Mike, when are you going to figure out that being emotionally drawn to something and that when a large number are joining a religious community like Hillsong that it is exactly what it seems to be…too good to be true?
If lots of people think something is great it generally because it appeals to their worldly thinking and damaged human nature. I’ve seem Hillsong many times and the kids mostly show up for the contemporary music and the advertised “Bible church” teaching which, if you take the time to check closely, turns out to be verses and passages pulled out of context and interpreted by whoever is in the pulpit that day.
It’s not just the Bible because the Bible nowhere says that it should be the final and ultimate standard for all Christians believe and practice. You can look for yourself my friend and you’ll find It’s NOT in the Bible, okay? (and It’s NOT in the Bible, okay? (Part II) and since the Bible is the Word of God it is all we need… and “If anyone teaches/preaches something that is not in scripture”)so then what you have is a group of people who every single day of the lives have to reinvent the Christian wheel again and again with seriously inconsistent results.:shrug:
Look carefully at what St. Ignatius of Antioch (a close friend and disciple of St John the apostle) Bishop of Antioch in the 1st and 2nd century and martyr, wrote about the church about 110 AD.
**CHAP. VIII.–LET NOTHING BE DONE WITHOUT THE BISHOP. **
See that ye all follow the bishop, even as Christ Jesus does the Father, and the presbytery as ye would the apostles. Do ye also reverence the deacons, as those that carry out [through their office] the appointment of God. Let no man do anything connected with the Church without the bishop. Let that be deemed a proper(18) Eucharist, which is[administered] either by the bishop, or by one to whom he has entrusted it. Wherever the bishop shall appear, there let the multitude[of the people] also be; by the bishop, or by one to whom he has entrusted it. Wherever the bishop shall appear, there let the multitude [of the people] also be; even as, wherever Jesus Christ is, there is the Catholic Church. It is not lawful without the bishop either to baptize or to celebrate a love-feast; but whatsoever he shall approve of, that is also pleasing to God, so that everything that is done may be secure and valid.(2) even as where Christ is, there does all the heavenly host stand by, waiting upon Him as the Chief Captain of the Lord’s might, and the Governor of every intelligent nature. It is not lawful without the bishop either to baptize, or to offer, or to present sacrifice, or to celebrate a love-feast.(1) But that which seems good to him, is also well-pleasing to God, that everything ye do may be secure and valid.
Note that even at that early point the church meant the Catholic Church and that was what it was called. They recognized the name even then or else Ignatius would never have used it to another “diocese”. If the early church was Catholic then why in the world would we want to be anything else?
Switch channels and watch EWTN buddy.