Hillsong cult leader Brooke Ligertwood was a guest speaker at You 2018 conference last month and while describing the inspiration she gets from writing cult songs, she used an interesting analogy to help make pass his message.
“The songs are like poo,” Ligertwood told You church pastor Rich Wilkerson Jr. after praising his famous worship song “Hosanna” and asking where the ideas for his worship song came from. .
“All you feed on is what’s going to come out. You could say life is like that,” she described. “The scriptures are the answer to that. I love to read, I love the Bible, my back hurts because of it.”
Ligertwood explained that pondering and chewing on the scriptures is what keeps her focused on the right words to put together.
Adding: “The songs are not just like poo, but the songs are almost like the soil fertilized by the manure of life.”
Hillsong is widely known for its world famous cult songs including “Shout to the Lord” and “Oceans”. The artist who has been with the church for many years went on to say that each of their songs is written by people who believe in building the church.
“Regarding worship, I think one of the peculiarities of Hillsong Church is that each of our songwriters are people who serve in the church, volunteers or staff. [but] neither of us are on the staff to write. We are building the church, ”she explained.
She referred to Proverbs 14: 4 which says that where there are no oxen the stalls are clean.
“Which means where there is life there is disorder. This is the reality of humanity,” Ligertwood said.
“I think all that dung, in all its stench and heat, is fertilizer for songs.”
Earlier, Hillsong Church senior pastor Brian Houston revealed in an interview on TBN earlier this month that they had been “more intentional” to check out their songs over the past decade, noting that the entire Hillsong’s music is reviewed by theologians.
“We are putting more effort than ever into the theology of our songs for this very reason (so that we can touch the hearts of people around the world),” he said. “So we have people specifically who, every song has to go through a theologian testing system.
“There is often a lot of difficulty, hopefully in a positive way, between the songwriter and getting to a point where we feel like it won’t be too easily distorted.”
He noted that they usually don’t cast a song but work on it until it’s theologically sound. Otherwise, if they come out with a song “that’s going to be misunderstood or theologically weak, trust me, we hear about it.”
Hillsong now has churches in major cities around the world including New York, Los Angeles, London, Barcelona, Paris, Bali and more. It is their mission to reach the inaccessible cities of the world. Together, the ministry reaches over 100,000 people every week.
This article originally appeared in The Christian Post and is republished here with permission