According to an alleged email sent out by Hillsong Church founder, Brian Houston, Pastor Carl Lentz has been fired for “moral failures and breaches of trust.” Lentz was most known for working closely with Justin Bieber, and was even been credited with turning the singer’s life around in 2014.
Why Was Carl Lentz Fired?
“I am very sad to inform you that Hillsong Church has terminated the employment of Pastor Carl Lentz. I know this will come as a shock to you, but please know that this action was not taken lightly and was done in the best interests of everyone, including Pastor Carl,” Houston wrote in an alleged email to to church staff and members. “This action has been taken following ongoing discussions in relation to leadership issues and breaches of trust, plus a recent revelation of moral failures.”
The message continued, “Please understand that it would not be appropriate for us to go into detail about the events that led to this decision. However you can be assured that this decision was made in order to honor God and pastorally care for you, our East Coast family, Pastor Carl and his family.”
It’s still unclear why he was let go, but according to some tweets online, Lentz recently publicly spoke out about abortion and racism, which some people believe contributed to his termination.
Who Exactly Is Carl Lentz?
According to reports, Lentz, 41, grew up in Virginia, and later moved to Australia to join Hillsong’s training program. Then, in 2010, he and Houston’s son, Joel, opened Hillsong’s first United States location in New York City. He is now married to a woman named Laura, and together, they share three kids.
What Is Hillsong Church?
Hillsong Church was founded by Houston in 1983 in Sydney, Australia. It now has churches in 28 countries around the world and, according to its website, before the coronavirus pandemic, it had an average of 150,000 attendees each week. Numerous celebrities have been spotted attending Hillsong services, including Bieber and his wife, Hailey Baldwin, Kourtney Kardashian, Chris Pratt, Katherine Schwarzenegger, Selena Gomez, Kylie and Kendall Jenner, Vanessa Hudgens, Austin Butler, Nick Jonas, Hailee Steinfeld and more.
Carl Lentz Helped Justin Bieber Become Clean
Bieber previously revealed that Lentz was the reason he stopped doing drugs.
“I found myself doing things that I was so ashamed of, being super-promiscuous and stuff, and I think I used Xanax because I was so ashamed… Drugs put a screen between me and what I was doing. It got pretty dark,” the “Love Yourself” crooner told Vogue in February 2019. “I think there were times when my security was coming in late at night to check my pulse and see if I was still breathing.”
According to the outlet, after hitting a low point, Lentz convinced Bieber to “move into his home in New Jersey for an informal detox.” They reported that “Bieber interned for Lentz at Hillsong and refocused on his religious faith.”
Over the years, Bieber and Lentz have shared numerous photos together online and have been spotted hanging out a lot, but some fans have pointed out on Twitter that the last time they were seen together was over the summer, so it’s unclear where their relationship stands now.
Justin Bieber And Carl Lentz Had A Falling Out In 2018
Back in 2018, TMZ reported that Bieber and Lentz had a major falling out. A source told them at the time, “Justin became angry at Lentz a while ago and broke ties with the pastor,” although it’s still not clear what the pop star was upset about. They must have made up after that, however, because the two stars were caught hanging out again a few months later.
Hopefully, we’ll get some more details on why Lentz was fired soon.