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Hillsong founder Brian Houston accused the megachurch of “losing its soul” and said his wife was fired by the church’s board “without choice on her part”.

Houston resigned last month from the megachurch he founded in Sydney two decades ago after internal investigations revealed he engaged in inappropriate conduct of “serious concern” with two women.

Late Friday, Houston shared a screenshot on Instagram that appears to show a text his wife, Bobbie, received from Hillsong management informing her of the job change.

“Dear Bobbie, I wanted to text you to let you know that I will be sending an email regarding your employment shortly. Let me know if you would like to talk about it or have any questions,” the text reads.

A text from a second person reads: “I don’t even have words to express how cold and callous this all has become.”

Hillsong’s website lists Bobbie Houston as a worldwide co-senior pastor of the movement.

Brian Houston posted the screenshot of the text exchange with a caption attacking the church.

“After 39 years of exemplary service and extraordinary faithfulness and fruitfulness, this is the communication Bobbie received from the Board of Trustees of Hillsong Church as she is terminated (effective immediately) without her having makes his choice,” wrote Brian Houston.

“This only 3 weeks after hosting her 26th year of color conferences. (A total of 118 conferences around the world.) She has tirelessly served God and served people as she stood by my side for four decades as the head of Hillsong Church, faithful in good times and in bad times.

“And we’re supposed to act like everything is fine. It’s not! Our beautiful church is losing its soul.

Hillsong Founder Brian Houston Says Megachurch “Losses Its Soul” After Firing Wife |  Hillsong Church
Photography: Instagram

Hillsong’s Color Conference is the annual megachurch women’s conference.

The Houstons founded Hillsong in 1983 in the western suburbs of Sydney, with churches now in 30 countries and an average worldwide attendance of 150,000 people each week, according to its website.

Houston’s resignation in March followed an apology issued by the church days earlier over allegations of improper conduct toward two women.

The church’s global board of trustees said in a statement that Houston violated Hillsong’s pastor’s code of conduct in two incidents over the past decade.

“We have unfortunately dealt with two complaints filed against Pastor Brian in the past 10 years,” the church’s world board said.

The board said the first incident occurred “about a decade ago” in which “inappropriate text messages” from Houston were sent to a staff member, “which subsequently resulted in the resignation of the manager. ’employee”.

“At the time, Pastor Brian was under the influence of sleeping pills, to which he had developed an addiction,” the statement said. The board said it “worked with Pastor Brian to ensure he received professional help to eliminate his addiction to this drug, and this was successfully achieved.”

The second investigation involved a complaint received by the church in 2019, regarding behavior that Hillsong attributed to drugs and alcohol.

“Following a thorough investigation, it was found that Pastor Brian had become disoriented after a session at the Hillsong conference, following the consumption of anti-anxiety medication in excess of the prescribed dose, mixed with alcohol. ‘alcohol,’ the statement from the world council reads. “It led to him knocking on the door of a hotel room that wasn’t his, entering that room and spending time with the occupant.”

An investigation launched by the Global Board of Trustees found that Houston violated Pastor Hillsong’s Code of Conduct.

As a result of this investigation, Houston resigned from the management of Hillsong.

Guardian Australia has contacted Hillsong, Brian Houston and Bobbie Houston for comment.

Australian Associated Press contributed to this report

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