Some blogs I write and then some blogs write themselves as is the case with the most recent actions of Pastor Karl Lentz, the senior pastor of Hillsong NY. I’m certain that the accompanying picture (which I had to edit) to this blog is not what Jesus meant when He exhorted us in Matthew 5:16 to “let our lights shine before the world in such a way that they would see our good actions and glorify our heavenly Father”.
I don’t care who you are, where you pastor, where you work or minister, as Christians we are portraying Christ to the world 24/7. The most important question we MUST ask ourselves in light of that fact is “what is the world seeing?”. I read well over 100 comments attached to the original article as well as subsequent Tweets about the pictures seen here of Pastor Karl Lentz and Justin Bieber. Not one, I repeat, not even one came anywhere close in anyway to defending or giving the benefit of the doubt to Pastor Lentz’s display. They were fraught with mockery or sensual comments from girls & men. I will let Twitter comments and the comment section of AOL Entertainment speak for what the world (and perhaps many Christians) thought.
- God Bless,
- what religion is this:)
- if that’s his “pastor/boyfriend” no wonder he’s so f…… up!
- Whose man is this???
- Daddy Lentz! Sprinkle you holy water on me!
- Everyone who is a parent in this church needs to watch their kids,
- Well, it looks like he lost the “cloth” somewhere.
- A pastor running around showing darn near his private areas?
- Holding JB like he’s a female around the waist?
- What’s wrong with this picture?
- Looks like JB is a choir boy and pastor a molester.
- No straight pastor would walk with his shorts hanging down his legs like that!
And these were the nice comments. I have no idea what either of them (Karl or Justin) were thinking or what is in their hearts but I can say, as plainly as James – “these things ought not be!”
Brian Houston, the founder of Hillsong, has made statements in the past as to the challenges Pastor Lentz has created for leadership. Much of this has been in the position Karl took in refusing to take a stand on gross sexual sin even when present in some levels of leadership in the church (feel free to read my blog entitled “Did another one bite the dust? We’re not quite sure” from Aug. 6 2015). I believe it is time for him (Pastor Houston) to take what action he can to remove Karl Lentz from any leadership role in Hillsong in an attempt to possibly regain or salvage some level of integrity at the church in NY. Believe me, the world is watching and even the un-churched understand enough of the bible to know when things have gone horribly wrong.