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So when Bieber, who was living with Lentz at the time, asked to be baptized in the middle of the night, Lentz called the NBA player to ask if he could use his bathtub. “It was probably one of the most special things I’ve been a love it part of,” Lentz later told Oprah Winfrey of the experience. FBI Hostage Rescue Team commander Dick Rogers called the negotiation room and said that the Branch Davidians were pointing a .50 caliber sniper rifle at their team.

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The New York church, which reported a weekly attendance of more than 7,000 people last year, soon started outposts in Montclair, N.J., Norwalk, Conn., and Boston. Those four locations became known as Hillsong East Coast, and the Lentzes were in charge of all of them. Hillsong has churches on six continents and has attracted celebrity worshipers like Selena Gomez and Kevin Durant. The association with Mr. Bieber catapulted Mr. Lentz, 42, into a new stratosphere of fame, in which he became not just a friend to celebrities but a celebrity himself. He was interviewed by Oprah Winfrey, and showed up on Kourtney Kardashian’s Instagram.

They attended the New York City branch of the Pentecostal church — Hudgens was starring in a Broadway production of “Gigi” — and she found herself won over by Hillsong’s flashy concerts. “It feels like Arcade Fire — it’s epic like that,” she told the newspaper. However, it wasn’tjust the megachurch’s theatrics that drew her back to religion after years spent, as she described herself, “mean” and “fed up” with fame. Instead, she clarified, she liked Hillsong’s approach to spirituality. “They really focus on you having your own personal relationship with Jesus, which is wonderful,” she added. Hailey Bieber, née Baldwin, is a model who’s married to Justin Bieber; just like her pop star husband, she was a devoted attendee of Hillsong.

He was also among the first to undergo a more stringent vetting procedure after Lentz’s downfall. She too went to Hillsong and also was met with little co-operation from the church, who took three months to speak to the man before appointing his wife to be her new church leader. Another basketball player who turned to Hillsong Church in a time of need was Kyrie Irving, who has played for teams such as the Boston Celtics and the Brooklyn Nets. Back in 2017, Irving was unhappy with his career at the Cleveland Cavaliers and was considering asking for a trade, and Hillsong was there to advise him. TMZ reported that Irving and star pastor Carl Lentz had known one another for a long time, so when Irving needed guidance, he turned to the church. According to sources, Lentz didn’t explicitly tell him to leave Cleveland, but merely heard him out, after which point Irving decided to go for it.

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Hillsong Church is its own denomination in Australia, with roots in Pentecostal Christian theology. The church is known for its rock concert-style worship services; its hip, tattooed pastors; and celebrity attendees. It has faced criticism for its conservative positions on sexuality ― particularly its non-affirming stance toward LGBTQ Christians.

With his girlfriend Abby Champion in tow, Patrick has attended both Hillsong and Zoe services. The Guardians of the Galaxy and Jurassic World actor has over the past year become way more open about his Christianity. Just last month we reported the actor was using his social media to tout a Bible-based diet known as the Daniel Fast. Church Clarity is a crowd-sourced database of Christian congregations scored by our team of volunteers based on how easy it is to find a church’s Actively Enforced Policy online.

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People tend to get jealous, possessive, and afraid when they think they don’t really know their partner. If you’re both trusting, it signals that you’re both confident in the foundation of your relationship. This means a ton, and it’s more likely that your relationship is worth continuing if you trust one another. The fun factor is important for a sustainable long-term relationship. If your time together is kind of a slog, or you two struggle to find ways to enjoy things together, it may indicate that you’re not meant to be.

The conversation around Hillsong music also runs parallel to considerations around promoting the work of fallen pastors that have emerged in recent years. ” others emphasize the need to hold worship music—for all its formative power—to a higher standard. When the megachurch’s former pastors are in the news with allegations of scandal and abuse, what a contentious name it is. Many leaders and churchgoers were awaiting the outcome of Houston’s criminal trial in Sydney for allegedly concealing child abuse by his father before making judgments for themselves. Hillsong’s ‘global senior pastor’ said he will ‘vehemently’ defend the case in court. Mr Houston was accused of concealing his dead father Frank’s sexual abuse of seven-year-old boy, after learning of the allegations against his dad in 1999.

One production worker said camera crews were struggling to film the weekend’s sermons “without showing all of the empty seats”. A source close to Carl told PEOPLE in December that he would be seeking “treatment at an outpatient facility that specializes in depression, anxiety and pastoral burnout.” Despite the scandal, a source told PEOPLE at the time that the couple was “working very hard” to make their marriage work, and that Laura “has stood by his side” amid the turmoil. The mother of three explained that she took a break from social media over the past few months because it was “not good for soul,” and that she’d had to block and delete many users and comments from her posts.

On the surface, Paulikas’ steepled church lacks some of the star power claimed by Hillsong. And though he says that his own congregation has grown in recent years, he acknowledges the institutional slide hurting others like it. Canfield was asked to step down from his position with the vocalist team. After a series of private meetings with New York’s head pastor, Carl Lentz, Canfield decided to leave the church.

Soon, though, she realized, she was “just an add-on” for Lentz and that “his persona … brought chaos into my life,” she explained. One docuseries participant said, “This was a very, very known thing about Carl. I think people like him are just very intuitive of where they can go to prey.” “When we talk about Carl and purity, wolf in sheep’s clothing is honestly the mental picture I get,” said Jaclyn Hayes, a former member of Wave Church, the Virginia church where Lentz preached before joining Hillsong. “If the church’s whole thing is based on that one guy or girl … one misstep away from literally imploding the entire thing. Your ministry is now eroded, it’s built on sand in a lot of ways,” said Kirby. PreachersNSneakers Instagram account creator Ben Kirby said, “For a lot of people, it looked like it was just a tool to build his own personal network.” “The goal of Hillsong is to stay current,” said Kelsey McKinney, author of God Spare the Girls.

They wrote out the terms of the deal on a paper napkin at McDonald’s, a move Shoebridge said demonstrated “the contempt that Hillsong showed to this victim.” Noemi Uribe, former Hillsong Boston volunteer, spoke to the demands on unpaid workers responsible for putting together Hillsong’s services, conferences and other events. Bailey Krawczyk, who attended Hillsong College from 2017–21, detailed how incoming students were required to provide personal information so they could be “red-lighted” or “green-lighted” to work with children in the community. She continued, “The toxicity at Hillsong seems to clearly come from the top down. I think so many of my sources have placed the blame squarely on Brian Houston for just creating this poisonous culture.”

Revealing that the pop star had dropped $9,500 on a bottle of Petrus wine, the local reported told People, “He also loves pasta alla bolognese and loves the privacy of Ravello.” By October 2019, though, Bieber posted photos of the spacious Beverly Hills mansion to his Instagram, telling his followers he wanted to sell the property. While the “Sorry” singer and Hailey still own the residence at the time of this writing, the pop star’s photos did provide a behind-the-scenes look at the interior of his lavish mansion — and let’s just say we’d totally buy it. “I just feel comfortable and safe traveling with Hailey,” Justin said in his YouTube docuseries, Seasons. Justin and Hailey aren’t the only celebrities who are fans of Hillsong’s message.