Hillsong Church’s new head, Pastor Phil Dooley, dropped a dirt file bomb on Brian Houston on Friday (18/3/22) outlining his harassment of 2 women dating back 10 years which on the face of it has to be the first step in getting rid of Houston from the church for good.
It is not a good look to say the least for Brian Houston who stepped down as the director of all Hillsong boards in January 2022 to defend the criminal charges that he concealed his father’s child sexual abuse. It is also not a good look for Prime Minister Scott Morrison, 2 months out from an election, who regards Brian Houston as a mentor and close friend.
Hillsong Church has a long and proud history of scandal both here and at its US branches so the latest revelations should surprise no one. (Click here to read more)
Pastor Phil Dooley and the other senior staff at Hillsong Church have obviously decided to protect the cash cow that Hillsong has become and thrown Brian under a bus to save their own financial future. As they say there is no honour amongst thieves and Hillsong is one of the largest fraud scams Australia has ever seen.
The ABC reported (18/3/22):
Hillsong Church founder Brian Houston breached code of conduct with inappropriate behaviour towards two women, leaked letter says
Hillsong Church says founder Brian Houston breached its code of conduct, with the organisation apologising “unreservedly” to two women who complained about his inappropriate behaviour. The Hillsong Global Board on Friday afternoon sent a letter to church members, leaked to the ABC, about complaints made about Mr Houston’s conduct in 2013 and 2019.
The letter was sent to members hours after the new head of Hillsong Church, Pastor Phil Dooley, held an extraordinary meeting with 800 global staff members detailing Mr Houston’s “indiscretions”.
“We have sadly been dealing with two complaints made against Pastor Brian over the last 10 years,” the board said.
The first incident, detailed in the letter and by Pastor Dooley, involved “inappropriate text messages” sent to a female staffer which led to her resigning. The Hillsong Global Board said Mr Houston at the time was “under the influence of sleeping tablets, upon which he had developed a dependence”.
The 2019 incident, the church said, occurred during its annual conference in Qudos Bank Arena in Homebush, NSW which Prime Minister Scott Morrison opened.
Pastor Dooley said Mr Houston met a woman, who was not a member of the church, in the foyer of the Pullman Hotel. “It was after one of the conference nights and he was drinking with a group,” Pastor Dooley said.
“Later that evening, Pastor Brian attempted to get into his room but didn’t have his room key and ended up knocking on the door to the woman’s room. “She opened the door and he went into her room.
“The truth is we don’t know what happened next. The woman has not said there was any sexual activity. Brian has said there was no sexual activity but he was in the room for 40 minutes.”
The board said an investigation found Mr Houston “became disorientated… following the consumption of anti-anxiety medication beyond the prescribed dose, mixed with alcohol”.
Pastor Dooley told the meeting that some church elders raised concerns the board had “covered up” the two women’s complaints by failing to mention them in the statement about Mr Houston stepping aside. He denied any allegations of a cover-up. (Click here to read more)
They say they have been dealing with the complaints against Brian Houston over the last 10 years, which they never made public, but then claim it was not a cover-up. The Hillsong Church have in fact become well known for cover-ups including recently being accused of covering up sexual assaults and alleged rape. (Click here to read more) And then of course Brian Houston is currently facing charges for covering up his fathers rape of a boy.
The police took 5 years to investigate Brain Houston and lay charges (Click here to read more) and now we know that the Hillsong Church have been covering up for Brian Houston for 10 years regarding complaints from 2 women.
Hillsong have been struggling lately with thier once crowded Sydney Church having a lot of spare seats as per the below picture taken in Sydney on the 6th of March 2022 (Click here to see more pictures) It’s not hard to guess why crowd numbers are down which means less money for Hillsong.
One of the reasons, if not the only reason, that Hillsong have leaked the dirt file on Houston is that they were worried the cover-up might come out during his court case which would mean that Pastor Phil Dooley and the other senior staff at Hillsong Church were protecting themselves and the Hillsong cash cow.
If Brian Houston is jailed for the criminal charges he is currently facing the Hillsong Church will take a hit financially and there are signs that is already happening which I have no doubt was front and centre in the decision making of Hillsong releasing the dirt file on Brian Houston now instead of at least waiting until after his court case was finalised.
As the picture says, I think “The Road To Restoration” for Brian Houston might be some jail time.
This website has done a lot of work researching, interviewing and writing about and exposing Brian Houston and Hillsong since 2014 so this website and its supporters can take a little bit of credit for their downfall. But it isn’t over yet so I will keep following up.
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