24 October 2014

Churches Defy Gay Influence by Staying Truthful

Hillsong Church
The influential and global Hillsong Church was able to fend off repeated attempts by the gay community to influence their policy and undermine what megachurch pastor Brian Houston has worked on for years.

As more states succumb to the pressures of the gay community and several judges took it upon themselves to overturn majority decisions to ban same-sex marriages, several Christian churches with orthodox beliefs continued to stay relevant by staying true to the biblical truth.

Houston said in a recent clarification published on Hillsong’s website that he and the church are not entertaining anything new to accommodate the whims of the gay community in the light of false reports circulating online.
"Nowhere in my answer did I diminish biblical truth or suggest that I or Hillsong Church supported gay marriage. I challenge people to read what I actually said, rather than what was reported that I said. My personal view on the subject of homosexuality would line up with most traditionally held Christian views. I believe the writings of Paul are clear on this subject."
Houston touched on the topic of same-sex marriage during a press conference in the middle of October.

"It’s very easy to reduce what you think about homosexuality to just a public statement, and that would keep a lot of people happy," Houston added, according to an RNS transcript.

It is now clear as day that Hillsong that they may welcome several gay men and women, but they will never condone the sinful gay lifestyle, including same-sex marriages.

Houston’s clarification also squashed any hopes that any shift is likely. For all Christian churches to stay relevant while continuing to attract millions of young people, means sticking with the original and truthful interpretation of the Bible. No amount of false advertisements and flowery descriptions of sinful acts will change that.

"This struggle for relevance was vexing as we did not want to become ostracized by a world that needs Christ," Houston said. "This – like many other issues, is a conversation the church needs to have and we are all on a journey as we grapple with the question of merging biblical truth with a changing world."