"The LORD passed before him and proclaimed, “The LORD, the LORD, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness, keeping steadfast love for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, but who will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children and the children's children, to the third and the fourth generation.” - Exodus 34:6-7
"And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.” - John 3:19-21
I am no fan of Brian Houston or the organization he heads. This is, in totality, due to his being an unrepentant false teacher, like most in his movement. We have no personal beef with Brian, our issues with him and his movement are purely clerical and doctrinal in nature. For many years we have attempted discourse with Brian and his corporation, to be met with what can only be described as an aloof silence... and we are by no means alone. Brian's seeming unwillingness to receive or even entertain any kind of correction has been more a source of constant frustration than it has been an issue of anger. That said, this particular issue sees me personally in somewhat of a quandary. I feel a genuine sorrow for Brian having to, after all these years, continue to answer for the serious sins of his now deceased father Frank. This sorrow however is countered by the seriousness of Frank's sin, and Brian's DELIBERATE concealment of it. Child abuse is a very serious issue and deliberately concealing it, for whatever reason, is completely unconscionable. Brian Houston stands before the Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Child Abuse not simply because his father engaged in multiple acts of homosexual sex with under aged boys, but that Brian knowingly and willfully sought to conceal the crime with, it would appear, the complicity of the movement in which he is revered.
This is an issue of integrity, of honesty, of being faithful ambassadors of Christ. For Moriah Ministries Australia the bottom line is this... Jesus was blasphemed, not only by Frank's actions as a pedophile, but also by Brian's seeking to conceal them. If those who profess Christ are unwilling to be completely transparent before a watching world, let alone a Holy God, to own their sins and their consequence, publicly repudiating them and making restitution, but instead deliberately seeking to conceal them for the sake of reputation, they should not consider themselves genuine Christians. Brian's inability to rightly divide the Word of Truth according to 2 Timothy 2:15 already disqualifies him as a minister of Christ. His actions in attempting to conceal his father's sins, cement that disqualification in our view.
Please join us in prayer that Brian repents and comes to a genuine saving knowledge of Jesus Christ, and thereafter instruct his followers in the same.
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