chook4One of the chookdom’s main contributors is a pseudonym called thinker, who is one of the few commenters who can be reasonably polite to people.

Thinker does use scripture, but using exegesis that sometimes falls a bit short of the mark. An interesting example follows, but leads us to ask questions of the chookdom’s latest posts.

 ‘these days what a person types online reveals what is in their heart more than what they say with their mouth in real life.’

To which thinker adds Matthew 15:18-20.

“But those things which proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and they defile a man. For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies. These are the things which defile a man, but to eat with unwashed hands does not defile a man.”

Well, thinker is obviously taking liberties with scripture, but raises an interesting point. The truth is that Jesus has just said that it’s not food being put into a person’s mouth that defiles them, but words coming out. He is obviously not talking about the written word, so to say that what one types reveals more than one says is inaccurate.

But, look, let’s have an open mind on this, and, if thinker does have a point, let’s measure what she says against the words written by chookwatcher in a disingenuous article which is nothing more than a perversely juvenile attack on Brian Houston.

Clanging gong article

The article is titled ‘What Brian Houston offers the world: a love not worth having.’ That in itself is an utter disgrace. An untruth of the worse kind. If we examine what thinker says and weight it up against just the title of this devious piece we know what kind of fruit chookwatcher is exhibiting, but let’s delve deeper into this false claim to see what ‘evidence’ chookwatcher has to back up his incredible claim.

Chookwatcher starts with a totally unconnected scripture. It bears no relation to the following post – unless you apply it to chookwatcher’s own demeanour.

It is from 1 Corinthians 13, and speaks of the clanging gong that comes when love is not present. Ironically, there is no love present in the article. None whatsoever. So the scripture placed at the head of the piece completely backfires on chookwatcher, because this article is actually the loveless clanging gong.

Fabricated evidence

What chookwatcher then does, in an incredibly deceitful piece of writing, is quote Brian Houston, and then, phrase by phrase, rewrite what Brian says in a pretentious and completely fabricated fashion. Chookwatcher tries to say it was merely a humorous exercise to pass the time, but the truth is that it is complete falsification of what Brian Houston was actually saying.

A sample:

“I care that humanity and some within the Christian church can be so quick to alienate and ostracise others who are different than them; those who live differently, think differently, speak differently.”

“Translation: Hopefully you didn’t pick up the fact that I don’t love and care about Christians. They’re getting in the way of my movement. You must alienate and ostracize [sic] them like I do.

That’s not a ‘translation’. It’s a falsification. It’s a huge clanger of a gong.

Do you see what chookwatcher is doing here? Brian says one thing, and chookwatcher converts it to chookwatcher’s own biased and warped opinion of Brian Houston. This is utterly falsifying the evidence.

Now, please, those of you who know what thinker was referring to when she pointed out that words define a person’s heart, what do you think chookwatcher’s heart is revealing by his words here?


“I do believe God’s word is clear that marriage is between a man and a woman.”

“Translation: Even though I don’t want to believe this, I have got to say what Christians want me to say, otherwise our music sales may suffer. (I hope no one browses my past sermons and discovers how absent or vague my messages are on this topic.)”

Chookwatchers ‘translation’ is plainly out of order. He has completely rephrased and changed the sentiment and construction of Brian’s statement to suit the chookwatcher narrative and meme. It is disgraceful to say the least.

Did you see that, thinker?

What do you think, thinker? Is this what you were talking about when you said people’s written words would define their heart? How are you going with chookwatcher’s heart right now?

There are several paragraphs of this stuff, but we’ll just add a couple, and this is fairly random:

“I do believe God’s word is clear that marriage is between a man and a woman.”

Translation: Even though I don’t want to believe this, I have got to say what Christians want me to say, otherwise our music sales may suffer. (I hope no one browses my past sermons and discovers how absent or vague my messages are on this topic.)

And so on and so forth, ad nausium. The piece written by chookwatcher is mean-spirited and has nothing to do with reality or truth, or even satire for that matter even though he finishes with this lame attempt at a softener:

‘We had fun “translating” this blog piece by Brian Houston. As you can see through our jest, his lies and gimmicks are repulsive.’

There was nothing funny about it. It was an adolescent cock-and-bull fabrication. Actually it was, at best, sardonic scoffing and jesting. There were no lies by Brian Houston. They were entirely contained within chookwatcher’s ‘translation’. There was nothing repulsive in Brian’s clarification of his position. It was open, honest, clearly articulated and well constructed.

Dodgy translation

The mere fact that the chookhead determined that they should add a ‘translation’ says it all. It tells us that there was nothing in the original quote that warranted anything but a respectful grasp of what Brian Houston was actually saying, whether you agreed with him or not.

With nothing within the actual text to criticise, the chookwatchers took it on themselves to produce a deceptive ‘translation’ which is in fact a fictional misrepresentation.

So where was the clanging gong? Clearly it was resonating from the ‘translations’ contrived by chookwatcher.

It is the chookwatcher narrative that is at issue here. Thinker has laid the charge firmly at their feet. Their words indeed declare their heart. You know them by their fruit.