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Hillsong Church Fires Justin Bieber’s Friend And Pastor Amid Cheating Scandal

Justin Bieber’s spiritual mentor and Hillsong Church pastor has been fired for “moral failures.” Carl Lentz confessed on Instagram [1] that moral failure was cheating on his wife. Now, the former Hillsong pastor is without a job and his marriage is in complete crisis mode.

Fired Hillsong Pastor Gains Fame After Baptizing Justin Bieber

Hillsong has 80 churches worldwide.

The East Coast division of Hillsong Church boasts a long list of celebrity members including Justin and Hailey Bieber, Chris Pratt and Kourtney Kardashian.

Pastor Carl Lentz and Justin Bieber are close friends.

The platform of the megachurch’s now former pastor was elevated even more when he baptized the pop megastar several years ago.

Related: Justin Bieber Posts Candid Photos Of Himself Getting Baptized With Wife Hailey Baldwin [2]

Massive publicity of Lentz’s adultery would have caused issues for Hillsong, so the popular Pastor was fired.

Hillsong published a statement on their website [3] explaining that they had terminated well-known Pastor Carl Lentz.

And Lentz issued a very lengthy public apology in return.

Cheating Hillsong Pastor Married For 17 Years

The celebrity pastor and his wife Laura have been married for 17 years and share 3 children together.

Rumors about an affair increased after the couple were spotted publicly having a tense conversation. Laura appeared to be without her wedding ring.

Hours later, the much hyped pastor came clean about his infidelity by announcing on Instagram that he had an affair.

“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,” he wrote.

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“I was unfaithful in my marriage, the most important relationship in my life and held accountable for that,” Lentz confesses in the Instagram post below.

“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.”

Carl Lentz Asks For Grace Of God

Lentz ends the announcement by stating the he doesn’t know what the future will hold for his family but he’s hopeful to have the grace of God. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Our time at HillsongNYC 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.. [11]

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It is reported that Lentz had an affair with a popular New York City podcaster.