I have been aware of the increasing press relating to the Hillsong Church and it’s associates namely the Mercy Ministries and would you believe Gloria Jeans Coffee Shops!
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Seems to me that the Hillsong Church is attracting a lot of press these days and its interesting to see that these stories were about long ago back in 2005.
So what is the Hillsong Church? Look, I am not religious but I respect that if people want to follow religion well good luck to them. What worries me though about Hillsong is that they demand so much money from its members, set up / fund businesses to front for them (i.e. Gloria Jeans) and have such way out views as described in the Mercy Ministries stories in the press.
Is it Australia’s version of Scientology? Scientology, whilst classed as a religion is actually a cult founded by L Ron Hubbard as a tax dodge in the 50’s / 60’s. Is Brian Houston and co doing the exact same and just something tugs at my conscious that all is not what it seems….