Interview with Carl Lentz, Hillsong NYC pastor

Ok, so the more I see of the positive side of Hillsong as a movement, and definitely of Hillsong NYC, the more I like it. I have been vocal in my condemnation of Hillsong…and much of that still holds true…but I’m wondering, how do I love Hillsong as my neighbour if I’m busy condemning them?


3 thoughts on “Interview with Carl Lentz, Hillsong NYC pastor

  1. Hard to not like this guy. They seem to be doing great at reaching out to un-churched people.
    And I think the way he is handling the gay marriage issue is the right way.

  2. Carl Lentz’ impassioned gratitude about grace is palpable and probably most anoints him as a missional Christian and church leader. Love it. However his apparent conviction that Jesus avoided socio-political messages to focus exclusively on individual hearts is where I’d probably get off the Hillsong NYC bus (or limo) in terms of my own spiritual understanding and hoped for growth. Carl seems heterocentric in his vision and ethics; and not (yet) willing to go beyond building love bridges with people in the LGBT community to standing with them in struggles of justice as a straight pastor (as did some white clerics during the civil rights movement). He still conflates sex (arguably a private, closed matter) clumsily with love (arguably an open matter); and this message, in the context of LGBT couples, can perpetuate The Closet as a prison of secrecy and shame. The Truth is Christ was sent and the church is called to set prisoner’s free; and Christ indeed does come right out very publicly, very visibly to claim justice very, very openly. “He will raise a banner for the nations and gather the exiles of Israel; he will assemble the scattered people of Judah from the four quarters of the earth”. (Isaiah 11:12 NIV). I worship in San Francisco at Mission Bay Community Church – check us out online 🙂

  3. Hi Denise, thanks so much for dropping by and taking the time to comment. Your thinking about this is obviously mature and well put together. I would like more evangelical leaders to be openly standing in solidarity with the LGBQTI community.

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