Pastor Brian Houston praised actor Chris Pratt for his “bold faith in Jesus” as he endured public attacks from actress Ellen Page for going to church.
The Sidney, Australia-based Hillsong megachurch, which is attended by a number of celebrities including Justin Bieber, Kevin Durant and Selena Gomez, found itself at the center of a media firestorm after Page publicly accused Pratt’s church of being “infamously anti LGBTQ.”
After Pratt responded and explained that his personal values represent him, not his church affiliation, a number of outlets — including Variety, CNN, and NBC — reported that the church in question was none other than Hillsong, which has several campuses across the U.S.
But in a series of tweets on Thursday, Houston, who with his wife, Bobbie, founded the megachurch in 1983, attempted to correct and clarify the mainstream media’s false reports.
“The weird thing about all the media regarding Chris Pratt and Hillsong Church is that it’s built on a falsehood,” he tweeted. “I am so grateful for Chris’s bold faith in Jesus. But he is not now, and never has been a member of Hillsong Church.”
Houston further addressed misinformation reported by the media, including the fact that Hillsong supports gay conversion therapy: “It is completely false that Hillsong Church practice, recommend, or suggest ‘gay conversion therapy’ to anyone. I have always been a vocal opponent in fact. Again, it’s built on a false narrative,” he tweeted.
The pastor went on to share a statement from Hillsong Church, which explained that the church “does not preach against anyone or any group” and is “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,” reads the statement.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Leah MarieAnn Klett