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Hillsong linked to claims of abuse against women
Scopical/AU ^ | 17 March 2008 | Scopical News/Data

Posted on 03/22/2008 10:54:41 AM PDT by big'ol_freeper

The evangelical Australian based church Hillsong has been linked to claims of abuse against women, including allegations of emotional manipulation.

Fairfax Media reports that both the Hillsong Church and Gloria Jeans Coffee are linked to the organisation Mercy Ministries, which has been accused of emotional manipulation when treating women.

Three women have now blown the whistle on a program operated by the Ministry, including allegations they entered as "independent" people, however came out of the program as "broken" and "suicidal".

The women say as part of the program they were taught to believe that they were possessed by the devil, and have since been forced to receive years of professional psychiatric treatment.

The program includes signing over any welfare benefits to the Ministry, with the program alleged to contain little actual psychological assistance, and mostly prayer and "expelling demons".

The Church has denied that the program is forceful, saying that it is a voluntary program and has a 90% success rate.

"Mercy Ministries staff address the issues that the residents face from a holistic client-focused approach; physical, mental, emotional," a spokesman told Fairfax.

"The program is voluntary and all aspects are explained comprehensibly to the residents and no force is used."

The program is believed to be sponsored by the Hillsong Church Group, based in the western suburbs of Sydney. The program is also reported to be funded by Gloria Jeans, which despite significant public criticism, has continued to fund the Mercy Ministries program.

Hillsong, often dubbed a McChurch for its size, reach and overall culture, is a Christian belief organisation that is frequently accused of being only for profit, and if often seen to target younger people.

The church also uses large concert style productions and music to attract a younger demographic.

TOPICS: Evangelical Christian; Ministry/Outreach; Religion & Culture; Worship
KEYWORDS: abuse; christians; clergy; hillsong; ministry

1 posted on 03/22/2008 10:54:41 AM PDT by big'ol_freeper
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To: big'ol_freeper
I think you ought to consider your timing.

You think it would be appropriate to post the various stories of the actual victimized boys by the various priests right now as well?

Oh, yeah, and a joyous Easter to you tomorrow........

2 posted on 03/22/2008 11:04:23 AM PDT by Lakeshark (Thank a member of the US armed forces for their sacrifice)
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To: Lakeshark
Actually, this is interesting: it is no coincidence that Grassley's committee is attacking Christians; that the Canadians have taken the words "Jesus Christ" out of prayers; that Hillsong Ministries are under attack; that another prominent "televangelist" was deliberately lied about (I have the tape) by ABC's 20/20----this is all the enemy seeking to undermine and destroy Christianity by getting this group and that group to disparage other Christians. "Oh, that ministry? It's a bunch of charlatans." "Oh, they aren't REAL Christians." "Oh, Mitt Romney is a MORMON. They can't be real Christians." And so on. People better wake up.

When Congress can start demanding inside info on all churches, it's not far to determining who is part of a "cult," and from that point to banning all "cults," and from that point to labeling ALL Christians as "cults."

3 posted on 03/22/2008 12:26:51 PM PDT by LS (CNN is the Amtrak of News)
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To: big'ol_freeper

Junk journalism. There may or may not be something wrong with the subject ministry, but the article is garbage.

4 posted on 03/23/2008 8:47:09 AM PDT by Tax-chick ("Everything is either willed or permitted by God, and nothing can hurt me." Bl. Charles de Foucauld)
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To: LS

I agree.

5 posted on 03/23/2008 5:11:16 PM PDT by Marysecretary (.GOD IS STILL IN CONTROL)
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