Hillsong release statement to claims they are ‘anti-LGBTQ’
Hillsong has somehow ended up in the middle of a gay debate based on an interview with Christian actor Chris Pratt – when the actor does not even attend a Hillsong church.
Pratt was interviewed on CBS’s The Late Show” to promote “The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part” and spoke to host Stephen Colbert about a recent fast he did that was inspired by his faith.
It has then been inaccurately reported that the actor attends a Hillsong church, with the church making headlines previously for not “affirming” the LGBTQ lifestyle.
In fact, the church’s global senior pastor, Brian Houston, took to Twitter to both praise the actor’s faith, while at the same time confirming he is not a Hillsong member.
Because of the controversy surrounding the interview, Hillsong has released the following statement to clarify its position. The church stated, “Hillsong Church loves ALL people. We would like to clarify and correct the following misinformation that has appeared in several media outlets recently:
“Hillsong Church does not preach against anyone or any group; we are not ‘anti-anyone’. We are an inclusive Christian church that loves, values and welcomes all people, regardless of their background, ethnicity, beliefs, values, or personal identity.
“We are also a church that adheres to mainstream biblical values shared by the overwhelming majority of evangelical Christian churches around the world, and millions of Christians across the USA. Believing the teachings of the Bible and loving all people – including those who have different perspectives – are not mutually exclusive. In fact this is the very definition of tolerance and inclusiveness.
“Hillsong Church was founded in 1983 by our Senior Pastors, Brian and Bobbie Houston and in all those years Pastor Brian has been a vocal opponent of gay conversion therapy and has made it clear to our pastors that we do not support that approach.
“At Hillsong we want to be known by who we are for. We are for people finding hope in Jesus, we are for people finding love and acceptance, and we are for helping people in any way we can. Our focus is on pointing people to Jesus as “the way, the truth, and the life”. No matter where you are in the world, when you enter our doors, you will be greeted with a sign that says, ‘Welcome Home’. That is the heartbeat of Hillsong Church. Indeed, that is the heartbeat of God.”
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