According to a new internal investigation report obtained by The Christian Post, former Hillsong NYC pastor Carl Lentz had engaged in multiple affairs with women and caused several Hillsong staffers to suffer from mental illnesses because of his abusive behavior.
During a recent Sunday church service, Hillsong Phoenix Lead Pastor Terry Crist announced that he had requested his church formally split from Hillsong Church. Crist noted that the decision to separate from the global megachurch network was due to a governance dispute following Hillsong founder Brian Houston’s resignation. Also, during that service, Crist called for an investigation into the Hillsong global board.
A Tennessee worship leader and Christian recording artist Mackenzie Morgan took to Facebook this week to explain why she will no longer be supporting popular worship bands Hillsong Worship, Elevation Worship or Bethel Music, among others. Morgan called attention to the band's church's teachings, calling them "heretical."
Hillsong founder Brian Houston recently appeared on NBC Today to speak about former New York Pastor Carl Lentz, who was fired last November for "leadership" and "moral" issues. Houston also addressed the issues with celebrity culture at Hillsong, other recent scandals, and how the church needs to move forward.