Chris Pratt defends his faith after Ellen Page claimed that his church was 'anti-LGBTQ' in their beliefs
The 39-year-old actor, who mainly attends the popular Hillsong Church, shared a very long comment on his Instagram account where he pointedly denied Page's claims
Actor Chris Pratt has come out and defended his church after fellow actor Ellen Page claimed it was "infamously anti-LGBTQ" in a tweet. The 39-year-old actor, who mainly attends the popular Hillsong Church, shared a very long comment on his Instagram story on February 11 in which he pointedly denied Page's claims. He wrote: "It has recently been suggested that I belong to a church which 'hates a certain group of people' and is 'infamously anti-LGBTQ'. Nothing could be further from the truth. I go to a church that opens their doors to absolutely everyone."
Pratt also referred to his divorce from Anna Faris, that happened last year, as an example of how the church supported him. He continued: "Despite what the Bible says about divorce my church community was there for me every step of the way, never judging, just gracefully accompanying me on my walk. They helped me tremendously offering love and support. It is what I have seen them do for others on countless occasions regardless of sexual orientation, race or gender."
The 'Lego Movie 2' star also explained that his "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 said: "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", and then gave a Bible reference, "Jesus said, 'I give you a new common, love one another'."
'The Jurassic World' actor then added: "This is what guides me in my life. He is a God of Love, Acceptance, and Forgiveness. Hate has no place in my or this world." Page's comments came after the actor was interviewed on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert where he spoke about his Bible-inspired fast and how his church was the one that helped him deal with the pressure that comes with fame and being in the media glare.
Pratt has also attended a few of the services at Hillsong Church, which is popular among Hollywood folk like Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, and the Kardashians. In response to a Hollywood Reporter article that wrote about Pratt's appearance on Colbert's show, 31-year-old Page tweeted:
Oh. K. Um. But his church is infamously anti lgbtq so maybe address that too? https://t.co/meg8m69FeF— Ellen Page (@EllenPage) February 8, 2019
Back in 2015, Hillsong and its pastor Brian Houston were slammed for their stance on the LGBTQ community. Houston posted a long blog post about the subject, where it was reported that he wrote he held "traditional Christian thought on gay lifestyles and gay marriage". He continued: "I do believe God’s word is clear that marriage is between a man and a woman. The writings of the apostle Paul in scripture on the subject of homosexuality are also clear, as I have mentioned in previous public statements."
The pastor then went on to write that "Hillsong Church welcomes ALL people but does not affirm all lifestyles. Put clearly, we do not affirm a gay lifestyle and because of this we do not knowingly have actively gay people in positions of leadership, either paid or unpaid".
He also seemed to clarify that members of the LGBTQ community "are welcome to attend, worship with us, and participate as a congregation member with the assurance that you are personally included and accepted", but also said that they won't be able to hold any positions of leadership inside the church.