Hillsong: The Melting Pot for Apostate Women Preachers
When apostate, egalitarian, charismaniac female preachers are no longer accepted in the more traditional, bible-believing denominations, where do they end up?
That’s right, Hillsong is a repository of compromised preachers and teachers, most of whom have a low view of God and a high view of man. You see, Hillsong has a low threshold of tolerance for biblical integrity, and personal experience is elevated to a place of prestige and prominence. It counts not whether you can exegete the Scriptures and teach them within their context–it only matters if you can woo a crowd of people and have them clapping and cheering.
In Revelation 2:20, we see Christ eloquently reprimand the church at Thyatira, saying, “But I have this against you, that you tolerate that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess and is teaching and seducing my servants to practice sexual immorality and to eat food sacrificed to idols.” Indeed, this castigation from our Lord is unimpeachably relevant today. Our professing churches in this modern culture, particularly, ones like Hillsong, have become a hodge-podge of extra-biblical revelation brewed with a little bit of seeker-sensitive motivational speaking that leaves little room for purity and chastity according to the true Christian faith.
This is why women like Beth Moore, Christine Caine, and Priscilla Shirer are becoming the female face of Hillsong. Their admonitions do not come from Scripture, it comes from their personal experience. Their preaching style appeals to the flesh. It empowers the individuals who are there to have their ears tickled, and walk away not with a desire to repent and believe the gospel, but a feeling that God exists to enable man to conquer their fears and capture their dreams.
Priscilla Shirer, who will be a featured speaker at the Hillsong Colour Conference in 2018, is a creature-exalting Creator-minimizing preacher who gives nothing more than mere motivational speeches that are devoid of any actual gospel content. In the following video, you can see a snippet of her “all about me me me” style of preaching charging man with the power to battle Satan for dominion in your life.
We are not just going to be people who just lay down and let the enemy walk into our homes and to our churches and into our ministries and into our own minds and into our own hearts. No. We will stand in the doorway and say “not today Satan, not on my watch.”
Of course, this is the typical self-empowerment false gospel that so dominates charismatic, prosperity gospel churches like Hillsong. Notice that Shirer does not appeal to Christ’s finished work on the cross. Christ has already defeated sin and is victorious over Satan. There is nothing that we can do to add to that. Her false gospel is a gospel of man-centeredness. Lost people want to feel empowered and this nonsense gives them exactly what they’re looking for.
The power over Satan, sin, and the forces of darkness is not in ourselves, it’s in Christ. The power is in His word and his work. In Jude 1:9, we read of even Michael the archangel, who, while disputing with Satan over the body of Moses, did not rebuke Satan himself, but instead says, “The Lord rebuke you.”
Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil –Hebrews 2:14
Beth Moore is another Hillsong brand bearer who appeals to the flesh. While she regularly proclaims her fanciful dreams and visions as though they are from God, she refers to those who believe in doctrinal purity as scoffers. If you oppose ecumenical unity with false teachers like Joyce Meyer, who she regularly shares a platform with or with false Christians like Roman Catholics, then you’re just divisive–and you’re like the enemy.
The female festival of falseness is endless. From Ann Voskamp to Joyce Meyer, Christine Caine to Beth Moore, Lauren Daigle to Darlene Zschech, who, by the way, doesn’t know that the gospel of Rome is false, they’re all the same. It’s all about the experience at the events they speak at. It’s all about exalting themselves and exalting you. This is what sells in a lost in dying world. Their gospel is false. It’s a gospel of works.
The masses don’t want to hear about their fallen state, their wicked hearts, and their desperate need for a savior–one to whom they will have to come to in full submission. No. They want to hear about what they can do for themselves to make their lives better. They are looking to have their “best life now,” and that is what Hillsong is sure to deliver.
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’ –Matthew 7:21-23
[Contributed by Jeff Maples]