Friday, May 19, 2006

Brian Houston, Rick Warren, Darlene Zschech - Hills Christian Life Centre

2 Timothy 4:3
"For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;..."

Itching...???

"When asked by a Sydney Morning Herald reporter why the church is so successful, Brian Houston, the male side of the team, replied, "We are scratching people where they are itching."

Here is the article,

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RICK WARREN SPEAKING AT CHARISMATIC CHURCH IN AUSTRALIA
-Friday Church News Notes, May 19, 2006, www.wayoflife.org)

- Rick Warren of Purpose Driven Life fame and pastor of a Southern Baptist Church is scheduled to speak at the Hillsong Conference in Sydney, Australia, in July. The conference is hosted by the Hills Christian Life Centre, the headquarters for Hillsong Music which is led by the church's worship leader Darlene Zschech. The church has a husband-wife pastor team.

When asked by a Sydney Morning Herald reporter why the church is so successful, Brian Houston, the male side of the team, replied, "We are scratching people where they are itching." That is right out of 2 Timothy 4:3, which is a warning of apostasy, of people who itch for a new kind of Christianity and of preachers will scratch this illicit itch. "For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears."

In an interview with Christianity Today Darlene Zschech expressed her radical ecumenical philosophy: "I've been in the Catholic Church, in the United Church, the Anglican Church, and in many other churches, and when worship is offered in truth, this sound emerges regardless of the style. It's the sound of the human heart connecting with its Maker" (quoted by Michael Herman, "Zschech, Please," christianitytoday.com, June 4, 2004). She doesn't explain how worship can be in truth in the context of denominations that teach grievous doctrinal error and false gospels.