Not far from where I live is the biggest Pentecostal church in Australia, called Hillsong.
Hillsong is all about prosperity preaching. Pray, put money into the basket and you will be rewarded. Why are so many people sucked in by their money grubbing conniving? Then again, I guess the real question is, why are some people so naive? Hillsong have got their fingers into all sort of pies. They have strong political clout and varied business interests (like the Gloria Jeans coffee shop franchises seen in the background of the photo below). The church should be known as Hillsong Inc.
One of Hillsong’s founders was the self confessed paedophile, Frank Houston. What is it with these bible thumping religious wing-nuts and their perverse sexual predilections, anyway?
Frank was asked to leave the church by his son Brian after his confession to his congregation. I can imagine how the conversation went.
Frank: “Look I know it looks bad, and nobody reported anything to the police like thet should’ve, but I confessed, and that should make everything all right with god and therefore the rest of you.”
Brian: “That’s not the main issue. It’s about our revenue stream. Most people, even the gullible marks that come to our meetings don’t like kiddie-fiddlers. Our revenues have been starting to go down. We need to raise more capital for our next business venture and it’s going to cruel the sweet little deal we’ve got going if you stick around. It’s just plain bad for business. You’ve got to go.”
Hillsong also operates in ways that can seem like a cult. They don’t brook any questioning of their hierarchy and can make life very difficult for people in their ministry who challenge them or the way how they do things.
Yep, you guessed it, I don’t have much time for such goings on.
I was doing some shopping today for a dinner I’m having for some friends tonight, and I came across this strange sight (which I don’t know if it’s connected to Hillsong, although it seemed too close to Gloria Jean’s to be a coincidence).
I wonder if the racing team prays for victory?
I wonder what they think about the idea of an interventionist god when they don’t win?
If they don’t win, does that mean that god doesn’t approve of their engine tuning or their moral conduct?
What does it all mean when some godless athiest beats them when they’re racing for Jesus?
I wonder about such things.