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Fallen Hillsong Church leader ‘deeply sorry’ for boozing, ‘father is evil’

Brian Houston, the newly retired founder of the Hillsong megachurch, wants parishioners to know that he “has no intention of retiring,” he told parishioners in an apology email, the reports said was sent from his Hillsong email address.

“As hollow as it sounds, I believe I am the person and pastor you thought I was,” Houston, 68, wrote in an apparently less remorseful than self-pitying apology message sent internally on Wednesday. The 68-year-old last resigned this month from the church, which he and his wife Bobbie co-founded in 1983.

Though the shockwaves of Houston’s alleged missteps are only just beginning to be felt by the multinational church – which saw several post- Houston pastors resign – Houston appears to have already forgiven himself.

“Imperfect and flawed, but genuinely passionate about God, people, calling and life. I am determined that my mistakes will not define me,” the email continued, before citing the ongoing court case he cited as the reason for his first resignation in January. “Bobbie and I are united and we believe together that this year will be a year of rest and restoration of our souls as I continue to prepare to fight for my innocence in the trials that lie ahead.”

Hillsong did not respond to the Post’s request for comment.

The disgraced senior pastor was charged in August for failing to release evidence into the sexual offenses of his late father, Pentecostal pastor and pedophile Frank Houston, whose ministry career was all but ended after Brian fired him in 1999.

The new email began with an apology to church members.

“Let me start with the words I want and need to say the most – I’m so sorry,” Brian wrote. “For those directly affected by my actions, I am sorry for the pain I have caused you.”

Later in the letter, he wrote that “personal turmoil” over his father’s “evil,” among other factors, contributed to an inability to deal with daily pressures, resulting in an unhealthy relationship with alcohol. “I didn’t do well at all. I openly admit that alcohol was no friend and I am determined to relegate it to my past,” Houston said in the email, obtained by The Post and published in full through Christian publication eternity news.

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Hillsong Atlanta’s now-retired pastors Sam and Toni Collier, Toni Collier, Julian Bond, and Brian and Bobbie Houston took the stage during Hillsong Atlanta’s grand opening on June 6, 2021.
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His latest resignation this month was attributed to an internal misconduct inquiry that confirmed two-year-old complaints from two women that he had committed “indiscretions” with them while under the influence of pills and alcohol.

The email ends with Houston rehashing that he still believes “the best is yet to come.”

Insiders were concerned that the email was sent from a Hillsong address.

“His resignation would require a severance of access or use of all Hillsong property,” a source told the Post on condition of anonymity. “Hillsong participants are rope-savvy. Firstly they received this from a Hillsong email address and secondly the comeback plan and lastly the explosion from Bobbie.”

https://nypost.com/2022/03/31/fallen-hillsong-church-boss-deeply-sorry-for-boozing-fathers-evil/ Fallen Hillsong Church leader ‘deeply sorry’ for boozing, ‘father is evil’

DUSTIN JONES

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