Hillsong Church Says ‘We Are Not Anti-Anyone’ After Media Accusations That They Are Anti-LGBT

Hillsong Church has issued a statement in the wake of the controversy following Chris Pratt’s appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. On February 14, Hillsong posted on its website, saying,

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.

How It Began

Hillsong is responding to recent charges in the media that it is anti-LGBTQ. The accusations started with Chris Pratt’s interview with Stephen Colbert, where the actor mentioned that he’d recently done the Daniel Fast and also mentioned his church several times. After the interview, actress Ellen Page, an LGBTQ advocate, posted several tweets in which she said that Pratt’s church is “infamously anti lgbtq” and questioned why Pratt would support an organization that discriminates against a certain group of people.

Pratt responded in an Instagram story, defending his church and his beliefs. He said that his church welcomes all people and was very supportive of him during his recent divorce. The actor also said that his values, not his church, define him and that his primary value (modeled after Jesus) is love.

Despite the fact that Pratt attends Zoe Church in Los Angeles, media outlets were quick to tie his church to Hillsong, seemingly because of an interview with the New York Times. In the interview, Zoe Church’s pastor, Chad Veach, said his church was modeled after Hillsong.

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Source: Church Leaders