“I lift up my eyes to the mountains—where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.” Ps 121:1-2
At this time it is comforting to know that God is in control of every situation, and as we bring you this update, we do so in the knowledge that He alone is our strength and our help.
By now you would have heard the media reports that yesterday afternoon NSW police served Pastor Brian Houston’s lawyer with a court attendance notice.
These charges relate to many years ago when Pastor Brian found out about his father’s actions. We have always been open and transparent with the church about his father Frank, and Pastor Brian has shared his pain with you many times over the past twenty years.
As you are aware, this matter has been ongoing since the Royal Commission in 2014 and has been the subject of much media speculation – most of it inflammatory and much of it inaccurate.
We want to do our best to ensure that you have accurate and timely information about this development. Pastor Brian has said in a statement, “These charges have come as a shock to me given how transparent I’ve always been about this matter. I vehemently profess my innocence and will defend these charges, and I welcome the opportunity to set the record straight.”
As you will understand, neither Pastor Brian or the church, can legally comment on the details as the matter is now before the court. We simply ask that he be afforded the presumption of innocence and due process as is his right.
Since our appearance at the Royal Commission in 2014, our church has published various statements relating to this matter which may be found in the Newsroom. If you’d like more information, we encourage you to review this.
The Hillsong Church leadership team will continue to look to God for His wisdom and guidance, and we thank you for your ongoing prayers and support for Pastors Brian and Bobbie and their family.
If you’d like to talk to a pastor or need help in any other way please don’t hesitate to contact us.
We look forward to having you join us at church this weekend, whether online or in person, as we worship together and give thanks for what God has done and will do.
“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thess. 5:16-18
The Board of Hillsong Church Australia