Disgraced Hillsong pastor Carl Lentz's wife those who 'abandoned us'
Disgraced Hillsong pastor Carl Lentz’s wife slams ‘trolls’ and those who ‘abandoned us’ on 18th wedding anniversary as she breaks silence for first time since he was fired for sexual misconduct
- Couple celebrated their 18th anniversary on Wednesday
- Couple was caught in controversy last year amid Carl’s cheating scandal
- Carl Lentz was taken out of his position as Hillsong’s pastor amid controversy
- Hillsong founder Brian Houston in November said Lentz’s ouster was the result of ‘a recent revelation of moral failures’
- Carl said last fall on social media, ‘I was unfaithful in my marriage’
- A jewelry designer named Ranin Karim later said she had been involved in a relationship with the married pastor for five months in 2020
- Lentz found fame as pastor for Hillsong Church where he mentored Justin Bieber
Laura Lentz, the wife of former Hillsong Church pastor Carl Lentz, has spoken out for the first time since her husband was fired from the megachurch for sexual misconduct.
The 42-year-old, who has three children with her husband, addressed ‘trolls’ and people who have ‘abandoned us’ as she returned to social media on the couple’s 18th wedding anniversary.
Carl Lentz, 42, was deposed of power in the church last November, as church officials said that ‘leadership issues and breaches of trust, plus a recent revelation of moral failures’ had led to the decision; Laura was also relieved of her duties in her job at the church.
The latest: Laura Lentz, the wife of former Hillsong Church pastor Carl Lentz, has spoken out for the first time since her husband was fired from the megachurch for sexual misconduct.
Hillsong Church founder Brian Houston in November told People that Carl Lentz’s ouster was the result of ‘ongoing discussions in relation to leadership issues and breaches of trust, plus a recent revelation of moral failures.’
Carl Lentz, who was at the head of HillsongNYC, said in November on Instagram that he had committed infidelities in his marriage.
‘When you lead out of an empty place, you make choices that have real consequences,’ he said. ‘I was unfaithful in my marriage, the most important relationship in my life and held accountable for that.’
After his online revelation, a New York City jewelry designer named Ranin Karim told Vanity Fair that she had been involved in a relationship with the married pastor for five months in 2020.
Lentz alluded to the stormy times of the past year and how she learned who her friends are
Stormy days: The couple was caught in controversy last year amid Carl’s cheating scandal
She told the publication, ‘I know what I got myself into, but at the same time I wanted to do the right thing and walk, walk away. I am not a monster.’
In December, Houston told other church officials he believed Lentz had engaged in ‘more than one affair,’ as heard in audio released to Page Six.
Laura took to Instagram with a post on Wednesday with an image of palm trees and the sky and a lengthy note about how she learned who her true friends are amid the troubled times.
‘I have looked at these palm trees everyday for the past few months & there are many symbolic meanings to these amazing tree,’ she said. ‘A few that have resonated with me during this season of my life: they are strong, can weather the biggest storms, they always grow upwards … freedom, righteousness, reward, resurrection just to name a few… [I] have taken time away from social media because it was not good for my soul, [I] have blocked & deleted more people & comments than [I] can count.’
Laura added that ‘trolls are cowards’ and that ‘SOME “Christians” are anything but kind, gracious, or loving…but that won’t stop me from growing upwards & getting stronger.’
She continued: ‘[I] have learnt a lot about myself over the past few months. now more than ever [I] know the kindness of God, His grace, forgiveness & strength. [I] have found true friendships – the ones who have been with me on the mountaintops are the same ones who are with me during my darkest valley!!’
Revelation: Carl Lentz, who was at the head of HillsongNYC, said in November on Instagram that he had committed infidelities in his marriage
Details: After Lentz revealed his affair, a New York City jewelry designer named Ranin Karim told Vanity Fair that she had been involved in a relationship with the married pastor for five months in 2020
Laura said that she was not holding grudges in the wake of the scandal, but embracing her true friends.
‘[I] will not forget who abandoned us, but [I] choose to keep my heart free of bitterness & remain thankful for those that have stayed & loved us,’ she said.
Laura said that she doesn’t ‘want to judge others nor do [I] want to be judged’ adding, ‘[I] would rather be accused of being too gracious toward someone, over being accused of judging someone too harshly … [I] want to be known as a woman who sees the good in people & truly loves people unconditionally…’
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