It's not a "real" church, it's a cool church — at least according to the famous A-listers who attend Hillsong every Sunday for service, but what is it? Ever since celebs like Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, and Kendall Jenner started attending the famous worship service, everyone wants to know what it is and what it's all about. The international church, which started in Australia and is now based in dozens of countries, fashions itself as young and progressive, and its members are attractive hipster-types who all like to wear the same damn hat.
But, unsurprisingly, there are plenty of demons hiding in the church's 34-year-old closet and many former members have spoken out against the church. "Hillsong is looking a lot more like Scientology these days than ever before," former member and critic of the church Tanya Levin told A Current Affair. "It’s not really about a religion, it’s about you. Then there’s the attraction of all these celebrities that are really boosting the brand. And then, of course, all this money and no tolerance for any criticism at all." Uh oh, should Justin and Selena be worried? Below, eight things about Hillsong that might make you feel differently about the church.