Four days ago, Hillsong interim Global Senior Pastor Phil Dooley announced that Brian Houston, founder and former Global Senior Pastor of the 150,000-member, prosperity preaching, heresy-weaving multisite church committed several “indiscretions” with two women. Dooley previously led the South African campus and took over leadership duties from Houston in January so the founder could focus on his upcoming court case where he’s been accused of concealing the sexual abuse of a 7-year-old boy by his deceased father more than 30 years ago.
One of these involved sending a staff member flirtatious messages about a decade ago. “It was along the line of, ‘If I was with you, I’d like to kiss and cuddle you,’ words of that nature.” The second one was more recent, and it involved a visibly intoxicated Houston spending almost an hour in a woman’s hotel room alone with her, after a Hillsong conference at Qudos Bank Arena in 2019, with Dooley explaining that Houston violated Hillsong Pastor’s Code of Conduct.
Prior to these revelations, it was thought that Houston would be stepping away until his trial was up and then would reclaim his role, having already resigned from 18 of 19 Hillsong-related boards in preparation. Now, however, the prevailing wisdom is that he was forced to do both by the board, who were grappling with the fallout from this new scandal, and after Houston refused to take steps in keeping with repentance.
In an exclusive, we can confirm that while Houston’s fate remains uncertain, it does look grim, after Hillsong pulled down nearly all Houston’s preaching and teaching from Hillsong Channel, completely purging the website of his videos.
All 10 seasons of Brian Houston’s preaching are gone, along with both seasons of his “Art of Leadership.” Despite Houston being gone, other Hillsong pastors and personalities are featured. It is not just his channels, however. The current site also features 10 years of “Best of Hillsong Conference,” all of which have purged Houston’s videos from them.
Below are 2019, 2018, and 2017 conferences, with Houston’s preaching nowhere to be seen. The rest of them, dating back to 2010, have likewise followed suit.
While no announcement has been forthcoming, this by itself is a bold move for Hillsong, which has been embroiled in scandals for years, on account of their wretched theology and the way it has manifested. A few of the highlights include:
Hillsong Christmas Features Shirtless Men Drumming to Worship Songs
Lavish Lifestyles of Former Hillsong Pastors Revealed
Brian Houston Shuts Down Hillsong Dallas Church Amid Controversy
Sex Offender Denied Bid to Work at Hillsong, Despite Endorsements from Members
Hillsong Church Does Satanic Buddhist Dance During Christmas Service
Hillsong Pastor Carl Lentz Engaged in 5-Month Long Affair with Muslim NYC Designer
Video: Hillsong Pastor Says he has the ‘Hillsong Starter Pack’: Fedora, Leather, Boots, Skinny Jeans, and Hot Wife
New Hillsong Church Professionally Partners/Consults with Facebook to Build Better Church + Pastor Signs NDA over Details
During their Sunday service, the first since the revelations came out, Dooley told the congregants:
“Let me remind you. Our church, as I said, is built on Jesus, not just on any one person. Beyond a board, beyond an eldership, we need these elements, they matter and we want to make sure they are done well. But our hope and our trust is in Jesus. We are guided by the word of God and the Holy Spirit of God, and we will continue to ask God for wisdom and guidance and strength in this season.”
We have reached out to Hillsong for comment but have not heard back from them at the time of publication.