Albert Mohler Calls Hillsong a Prosperity Movement that Waters Down the Gospel
Well, looks like Mohler has paid more attention to Prosperity Gospel people after the blunder by Victoria Osteen.
The CP reports:
R. Albert Mohler Jr., the president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary recently spoke with the New York Times about Hillsong Church and criticized the movement for watering down the Gospel message.
“It’s a prosperity movement for the millennials, in which the polyester and middle-class associations of Oral Roberts have given way to ripped jeans and sophisticated rock music,” said Mohler Jr. to NY Times. “What has made Hillsong distinctive is a minimization of the actual content of the Gospel, and a far more diffuse presentation of spirituality.”
It takes guts to criticise Hill Song. As the article goes on to say, they dominate the Christian Music scene. Granted, they have a lot of charity and community services in Sydney, but to the members of the church, Brian and his clan are untouchables. I have a family member that actually cut me off since she learned that I am too “negative”, because I warned her about going there. She cut the relationship with me, and became part of Hill Song.
Mohler has no stake criticising Hill Song. He lives far from New York, and even farther from us here in Australia. I think his criticism is too blinded in the sense that in reality, he only believes that his version of the Gospel is the legitimate one. Nevertheless, I am with him that Hill Song is prosperity gospel light, and that the spirituality proposed by it is more of a consumer driven spirituality, both have nothing to do with biblical christianity.
Having said that, I like their music, and think that they have much good people in their churches not to let it go all the way prosperity gospel, but it would be good for it to become more of a New Testament Church, than just another Church corporation.
Read the entire article here.