Justin Bieber’s Pastor And Friend Carl Lentz Receives Support From Former Congregation — Admits Affair
Justin Bieber has yet to speak out publicly about the recent firing due to “moral failures” and “breaches of trust” of his former pastor and friend Carl Lentz by Hillsong but other people have. Lentz co-founded and pastored Hillsong NYC in 2010 and became a celebrity pastor to many famous faces. He attended Justin Bieber‘s wedding to Hailey and became a social media star in his own right. He was fired on Wednesday when Hillsong Australia sent an email to parishioners but declined to specify the exact reason for Carl’s firing.
Carl Lentz admitted his wrongdoing and confessed to cheating on his wife of 17 years, Laura Lentz, in an Instagram post. Carl and Laura are parents to three children.
Now, over 12,000 people have offered their love and support for Carl, but currently, his celebrity pals have been quiet about the subject.
You may see the email that Hillsong Australia Senior Pastor Brian Houston shared about Carl Lentz being fired below.
Carl Lentz has been fired by Hillsong for “a recent revelation of moral failures” writes Brian Houston in an email to church members. pic.twitter.com/Q653Qd4YvB
— Andrew Beck (@AndrewBeckNYC) November 4, 2020
Here is a portion of the statement Carl Lentz released on his official Instagram account, where he has 683,000 followers.
I was unfaithful in my marriage, the most important relationship in my life and held accountable for that. This failure is on me, and me alone and I take full responsibility for my actions. I now begin a journey of rebuilding trust with my wife, Laura and my children and taking real time to work on and heal my own life and seek out the help that I need. I am deeply sorry for breaking the trust of many people who we have loved serving and understand that this news can be very hard and confusing for people to hear and process. I would have liked to say this with my voice, to you, in person because you are owed that. But that opportunity I will not have. So to those people, I pray you can forgive me and that over time I can live a life where trust is earned again.
You may see the full statement here.
Carl Lentz, a Hillsong Church pastor known for his celebrity connections, has been fired from the church following leadership disputes and “a recent revelation of moral failures.” https://t.co/VVDURz6g4k
— The New York Times (@nytimes) November 5, 2020
Carl has received over 12,000 comments in response to his admission to the affair and his announcement that he is trying to win back his wife’s and family’s trust.
Surprisingly, Carl isn’t being met with hatred or being shamed for his indiscretions. Instead, he is being praised for not trying to hide what he did and he has earned respect for admitting it publicly.
One person left this comment.
Thanks for being honest, forthright and vulnerable. God isn’t even close to being done with you yet!
Another wrote this.
May His grace, healing and love overshadow you, Laura and your entire family as you walk out this season. We love you 🙏🏽
What do you think about the news that Carl Lentz was fired for infidelity? Do you think he needs support during this time instead of being shamed?
Charisse Van Horn is a freelance writer from Tampa Bay. She enjoys writing about celebrities, entertainment, and fashion. Any reproduction of this article outside of Celebrity Insider will be met with legal action by the writer.