Brian Houston glossed over the pedophilia that his father, Frank Houston, confessed to in 1999. In his seventies, Frank admitted to Brian that he had committed child molestation. This is the "Hillsong Day of Infamy." Instead of turning his father over the proper authorities, like he was supposed to do, Brian swept this very disturbing information under the rug. It appears that protecting the Hillsong brand name (and Houston family name) has always been more important than protecting children.
Brian Houston repeatedly claimed (under oath to the Royal Commission!) that he forced his father into immediate retirement from ministry, but in reality, Frank Houston continued preaching right up until his death in 2004.
Here are a number of times that Brian Houston lied to the Australian Royal Commission in 2014:
“But from a perspective of my responsibility, I saw my responsibility mainly as being the now, the present. And the present was that Frank was an ordained Assemblies of God pastor; he was a former pastor of Sydney Christian Life Centre; he was now an itinerant pastor attached to Sydney Christian Life Centre, and I saw my main responsibility, in terms of Frank, as addressing that, and, in my mind, he would never preach again, and he never did.”
— Brian Houston quote, Royal Commission Case Study 18, Transcript Day 88, page 77
“Again, from the moment I first confronted my father, I knew, as his overseeing pastor at Hillsong, he would never preach publicly again, and he never did.”
— Brian Houston quote, Royal Commission Case Study 18, Transcript Day 88, page 96
“I suspended him there and then. I ensured that from that day on, he never preached again in his life, anywhere…”
— Brian Houston quote, Royal Commission Case Study 18, Transcript Day 89, page 16
“That he “would be” stood down is a misinterpretation. He was stood down instantly. As a matter of fact, I will reinforce it again: he never, ever preached again anywhere after I confronted him in my office in mid to late November 1999.”
— Brian Houston quote, Royal Commission Case Study 18, Transcript Day 89, page 27
“I knew that he would never preach again and that he would not be in active ministry again, and he never was.”
— Brian Houston quote, Royal Commission Case Study 18, Transcript Day 89, page 36
Here's Brian Houston on television with the (fake) story of how he stopped his father from preaching ever again:
But here's Frank Houston in a rambling and pointless "sermon" in September of 2004. Frank makes it very clear when this happened; he makes repeated references to the death of his wife, Hazel, which took place in early 2004, and he makes repeated remarks about his own age at the time. Frank also makes a number of (uncomfortable) comments about the good-looking children in the audience that day. If you want to waste 55 minutes of your life, listen to the true founder of Hillsong:
At the end of the "sermon" Frank Houston can be heard "speaking in tongues" like a babbling idiot. Listen to this if you want to get in the mood for Halloween:
Even Heidi Baker wants to know "what's the deal, Brian?"
Here is a more detailed article from our Australian friends at ChurchWatch Central:
Here's an amazing article with more details from our friends at Churchwatch Central: Brian Houston Leverages Off Father's Reputation & Hides Paedophilia to Promote Himself & Hillsong
And another HUGE article, full of detailed research: Timeline & Source Material: Related to Frank Houston’s Pedophilia Coverup
To research more about Brian Houston and Hillsong Church: The Brian Houston and Hillsong Cornucopia of False Doctrine, Abuse, Obfuscation & Money Generation
Another related article: Questioning Brian Houston’s testimony about his pedophile father’s ‘sickness’.
For those who think it's mean, judgmental and un-loving to criticize Frank or Brian Houston (or any other popular teacher) here's something just for you:Shocking Stuff You're Not Supposed to Know.
If you're having a knee-jerk reaction to try and defend Hillsong, check out:Confirmation Bias: Why You Are Protecting Your False Beliefs.
Finally, here's an article that will help you be more discerning and a lot less gullible:Defusing Demonic Dirty Bombs.
Steven Kozar started The Messed Up Church; he is an artist, musician, blogger and stuff.