Pastor Carl Lentz of Hillsong NYC recently appeared on The View where he utterly failed to give a direct answer to Joy Behar's direct question about abortion. Interestingly enough, he was able to give a clear and direct answer to the immorality of racism just a moment later. This is an example of Lentz doing the thing he's very good at:
Maintaining the largest possible audience by stating the most popular position, while avoiding clear answers on unpopular positions.
In response to the complete failure of Carl Lentz, Dr. Michael Brown did the thing he's proven himself very good at doing:
Providing cover for a fellow Christian celebrity, while simultaneously trying to sound like a balanced and neutral mediator.
As a side note, this happened two years ago regarding a questionable Hillsong "Silent Night" video: Follow Up to Sleazy Silent Night
PLEASE read (and share) this important article (with links to more articles) from Church Watch Central:
Here's a great podcast from Matthew Garnett on this same topic: Carl Lentz Sells Out the Babies and the Evangelicals
For further research, here's another article about Carl Lentz NOT clearly proclaiming the Gospel while trying to increase his audience size: Hillsong Pastor Carl Lentz Biffs It on Oprah's SuperSoul Sunday
Here's a great teaching video from "Bezel Triple 3:"
Here's a LOT more information about Brian Houston (Carl Lentz's mentor and senior Pastor) and his Hillsong church: "The Brian Houston & Hillsong Cornucopia of False Doctrine, Abuse, Obfuscation & Money Generation"
For those of you who think it's mean and unloving to criticize Hillsong, Carl Lentz (or any other popular teacher) here's a list of Bible verses to consider: Shocking Stuff You're Not Supposed to Know.
If you're having a knee-jerk reaction to try and defend Carl Lentz or Hillsong, check out:Confirmation Bias: Why You Are Protecting Your False Beliefs.
Finally, here's an important article that will help you be more discerning and a lot less gullible: Defusing Demonic Dirty Bombs.
Steven Kozar started The Messed Up Church; he is an artist, musician, blogger and stuff.