Chris Pratt with fiance Katherine Schwarzenegger

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Feb 13, 2019 by Alyssa Duvall

Chris Pratt Defends Hillsong Church Amid "Infamously Anti-LGBTQ" Accusation From Lesbian Actress

In response to Twitter attacks from lesbian actress Ellen Page claiming he attends a church that is "infamously anti-LGBTQ" and "hates a certain group of people," Christian actor Chris Pratt offered a kind and simple defense.

“It has recently been suggested that I belong to a church which hates a certain group of people and is ‘infamously anti-LGBTQ,’" Pratt wrote in a story shared to Instagram and Facebook.

"Nothing could be further from the truth. I go to a church that opens their doors to absolutely everyone," referring to either Zoe Church or Hillsong L.A., both of which he is known for attending. While Hillsong's top leadership affirms homosexuality as a sin, clearly they are among the majority of American churches who adopt a "come as you are" approach to church attendance.

“Despite what the Bible says about my divorce, my church community was there for me every step of the way, never judging, just gracefully accompanying me on my walk," the Guardians Of The Galaxy star explained. They helped me tremendously offering their love and support. It is what I have seen them do for others on countless occasions regardless of sexual orientation, race, or gender."

“My faith is important to me but no church defines me or my life, and I am not a spokesman for any church or any group of people,” Pratt added. “My values define who I am. We need less hate in this world, not more. I am a man who believes that everyone is entitled to love who they want free from the judgment of their fellow man.”

Pratt concluded, citing Matthew 13:34 in which Jesus says, “I give you a new command, love one another.”

“He is a God of Love, Acceptance, and Forgiveness," Pratt said. "Hate has no place in my or this world.”

Unabated, Page responded to Pratt's statement: "If you are a famous actor and you belong to an organization that hates a certain group of people, don’t be surprised if someone simply wonders why it’s not addressed. Being anti LGBTQ is wrong, there aren’t two sides. The damage it causes is severe. Full stop."

Page's comments are deeply disturbing, signifying that there is a growing and vocal community that believes that any disagreement, no matter how amicable or soft-spoken, is "hate", and hate must be stamped out.

What does this mean for the Christian who affirms God's design for sexuality in today's culture?



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