On Friday night whilst watching the ABC News, I heard this story. In short, Hillsong is being taken to court by a former employee, as she believes they have broken Australian law with their financial misconduct.
These are heavy claims and this post isn’t existing to say whether I think they are true or not. Nor is it existing to support or attack Hillsong. I have better things to do with my time.
Like read The Bible.
During the news report, Natalie Moses, the former employee who has filed the case, was quoted as saying that what Hillsong has done ‘goes completely against’ what she believes as a Christian.
And sure, if Hillsong has used their money unlawfully, then of course this is not in line with what The Bible teaches and Natalie Moses is right to expose them. As The Bible says:
…find out what pleases the Lord. Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. It is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret.
However, when I read The Bible I also come across a passage like this:
If any of you has a dispute with another, do you dare to take it before the ungodly for judgment instead of before the Lord’s people? Or do you not know that the Lord’s people will judge the world? And if you are to judge the world, are you not competent to judge trivial cases? Do you not know that we will judge angels? How much more the things of this life! Therefore, if you have disputes about such matters, do you ask for a ruling from those whose way of life is scorned in the church? I say this to shame you. Is it possible that there is nobody among you wise enough to judge a dispute between believers? But instead, one brother takes another to court—and this in front of unbelievers!
The very fact that you have lawsuits among you means you have been completely defeated already. Why not rather be wronged? Why not rather be cheated? Instead, you yourselves cheat and do wrong, and you do this to your brothers and sisters.
Completely defeated already.
Wow. That’s huge.
These passages are so easily misinterpreted and people wield power over others, saying that they should never speak up.
But that is not what it says at all. Nor is it what Jesus says either:
Be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known. What you have said in the dark will be heard in the daylight, and what you have whispered in the ear in the inner rooms will be proclaimed from the roofs.
There’s an old saying that definitely does not come from The Bible, but it’s still of value: whenever you point the finger at someone, remember that there’s always three fingers pointing back at yourself.
Jesus is all for exposés and in the Church as well. However, we need to think about how the Lord would have us go about doing them.
His kingdom is not of this world.
Yours in reading the Bible,