Carl Lentz, the former pastor of Justin Bieber, was released after an affair on the east coast of Hillsong. In an Instagram post on Thursday, Lentz elaborated on his recent dismissal.
Lentz began the article with an explanation of how difficult it is for him and his family (his wife Laura and their children) to leave the church after spending so much time there. Lentz also noted that when you become a pastor, you must “live in a way that honors the mandate” and honors the Church and God.
“When you lead from an empty place, you make decisions that have real and painful consequences. I was unfaithful in my marriage, the most important relationship in my life, and was held accountable for it,” Lentz wrote.
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“This failure is on my head, on me alone, and I take full responsibility for my actions. I am now embarking on a journey where I will restore confidence with my wife, Laura and my children and take time to work on my own life, heal it and seek the help I need.
The former Hillsong pastor then apologized to the churchgoers in Hillsong who saw in him a guide. “I am deeply sorry that I have broken the trust of many people whom we have enjoyed serving, and I understand that this message can be very hard and confusing for people to hear and process. I would like to have said this with my voice, to you, personally, because I owe it to you. But I will not have that opportunity. That is why I pray to these people that they can forgive me and that in time I can lead a life in which trust is earned again. He also thanked his fellow pastors for their grace and kindness, especially in recent times.
Lentz concluded his message by saying that they do not know what lies ahead, but that they trust that God will move forward.
“We, the Lentz family, do not know what this next chapter will be like, but together we will approach it with great hope and gratitude for the grace of God,” Lentz said.
Justin and Hailey Bieber are members of Hillsong East Coast along with Bono, the Jenner sisters, Selena Gomez and Kevin Durant.
The Religious Intelligence Service reported Wednesday that Lentz was dismissed as the branch’s senior pastor due to “leadership problems and breaches of trust, as well as a recent revelation of moral failure. The dismissal became effective immediately. Brian Houston, the founder of the church, said the “decision was made to honor God.