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Hillsong leader’s old sex book slur reignites shocking church scandal

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So much for “judging not so you may not be judged.” 

As pastors leave en mass and former members continue to come forward with abuse allegations against megachurch Hillsong, co-founder Bobbie Houston’s 2003 audiobook, “Kingdom Women Love Sex,” has come under fresh scrutiny, as have her and the church’s allegedly entrenched sexist and homophobic beliefs.

In the unearthed sex advice guide, Houston also invokes a slur against the developmentally disabled in describing how women should be physically fit to attract men.

“If I carry weight I feel like a r – – ard,” she said in regard to her own ideals regarding the ideal weight and fitness.

“How are you going to do anything to surprise your man when you need a hydraulic crane just to turn over in bed?” the Pentecostal pastor, 63, asks on the three-CD box set. 

Neither Hillsong nor Bobbie responded to The Post’s requests for comment.

Houston, who started the Australia-based institution with her husband in 1983, then recommends women, “Have plastic surgery if it makes you feel better and it is for the right reasons. And girls, pelvic floor exercise — can you believe I am saying this? You know, I have heard that orgasm is not as strong if you are really sloppy in that area.” 

Good Christian women are sexually alluring, she goes on, commanding those with a bad bite to get dental work done in the name of the Lord. 

“When it comes to personal hygiene and maintenance works, for example, get your teeth fixed, a mouth is supposed to be very desirable,” she says. “We need to be good at sex ourselves so that if the world happens to come knocking we can tell the story of God in our lives.” 

God-fearing women will also maintain a youthful appearance well into their sunset years, no matter the cost, she preaches. 

“Minimize the negative of aging, aging does strange things to us. It discolors your teeth. Things sag when you get older,” she proclaims on the out-of-print tape. “Back pain. Plumbing bits. OK, get them fixed, get healed, or go to a doctor, I’m not joking.” 

Her husband, Hillsong senior pastor Brian Houston, and her “have a great marriage and a great sex life,” she says.

Brian — who in one 2018 interview said “the whole idea of a prosperity gospel is such a crazy idea,” and “I don’t see myself as a prosperity preacher,” — has also written a number of titles, including the 2000 book “You Need More Money.” He reportedly has a net worth of $12 million. 

Following public outcry upon its release, “Kingdom Women Love Sex,” was renamed “She Loves and Values Her Sexuality,” Hillsong critic Tanya Levin wrote in her 2007 book “People in Glass Houses: An Insider’s Story of a Life In and Out of Hillsong.” 

Bobbie’s sermons and other books (including the 2008 e-book “I’ll Have What She’s Having”) also emphasize women’s need to submit to men and be “gorgeously available for Jesus’s army,” wrote Australian academic Marion Maddox in a 2013 article in the Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion. 

Bobbie’s words only apply to straight couples as, “Hillsong demands compulsory heterosexuality,” Maddox wrote, claiming that “The church has run courses to ‘cure’ homosexuals; lesbian inclinations were ‘treated’ in the Hillsong-aligned Mercy Ministries; and Hillsong regularly hosts guest speakers from the international ‘ex-gay’ movement.”

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Former Hillsong member Ian Keith claims he witnessed the Australia-based church’s deep-rooted homophobia.
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During Ian Keith’s time as a Hillsong member from late 2011 to early 2015, he told The Post he witnessed the Australia-based church’s deep-rooted homophobia, which leadership would often “write off as Australian humor.” 

“A lot of it they would do indirectly from the pulpit,” Keith, 27, told The Post. “I’ll always remember walking out of the service where Brian Houston told a story about [his son and daughter-in-law] Joel and Esther’s relationship, and he was like, ‘it would be the biggest shame if my son was a homosexual,’ nonchalantly in front of thousands of people.” 

In another instance, Keith claims he was publicly eviscerated for being gay, unprovoked, by John Termini, 38, who Keith describes as being “crass, disingenuous,” and, at the time, adulterous celebrity pastor Carl Lentz’s “right-hand guy.” 

Neither Termini nor Hillsong immediately returned The Post’s request for comment. 

“He came out of St. Balmain’s,” a Williamsburg coffee shop owned by Hillsong pastor Kane Keatinge, “and started yelling at me about, ‘You make it such a big deal that you’re gay.’ This went on for a couple minutes.” 

At the time, Keith says, “I was 20, newly out, and still figuring things out.”

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John Termini, who Ian Keith alleges once publicly yelled at him for making “such a big deal that you’re gay.”
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He left Hillsong shortly after Houston’s sermon. “I never really wanted to hear his voice again,” he said. 

Keith, who is currently a full-time seminary student, has no faith the current internal investigation can fix the problems at Hillsong.

“I don’t think anything will change until it becomes an issue with Brian and Bobbie — I think they are the primo reason it’s so terrible,” he said.

“I don’t ever want to be part of a space like that again,” he went on. “Hillsong taught me exactly what I don’t want to be.” 

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