“What needs to be understood is that those in the New Apostolic Reformation pride themselves in not being bound by rule or regulation. Their message is about freedom from man’s rules, expectations and opinions. Nevertheless, Apostolic Centers (as they are also called) like Hillsong, see it as their mandate to ‘infiltrate’ and take over governments to influence culture. That any culture allows a ‘dominionist’ cult, rife with sexual and financial scandal, influence their top leaders (particularly the now newly elected Prime Minister Scott Morrison here in Australia) is a problem that needs to be seriously addressed.”
(Churchwatch Central) For decades Australian media has portrayed Hillsong as a prosperity or word of faith cult. As former members once involved in Australia’s biggest cult, we know this is not an accurate representation. In reality, Hillsong is part of a global network known as the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) – with its roots beginning with the New Order of the Latter Rain (NOLR) cult at Sharon Orphanage in North Battleford, Saskatchewan, Canada in 1948.
Brian Houston, the leading Apostle of Hillsong Church, is acknowledged as one of Scott Morrison’s mentors. As the newly elected Prime Minister of Australia, this has potentially advanced Hillsong’s influence across Australia (their connection with Morrison has already attracted media attention in the past). Hillsong would consider this to be a milestone within their movement, claiming this to be ‘Kingdom influence’ (which is another way of saying ‘taking the nation for God’.
We remind our readers that Brian Houston’s father, Frank Houston, was directly influenced by the ‘dominionist’ and ‘restorationist’ teachings of the Latter Rain cult, false doctrines that teach the church must take over the world (known as Joel’s Army).
An ‘infallible’ apostolic teaching within this movement is this – by conquering the ‘seven mountains of society’, they will take control of cultures around the world. This is known as the 7 Mountain Mandate, or the 7 Spheres/Pillars of Society.