Former Hillsong Church founder and senior international pastor Brian Houston says he resigned from the worldwide church final spring as a result of the Hillsong Church board’s public statements “made his place untenable.”
Houston, 68, made the declare in a video posted to Fb on Nov. 2 in which he wrote he wished to “make clear the circumstances round my resignation.
He stated when he supplied to resign from his place in March, he hoped the board would reject his resignation and proceed to struggle for him.
“I suppose a giant a part of me hoped that the board, understanding the stress I used to be underneath, would reject my provide and proceed to struggle for me, however that was to not be,” Houston continued. “We definitely didn’t need to simply abandon the Hillsong congregation, as some have steered. We like the individuals of Hillsong Church, and to be sincere, we miss you all terribly.”
“We’d have cherished the chance to have stated a correct goodbye to the Hillsong congregation,” he stated. “However sadly to this point, that chance has not been afforded to us.”
Houston then went on to say the rationale cited for his resignation from the worldwide church will not be true.
“I need to be clear. The media and others incorrectly say I resigned as a result of I breached the Hillsong code of conduct, however that is simply not true,” he stated. “I did not resign due to my errors. I resigned due to the bulletins and statements that had been made, which Bobbie and I felt made my place untenable. And I spelled out my causes for my resignation in my resignation letter to the Hillsong Church board.”
Houston additionally shared excerpts from his resignation letter to the board that he stated made it clear that the general public statements made by the board left him ready that will be tough to maintain main the church.
He defined that he didn’t see the board’s March 18 assertion till after it was made public and despatched to Hillsong’s international database.
“The board’s assertion to the church has made my place untenable,” Houston’s resignation letter stated. “The board gave sufficient element to permit individuals’s creativeness to run wild and draw their very own conclusions. The assertion did nothing so as to add my perspective. The statements which can be being made have left me with no alternative however to finish our time as pastors and leaders of Hillsong Church.”
Houston stated he instructed the board that regardless that he was resigning from the church, he was not quitting ministry work.
“‘Thanks for the chance. It has been an honor and I can honestly say, Hillsong Church is our life’s work. I’ve no intention of retiring. And sooner or later, we’ll nonetheless be in ministry, no matter that appears like. Wherever that’s,” the letter stated. “My hope is that we might have an energetic position as founding pastor of our church.”
“That is what I wrote to the board and that is the resignation the board was fast to just accept. Sadly, within the statements and bulletins made, there was sufficient element to pour final disgrace and humiliation on me, however sufficient ambiguity to guide individuals to make their very own conclusions about what did or did not occur. Frankly, in lots of circumstances, these conclusions are flawed,” Houston continued.
The previous international pastor additionally stated the narrative about him being an alcoholic is fake.
“In my heartfelt apology to the individuals of Hillsong Church and to the Church at massive, I spoke about alcohol having not confirmed itself to be my good friend. However sadly that has constructed a story on the market that I am an alcoholic,” Houston stated. “The tales about my ‘alcoholism’ are the results of gossip, whispering and innuendo. The narrative that I am an alcoholic is fake. In reality, I have been instructed by an knowledgeable therapist that I don’t show the behaviors which can be typical of an alcoholic.”
He additionally addressed his use of sleeping tablets, saying he hasn’t used any such pill in additional than a decade.
“It was within the early 2000s with my fixed international journey and the stress that I used to be underneath, I grew to become depending on sleeping tablets which I’ve spoken about brazenly many instances together with in my ebook, Live, Love, Lead,” Houston stated. “However let me be clear, the final time I took a single sleeping pill was over ten years in the past. And regardless that I’ve continued to journey extensively I have not taken one sleeping pill for a decade. It is not an ongoing drawback.”
“The infamous evening in 2019 the place I blended a double dose of anti-anxiety tablets with alcohol was a one-off event. It occurred as soon as. It hadn’t occurred earlier than and it hasn’t occurred since,” he defined. “So I haven’t got an ongoing drawback with anti-anxiety tablets or every other prescription remedy. I respectfully ask you to please not label me that method or blindly settle for that narrative.”
As CBN News reported, Houston stepped down from the entire governing boards of the Sydney, Australia-based Hillsong Church after he was charged by the New South Wales Police Pressure for allegedly protecting up details about his father’s youngster sexual abuse offenses.
He remained because the church’s international senior pastor. Later, Houston introduced that he would “step other than all ministry tasks” till subsequent yr amid fees of concealing his father’s offenses.
CBN’s Faithwire beforehand reported that Houston’s father, Frank, was accused of abusing 9 underage boys whereas he was serving as a pastor. The elder Houston handed away in 2004.
The Royal Fee into Institutional Responses to Youngster Intercourse Abuse concluded the Hillsong founder didn’t report his father’s abuse after he confessed to it in 1999.
Houston entered a not-guilty plea to the costs in an Australian court docket in October, in keeping with The New York Times.
The particular listening to of Houston’s case will happen in December and can final three weeks.
“These fees have come as a shock to me given how clear I’ve all the time been about this matter,” Houston stated. “I vehemently profess my innocence and can defend these fees, and I welcome the chance to set the report straight.”
Then, as CBN News reported in March, Houston resigned as international senior pastor of Hillsong after the church introduced he had breached the “Hillsong Pastor’s Code of Conduct” involving separate incidents with two ladies, together with a former employees member, within the final 10 years.
Houston and his spouse Bobbie based Hillsong Church close to Sydney in 1983. In February 2022, the megachurch reported 150,000 members in 30 nations.
He later apologized to church members in an e-mail despatched one week after the church’s international board introduced his resignation.
Within the e-mail obtained by the Australian information outlet Eternity News, Houston additionally stated he and Bobbie “haven’t any intention of retiring.”
“I nonetheless have a way of vibrant hope for the longer term and I do know God will not be completed with me but. We’ve no intention of retiring. As Bobbie would say, ‘the ultimate chapters of our lives will not be but written’,” he wrote.
Houston returned to the pulpit throughout a six-week tour within the U.S. He delivered the message A Legacy That Outlasts You on the Christian Religion Heart on Aug. 21, insisting that God would not write individuals off and that he nonetheless has “a lot extra” to provide.
As CBN News reported, Houston and his spouse Bobbie will host and communicate on the Pioneer Theatre in Sydney, Australia’s Citadel Hill on Nov. 9.
“It is simply all about connection, fellowship, group,” Houston stated. “And, in fact, Bobbie will share some ideas. As all the time, I am positive there will probably be a prophetic power to that. I am gonna preach a message, pray for individuals.”