As a result of that flair for spectacle, Hillsong has attracted young celebrities including Justin Bieber, whose experiences with the church helped lead him to make “Purpose,” his own Christian-themed album from last year.
"I don't doubt the convictions of the leaders at Hillsong, but I think Christians who cannot stand fully for orthodoxy for risk of losing an audience ultimately do more harm than good," he said.
Huge letters spelling out words like “holy” flashed across the screens in stark black and white during “Heart Like Heaven.” And when the band played its biggest hit, “Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)” -- which spent 45 consecutive weeks at No.
1 on Billboard’s Christian chart -- silver confetti sprinkled down from above, as though God (or Bono) were granting his approval.
Christian author Jen Hatmaker's comments approving homosexuality and same-sex marriage drew a lot of negative responses from the evangelical sector, but Hillsong United's Joel Houston had a different reaction to it.
Houston, the leader of the highly popular worship band, wrote on his Twitter page (@Joel Houston), "Wow ... Houston was referring to the interview Hatmaker earlier had with Religion News Service.