Carl Lentz, the popular pastor of Hillsong New York, recently appeared on ABC’s infamously liberal talkshow, The View. When co-host Sara Haines inquired what Hillsong’s stance on abortion and homosexuality was, Lentz responded, “I think our job is still to help people – not necessarily change how they think – but try to point them to what God has said, what we believe the Bible [has] to say. We believe that God is good, that God loves everybody, that Jesus was here to set people free, and that’s still the good news of the gospel.”
Joy Bahar continued to question, “So, it’s not a sin in your church to have an abortion?” Lentz answered, “Um, that’s the kind of conversation we would have – finding out your story, where you’re from, what you believe.” When pushed further, Lentz added, “Yeah, I mean, God’s the judge. People have to live with their own convictions.” He continued to say, “I think, to me, I’m trying to teach people who Jesus is first [and] find out their story. Before I start picking and choosing what I think is sin in your life, I’d like to know your name.” This wrongfully implies that there is an occasion in which murdering an unborn would not be sin, and that somehow what is and isn’t a sin changes from person to person.
This questionable stance on sin – specifically homosexuality – is nothing new for Lentz or his self-proclamed church. As early as 2014, they are known to have had a homosexual couple serving on the choir (Source). In 2016, the Hillsong youth pastor immodestly danced around on stage wearing nothing but underwear (Source). This low view of holiness and God’s law is consistent with Hillsong’s previous actions.
Another notable aspect of that interview is when Lentz was questioned on politics and he claimed, “I feel like Jesus came to destroy the political norm of the day.” This is a total confusion of the purpose of Jesus coming to Earth, but it is completely consistent with Hillsong’s New Apostolic Reformation roots (See more about that here).
The interview in question can be seen below:
[H/t to Christian News Network]
[Contributed by Brandon C. Hines]