Hillsong Church defamed by BBC documentary
In a recent statement published by the megachurch Hillsong, they accuse BBC of defaming and misrepresenting it. They state that Nick Aldridge the show maker of the documentary "God Goes Viral" misled them from the very start. The show was supposed to cover how Hillsong grew from a family church to a megachurch frequented by celebrities and especially young people all around the globe.
The documentary, follows key church leaders, such as Brian and Bobbie Houston and Dan Blythe, who is the leader of Hillsong UK including current and former members of the church. In their statement, they state that “footage has been taken grossly out of context and sewn together to create storylines.”
Hillsong feels that BBC had had intended to “misrepresent” them.
The statement reads: “In 2016, a filmmaker approached the leadership of Hillsong Church UK to request access to capture footage for a documentary. The filmmaker communicated that this would be a fair portrayal and uplifting story about the impact of our ministries there. We accepted the filmmaker’s words in good faith and filming started in 2017. For two years, this filmmaker spoke with people who visited the church and travelled with various team members. Unbeknownst to us, he also interviewed several critics of our church, including many people who have not been a part of Hillsong in more than a decade and have made baseless claims.”
The documentary goes on to suggest that young people, donors and volunteers must be being manipulated to be so passionate about Hillsong church. “Numerous other elements are either grossly exaggerated or intentionally skewed.