Investigators will look into sexual abuse allegations against Hillsong Pastor Brian Houston’s late father and founder of the Pentecostal movement, Frank Houston, in Australia
Sometimes I just want to scream and today is one of those days. This morning a reader alerted me to the breaking Hillsong sex abuse inquiry in Australia. The sex abuse allegation is quite old, but the inquiry is new:
Child sex abuse allegations against the man who founded the pentecostal movement which became the Hillsong Church will be examined by a national inquiry. (Source)
Hillsong is not just some church in Australia. Do you know Hillsong? My fingers have jammed the ivories playing this song too many times to count:
Oh, and this one. Sometimes when I’m playing this song, it moves me so much the tears flow and I can’t see my chord chart. Thankfully my fingers and ear knows the song will enough to find the keys, but oh, how the music facilitates prayer in a deeply personal way:
I’ve been playing these songs in churches we’ve attended from the East Coast to the West Coast over the last decade or so. They are widely popular and probably are played in some of your churches. Some of these songs have been so powerful to me – – they have helped me transcend the spiritual abuse I have endured, helped me to focus on God, His goodness, His graciousness, His truths.
And so I started digging deeper. Hillsong’s influence is far more than their popular praise and worship music:
In any given week, Hillsong estimates that more than 30,000 people will attend one of its six Australian campuses.
But an even greater number, estimated at more than 50,000, attend Hillsong off-shoots in London, Cape Town, Paris, Kiev, Stockholm, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Copenhagen and New York. A new campus is slated to open soon in Los Angeles. (ReligionNews.com)
Since receiving the e-mail this morning, I’ve seen the story spread to the US:
Hillsong Church will be investigated by Australian officials regarding child abuse allegations against Pastor Brian Houston’s late father. The probing is part of the Royal Commission’s larger investigation involving similar abuse among other Australian congregations.
Frank Houston, who helped build Australia’s Pentecostal movement, admitted before his passing in 2004 to sexually abusing a boy in New Zealand in the 1970s. Now, Hillsong Church will be investigated in a public hearing in October regarding the matter. (The Christian Post)
And it really is more than just a sex abuse scandal. It also deals with same-sex attraction. How many times have we heard of church leaders preaching boldly against homosexuality or sexual immorality, and then later we find out they have same-sex attraction and have been covering it up, sexually abusing children, addicted to porn, or get caught in some other sexually immoral behavior? Ted Haggard, anyone?
In the following article excerpt we read quotes from Peter Laughton who was 23 years old when he was “ministered” to by Houston. This is what kind of “ministry work” Frank Houston did with Peter:
Sexual abuse content below: Warning!
“My counselling sessions by the senior minister were nothing more than sexual abuse disguised in the form of the need of a father’s love and discipline,” Laughton says. “Through my naivety, I endured the naked beatings, the eternal bum caresses and masturbating into bottles, among other things.”
Laughton was training to be a pastor. He says the abuse continued for about four years until 1984. “I look at it now and think, ‘God, I was really naive to fall for that.’ ” And believing himself cured, he married.
Laughton’s faith went first. He tells the Herald that before leaving the church in the early 1990s he gave an account to another pastor of the abusive therapy he’d received. But as far as Laughton is aware, no action was taken against the old man until he was forced into retirement by his son Brian after an allegation of pedophilia emerged in about 2000. (Hillsong – the church with no answers)
We read of yet another person losing their faith most likely due to the abuse. Is there not one place in Christianity untouched by abuse and corruption? Lord have mercy on us all.
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