Selena Gomez quits Hillsong church amid scandal

The downfall of what was once the celebrity church of choice

Stars Insider

16/12/20 | StarsInsider

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Hillsong Church, the still relatively new Pentecostal megachurch that swept up celebrities faster than Kabbalah, is based in Australia and claims over 150,000 weekly worshipers across locations in 28 countries. Hillsong made headlines with its roster of A-list attendees, including the Biebers, the Kardashian-Jenners, Chris Pratt, and various NBA superstars. However, it is not without its controversy.

In the wake of the scandal involving the firing of Carl Lentz, the celebrity pastor who personally baptized stars like Justin Bieber, the church is witnessing its own downfall. Even longtime supporter Selena Gomez is moving on, according to the Daily Mail. She is still Christian, but "she believes this is not how God wants us to operate, she’s disillusioned.”

Lentz was fired due to "breaches of trust" and "moral failures," which include his own infidelity to his wife. Gomez was once close with him, and she was also reportedly close with Hillsong founder Brian Houston's family, but now she wants nothing to do with them. This also comes in the wake of celebrity controversy over the church's homophobia. 

Check out this gallery to read about the drama and see more celebrities who’ve chosen to pray at the quite unconventional Hillsong altar.

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