This story was genuinely upsetting to me. Here we have a 9 year old who doesn’t feel like going to church. “We’re there all the time”, he tells his dad, who just so happens to be a Hillsong megachurch evangelist, Carl Lentz, and of course, it’s Dad’s brilliant response that gets the attention.
Ignore those feelings, son, says the pastor. Just bury them down deep down. Feelings are irrelevant. You’re going to have to suppress a lot of them if you want to be part of this cult.
“Loving your enemy does not always feel good. Sacrificial giving does not always feel good. Forgiving people who hurt you almost NEVER feels right,” Lentz continued.
The leader then responded to his junior’s “cute” remarks.
“Going to church doesn't always feel good! But these things are still RIGHT. When that day comes, when your feelings rage against your conviction, remember how blessed we are to control our feelings, rather than being controlled by them. It’s worth it every time!” the doting father taught.”
This is grooming a child to ignore their feelings, forgive, and give til it hurts, even if it feels bad. This is horrifically dangerous.
Makes me just want to run up to the 9 year old and tell him it can end one day. I’ve always, ALWAYS wondered how not one of these preachers’ kids ever grew up to notice that the snake oil healed no one? We’re way into second generation Hillsong and its network churches, and you mean to say not one of them did the numbers and realised not everyone can be a millionaire?
Or if they were aware of the gazillion broken marriages, and bank accounts and families and hearts, how do they sleep at night playing along?
It’s also been my theory that the main reason Mike Gugglimucci, from the video above, faked cancer was because it’s hard to impress anybody when you’re one of these guys’ kids. How the bell are you supposed to impress people? Global Senior Pastor Brian Houston’s father, the self-confessed child sex offender, claimed he could raise people from the dead! It’s no wonder the man is so driven and tormented.I think Mike faked the cancer under psychotic pressure, but I’m not a psychiatrist. And last I heard, the South Australian Police had not had one complaint filed, despite this being a crime, Facebook was only had “Pray for Mike” groups, and Mike spent the money he made from the #1 song The Healer on his own recording studio.
So, back to the 9-year-old who can see all his friends doing whatever kids do in the hipster part of Brooklyn where they live, and having fun on weekends and PLAYING LIKE 9-YEAR-OLDS ARE SUPPOSED TO, and he’s stuck in a stadium week after month after year of his life and he wants out for a while.
He wants to do something else besides hang around at rehearsals for the same old show. There seems no light at the end of this tunnel. So one day, he gets brave and says “i don’t wanna”. But, of course, what he wants has no bearing on his life.
Makes me want to send out a Public Service Announcement to Nickelodeon or interrupt Hillsong Kids for a very special announcement.
If you’re 6, or 9, or 12, you may not have a choice but to get out of the religious matrix you’re in. Maybe you feel weird or different or tired of making up excuses for why you can’t go out and play, or go to parties or sleepovers or Halloween or do yoga or any of the things that other kids think are every day life.
Maybe you’re adopted or fostered by the religious people who take you to the buildings every weekend and some week days or maybe all of them.
Maybe you feel like you’re the only one who has questions at all, like you’re the only one who can’t get with the program. Everybody else looks happy enough. And so you wonder if you’re the problem.
Well, the news is good. Eventually the years go by and you can walk out. Obviously, there’s all kinds of complications because so many of the people you love are heavily involved, but don’t worry about that now.
There are LITERALLY thousands of kids who’ve been stuck in churches having to attend strange meetings and smile at people they don’t like and subscribe to a belief system that doesn’t sit right with them that grew up and got out and now they are happier than ever. It gets better.
There’s loads and tons of support for people who grew up in churches and have made a bunch of different choices as to how they stayed involved with the people. or didn’t.
Trust me, your feelings are important. You’re not just a story for a Sunday night laugh in front of a crowd. You don’t have to end up faking cancer to escape the madness of what the church people say is real.
Google stuff, learn how to delete your history, because your feelings really do matter, and so does your truth, and the truth, like turning 18, will set you free.