In my last post I asked the following question about the Scripture quote of 2 Chronicles 7:14 on the back cover of the booklet in The Hillsong CD "Live - Mighty To Save" CD.
See if you can figure out what is wrong with this Bible quotation:
If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land (2 Chronicles 7:14).
Did you work out the problem with this verse, as quoted by Hillsong church? It's actually been edited. This perverted verse is incomplete and is missing the words marked in bold print:
if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.
If you remember from my previous post, I discussed the complete absence of repentance from Hillsong's gospel presentation, even though their faith statement maintains the necessity of repentance. The failure to preach repentance from sin is not only plain wrong, it is also blatantly hypocritical of their own theology, and possibly explains the missing words from 2 Chronicles 7:14 - words that speak specifically of repentance.
This is just plain disgraceful but I don't think we'll see sackcloth and ashes on sale in the Hillsong bookshop anytime soon. There is no excuse for taking a scalpel to Scripture like this. It is bad enough when people quote verses out of context. How much worse to delete words out of a verse and print it as if that is what 2 Chronicles 7:14 says. The text does not even contain a ... to show that the verse has been abbreviated.
In closing I wanted to submit another verse for Hillsong to consider in their next Scripture vandalism project:
I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book, and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book (Revelation 22:18-19).
I have maintained radio silence for too long about the false gospel that Hillsong propogates on such a massive scale in the land of my birth. I will continue on Monday where I will be discussing my private correspondence with Hillsong church. Stay tuned!
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