When issues go south, deny the whole lot.

That seems to be the present technique of Hillsong megachurch’s senior pastor and founder, Brian Houston. He has taken to Twitter and reportedly inner electronic mail teams to dismiss the existence of a $20 million lawsuit in opposition to the church, in addition to The Post’s reporting on alleged misuse of tithing cash by pastors on the Australia-based establishment’s American branches.

“If anybody out there may be even . Hillsong is NOT being sued for 20 million {dollars}. This story is totally unfaithful,” Houston, 66, tweeted Tuesday, providing no proof to show the New South Wales Supreme Court docket go well with filed by Rosebery, Australia, owners in opposition to a Hillsong developer doesn’t exist. 

Houston has additionally apparently taken up a denial-based public relations marketing campaign through electronic mail, reportedly messaging congregants on Monday to say that former members’ accounts of pastors’ spending habits had been lies.  

“We’re significantly grieved that, in lots of instances, inaccurate accounts in these tales have been reported as if they’re true,” Houston allegedly wrote within the electronic mail blast, which was obtained by The Put up, rehashing that the scandal-ridden megachurch is aware of “most of the tales circulating usually are not true.” The e-mail then launches right into a bulleted record of varied methods the church upholds its “biblical accountability” to be financially moral, together with such obscure statements as “careless spending is just not permitted” and “group salaries are average.” 

The e-mail ends with a reminder that Imaginative and prescient Sunday — a big, annual occasion when many congregants make donation commitments for the yr (“Salvation is flowing,” a promotional trailer declares) — is “simply across the nook.”

Yet one more investigation

Whereas Houston maintains that Hillsong’s monetary and authorized integrity are intact, the megachurch has launched an “impartial and exterior overview” relating to “points” on the church’s eponymous school, in response to an electronic mail despatched to a former pupil and considered by The Put up.

“Following the massive quantity of suggestions that Hillsong Faculty obtained on the finish of final yr, I’m writing to replace you on the steps that the Faculty is taking to make clear and act on this suggestions,” reads the e-mail. “Hillsong Faculty has appointed a regulation agency, HWL Ebsworth Legal professionals, an impartial exterior regulation agency to overview allegations made by former college students about their experiences throughout their time at Faculty.”

The e-mail goes on to request that the scholar take part in a “strictly confidential” interview with the attorneys. 

Hillsong is already investigating its East Coast churches following the firing of star pastor Carl Lentz final yr. 

Ex-students have beforehand instructed The Put up their experiences on the college had been traumatizing.

“It felt like a actuality present — it’s actually a cult,” Sydney-based inside designer Yolandi Bosch said of her expertise at Hillsong Faculty in 2012. “They satisfied me to drop the whole lot I used to be serious about turning into.” 

Bosch and a whole bunch of different former staffers, college students and volunteers are looking for illustration to allow them to take a grievance of “industrial slave labor” in opposition to the faculty to court docket. 

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