Lance Goodall 30 Jun 2018
A few months back (March 2018) HILLSONG Young and Free released a music video for their song PEACE. The video was an artistic element that examined the darker tones of anxiety.
The video sparked several reviews via social media with users scorning the artistic vision behind the video as ‘creepy,’ ‘scary,’ and even ‘demonic.’
An article from HILLSONG explained the vision behind the video:
“When it came to making this video, we deliberately chose to represent the struggle of anxiety, along with the refuge that is found in God’s peace, in a symbolic way, allowing each young person who watched it to respond to it personally.”
They also quoted, Cesar A. Cruz, saying: “Art should comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable,”
However, the HILLSONG team has since removed the video, here’s why:
“We’ve continued to receive many comments on the P E A C E music video, and although we’ve had lots of really encouraging feedback, we‘ve also heard reports that the video didn’t sit well with some people.
The truth is that the video was well-intended and we still believe it was a good depiction of the song’s subject matter.
However, we‘re concerned that the message of the song has become overshadowed by controversy due to the music video, and that doesn’t sit well with us at all.
Ahhh…I wonder why?
So, we’ve decided to remove the video from YouTube.
And its good riddance to it…. as it was full of illuminati symbology and overtones, and yet Hillsong walk away with their tail between their legs, as if they are the victim?
For us, the most important thing of all is that our music invites people to experience the peace, grace, and goodness of Jesus – and all else is a distant second to that aim!”
This video was art, and the reason it made people uncomfortable was that we’re not used to seeing that type of element coming from a church.
The majority of “art” that is pushed out from the church in recent years has been hype and marketing, whereas, this is very artistic and interpretative.
One commentator tried to support Hillsong by saying;
As HILLSONG says; “Art should comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable.” This is not a witty sermon title like Savage Jesus — though there are artistic elements in that series — this is a video that is meant to invoke something from its audience — a juxtaposition of spiritual peace in the face of worldly anxiety. And, while it might have its critics, this is the type of art I think the church needs to become accustomed to seeing and producing.
As creators, we must understand there is an ulterior aspect of pioneering great art within our churches, that is we must be willing to love people more than our creation and understanding that we live to love the haters. Which means at times, we will have to take a step back and reconfigure our art to ensure as many people as possible are welcomed into our communities.
Hillsong Young & Free’s video “P E A C E” has been removed sparking a further controversy, and a realisation that Hillsong is a cult plain and simple.
Hillsong channels the strange and supernatural, and hides the truth when exposed and confronted, in PR speak.
In my previous article I outlined my concerns based on what were obvious to me from the music video.
The‘trippy’ video featured maidens in white gowns and crowns that later fell off, to a singer draped head to toe in red veils and then one of the maidens being drenched in a rainstorm of blood.
Odd to say the least.
The original video has been deleted… But here are some shots from the pulled video just in case people are under the illusion that Hillsong just got it a little wrong on this occasion.
Witchcraft ? Yes…. look closely at the hands in this picture. The hands are knotted and thin with elongated fingers and nails. They look like the hand of a craggy old witch from the children’s stories, or this is the hands of a demon…
The Rain of Blood from the original video (below)
Here are two video’s uploaded to youtube as a replacement, the first one which Hillsong did a few months ago, The first one is some bland and boring one that Hillsong produced. But the wave patterns in it are still a concern.
This second video is by Hannah Hellebronth, which curiously still has the woman in scarlet from the original video, and the maidens in white. However the story changes with a teenage girl pouring a whole handful off drugs into her palm, before placing herself in a bath of water fully clothed. In various stages of meltdown, this video may have been more realistic that the failed ‘artsy’ attempt by Hillsong.
Personally, I need counselling from having watched this second video.
But perhaps for anyone who didn’t get to see the original one produced by Hillsong, this latest one shows the dark side to music videos including Hillsong’s