On Monday, Carl Lentz was on the receiving end of outrage on Twitter. Christians responded to the opinion on abortion that Lentz seemed to express while on “The View” on Monday.
The Hillsong Church NYC mega-pastor answered Joy Behar's questions on abortion. Behar asked him if abortion was considered a sin in his church.
“That’s the kind of conversation we would have finding out your story, where you’re from, what you believe. I mean, God’s the judge,” said Lentz to resounding applause from the studio audience.
“People have to live to their own convictions,” Lentz continued. “That’s such a broad question, to me, I’m going higher. I want to sit with somebody and say, ‘What do you believe?’”
“So, it’s not a sin in your church to have an abortion?” pro-abortion host Joy Behar asked.
Lentz responded: “That’s the kind of conversation we would have finding out your story, where you’re from, what you believe. … I mean, God’s the judge. People have to live to their own convictions. That’s such a broad question, to me, I’m going higher. I want to sit with somebody and say, ‘What do you believe?’”
Behar asked him to clarify his stance asking, “So it’s not an open and shut case to you?”
“Some people would say it is,” Lentz responded. “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.”
On Tuesday, after exchanging words with a variety of Christian figures on Twitter, Lentz came out with a statement to clarify his comments on “The View.”
He posted the statement on Twitter. He acknowledged that his statements created “some confusion” about Hillsongs stance on abortion. He clearly stated that he believes abortion is wrong.
"Recently in an interview, I was asked directly if abortion was sin. I did not answer the question directly for a number of reasons and that has caused some confusion about our stance as a church on this matter. I do believe abortion is sinful," stated Lentz.
He continued, "Our prayer is that we can continue to help and love those that deal with the pain of regret from personal choices, rather than cast further shame and guilt on those already carrying so much and create a church that can teach people how to form convictions based on God’s word, that will be the driving force in all their decisions. I will continue to point people to Jesus, above all else, every opportunity I get. The story of God’s redemptive grace, available to all, is the best news available."
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