Timeline, Clarification and Statement on the Hillsong Gay Choir Director

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Timeline, Clarifiction and Statement on the Hillsong gay choir director:

1. In January of 2015, Hillsong NYC Church had an openly-out gay church member leading choir and also sing on their worship team

2. Josh Canfield was leading Hillsong worship choir, with his “fiance” Russ Kelly also singing in the choir

3. Canfield’s story was published in multiple reputable sources like the New York Times and CNN

4. There are no published statements to the contrary disputing Josh Canfield’s choir leadership for that period of time

5. HillSong’s position now (august 2015) is that Josh Canfield was a choir leader, but they were “unaware” of his openly gay relationship

6. Although Josh Canfield’s Twitter (@joshuacanfield) has a picture of both of the #BroadwayFiances dated 1:03 PM – 23 Jul 2015

7. Josh Canfield, in an interview with Playbill.com, said this: “I became truthful with my church. I’m a part of Hillsong NYC. I’m one of their choir directors. I also sing on their Worship team. They’ve been amazing as well. Nothing has changed there now that I’m completely out and with Reed. He sings in the choir as well.”

Glad to see that most members of this group stuck to the facts. Apology would be in order from the Christian commentators who were quick to accuse other group members of untruthfulness and/or blame on church leaders.

John Kissinger [08/07/2015 2:13 PM]
HillSong has walked a thin line on this issue for a long time now http://ourcog.org/brian-houston-clarifies-stand-on-lgbt-issues/

John Kissinger [08/07/2015 2:21 PM]
http://www.cbn.com/cbnnews/world/2014/October/Hillsong-Pastor-Re-Affirms-Stance-on-Gay-Marriage/

John Kissinger [08/07/2015 3:05 PM]
Does Jesus really want us to Be Relevant? http://churchinfluence.com/did-jesus-call-us-to-be-relevant/

John Kissinger [08/07/2015 3:47 PM]
John Ruffle called it in perspective to begin with but does Jesus really want us to Be Relevant? http://churchinfluence.com/did-jesus-call-us-to-be-relevant/

John Kissinger [08/07/2015 4:26 PM]
further clarifying the facts has been called by AskDrBrown https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pxB4apdQEzk&feature=youtu.be

John Kissinger [08/07/2015 8:45 PM]
AskDrBrown is the author of “Can You Be Gay and Christian?”

John Kissinger [08/07/2015 8:45 PM]
AskDrBrown is the author of “Can You Be Gay and Christian?”

John Ruffle [08/08/2015 12:49 AM]
Only thing I’d comment is what Josh Canfield is reported as saying and what BH has clearly said are at variance.

There are strong indications that powerful figures within the Hillsong organisation are trying to bury this story. In fact, it appears that swathes of the x-tian media don’t want to touch it. This story can’t be buried. It raises too many fundamental questions on a multitude of levels:

?The role and power of “mega ministry”
?Inculturalisation
?Ministry “lies” (economy with the truth to be PC)
?Fundamental theological questions
?Felicity to Biblical teaching
?Repentance, conversion and discipleship

Oh boy, the list goes on and on, and that’s even BEFORE we start considering the purpose of marriage, sex, the family, and homosexuality and other sexual sins and disorders!!! Whoops! …….I failed to mention tatoos……..

John Ruffle [08/08/2015 12:49 AM]
Only thing I’d comment is what Josh Canfield is reported as saying and what BH has clearly said are at variance.

There are strong indications that powerful figures within the Hillsong organisation are trying to bury this story. In fact, it appears that swathes of the x-tian media don’t want to touch it. This story can’t be buried. It raises too many fundamental questions on a multitude of levels:

?The role and power of “mega ministry”
?Inculturalisation
?Ministry “lies” (economy with the truth to be PC)
?Fundamental theological questions
?Felicity to Biblical teaching
?Repentance, conversion and discipleship

Oh boy, the list goes on and on, and that’s even BEFORE we start considering the purpose of marriage, sex, the family, and homosexuality and other sexual sins and disorders!!! Whoops! …….I failed to mention tatoos……..

John Kissinger [08/08/2015 8:07 AM]
Charles Page made the point that they dont like like it so who could have known https://twitter.com/joshuacanfield/status/624263664384745472/photo/1

John Kissinger [08/08/2015 8:07 AM]
Charles Page made the point that they dont like like it so who could have known https://twitter.com/joshuacanfield/status/624263664384745472/photo/1

Pentecostal Theology [08/08/2015 9:18 AM]
Candace Laughinghouse Charles Page Joey Elia What’s your take on pastor’s explanation?

John Kissinger [08/08/2015 1:00 PM]
if it was a hoax William DeArteaga would have caught it 🙂

Candace Laughinghouse [08/08/2015 1:13 PM]
I really could care less about this Australian (non-indigenous) pastor’s response when they have the same problems we have in America about not caring about the lives of people. When will this group discuss yet another believer and young black person killed by police #ChristianTaylor it’s just silence in here on this topic but we claim to be prophetic and spiritual. Amos talked about justice rolling down; many don’t even care about justice

John Kissinger [08/08/2015 1:33 PM]
well this Australian pastor is the topic here, so stay on it…

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