Chris Pratt Denies Church Connections: ‘I Never Went To Hillsong
Chris Pratt, an actor, has refuted claims that he visited Hillsong megachurch, a scandal-plagued organisation known for, among other high-profile scandals, purported anti-LGBTQ attitudes and homosexual conversion treatment.
In an interview with Men’s Health for its July and August cover story, Pratt, who is 43 years old, denied the accusations. He said he had never been to the church and didn’t know any of its members, which used to include famous people like Justin Bieber.
The “Jurassic World Dominion” actor, who has already been involved in a number of issues, said, “I never went to Hillsong.”
I haven’t really visited Hillsong. I know of nobody who attends that church.
In an interview with Men’s Health, Chris Pratt said he has never gone to the church and does not know anybody from there. Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images
After Chris Pratt went on “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” to discuss his Christian beliefs in 2019, “Umbrella Academy” actor Elliot Page was one of the first people to criticise Pratt for his alleged links to Hillsong.
People may ask why an actress like Page, who came out as transgender in the year 2020, is associated with a group that actively seeks to harm a certain group of people. It’s wrong to be anti-LGBTQ since there are no other options. It does a great deal of harm. The end of it. “I’m sending my love to everyone.”
Pratt reacted to the accusations on Instagram, insisting that they were untrue.
Allegations of homosexual conversion treatment have been made against the megachurch. Getty Images/Fairfax Media
When Carl Lentz, the senior pastor of Hillsong Church, was sacked for adultery in November 2020, he was seen here in 2017.
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My church has been accused of “hating people” and being “infamously anti-LGBTQ.” It’s impossible that anything could be farther from the truth. Pratt is a member of a church that welcomes everyone, “and I’m grateful for it.”
“God is real,” he claimed in his victory speech at the 2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards, which sparked a backlash against him. God cares about you and wants the best for you, because he loves you. “Believe it or not, I really do.”
He acknowledged that some people would find the language in “Parks and Recreation” offensive.
In an interview with the magazine, he remarked, “Maybe it was arrogance for me to get up on the platform and utter the things that I said.” “I’m not sure whether I’ve touched anybody.”
There have been a number of disputes surrounding the “Jurassic World Dominion” star recently. Pratt has revealed that he attends Zoe Church in Los Angeles instead of Hillsong, which recently saw its pastor, Brian Houston, leave after a slew of claims of abuse.
Over the years, “religion has been repressive as F—K…” I believe there is a difference between being religious and believing in God. using it to manipulate others, steal money from people, mistreat children, steal land, and justify hate. Pratt told Men’s Health that he doesn’t know what it is.
“Religion has become a vehicle for the evil that lurks inside each and every human heart.”
A November post in which Pratt spoke about his “healthy” daughter while raising a disabled kid drew criticism, which he addressed.
Something like, “Find someone who looks at you as my wife looks at me,” was what I told her.”So I threw up on her and told her, ‘But I love you.’ Thanks to her, I now have a lovely, healthy daughter.” “That’s so cringeworthy!” were the reactions of several pieces that appeared thereafter. After his first kid was delivered prematurely, Chris Pratt thanked her for a healthy daughter. “This is such a jab at his ex-wife,” he said.
“That’s ridiculous. That’s going to be read by my kid someday. He’s nine years old. A digital copy of it has been preserved. It really irritated me, man. Because of that, I sobbed. As a result of the gifts in my life, “to the people who are closest to me, these blessings are a great burden,” I thought to myself.