Chris Pratt Updates: Chris Pratt denied rumours that he is affiliated with Hillsong Church, whose founder recently resigned over allegations of immorality, and declared that he is “not a religious guy.”
Chris Pratt refers to online criticism Chris Pratt, star of “F—ked Up,” denies any affiliation with the Hillsong Church.
The Guardians of the Galaxy actor vehemently denied ever attending Hillsong, the controversial megachurch with its headquarters in Australia, stating, “I never went to Hillsong.”
He admitted to Men’s Health that he had never actually visited Hillsong. I am unaware of any members of that church.
More than three years after actor Elliot Page accused Pratt of being a member of a “infamously anti-LGBTQ” church, Pratt has denied his connection in Hillsong, whose co-founder Brian Houston resigned with March amid allegations of inappropriate behaviour toward two women.
When defending himself at the time, Pratt said that “nothing could be further from the truth” and claimed that “I attend a church that opens their doors to absolutely everyone.”
“They helped me a lot by showing me love and encouraging me. No of their colour, gender, or sexual orientation, I have witnessed people do this for others innumerable times “Without specifically mentioning his church, he added in a social media post.
“I value my faith, but no church has the right to dictate who I am or how I should live. I also do not speak for any particular church or group of people. I am who I am because of my ideals.”
Pratt admitted to the Men’s Health reporter that he occasionally, but not always, attends Zoe Church in Los Angeles. He also baptised his 22-month-old daughter Lyla at a church in Santa Monica, California, where his wife Katherine Schwarzenegger used to attend services. Zoe Church, which was founded in 2015, has previously been compared to Hillsong by its founding pastor Chad Veach.
BRIAN HOUSTON AND HIS WIFE BOBBIE ESTABLISHED HILLSONG IN 1983:
It has endured a number of scandals in the past, such as the dismissal of pastor Carl Lentz for what the church considered to be “moral shortcomings” and Brian Houston’s contentious blog post in which he said that Hillsong “welcomes ALL individuals but does not affirm all lifestyles.”
Lentz released a statement upon his dismissal from the church in 2020, saying, “I was held responsible for being unfaithful in my marriage, the most significant relationship in my life. I alone am to blame for this failure, and I accept full accountability for my conduct.”
Pratt admitted to Men’s Health that he is “not a religious person,” despite the fact that he attends church.
I think there’s a difference between being religious — following man-made laws, frequently appropriating the reverence reserved for who I believe to be a very real God — and using it to dominate people, to take money from people, to injure children, to steal land, to excuse hatred, he said.
Pratt continued by stating that religion “has been repressive as f—k for a long time” and that “every single man’s wickedness has glommed on to the back of religion and come along for the ride.”