The Australian wife of disgraced former Hillsong pastor Carl Lentz has slammed people who spread ‘relentless lies’ about her family.
The Australian wife of disgraced former Hillsong pastor Carl Lentz has lashed out at the ‘relentless lies’ spread about her family following leaked internal church documents.
Former celebrity pastor Carl Lentz was sensationally fired from his position as pastor of Hillsong NYC in 2020 after it was revealed he had been involved in an affair with designer Ranin Karim.
After his dismissal, Hillsong hired attorneys from a New York law firm, Zukerman Gore Brandeis & Crossman, to investigate what was wrong with Hillsong NYC and the church‘s US network.
The organization had filed a report with the church in 2021 which until this week had remained confidential.
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The couple are now threatening legal action against The Christian Postwho released leaked information about the investigation.
Normally prolific on social media, Carl Lentz hasn’t posted anything on his Instagram since announcing he was leaving the church. Since then, further misconduct allegations have been made against Mr. Lentz and Hillsong Global Pastor Brian Houston has resigned.
Mr Lentz’s Australian wife, and mother of his three children, has spoken out after the Hillsong East Coast inquiry leaked.
“My family has been silent throughout this ordeal as our priority has been healing our family,” she wrote on Instagram.
“That doesn’t mean we don’t have a lot to say! When the time is right, we have a lot to say about what happened as well as the lies, accusations and hypocritical scapegoating that have unfortunately been so prevalent.
“Until then, we are very grateful for the continued support of so many people. Your kindness has meant the world to us. We look forward to a brighter day!
In addition to their social media post, the couple released a statement to Religious News Service.
“Laura and Carl Lentz are aggressively pursuing legal action over these defamatory claims rooted in lies and misinformation,” a legal representative said.
In February 2021, Hillsong said the investigation was complete and found “significant ways” that the New York church “failed to reflect Hillsong’s global culture”.
At the time, church leaders said they would undertake several structural changes at Hillsong East Coast to address the concerns revealed by the report.
In light of the tumultuous times for Hillsong, there have been calls for transparency and accountability from Hillsong’s Global Board of Directors.
An online petition that has attracted more than 10,000 signatures calls for the church to consult former members and survivors as part of an independent review.
US pastor Terry Crist, who recently announced he was disaffiliating his network of churches from Hillsong, said he had encouraged the council to release the results of the NYC investigation, but it was ignored.
He is now asking for an investigation into the council.