“I was asked directly if abortion was sin. I did not answer the question directly for a number of reasons and that has caused some confusion about our stance as a church on this matter. I do believe abortion is sinful.”
- Carl Lentz1
Why not gently and respectfully give the truth and engage people in debate? Why give an answer to those asking about the hope that lies within you in such a way that you have to later clarify your statement?
Based upon his tweet, I trust that Carl Lentz does believe that abortion is sin. Furthermore, I am glad he made this clarification. But I still have questions.
Why, when you have a platform to reach so many people as you do on The View, would you not answer a softball type question directly? This question requires is a simple “yes” or “no” answer. His answer, as Pastor Lentz noted, is confusing. The role of a pastor is to proclaim, explain, and defend God’s truth. Lentz could have simply answered the question with Scripture, which would have led to an opportunity to explain the position and give further defense of the gospel. Sure, there would have been a backlash but there would also be an opportunity to reason with those conducting the interview as well as those listening.
I also question whether Carl Lentz has a history of skirting around easy questions. During an interview on CNN, the pastor and his wife made statements similar to those made by Carl on The View. Carl’s wording about homosexuality gives the impression that because Jesus does not address this issue (a view with which I would disagree), neither does he speak upon the topic. In the same interview, Laura Lentz, Carl’s wife adds, “It’s not our place to tell anyone how they should live. That’s their journey.”2
So, I find two instances in which Carl Lentz sounds ambiguous when asked about issues of which the Bible is clear. I really am trying to understand Mr. and Mrs. Lentz but I struggle as to their reasoning for being so unclear. Why not gently and respectfully give the truth and engage people in debate? Why give an answer to those asking about the hope that lies within you in such a way that you have to later clarify your statement?
I am really not trying to throw Carl Lentz under the bus. I am trying to understand his views on issues that the Bible addresses and that unsaved people deserve to know. His answers to these issues help others determine whether Hillsong’s theology agrees or disagrees with basic Biblical doctrine. This is how other members of the Body of Christ test the spirits, whether Carl Lentz teaches Scriptural truth, and whether the Church can endorse Carl Lentz’s teaching.
- Pastor Randy
1 Ellis, John. "Hillsong Pastor Carl Lent Clarifies Position on Abortion". pjmedia.com. PJ Media, 9 Nov. 2017. Web. 11 Nov. 2017.
2 Blumberg, Antonia. "Hillsong Church Pastors Won't Speak Out On Gays Because Jesus Didn't Either (Updated)". huffingtonpost.com. Huffpost, 20 Oct. 2014. Web. 11 Nov. 2017.