Brain Houston, founding Pastor of Sydney based mega church – ‘Hillsong Church’ has responded to allegations that an openly gay couple leads their New York City church choir. The allegations were stirred following the release of a viral blog post citing leading magazines – ‘Playbill’ and ‘New York Times’ claiming that two engaged men are involved in ministry and have been leading the Hillsong NYC Choir.
Yesterday, Brian Houston released a statement in response to the blog. He said:
“Hillsong’s position on homosexuality and gay marriage has not changed and is consistent with scripture. As I stated previously, I believe that writings of Paul are clear in this subject. Several months ago when one of our choir directors made an unexpected public statement regarding his engagement to a man who sometimes sang in our choir, it was a complete surprise to us as well. It is my understanding that they have not been involved in an active leadership or ministry role since. That said, we still love them and acknowledge that they – like all of us – are on a journey, and our role as a church is to assist them on this journey with grace and compassion.”
The statement concludes with a link that leads readers to a blog post published on 4th August in which Pastor Brian Houston talks further about his stance on homosexuality and the church. He says:
“Hillsong Church welcomes ALL people but does not affirm all lifestyles. Put clearly, we do not affirm a gay lifestyle and because of this we do not knowingly have actively gay people in positions of leadership, either paid or unpaid. I recognise 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.”
He goes on to say: “So if you are gay, are you welcome at Hillsong Church? Of course! You are welcome to attend, worship with us, and participate as a congregation member with the assurance that you are personally included and accepted within our community. But (this is where it gets vexing), can you take an active leadership role? No.” Read the full blog here: ‘Do I Love Gay People?’
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