Brian Houston, Hillsong Church’s founder and former global senior pastor, recently took to Instagram to praise Lakewood Church’s Joel Osteen and Elevation Church’s Steven Furtick as “legends.”
Houston shared that he and his wife, Bobbie, enjoyed a meal with the two megachurch pastors and their wives.
“What a blessing to enjoy a meal with these legends #thankful,” he said.
Bobbie described the meal as “a beautiful time together—grateful for long distance faithful friends, who are not thrown off course by the winds of adversity, nor the fickle nature of todays dissenting and dividing world. Keep your eyes on Jesus—the Alpha and Omega, Beginning and End, Soon and Coming King. Xoxo.”
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Houston is currently on trial for allegedly covering up the sexual abuse of his late father, Frank Houston. After being charged by the New South Wales Police Force on August 5, 2021 for concealing his father’s actions, Houston “vehemently” professed his innocence and vowed to defend the charges levied against him.
“I welcome the opportunity to set the record straight,” Houston stated.
Houston later stepped aside from Hillsong Church’s leadership in January 2022 before resigning in March 2022 after being accused of questionable behavior involving two different women on separate occasions, as well as a lack of discernment in drinking alcohol while taking prescribed anxiety medication.
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In February, Houston maintained his “not guilty” plea and acted as the lone witness for the defense. Houston’s wife said her husband of 45 years was a “champion” for enduring 13 days in court.
“Firstly, thank you to all who prayed,” Bobbie shared in an early February Instagram post. “We endured 13 days in court. The Crown Prosecution presented eight witnesses. Our Defense presented one—Brian Houston. All evidence was heard, all evidence is recorded. Now the case is adjourned till June for oral and written summaries, final arguments and then the Magistrate alone will rule.”