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.
If you look at the video you will conclude as I have: THEY ARE NOT MAKING CHRISTIANITY LOOK BETTER THEY ARE MAKING CABARET MUSIC LOOK WORSE.
Now read what others are publishing about Hillsong London
‘About Jesus’? Hillsong ‘Sells Out’ Advertised Xmas Services With Dancing Elves, Santa, Mini-Skirt Flappers
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.”
“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.
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.