Mario Murillo responds to Hillsong firestorm

First view the infamous video:

Mario Murillo responds to Hillsong firestorm

By Mario Murillo

I republished a blog about Hillsong that was written by Andrew Walker.  Some have said that I was unfair because  Hillsong had clarified its position of Homosexuality–a complaint in the blog–and  this is old news.

The article was republished because the clarification settled nothing.  The wording of the clarification projects selective offense.  in other words, it appeases one group but casts another aside.

At first I thought the video of Silent Night  was a total prank…then I was dismayed to learn it was real.. I thought why bother any pretense of church… just hire the cast from Chicago to do  I know a girl.

While I will not call the video blasphemy–it certainly tells conservative Christians what they can do with their concerns.

In desperately caring for what secularists think, they do not care what sincere believers–or thinkers for that matter–think. They will still not call sin-sin from the pulpit.  The issue that is burning in my spirit is not about accepting all people—but helping all people.

But what sealed the deal is the fact that this “rendition” of Silent Night  met with widespread rejection last year  both within and without the Church…they are going to repeat it on the 20th in London.     

Now about that clarification on homosexuality:  It does not help gay people when you say you can attend, participate and be everything but a leader.   If your goal is to make them feel accepted…that doesn’t work.  Instead the acceptance/nonacceptance diminishes both the sinner and the Gospel.  The only thing it upgrades is homosexuality.  It upgrades from it from a sin that needs to be abandoned to a personality flaw to be eased out of.

Imagine Victory Outreach or Teen Challenge saying you can be a part of everything except leadership but it is okay to keep your drug addiction while you are here.  But you might say—those are rehabilitation centers not churches.  Listen to yourself…if the church is not for rehabilitation what is it for?

It is infinitely more honest—and loving—to say we believe it is sin but we want you to know you can be set free.

We must have the awkward conversation that identifies the need and the cure.   There is no Christian cooling off period for sin.   Would we counsel the adulterer “sit and consider your character flaw and–in the meantime– feel welcome to all aspects of our faith except leadership.”

For years I have been careful not to name names when it came to seeker churches.  That season is over because I believe that Hillsong is now doing more harm than good.   Take, for example, this travesty of Christmas that they are foisting on the public.



Now read what others are publishing about Hillsong London

 ‘About Jesus’? Hillsong ‘Sells Out’ Advertised Xmas Services With Dancing Elves, Santa, Mini-Skirt Flappers

Hillsong Carols-compressed
Photo Credit: Twitter

LONDON — Hillsong London’s two advertised Xmas services that are said to be all “about Jesus,” but feature clips of Santa Claus, dancing elves, mini-skirt-wearing flappers and other concerning aspects, have both sold out.

“#HillsongCarols is now at capacity for both services at 3pm & 7:30pm,” the congregation posted on Dec. 9. “There will be no tickets on the door.”

 Hillsong London had advertised the upcoming services, to be held at the SSE Arena in Wembley on Sunday, with clips from last year’s event. The snippets capture a packed house of cheering attendees being showered in ticker tape and the various high-energy performances that include an appearance by a man dressed as Santa with his host of elves.

“Carols at The SSE Arena is a night that is focused on celebrating what Christmas is really about – JESUS!” reads a description under the promotional video.

 Video footage of various full performances at the 2014 show were also posted online by Hillsong London, which is arguably the largest congregation in the London area.

One performance features the carol “Silent Night” set to a nightclub-like setting with 1920’s-style flappers. The jazzy rendition features a woman in a short two-piece outfit that is cut low in the back and reveals her midsection when her arms are raised. A flapper is defined as “a young woman of the 1920’s who rebelled against conventional ideas of ladylike behavior and dress.”

Another video of the “Little Drummer Boy” featuring shirtless men pounding on drums while a woman in tight gold leather pants belts out the song as she stands in thick fog.

Other footage online shows a beatbox rap rendition of “Silent Night” and a woman dressed in a spaceman-type outfit.

Last year, Hillsong originally offered just one service, but because it sold out quickly, a second was scheduled. This year, both services sold out within days.

In an interview with the England Evangelical Alliance, Hillsong London leader Gary Clarke said that “[t]he aim for Hillsong Carols is to have a church event where people easily could bring their friends and family to, in the hope they encounter Jesus and His message of grace.”

“The main difference [between the event and a Sunday service] is that Hillsong Carols is more of a production, with focus on different items that tell the story of God sending His son Jesus to earth, rather than an actual service,” he explained. “There are still elements of a normal service though, such as praise, worship and a short message.”

But some have expressed concern over the nature of the event, with one man writing under the promotional video, “How do you justify the use of worldly music, erotic stage dancers which is nothing short of a Vegas act, and call it Christian? It’s a fair question.”

Geoffrey Grider of Now the End Begins likewise expressed dismay at the presentation.

“Because after all, it’s just not a proper celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ without roaring 20’s flappers, rock bands, hoochie coochie dancers, laser light shows and lots and lots of leg in a nightclub setting,” he wrote in a blog post on Wednesday. “Happy Birthday, Jesus, hope you like it.

13 thoughts on “Mario Murillo responds to Hillsong firestorm

  1. We stand with you, Mario! Too many people are afraid of offending someone, or throw that word, “judge” out there, and they have a lack of the knowledge of the Truth!! When Paul confronted the church at Corinth about the incestuous relationship that was going on, he was very blunt with them about getting rid of that person! He did not tell them to not judge the man, or be careful that you not offend him. Here is what he told the church in I Cor. 5:6,7 (NLT), “…Don’t you realize that this sin is like a little yeast that spreads through the whole batch of dough?” (Wow, how we have and are seeing that happen), “GET RID of the old yeast by removing this wicked person from among you. Then you will be like a fresh batch of dough made without yeast, which is what you really are. Christ, our Passover Lamb, has been sacrificed for us.So let us celebrate the festival, not with the old bread of wickedness, and evil, but with the new bread of sincerity and TRUTH. When I wrote to you before, I told you NOT to associate with people who indulge in sexual sin. But I wasn’t talking about unbelievers who indulge in sexual sin, or are greedy, or cheat people, or worship idols. You would have to leave this world to avoid people like that. I meant that you are not to associate with anyone who CLAIMS to be a BELIEVER yet indulges in sexual sin, or is greedy, or worships idols, or is abusive, or is a drunkard, or cheats people. Don’t even eat with such people. It isn’t my responsibility to judge outsiders, but it certainly is your responsibility to JUDGE (well, look, there’s that word that is so misused) those INSIDE the CHURCH who are SINNING. God will judge those on the outside; but as the Scriptures say, “You must remove the evil person from among you.” Very plain spoken to those who have ears to hear!!!! To those who have a desire to repent, and change, not accepting their sins as “ok”, I believe mercy and grace is multiplied!!!

  2. A breath of fresh air is the voice of Mario in this time of do nothing, stand for nothing preachers. God bless him for courageously confronting head on the great evils of our time both in the world, and in the church!
    “I CHARGE [you] in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, Who is to judge the living and the dead, and by (in the light of) His coming and His kingdom:
    Herald and preach the Word! Keep your sense of urgency [stand by, be at hand and ready], whether the opportunity seems to be favorable or unfavorable. [Whether it is convenient or inconvenient, whether it is welcome or unwelcome, you as preacher of the Word are to show people in what way their lives are wrong.] And convince them, rebuking and correcting, warning and urging and encouraging them, being unflagging and inexhaustible in patience and teaching.
    For the time is coming when [people] will not tolerate (endure) sound and wholesome instruction, but, having ears itching [for something pleasing and gratifying], they will gather to themselves one teacher after another to a considerable number, chosen to satisfy their own liking and to foster the errors they hold,” (2nd Tim 4) Amplified Bible

  3. As an ex member of that church I fully agree. Don’t talk about judgement, hell, sin, all is grace, and fun and tithes. Try to correct someone on one point and you are named “judgemental” The message inside is that of “false grace” 5 years on the leadershipteam….and I was blinded… 😦 It’s all about you feeling great,

    1. It’s so sad that church leaders are more motivated by celebrity status and ego than souls. Hasn’t the church learned anything from what happened in the 80s and 90s? God doesn’t need to practice trickery or deceit to fill the pews. It is the job of the Holy Spirit to draw people unto Him. The church has been corrupted by political correctness and manipulated by the love of money. it all appears s innocent and justified in the beginning but isn’t tht the way Satan works>

  4. the pastor of Hillsong Church stated that Allah and Yahweh were the same person. He then quickly retracted it in another interview saying he made a mistake? I wonder. Is it possible to make that mistake? What if he were to say Satan and Jesus were the same and then say that was a mistake? That was not a simple slip of the tongue, that is more like a Slip of a statement. Hillsong has been going down for quite a while in the United States although I understandO that the Hillsong of Australia is still centered around Jesusand what the word of God tells us, that is the Bible.

  5. I actually was watching the night the Hillsong so called pastor gave his speech about the gay community. To say I was shocked is an understatement. I had invited a new Christian over to watch the programing, I was appalled. I no longer watch TBN, where Hillsong is on. The bible does state that in the end days many will fall away from the Faith. Come quickly Lord Jesus.
    Thank you Mario for staying true.

  6. What a total disgrace. Like I said in my comment on the youtube video, God has been completely removed. They have replaced Him with showgirls. It is disgusting and shameful. I personally believe it is blasphemous. Next they will be making a golden calf to worship like Aaron did while waiting for Moses to come down from the mountain.

    1. While we are awaiting for Jesus to return from Our Father it appears the modern day “golden calf” has already arisen from the fire and it’s strange fire indeed.

  7. The Hills on video is painful to watch. I couldn’the finish it. The Holy Spirit is not there. It is a product of the flesh; man is glorified. What I saw wouldn’the have a sinner recognize his isolation from God or a call to repentance. There is no power in fleshy performances to save, to reconcile, to deliver or to truly glorify the Son of God.

    The appetite of luke-warm churches for this sort of thing saddens me.

    Keep pressing forward Mario.

  8. There’s nothing holy about this night on the video.
    Jesus’s holy birth turned into a Broadway show of flappers shaking is grievous.
    So disappointed in Hillsong.

    1. Disappointed in Hillsong?
      Brian Houston is a reprobate.
      And there are many more so called preachers out there who are reprobate.
      And there is nothing we can do about it.
      They think God is stupid.
      But they are the ones where is stupid and now they believe a lie and are damned.

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