God can forgive, but the Hillsong Church can be less.
One day after it was revealed that the famous pastor Carl Lentz was fired from the infamous Hillsong for “leadership problems and breach of trust”, specifics of his “moral failure” were to light: Lentz deceived his wife.
“I was unfaithful in my marriage, the most important relationship in my life and held accountable for it,” Lentz wrote of his affair with 680,000 followers in a post. His family’s Instagram on Thursday, has garnered more than 43,000 likes as of this point written. “This failure is due to me, I am alone and I am fully responsible for my actions. Now, I begin my journey of rebuilding trust with my wife, Laura, and children, spending real time working and healing my own life and getting the help I need. “
On Wednesday, the Religious News Service revealed the scandal by email for the first time to members of megachurch Hillsong regarding his firing.
The founding pastors, Brian and Bobbie Houston, have considered the end of Lentz a personal “hypepriest” church, with Brian writing in his email “While I have no doubts in my heart that this is the direction. Correct action, I must mention Bobbie and my personal sadness, as we have known Laura all the life of her and Carl for over 20 years. “
The email ignored any adultery details; Brian said that specifying the action would not be correct.
“Please understand it would not be appropriate for us to go into detail about the events that led to this decision. However, you can rest assured that the decision was made to honor God and minister to you, our East Coast family, Pastor Carl and his family, ”writes Houston.
Lentz, 41, is best known for dressing like a hipster and baptizing Justin Bieber at the home of former Knicks Tyson Chandler.
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Our time at HillsongNYC has ended. This is a difficult ending to what has been the most wonderful, impactful and special chapter of our lives. Topping this church has been an honor in every sense of this word and it is impossible to say how much we have loved and will always love the wonderful people in this church. When you accept the call to be a pastor, you have to live in a way that respects the ministry. That it honors the church, and it honors God. When that doesn’t happen, a change has to be made and made in this case to ensure that standard is maintained. Laura and I and our wonderful children have dedicated everything we have to the service and construction of this church and over the years, I have not done a good job of protecting my own spirits. fill your own soul and seek the available help that is available. When you lead out of an empty place, you make choices that lead to real and painful consequences. I was unfaithful in my marriage, the most important relationship in my life, and held accountable for it. This failure is due to me, and I and I are solely responsible for my actions. Now I begin my journey of rebuilding trust with my wife, Laura, and children and spend real time working and healing my own life and getting the help I need. I deeply apologize for distrusting many of the people we love to serve and understand that this information can be confusing and confusing for everyone to hear and process. I would like to say this with my voice, to you, directly because you owe it. But that chance I won’t have. So with those people, I pray you can forgive me and over time I can live a life where my trust is earned. To our pastors Brian and Bobbie, thank you for allowing us to lead, allowing us to grow and giving us the space to have a voice you never stifled or tried. try to be quiet. Thank you for your kindness and kindness especially this season, for you have done so much to protect and love us throughout this season. We, the Lenten family, don’t know what this next chapter will look like, but we will go in it together hoping and grateful for God’s grace ..