Appearing on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to promote The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part, Chris Pratt discussed how he had just finished a 21-day Daniel Fast (The Daniel Fast is based on the fasting experiences of the Old Testament Prophet. It’s a partial fast where some foods are eaten while others are restricted. The fasting goes on for 21 consecutive days) at the encouragement of his church. He also shared that the pastor had advised him on balancing his fame with his personal life.
Ellen Page, who came out lesbian in 2014 and is married to Emma Portner retweeted a clip of Pratt talking about his spirituality in the interview with Stephen Colbert, she wrote, “Oh. K. Um. But his church is infamously anti LGBTQ so maybe address that too?”
Page later added, “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.”
Carl Lentz, who was the member of the church’s New York location, in 2015 called homosexuality a “sin” and declared that gay people could not hold leadership positions in the church. Other leaders have come out against marriage equality and the church has faced criticism in the past over its support for therapies that attempt to alter the sexuality or gender identity of LGBT people.
Alex, a former member of the Hillsong Church criticized its anti-LGBT+ teachings in an interview with The Daily Beast, saying that, “Gay people need to know that when they go to Hillsong, they have to go to the back of the bus. Hillsong is hip and attractive and contemporary, but there’s certainly nothing contemporary about what LGBT people will face if they want to be a leader in the church or offer themselves up for service.”
The 39-year-old actor, who attends the popular Hillsong Church, shared a lengthy comment on his Instagram Story on Monday in which he denied Page’s claims. In his story, Pratt said:
“It has recently been suggested that I belong to a church which ‘hates 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.”
He said his church helped him during his recent divorce from Anna Faris.
“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.”
He later 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. Jesus said, ‘I give you a new command, love one another.’ 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.”
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