Selena Gomez revealed in an interview with the daily telegraph that she is no longer a Hillsong church member. The singer decided amid the pastor’s cheating scandal, saying she doesn’t want anything to do with the church “hillsong” anymore.
According to an insider from the daily telegraph, the source said:
“At one stage she adored Carl … she, Brian, his daughter Laura and Justin were a team, really close, she used to hang out with Brian’s daughter-in-law Esther, now she doesn’t want anything to do with Hillsong anymore.”
The source continued: “Selena considers herself a Christian,” and “she says she has a close relationship with God, and she believes this is not how God wants us to operate, she’s disillusioned.”
Pastor Carl Lentz was having a secret relationship with famous fashion designer Ranin Karim. Early last month, Lentz was fired from the Hillsong church due to breaches of trust and involvement in immoral acts.
Carl Lentz shared a photo of himself and his family, confirming he had been cheating on his wife Laura. In his words, he wrote:
“Our time at Hillsong NYC has come to an end. This is a hard ending to what has been the most amazing, impacting and special chapter of our lives. Leading this church has been an honor in every sense of the word and it is impossible to articulate how much we have loved and will always love the amazing people in this church.
When you accept the calling of being a pastor, you must live in such a way that it honors the mandate. That it honors the church, and that it honors God. When that does not happen, a change needs to be made and has been made in this case to ensure that standard is upheld.
Laura and I and our amazing children have given all that we have to serve and build this church and over the years I did not do an adequate job of protecting my own spirit, refilling my own soul and reaching out for the readily available help that is available.
When you lead out of an empty place, you make choices that have real and painful consequences. 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. To our pastors Brian and Bobbie, thank you for allowing us to lead, allowing us to thrive and giving us room to have a voice that you have never stifled or tried to silence.
Thank you for your grace and kindness, especially in this season, as you have done so much to protect and love us through this.
We, the Lentz family, don’t know what this next chapter will look like, but we will walk into it together very hopeful and grateful for the grace of God..”
Selena Gomez departs from the church, which was triggered based on her close relationship with pastor Lentz and his wife laura.