Hillsong Music Controversy- Why One Worship Leader Isn’t Allowed to Sing Hillsong Songs?

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Founded in Australia, Hillsong Church is a charismatic Christian megachurch with a global reach. Brian and Bobbie Houston started Hills Christian Life Centre in Baulkham Hills, New South Wales, in 1983.

Hillsong was a member of the Australian Christian Churches until it split from the Christian Life Centre (CLC) denomination in 2018. (the Australian branch of the Assemblies of God). Hillsong Worship, Hillsong United, and Hillsong Young & Free are some of the most well-known worship bands in Hillsong’s history.

One Worship Leader’s Reasons for Refusing to Sing Hillsong Material

It was reported on Tuesday that a worship leader had written a blog post explaining why his church will not be playing songs by Hillsong or Jesus Culture. Because of the heated discussion, the post had to be removed. As a quick recap, he avoids songs from those two congregations due to the theology taught by their pastors. The prosperity gospel is defined by many people.

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It is his belief that by singing these songs, he is promoting the platform, contributing financially to their goals, and supporting their compromise philosophy…

I’m not sure what to make of this. Also, since Vicky Beeching’s coming out, I’ve wondered how many churches have stopped singing her songs because they don’t agree with her lifestyle or believe it honours God.

hillsong music controversy

I’m curious to know how many churches have series titles like “Modern Family” or titles based on other pop culture trends.

How far should we go before calling it a day? Does it make sense to remove a worship leader’s songs from your library if he or she commits a mortal sin, such as divorcing his or her wife without seeking forgiveness? If I’m not mistaken, I’m aware of several instances in which worship leaders exhibited moral failings that were not widely publicised.

How much of a song bears the author’s fingerprints is the real question, I suppose. This is a song that was popular in bars, like “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God.” Is a song morally charged? Is this just a song with lyrics?

As I said earlier, I’m not sure what my position is on this. And, to be honest, I’m not sure there is one. In the end, I think it’s a good idea to wrestle with these questions to evaluate and prayerfully consider the role music plays in our congregations.

An Evangelical Worship Pentecostalization

Pentecostal theology of worship is taught and practised by all of the organisations under consideration here. During the early twentieth century, a new form of Christianity known as Pentecostalism arose, combining the Methodist holiness movement and revivalism with the belief that the miraculous signs of the early church still exist today.

Because of their continuationist beliefs and expectations about what the Holy Spirit does, they redefined worship from Reformed traditions to something more in line with New Testament teaching.

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According to Charismatic theologians, the Holy Spirit’s primary role in worship is to make God’s presence manifest in observable, tangible ways so that worshipers can truly experience God.

A “Praise and Worship” theology of worship is one that emphasises and expects a high level of physical expression and intensity in worship. In this view, the goal of Christian worship is to encounter God’s presence, but praise is seen as the means by which they do so.

Praise & Worship

It is the goal of praise and worship theology to lay out a “blueprint for a worship service” that allows people to truly “enter the presence of God.”

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6 According to this theology, praise is intrinsically linked to God’s presence in Scripture—indeed, praise is the very means of entering God’s presence. A key verse in the Bible supporting this concept is found in Psalm 22:3: “Yet you are holy, seated on the throne of Israel’s praises.

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