Hillsong out of tune

Hillsong Church views homosexuality as a ‘lifestyle,’ and frankly, that’s all we need to know

In an Instagram post on February 11, Chris Pratt refuted Ellen Page’s recent claims that Hillsong, his church and that of many other Hollywood types, is “infamously anti-LGBTQ.”

In his caption, he gave high praises to Hillsong. Trouble is, we’re just not buying them.

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“It has recently been suggested that I belong to a church which ‘hates a certain group of people’ and is ‘infamously anti-LGBTQ,’” the Jurassic World star wrote. “Nothing could be further from the truth. I go to a church that opens their doors to absolutely everyone.”

Ahem. We daresay a great many things could be “further from the truth” than Page’s assertion.

Take Hillsong pastor Brian Houston’s 2015 blog post titled “Do I Love Gay People?” — for which the answer seems to be, “Yes, as long as we don’t talk about the gay stuff.”

In the post, Houston writes:

“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.”

The pastor prattles on for another 500 or so words, but for our money, those two sentences say it all. For starters, Hillsong views homosexuality as a “lifestyle” instead of a sexual orientation and an identity — suggesting that same-sex attraction is as much a conscious decision as, say, a swinger lifestyle. (No judgment for all you swingers out there.)

Clearly, Houston didn’t consult the GLAAD Media Reference Guide, which lists “lifestyle” as an offensive term in respect to queer identities. “There is no single lesbian, gay or bisexual lifestyle,” GLAAD explains. “Lesbians, gay men and bisexuals are diverse in the ways they lead their lives. The phrase ‘gay lifestyle’ is used to denigrate lesbians, gay men, and bisexuals suggesting that their orientation is a choice and therefore can and should be ‘cured.’”

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Even more distressing is Houston’s straight-up declaration that “actively gay people” cannot hold leadership positions at Hillsong Church. How is that not anti-gay, Chris Pratt? Sure, Hillsong might “open its doors” to gay and bi people, but not all doors, it seems.

And again, Houston’s terminology leaves much to be desisted. “Actively gay people”? So, what, someone could rise in the Hillsong ranks if they’re passively gay? Any Hillsong member who’s anything other than a hard zero on the Kinsey scale has to sublimate their same-sex desires to have the same professional opportunities as anyone else?

Sorry, Chris Pratt, we’re with Ellen Page on this one. We’ll support churches that are celebratory of queerness — not just tolerant-ish.