The Secrets of Hillsong highlights once again the issues behind mixing religion with capitalism and a white male boomer with zero ethics.
Per modern docuseries convention, The Secrets of Hillsong runs at least one episode too long. Regardless, it’s a comprehensive overview of a reprehensible situation that often plays out in the religious world across the globe. From Australia to the catholic church and every other church in the United States.
The show starts with how Variety journalists decided to investigate the story of Carl Lentz, the dynamic young preacher who has an illicit affair. The more they researched the culture around him, the more they uncovered horrifying but buried truths and facts. We see how the sausage is made, and boy, is it disturbing.
As the Hillsong Church Founder, Bobbie Houston committed a lot of crimes. Both ethical and illegal, but he kept getting away with it. Why? Watch the show.
Honestly, it’s fascinating to me how Hillsong managed to paint this picture of a megachurch that tried to modernize the old-fashioned Pentecostal service, despite being not only just as ultra-conservative as other evangelical ministries, but in possession of lots and lots of secrets. Some signs were just too obvious to miss. How in hell (pun intended) no one saw it?!
This documentary makes pretty clear that the call has long been coming from inside the house.
Should You Watch It?
The Secrets of Hillsong offers some interesting (albeit distressing) insight into how a church can act as a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Capitalism, greed, sexual harrasment, and tax evasion.