Hillsong-Brian-Houston-stageLast week, Michael Paulson of The New York Times asked Pastor Brian Houston, founder of the Hillsong movement (which now has congregations in California and New York), “Can your pastors preside at same-sex marriages?” Pastor Houston replied (in part), “It can be challenging for churches to stay relevant. Because many mainstream churches upheld what they would believe is the long established view of what the Bible says about homosexuality. But the world has changed around and about them.” He continued, “So the world’s changing and we want to stay relevant as a church. So that’s a vexing thing. You think, ‘How do we not become a pariah?'” These are understandable concerns, since, if we are driving people away from Jesus, we can hardly bring them to Jesus. Unfortunately, when speaking to the Times, Pastor Houston did not make a clear statement as to what he believed the Bible did say about gay “marriage,” drawing a firestorm of criticism. More