Multinational Megachurch ‘Hillsong’ Threatens to Sue Critics that are ‘Defaming’ Them

With the news breaking that Hillsong head honcho Brian Houston has been charged with failing to report the sexual abuse of a 7-year-old boy by his deceased father more than 30 years ago, Houston in turn has come out swinging against his critics, threatening to sue anyone defaming the church by spreading what they describe as “spurious” and “untrue claims” about them.

In 2014, a Royal Commission confirmed that Pastor Frank Houston, who had a sexual interest in the Lord’s little ones, confessed to abusing the young boy in 1969 and 1970. Brian Houston was made aware of the allegations in 1999, five years before his father passed, but did not go to the police and turn his father in. About his father’s sexual proclivities, he would later lament:

“At that time I thought there was one (victim) and then 12 months later it became clear there were many more, mostly in New Zealand,…’It’s obvious he was a pedophile and that his behavior was repetitive and it seems like it was over a period of a decade in the late sixties and seventies.’

In the defense of his actions not to go to the police, Houston argues in his statement that “The victim was a 36-year-old adult when this abuse became known and could have taken the matter to police himself at any time” and “the victim did not want Pastor Brian or others to go to the police“-a charge the victim vehemently denies.

The victim, known as ‘AHA’ told the Guardian back in 2014 that Frank Houston met with him before he died and offered him $10,000 in compensation. When no money came after months of waiting, AHA contacted Brian Houston who allegedly told him “You know it’s your fault all of this happened – you tempted my father.” AHA stresses:

“The church community made me feel like it was my problem…I have received absolutely no support, no counseling, apology or acknowledgment of the abuse…I believe that Brian Houston and other elders of the Hillsong Church kept the abuse as quiet as they could, and have not been held accountable.”

As for the threats of litigation, possibly for sharing what we just shared, Hillsong released a statement on their website promising recompense for anyone suggesting anything other than perfect compliance and virtuous actions.

Over the past few days there has been numerous media reports and comments on social media about our senior pastor Brian Houston and references to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, at which Pastor Brian gave evidence in 2014.

Much of this commentary is factually incorrect and highly defamatory, and we call on the media and others to immediately stop making these spurious claims. We have directed our lawyers to review several articles that have published untrue and defamatory claims that smear Pastor Brian’s reputation as a Christian leader. Furthermore, we remind those who seek to spread rumours and baseless information via social media that these comments may also be subject to a defamation action.

Houston is going to court in October. If found guilty, he faces up to 5 years behind bars.



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3 thoughts on “Multinational Megachurch ‘Hillsong’ Threatens to Sue Critics that are ‘Defaming’ Them

  1. 1st off; Brian is far from a biblical christian so we can get that false claim out of the way! He is satans pastor. Brian is a wolve who cant stand that his evil apathy towards a victim of his father is in the spotlight.

  2. This legal threat from Hillsong is actually from 2019.

    I find the timeline interesting though, because within two weeks, Brian Houston was at the LA Hillsong (which some recent news reports have said Houston might be planning to hide out at while the charges go on), preaching a prosperity gospel on rain, and abusing a passage on Elijah. 1 Kings 18 as I recall. The LA pastor then took the LA Hillsong to the Mayan Theater next door for the next services, which is a “club” filled with images of Mayan priests sacrificing children to rain gods, which they were known for, continuing the message on prosperity and rain. This is satanic.

    I printed out tracts and handed them out to a few people, including their LA pastor in a group after services. He seemed startled, nervous and not wanting to talk. I asked him why he didn’t leave Hillsong, as he knew some of the messages others were preaching was untrue, based on his own (a guest preacher from another Hillsong had just been basically b’ood off stage with silence). He said he might in a few years (but money). I bore him no personal ill will and had not talked to him before, but he has entangled himself with a friend of mine, and Hillsong has clearly caused harm to many people. I then gave him a tract (actually while we were talking), and left to be outside, giving out some more.

    The tracts were also on 1 Kings 18, but I choose Baal worship as being more applicable then Brian Houston’s misuse of it for money, and which this obviously was, with idols to false gods and all.

    I do not retract or take back anything I said, and saw other things that could be said, including a malicious fake attempt of “the gift of tongues”, which between faking and trying to delude others into believing through guilt, to the harming of their mental and spiritual well being, must be utterly rejected. It is not at all the gift of tongues in God’s word by any means, but a complete blasphemy not unlike meeting in a nightclub dedicated to human sacrifice receiving false gods. Lord. The words fail.

    I look forward to defending the gospel against Hillsong’s satanism, and the blasphemous deception of “tongues” as promoted by all groups that likewise do, and my only prayer to the Lord that I could make, is Lord, destroy it.

    I give Hillsong every opportunity to defend these charges given on “social media”, which the Christian way is on “stage” not legally (in front of the whole church). The later is exactly unbiblical in the way Hillsong is known for (1 Corinthians 6). You boasted it, make good. You appear to be worthless apostates in every way, (not unlike the Baal priests in 1 Kings 18), so not brothers at all, but people might be saved from you, or you can try unchristian legal remedies that expose you as not being Christian at all, but truth is an absolute defence, and I not think God’s judgement will be far behind.

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