Hillsongs London’s, Sexy Silent Night: A Call for Church Discipline

Can we all just agree that Hillsongs is officially beyond the pale?

A few days ago, a Hillsongs rendition of Silent Night appeared on my News Feed. However, it was not Silent Night as your grannie knew it. It was sung to 1920s Jazz music and accompanied by Flapper Girls. It was from their Hillsongs 2014 carol service which was hosted at Wembley. (Hillsongs have since shut down the official version, but it can still be accessed here).

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The Hillsongs’ version of Silent night is just wrong in so many ways. One of the subjects I teach is media studies, this means I teach students to analyse media. When studying a medium, it’s important to ask questions like:

  1. What are the connotations?
  2. Does the music compliment the lyrical content?
  3. Is the on screen activity suitable for the genre?
  4. What tone is being conveyed?

Let’s just say, Hillsongs’ version of Silent Night fails on every account. 1920s Flapper Girls, set to rip-rocking Jazz music just doesn’t fit with SILENT night. Further, it doesn’t fit with Christ. As a production it is tacky (even artistically it just doesn’t work); as an act of worship it is abhorrently fleshly (can we still use that phrase?) – and quite frankly it’s just disappointing.

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Let’s just think about the connotations in this video for a moment. What are the connotations of Flapper Girls? According to Wikipedia:

“Flappers were a “new breed” of young Western women in the 1920s who wore short skirts, bobbed their hair, listened to jazz, and flaunted their disdain for what was then considered acceptable behavior. Flappers were seen as brash for wearing excessive makeup, drinking, treating sex in a casual manner, smoking, driving automobiles, and otherwise flouting social and sexual norms.”

Says it all doesn’t it? And you didn’t need the explanation to see that is the image that the video was conveying. Let’s look to the scriptures to see how far this vision of worship and womanhood falls from the biblical pattern:

“Likewise, I want women to adorn themselves with proper clothing, modestly and discreetly, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly garments, but rather by means of good works, as is proper for women making a claim to godliness…” (1 Tim 2:9-10)

It’s clear isn’t it? Not only does this Hillsongs presentation fail in in terms of media and art, it fails biblically. This is the opposite of biblical Christianity. For too long Hillsongs have had a reputation for being cutting edge Christianity – they are not cutting edge, they are worldly.

Ironically, Hillsongs is associated with the classical Pentecostal denomination, the Assemblies of God, yet I’m sure if the early AoG pioneers could see this production they would weep, wail and call for repentance. Are there no prophets left in the Pentecostal movement? Where are the men of God? Where is the Holiness? Where is the fear of God? Where is the Christ-exalting reverence which marked the early Pentecostals? I think it is high time that the Assemblies of God got their house in order and rediscovered church discipline. Where are the AoG leaders who care about the honour of Christ?

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13 thoughts on “Hillsongs London’s, Sexy Silent Night: A Call for Church Discipline

    • Maybe, but if it’s modest to Christians there is a huge question mark over either their salvation, or spiritual maturity. And if either, they should not be leading church services.

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      • Agreed. Leaders should be vetted. I’m only pointing out that what seems prudent and modest to a church of Broadway performers may look different than a church from Finland or the South Seas. I was a touring musician for years w/a Messianic group and had the pleasure of seeing the body of Christ north, south, east, and west. For example, in the Solomon Isles worship was divided literally down the aisle; men on right and women on left. They jammed in worship services 2,3,4 hours long. Mem danced with men and boys, women and girls, again to the left, danced together. Also, they wore no shoes in church because it was a status symbol to have sandals or even flip flops. There was no fixed start time to the service because they wouldn’t enter church until problems were confessed and forgiven. Great respect for His holiness, but completely out of place in, say, an Eastern Orthodox context. Be blessed and Merry Christmas!

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      • Agreed. There’s not much oneness of mind and spirit while being entertained. It’s a passive sport and the Lord longs that we actively seek Him. I’m just positing that what may bring you into His presence may be different than your neighbor. For example, my spiritual heritage is Jewish, Catholic, Lutheran, an atheist. I was raised Baptist, but G-d grabbed my heart in worship at an Assembly of God fellowship. I had never learned that I was allowed to express the good, bad, and ugly in my heart in prayer?! It was a relief to be in the company of those in recovery: from addictions, afflictions, and just plain sin. His holiness was held high in a context of grace, humility, and total dependence.

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      • Seriously, what does this have anything to do with the “silent night” and “holy night” when Jesus came as a humble, weak human baby? This song seems to celebrate a loud, not-peaceful night and unholy night, which is opposite of Jesus’ coming. Unless, the message they were trying to convey was before Jesus’ coming, we were steeped in sin of debauchery like how it is portrayed so we need a real silent and holy night.

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  1. The church has lost its main call and has now embarked on modern gospel of flesh and blood.The eternity is no longer an issue but how to live well on the earth..

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  2. My heart is grieved. A “Speak-Easy” theme for the birth of our Savior. I hope Hillsong takes a loooooooooooooong look at what they are accepting and producing. They can do excellence without having to compromise or give up anointing. To take the amazing and inspired song of Silent Night down to this level is horrific. I don’t even think the “worldly” bands would stoop that low.

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  3. This is the result of the camel putting it’s nose in the tent! (if you don’t know it, the camel took over the tent). I was unable to view the video but wonder if it was trampling the Son of God underfoot?

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  4. This is a disgrace to our Lord and savior Jesus Christ birth!! And everyone that set through this intertainment shows they have no conscience and doesn’t recognize truth.

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