Chris Pratt Defends Hillsong Amid Claims It's Anti-LGBTQ: 'Nothing Could Be Further from the Truth'
The 39-year-old actor, who predominately attends the popular Hillsong Church, shared a lengthy comment on his Instagram Story on Monday in which he denied Page’s claims.
“It has recently been suggested that I belong to a church which “hates a certain group of people” and is “infamously anti-LGBTQ.” Nothing could be further from the truth,” he wrote. “I go to a church that opens their doors to absolutely everyone.”
Pratt referenced his divorce from Anna Faris last year as an example of how his church supported him.
“Despite what the Bible says about divorce my church community was there for me every step of the way, never judging, just gracefully accompanying me on my walk,” he continued. “They helped me tremendously offering love and support. It is what I have seen them do for others on countless occasions regardless of sexual orientation, race or gender.”
The Lego Movie 2 star explained his “faith is important to me but no church defines me or my life, and I am not a spokesman for any church or any group of people.”
“My values define who I am. We need less hate in this world, not more. I am a man who believes that everyone is entitled to love who they want free from the judgment of their fellow man,” he wrote, before giving a Bible reference, “Jesus said, ‘I give you a new common, love one another.’”
Pratt added, “This is what guides me in my life. He is a God of Love, Acceptance and Forgiveness. Hate has no place in my or this world.”
The actor stopped by the Late Show with Stephen Colbert and spoke about his Bible-inspired fast and how his church helped him deal with the pressures of fame and being in the spotlight.
The Lego Movie 2 actor has been seen attending several services at Hillsong Church — a popular congregation for Hollywood A-Listers like Pratt, Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez and the Kardashians — and other related churches.
Oh. K. Um. But his church is infamously anti lgbtq so maybe address that too? https://t.co/meg8m69FeF
— Ellen Page (@EllenPage) February 8, 2019
In response to a Hollywood Reporter article about Pratt’s appearance on the Late Show, Page, 31, tweeted, “Oh. K. Um. But his church is infamously anti lgbtq so maybe address that too?”
Representatives for Pratt, Page and Hillsong Church did not immediately return PEOPLE’s request for comment.
In 2015, Hillsong and its pastor Brian Houston came under fire for his stance on the gay community. Houston posted a lengthy blog post about the subject, where he wrote he held “traditional Christian thought on gay lifestyles and gay marriage.”
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“I do believe God’s word is clear that marriage is between a man and a woman,” he continued. “The writings of the apostle Paul in scripture on the subject of homosexuality are also clear, as I have mentioned in previous public statements.”
Houston went on to write that “Hillsong Church welcomes ALL people but does not affirm all lifestyles. Put clearly, we do not affirm a gay lifestyle and because of this we do not knowingly have actively gay people in positions of leadership, either paid or unpaid.”
The pastor also clarified that members of the LGBTQ community “are welcome to attend, worship with us, and participate as a congregation member with the assurance that you are personally included and accepted,” but outlined that they wouldn’t be able to hold positions of leadership within the church.
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Published Date: Tuesday, February 12th, 2019 | 08:45 AM