The Naked Cowboy and Austin Powers in the Pulpit
My very close friend texted me Sunday morning about the Naked Cowboy visiting Hillsong Church New York, as I looked through the information she shared I felt disgusted, but not surprised. Now I am not a fan of Hillsong Church; I know they are a false teaching church. But I will admit that their music appeals to me. Some of their songs have really touched my heart over the last 20 years of my walk with God. That doesn’t make it okay. It is this little war in my heart, because I never feel right about it. Some Christians are stumbled by R-rated movies or worldly music. I am a Christian who is stumbled by the emotionally hypnotic Hillsong worship songs. It doesn’t help that these songs are also sung in most churches. Maybe some of you can relate. I am not saying it is okay; I don’t think it is. I am just being honest. I wish soooooo bad they were a godly church, so I could freely and happily sing along!!! Because in the light of all of this garbage, I just can’t.
Anyways, here is a link to Now The End Begin’s article on the Naked Cowboy. And here is a great video that does not just discuss this Naked Cowboy issue, but other serious issues with Hillsong, if you are not yet aware of them–C.A. Silvas video The Naked Cowboy-What Has Hillsong Come To???.
Many of you have already heard about this event, and I am not going to be writing to expose it, because other people already have done a great job of that. I am writing today to analyze it according to Scripture.
But if you haven’t heard about it yet, you might want to click on some of the links so you can understand what I am talking about. Basically, the NYC Hillsong Women’s Colour Conference featured a performance where you see a bearded statue of liberty, an Elvis impersonator, and the popular NYC character “The Naked Cowboy” in his underwear. How is this godly? What is even worse is, according to Pirate Radio, the man who performed as the Naked Cowboy is actually the youth pastor for Hillsong NYC, a former model named Diego Simila. If your daughter’s youth pastor was a good looking model, would you want him to dance around in his underwear? I don’t think so!!!!
This Hillsong Women’s Colour Conference also occurred in Hillsong London, where the pastor of the church dressed up like Austin Powers–the sexually immoral, swinger, whose movies Christians should never watch without feeling very guilty and dirty. WHY???
It seems like there is a spirit of sexual immorality that is rampant at these events. And I know that there are other issues with Hillsong and sexual immorality too, that I will mention later.
Easter At Hillsong London
As I was reading on Sunday about all of this TRASH, I happened upon a video of Hillsong London’s Easter 2016 service, which made my skin crawl. If you want to watch the video below, I just want to mention that I don’t know who this man is, just that he is a member of Hillsong London who was upset by what he saw at church this Easter. I can’t recommend any of his other videos because I don’t know him or his beliefs. In fact, the video is long, if you want to skip to the important parts, I will list them below. What you will see is evil.
- You can see the event start at 5 minutes in. A shaman comes on stage and throws a dust on the crowd and chants a pagan looking chant. It looks like a pagan ritual.
- I also want to draw your attention to the clip that starts about 14 minutes in. It reminds me of what murder pornography would look like to a deranged serial murderer–and what I mean is, the violence against Christ is described as if the narrator is actually delighting in it.
At 17 minutes into the video you see a pyramid with the all seeing eye capstone cover the image of Christ’s eye. To me this proves that the person behind this even has occult motives.
- At at about 20 minutes into this video you see a kaleidoscope pattern that swirls around, in which you can see several images of horned creatures, Baphomet, and at at one point glowing red demon eyes. It gave me goosebumps.
- The whole service seemed overtly and blatantly demonic. I could find no redeeming value in it. Nothing that I could think of to explain why they did this.
Coercioncode.com (I don’t know them) wrote about this event above and included a video of what is said to be an actual satanic church recreating the crucifixion of Jesus, in a mock ritual. You can see that this is very similar to what happened at Hillsong London. Actually Hillsong looked more demonic than the Church of Satan.
And can anyone tell me why? Like seriously? Why on Resurrection Sunday do you want to have a dark and demonic recreation in morbid detail of the crucifixion? It isn’t Good Friday. He is risen!!! Where is the JOY!!! Where is the beauty????
Maybe they aren’t celebrating the resurrection at all?
Maybe they are more about the pagan aspect of the season?
Anyways, so that is just a small part of what is going on with Hillsong. I am sure there are some sincere believers attending Hillsong churches, events, and concerts that have NO CLUE what is going on. Thankfully, there are many, many ministries out there that do a fabulous job of exposing the worldliness and sin in the movement. I want to help them get the information out. But now, I want to analyze this information in the light of Scripture. The reason why, is that Hillsong will tell you that we need to be united. We are one church, and that it is wrong to be critical of ministries. And Jesus does talk about unity in the church. But His unity is different from the unity that Hillsong is trying to sell us!
As Jesus prayed for His church the night he was betrayed and arrested we see Him pray for unity among His people. He says, “That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.” (John 17:21).
A lot of people take this to mean that we need to be ecumenical and tolerant of false teaching professed Christians.
Now I am not talking about simple doctrinal differences in the small areas. I am not against the small little Baptist church down the street, or the evangelical who believes differently about the end times, and I am not a Calvinist but I have brothers and sisters who love the Lord who are. I am united with solid believers that have small differences of belief. In fact, I am in a small group study with people from different churches and denominations, and all of them value with word of God and we are united in that.
But I am talking about being ecumenical and tolerant when it comes to promoting sinfulness or blatant obvious contradictions to clear teachings in Scripture (the seeker friendly, purpose driven, prosperity, false healing, name it and claim it, easy believing, TBN loving, drunk in the spirit, false gospel promising, multimillionaire, peddling preachers). I am talking about people who turn their back on clear the truth of God for personal gain.
I was listening to something Joel Houston, worship leader of Hillsong United and co-pastor of Hillsong NYC, said a few months back and he said something so unbiblical but smooth and easy to swallow. All the people that were listening were swallowing it up, unquestioned. He said, that there is one church. And that we need to stop being critical, but unite with each other despite our differences.
So I was thinking and praying about what Joel Houston said, about unity. And I asked the Lord, “God, am I wrong when I am so critical of false teaching or sin in different ministries? I don’t want to hurt your heart if you want me to have a spirit of humility and grace in response to their error.”
And it was so simple, the Lord immediately brought to my attention my recent readings through John. Specifically all the good stuff Jesus says in chapters 15-18. That is heavy stuff.
Jesus tells us exactly what unity is!
20 “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, 21 that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22 I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— 23 I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. (John 17)
There is one church, but not everyone is part of it.
Here, Jesus prays for His people to be “one” as He and the Father are “one.”
So unity with each other is BASED completely on our unity with the Father and Christ.
When a believer or a church is no longer committed to being in union with the Lord through the truth of the Bible–then THEY are choosing to not be united with the Lord’s true church.
It is not our obligation to fake a unity with them.
There is no unity.
They have rejected it.
True unity is Christ in us– “that they may be one as we are one— I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity.”
Jesus was united with the Father because He always sought to do the Father’s will:
“For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me.” John 6:38
“Going a little farther, He fell facedown and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me. Yet not as I will, but as You will.” Matthew 26:39
“Jesus explained, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me and to finish His work.” John 4:34
“I can do nothing by Myself; I judge only as I hear. And My judgment is just, because I do not seek My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me.” John 5:30
“Just as the living Father sent Me and I live because of the Father, so also the one who feeds on Me will live because of Me.” John 6:57
Jesus’ unity with the Father was demonstrated in His obedience to God’s will.
If we understand what this means we will understand what it means to be united with others in Him.
Our first priority is to be united with Jesus and the Father, not each other.
We are to be “in Christ” as He is “in the Father.” And Jesus explains what this means in John 15. When He describes being the Vine and as us being the branches. We must be connected to Him.
“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned.” John 15:5-6
We are only connected to each other as branches, by way of our connection to the Vine.
If we become disconnected to Jesus we literally become firewood. When we are not connected to Him we do not have the life flowing in us, and we don’t have the unity with him. Then how can we have the unity with other branches? Should we just pretend that we are all still connected? That is a lie. Common sense tells us that a dead branch that has fallen off the vine is something the gardener picks up and puts in the chipper. The gardener does not glue a dead branch back onto the vine to pretend that we are still united?
In fact, Jesus goes beyond this idea of a dead branch that has fallen off. He even includes the withered and dead branches that are still attached to the vine. He says His Father is the Vine-dresser that actually CUTS OFF the branches that are not fruitful. “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 2 He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.” (John 15:1-2). I have heard this taught that it is actually healthier for the plant when the unfruitful branches are pruned. It allows the living branches to be more fruitful.
The New Testament Epistles give us a similar concept taught with a different picture. This time it isn’t a vine, but a body. “And He is the head of the body, the church” Colossians 1:18. The church is the body of Christ — “From Him the whole body is fitted and held together by every supporting ligament. And as each individual part does its work, the body grows and builds itself up in love.” Ephesians 4:16 We are united with each other, like the parts of the body, that are all in submission to the Head. Christ is our “Head,” and our unity comes from Him.”
But what happens when one of the members rebels against the Lord? Colossians says, “They have lost connection with the head, from whom the whole body…” Colossians 2:19. They lose connection with Christ, they lose connection with the church.
So unity isn’t always healthy.
Sometimes, breaking apart is healthy.
Breaking can come from the Father.
How do we maintain our unity with the Father? Jesus says, obedience and love.
“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command.” John 15:9-14
Remain in His love. Abide in His love. Live in His love. Make your home in His love.
If you keep His commands, you will remain in UNITY with Him.
If you treasure His words, you will remain in UNITY with Him.
If Psalm 119 is the cry of your heart, you will remain in UNITY with Him.
If you LOVE each other, you will remain in UNITY with Him.
” Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.” Deuteronomy 6:4-9
In our unity and love we will make the commandments and the Scriptures the center of our conversations and delight.
The Greatest Commandment:
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:30-31
Our primary loyalty, is to God. Our second loyalty is to love our neighbor–even to lay down our lives for others.
But if we make “unity to others” our first loyalty, then we FAIL in loving God with ALL our heart, ALL our soul, ALL our mind, and ALL our strength.
Church movements don’t save us. They didn’t die for us. Purchase us. Redeem us. Sanctify us. No. Our loyalty isn’t to a movement. It isn’t to a church.
Our loyalty is to our God. We worship Him alone.
We can only have true unity with each other, when we are all abiding in the truth and unity of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Why is this important?
Because we confuse our loyalty often times. And that is why, when you see a church leader saying something off or promoting something that is not right, our first instinct is to find some reason to defend him. We think of the good he has said or done. We think of the ways his service has blessed our walks in the past. We think of what a nice guy he is. All of this is so that our worlds can still make sense.
It is impossible sometimes for us to reconcile that there are two truths, that contradict each other– Bible Teacher = Wrong.
That is hard to swallow.
BUT CHRIST IS NEVER WRONG
That is why Jesus says, “that they also may be one in us”
We can only be ONE when we are IN the Lord.
Our unity with each other can only come through unity with God.
My allegiance is to Him, and to His Word.
Even Paul said, only to follow him as he follows Christ– “Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.” 1 Corinthians 11:1
Basically, follow me as I follow Christ. But once I stop following Christ, you need to stop following me.
So let us PRAY for unity!!! Not the unity to each other, but that every one who names the NAME of CHRIST would be UNITED to HIM!!!!!
“Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!” Psalm 133:1 — TRUE UNITY is sweet.
My Response to Hillsong
So please don’t tell me, Joel Houston, that I need to feel bad for being critical, or that I need to be united with you because there is only ONE church. That is manipulative. Maybe, you need to feel bad for the lack of unity. Your church is the one who is departing from the Scriptures and holiness and honesty. Maybe you need to be UNITED with Christ–because you are not right.
Look at this stuff that is rampant in your church. Along with the openly gay worship leader and his partner that served in your choir. London’s Pastor dressing up like the sexually immoral swinger Austin Powers. A youth pastor dancing around in his underwear as the Naked Cowboy. Bobbie Houston’s series Kingdom Women Love Sex–where she tells women to get plastic surgery. She says, “If I carry weight I feel like a retard … How are you going to do anything to surprise your man when you need a hydraulic crane just to turn over in bed?” And it gets worse in the book, and more lewd and sexually immoral. First of all Bobbie, don’t say “retard;” that is rude. And don’t make fun of and degrade larger women; shame on you. This is not from Christ. No wonder we are seeing sexual immorality at these women’s events. The church leadership has not taken a stand for Biblical sexuality and is carnal.
All of this stuff should be put in the chipper!
You can’t have unity with the real brethren who follow the Bible and live the Shema–because you have chosen not to do those very things that make for Oneness with Christ. You have rejected unity, and I will not bow down to your idolatry, prosperity gospel, easy believism, sensuality, entertainment of the “sheep.”
You are not my kind of Christianity.
“If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.” John 15:18-19
The world likes you!!!
But you don’t seem much like Christ.
Come on you guys, PLEASE get it together.
Right now you have to choose, are you going to lead the world to the God of the Bible or are you going to lead the goats in the church of the New World Order.