Okay, this is a different kind of ‘’tea’’. Carl Lentz, famous for once being Justin Bieber’s spiritual advisor and pastor, didn’t leave the public in the dark as to why he was fired from Hillsong East Coast (which is part of the international chain of Hillsong churches). After Hillsong church’s founder Brian Houston announced that Lentz was fired partially over “moral failures” via a statement issued on Nov. 4, the former pastor revealed that this meant his failure to stay faithful to his wife, Laura Lentz.
He went on to detail what it means to “accept the calling of being a pastor,” until he eventually made his shocking admission: “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.”
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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..
It doesn’t sound like this infidelity is splitting up the family, however. “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,” Lentz continued.
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In addition to being a lead pastor at the church, Lentz gained notoriety for his spiritual mentorship of Bieber, and even lived with the pop star at one point in New Jersey in 2014. Although the former pastor threw shade at Justin’s engagement to his now-wife, Hailey Baldwin, in 2018, it appears that Bieber still has a relationship with the Lentz family.