We are warned in 1 John 2:15 that if we love this world or the things of it that the love of God is not in us. While we should be speaking the truth in love and shining the light of Jesus in this dark world, many churches have decided to embrace the world’s ways. One of these churches we have reported on is Hillsong Church in New York – and sadly, it’s back in the news for all the wrong reasons.
Today we cover two stories regarding Hillsong. First, Pastor Carl Lentz appearing with and praising Oprah Winfrey, telling Christians we should “emulate her love of Jesus”. Never mind that Oprah’s “Jesus” is not the Son of God, but rather a “good teacher”. The second story today involves a Hillsong Youth leader appearing at a women’s conference as “the Naked Cowboy” along with Broadway dancers and yes, he appears to have no clothes on.
Hillsong is known primarily for its music and millions of fans and members around the world. But it also made headlines last year when it’s NYC church’s choir director announced his homosexual marriage to another Hillsong choir member. Carl Lentz, who embraces homosexual couples in his NYC church – not to disciple them – but to appoint them to leadership positions and to seemingly flaunt his cool relevance and grow his church.
And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. Romans 12:2
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. …And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:1-3, 14
If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. John 15:19
Finally, “hate speech” has been defined in the recent past and is being redefined as it relates to Christians and the Scriptures. Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, and Microsoft just partnered with the European Union agreeing to a major step that could censor biblical views from their sites.
Truth is hate to those who hate the truth…
Covered in the final segment today: