I think, however, that I should make it clear that this is a personal post that just comes from me.
I have recently discovered and been impressed with Hillsong - with all they have achieved and the people they have reached. I don't agree with everything they say and do, and their way is not my way.
But their way is clearly one of God's ways to bring people to Him, and I have been impressed by the power of their commitment and their love of the Gospel.
I have commended them in my sermons. I was excited when I learnt that they might be coming to Hong Kong.
Today, however, I saw posters on the MTR today (our Underground here in Hong Kong) advertising Hillsong Worship. Yes, Hillsong is really advertising worship as a tour.
(see here: https://www.premierproductions.com/tour/hillsong-worship-no-other-name-tour-asia-2015/hong-kong-hong-kong)
The posters also tell you where you can buy tickets at HK$580 and HK$380 each.
When did we start charging for worship?
Again, this is a payment to worship with Hillsong.
I was at first shocked, then saddened, and then bewildered.
Apparently, free grace is now not so free.
I am sure that Hillsong know this in their hearts.
I am sure they are good people.
So, as a Church leader here in Hong Kong, who thinks Hillsong are doing a great job for God, I appeal to you, Hillsong, don't do it this way.
Please don't charge people to worship.
And please don't make worship just another entertainment event.
Be better than this.