Unlike some other celebrities, Chris Pratt has long tried to steer clear of engaging in controversial issues. But the actor, known for his affable charm, hasn’t been shy about discussing his evangelical faith, which other public figures have linked to conservative politics and viewpoints on social issues, including gay rights.
Now Pratt, 39, has found himself having to address a political and cultural controversy by defending the church he attends after actress and activist Ellen Page called it “infamously anti-LGBTQ.”
Ellen Page with her wife, dance teacher Emma Portner, at the premiere of Columbia Pictures’ “Flatliners” at the Ace Theatre on September 27, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Pratt took to Instagram to deny that Zoe Church, the hip, Los-Angeles-based faith center he frequents with fiancee Katherine Schwarzenegger, “hates a certain group of people” or is “infamously anti-LGBTQ.”
In a caption arrayed above a photo of a lamb, Pratt wrote, “Nothing could be further from the truth. I go to a church that opens their doors to absolutely everyone.”
Pratt also quoted Jesus: “I give you a new command, love one another.”
But is true that Zoe Church is so welcoming to gay people?
In an interview with the New York Times, Zoe Church’s pastor Chad Veach said he modeled his social media-friendly megachuch on another ew-style evangelical church, Hillsong Church, which has likewise caught the devotion of hip, younger celebrities like Justin Bieber, Hailey Baldwin, Kendall Jenner, Kevin Durant and Selena Gomez.
But Out magazine pointed to a 2015 blog post by Hillsong’s global pastor Brian Houston, in which he wrote that Hillsong “is not a church that affirms a gay lifestyle.”
“I do believe God’s word is clear that marriage is between a man and a woman,” Houston wrote. “Hillsong Church welcomes all people but does not affirm all lifestyles.” Because Hillsong doesn’t approve of a “gay lifestyle,” there are no actively gay people in positions of leadership in the church, Houston acknowledged.
“I recognize this one statement alone is upsetting to people on both sides of this discussion, which points to the complexity of the issue for churches all over the world,” Houston continued.
Page’s logic seems to be that Zoe Church also has adopted Hillsong’s views about the “gay lifestyle,” according to Out.
Page’s feud with Pratt was sparked after he went on “The Late Show” last Thursday to talk about the upcoming release of his new project, …
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