of sin, no mention of repentance in the gospel given by Hillsong. The Bible commands sinners to repent, and yet, Hillsong leaves out crucial part of proclaiming truth to the unregenerate. The doctrine of regeneration and repentance are either missing or horribly misunderstood by many who profess Christ in our day; instead they follow a formula that promises them they will be saved, yet they are unregenerate. They have never been born from above by the supernatural power of God, they think being born again is accomplished when they ‘do something’. However, this is not found in the word of God. ‘ But as many as received him, to them gave he the right to become children of God, even to them that believe on his name: which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. ‘ John 1:12-13 This is the ministerial work of the Holy Spirit, to regenerate sinners. But, man tries to rob the Spirit of His work by telling sinners they can be born again if they do this or that. Sadly, essential doctrines of the faith or no longer expounded upon in most churches, for if they were, you would NOT see huge crowds like those that gather at events like Hillsong, who knows how to attract the crowds…play on the emotions by using music. You can whip people into a frenzy by getting their emotions stirred, however, what does the word of God state on worship? ‘God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship in spirit and truth.’ John 4:24 This type of worship does not stem from emotions only, it stems from a heart that understands who God is, and has the utmost reverence for this thrice holy God. It is a heart that is filled with gratitude for the grace that has been shown, and for the finished work of the Lord Jesus Christ.
    A heart that was broken over it’s sin and wickedness, brought low by it; a heart that has forsaken it’s wickedness because it has been made anew by God’s supernatural power.

    Christ died to save the ungodly; sinners who are wicked, bound by iniquity with no hope. All sin enslaves {John 8:34, 2 Peter 2:19}, which is why the sinner cannot break the bond of their own iniquity simply by repeating prayers. This is why the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ is such good news, He frees the sinner of their bondage, He cleanses them of all their sins. He bore God’s wrath for the sins of all who believe, who trust completely in what He has done, and not in anything they do. He lived the perfect righteous life, obeying God’s law to the letter, which is something no man can do. His righteousness is imputed to those God saves {see Philippians 3:9, Isaiah 53:11, 1 Cor. 1:30, Romans 3:22}. Forsake your sins, trust solely in Jesus Christ for the redemption of your souls, be as the tax collector and cry out ‘O God, be merciful to me, a sinner’ {Luke 18:13}

  13. Kiwi Dave

    It’s very simple. The Gospel is not preached! There’s plenty of “feel good” preaching and “fair speeches” about how “God has changed my life”, but the Gospel is not preached. The music Crystal refers to is firstly self centered, and secondly ungodly. The music is “rock music” which
    has it’s roots in rebellion! As Samuel said to King Saul:

    “And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams. For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry.” I Samuel 15:22 & 23 KJV

    The Gospel is the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ, which doesn’t get preached at Hillsong. The Apostle Paul had this to say regarding the Gospel:

    “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.” Romans 1:16 & 17 KJV

  14. Kiwi Dave


    Seeing that this thread is all about the Hillsong Conference, I have invited to attend this conference tomorrow:


    However, when you read about and do some research into who those “speakers” are, the results
    are truly shocking!

    Pastor Kong Hee: Currently facing fraud charges in Singapore over the millions of dollars he embezzled to prop up the career of his “pop star” wife:





    He’s just ONE of the false teachers. There are also these Hillsong graduates as well:

    Pastor Jurgen Matthesius

    Pastor Leanne Matthesius

    To learn more about them and their C3 church, check out this blog here:


    1. Kiwi Dave

      Well, as an update, I went to that conference. The speaker for tonight was Dr. A.R. Bernard. After listening to an introduction countdown that was straight for the intro of
      the Disco hit “Instant Replay” by Dan Hartman, we were all treated to ungodly “modern dance” with young girls in leotards dancing to completely worldly Techno music – nothing at all to do with The Lord or .the Gospel, but everything to do with the world! We also heard about the “stage diving into baked beans” that happened in the Youth Service and how it was “still worship”. Worship maybe – but not of the Holy and Living God Almighty!

      Then came Pastor Jurgen Matthesius who corrupted the Word of God by saying that if given a choice, Abraham would have offered up Ishmael to the LORD instead of Isaac as he was commanded. The very fact and Biblical truth that Hagar and Ishmael had been expelled by Abraham didn’t get a mention, just all the hypothetical nonsense that Abraham would have chosen to sacrifice Ishmael. This was all leading up to the con to get people to “sacrifice” more money and make a “bigger offering” – to “give their best”.

      Finally, we were treated to the false and heretical teachings of Dr. A.R. Bernard who invented the “new” ministry of “mentoring”. This is of course over and above God’s 5 fold ministry. There was the introduction where we were all reminded how we “create our universe and world by the words and prophecies we speak”. Most importantly, the Gospel was never preached. Plenty of “ear tickling stories” and lectures on how to be a mentor, but no scripturally sound teaching, just New Age blasphemy.

      One thing that stood out at the beginning of the service was a very long video where works are being promoted as counting towards salvation. This church and Hillsong are nothing more than modern day Towers of Babel teaching that man can reach God by his own works rather than though faith and repentance and being born again according to the Will of God. The lyrics for the rock songs that these churches call “worship” all pertain to the Kingdom of the coming Antichrist who is the “god” that they really serve. Our Lord Jesus Christ said himself:

      “I am come in my Father’s name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive.” John 5:43 KJV

      This is what the Scriptures also say regarding Hillsong, C3 and City Impact Church:

      “But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.” II Peter 2:1 – 3 KJV

      “These are wells without water, clouds that are carried with a tempest; to whom the mist of darkness is reserved for ever. For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through much wantonness, those that were clean escaped from them who live in error. While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage. ” II Peter 2:17 – 19 KJV

      As a footnote, Dr. A.R. Bernard defended and justified using the music and songs of the “pop idol” and accused child molester Michael Jackson as “perfectly acceptable”
      for worship by the young people of his congregation and these churches. He went on to say that King David as a murderer and adulterer. While we know that David committed these sins, he repented, and Michael Jackson most certainly cannot be called “a man after God’s own heart”. Dr Bernard made those comments after an unsaved young man was invited to the stage to sing “I Want To Know What Love Is’ by the 80s band Foreigner. The teenager was treated like he had just won American Idol!
      There was cheering and adulation as seen in rock concerts. That included showering the teenager with hundreds of glow in the dark lightsticks as well as if they were throwing roses at a famous opera singer. You get the picture. The whole service was an utter sham. and an ungodly mess. There were plenty of fake “tongues” as well. Of course, I will be counted as one of the “religious Pharisees” by this lot, but I don’t care as I have a good conscience toward God. This of course what Jesus said to the Pharisees, which also applies to these Word Of Faith teachers:

      “Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life. I receive not honour from men. But I know you, that ye have not the love of God in you. I am come in my Father’s name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive. How can ye believe, which receive honour one of another, and seek not the honour that cometh from God only? Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father: there is one that accuseth you, even Moses, in whom ye trust. For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me: for he wrote of me. But if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe my words?” John 5:39 – 47 KJV

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