A man battling stage four brain cancer has bravely spoken about being sexually abused by a pastor for years as a young child. Brett Sengstock and his family were loyal followers of the Assemblies of God in Australia church when he was growing up.
Over the years, NTEB has uncovered and brought you the truth about the false gospel, New Age, pro-LGBT, money-making machine that is Hillsong Church in Australia. But the latest news out of the land of Down Under is that Australian police have placed Brian Houston under investigation. His crime? Knowing his father, Pastor Frank Houston, was a serial pedophile, and using his money and influence to cover it up to allow his father to continue abusing young children, mostly boys. Read about that here.
“It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones.” Luke 17:2 (KJV)
I don’t own any Hillsong music, but if I did, I would be immediately deleting it from all of my devices, and smashing the CDs and throwing the shards in the trash. I myself as a child was the victim of sexual assault from a person in position of authority, my male piano teacher, and trust me when I tell you it stays with you forever. Jesus has given me comfort and healing, but only the Rapture will take away those scars.
60 Minutes: Hillsong Church founder under police investigation over handling of father’s sex crimes
FROM THE DAILY MAIL UK: Pastor Frank Houston, the father of Hillsong Church founder Brian Houston, would sneak into the young boy’s room and molest him, a horror he repressed for 44 years.
Breaking decades of silence, the 56-year-old choked back tears and could hardly stomach a response when shown a photograph of the man who stole his childhood. Wanting to put a face to previously anonymous accusations, Mr Sengstock broke down in tears while recounting the horrific memories of sexual abuse on Channel Nine’s 60 Minutes.
In 2014, Brian Houston gave evidence before the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sex Abuse, which later found he had failed to take the matter to the police and had a conflict of interest in dealing with the complaints against his father. It has emerged that in the wake of the Royal Commission’s findings, NSW Police began looking into his handling of his father’s crimes, an investigation that was suspended because of lack of evidence. A NSW police spokesman said the investigation has been reopened and is now “current and active”. source
Mr Sengstock, who was first abused as a seven-year-old, said that his family revered the religious figurehead as ‘royalty’ and would let Houston, who lived in New Zealand, stay at his family home. He and his parents were ‘thrilled’ to host the revered preacher while he was in Australia, and said it was like the Pope coming over.
But his excitement turned to horror when, during the pastor’s stays over the course of five years, Houston would creep into his room and sexually abuse him.
‘He would come into my room and lay on top of me,’ Mr Sengstock said. ‘I couldn’t speak. I could not speak. I couldn’t scream, I couldn’t push back, I just went rigid and I couldn’t breathe, I was petrified.’
The pastor would call the then seven-year-old his ‘golden boy’ and say he was ‘special to him’. Mr Sengstock said he felt ill just looking back at the horrific memories and that Houston took away everything from him.
The sexual abuse continued until he was 12, and at 16 Mr Sengstock made the courageous move to tell his mother what he had endured. Mr Sengstock was devastated by his mother’s reaction, as she told him that if he made it public it would send the beloved pastor to hell.
Houston’s pedophilia was first brought to the attention of the church in 1990.
Frank Houston was investigated by the Assemblies of God, unveiling substantially more cases of abuse. But Frank’s son Brian Houston sent a letter to the churches, writing there was ‘no reason’ for their findings to be announced.
Frank Houston would live out the rest of his days in retirement before dying in 2004. Ten years later, Sengstock anonymously recalled his ordeal at a Royal Commission into child sex abuse. It was the first time the famed pastor’s history of abuse was publicly revealed.
Now, knowing his days are numbered, Sengstock is hoping to put a face to the abuse he suffered for five excruciating years. In his book, Brian Houston defended his actions, but relented he could have acted ‘differently’.
‘Now, the skeleton of my father’s sins has rattled yet again in the form of a public inquiry in which my motives and those of others involved have been openly questioned, and my integrity has been assailed,’ he wrote in 2015.
‘I believe with all my heart that I handled an impossible situation with transparency and honesty. In hindsight, would you do some things differently? Always.’
The younger Houston founded the global empire known as the Hillsong Church. The church’s profits jumped by more than $20million the year after Brian’s book was published, most of which came from donations. READ MORE
Brian Houston Covered Up The Pedophile Sexual Assault Of His Pastor Father
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