Concerns Raised as Hillsong’s Carl Lentz Praises Oprah Winfrey After Appearance on Super Soul Sunday

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NEW YORK — Hipster Hillsong NYC leader Carl Lentz has drawn concerns over the past week after he posted a photograph on social media announcing his upcoming appearance on Oprah Winfrey’s “Super Soul Sunday” television broadcast.

“I really enjoyed my time with @oprah filming for her Super Soul Sunday show,” he wrote on May 18. “She is truly a special woman and a culture changer. To come from absolute poverty in Mississippi and reach the point where she became the first African American multi-billionaire takes a passion and drive that is exceptional and tireless.”

He continued to praise the talk show host, and said that others should emulate Oprah’s practice of thanking Jesus with each new day.

“What struck me most about her, was her ease and kindness,” Lentz remarked. “She told me her key was ‘waking up each day and thanking Jesus for loving me and thanking Him for all he has done.’ That practice, in that order, is one to be copied.”

The Hillsong leader also stated that he was thankful for the opportunity to talk about spiritual matters on Oprah’s broadcast.

“I’m grateful that she opened up her platform to talk about Jesus unapologetically and without borders,” Lentz said. “It’s literally impossible to ‘say all the right things’ in interviews like this. I don’t even remotely try to. My goal is to always say the one thing that matters eternally, and by Gods grace, we are able to at least do that!”

While the photo generated over 16,000 likes on Instagram and over 5,000 likes on Facebook, many raised concern over the Hillsong leader’s appearance with the television celebrity, who once said, “There are many ways, many paths to what you call God. … Does God care about your heart or does God care about if you call His Son Jesus?”

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“Oprah is a pagan with New Age beliefs. For many years she has stated that there are ‘many paths to God.’ She denies that Jesus said the way is narrow,” one wrote.

“This is very disturbing,” another stated. “I actually am not surprised by Carl Lenz. I am disturbed about the lack of discernment in the Church. … Please Church wake up. Stop following men. Stop looking to be entertained.”

“Lol c’mon man, do you need us watch-people to talk to you about Oprah, or can you figure out yourself?” a third wrote. “She openly denies John 14:6 is true, yet you’re claiming she wakes up everyday and thanks Jesus, the Jesus of John 14:6 she denied. This is the fruit we’re talking about man. Right here.”

Lentz replied to the comments on Instagram, remarking that he doesn’t like followers arguing about the Bible on his page.

“I don’t check these comments often, and the further I read on this thread, I’m reminded to do it less and less!” he said. “I will say that I can no longer allow people to use my comment section as their own personal theology blog! Can’t do it. Wrecks my picture and becomes almost embarrassing.”

“To all those leaving encouraging messages, it is good to read. 99.9 percent of people understand what this, what we are all about,” Lentz continued. “Social media has given a voice or comment section to all. It is what it is! Remember: the light is winning!!!! And that light shines on trolls and kind people alike. Goodnight and God bless!!”

As previously reported, Hillsong NYC is a popular 8,000 member Pentacostal congregation, which meets each week in nightclubs, theaters, and other venues across New York City. Trendy concert-like music, strobe lights, and Lentz’s unconventional messages draw thousands of attendees every Sunday.

Celebrities often stop by Hillsong NYC to experience Lentz’s unorthodox messages, which are often replete with street slang and modern lingo. Pop star Justin Bieber occasionally attends services and was reportedly baptized by Lentz.

Despite Lentz’s burgeoning popularity, many Christians are concerned with lack of clarity on social issues, including homosexuality. Lentz says he does not like preaching about moral debates and once told Katie Couric that Jesus “very rarely” talked about “morality and social issues.”

“My Bible says, be attentive to individual needs,” Lentz told his congregation in a sermon, which was publicized by the Huffington Post. “So I’m not gonna make polarizing political statements about certain things in our Christian community right now. No matter who says what, we won’t be pressured into giving blanket statements to individual needs. Never.”

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  • Bruce

    wuts` up wit dat`

  • TheBottomline4This

    I like Oprah. She isn’t a Christian. She has said there are many paths to God, which is not true. I watch some of her stuff, but if it is about something spiritual, I change the channel. She has no true insight into that area as an unbeliever.

  • Josey

    Not sure what Bible this guy reads when he says that Jesus very rarely talked about morality. Jesus is God come in the flesh and was w/out sin, Jesus walked on earth perfect and in His daily walking on earth He gave example after example on how to live morally and in obedience to God and to Christ Himself for if you see Jesus you see God fully manifest in Christ, you cannot separate Christ from the word of God in which Jesus is the word of God made manifest. satan is a liar, the father of lies, he twists the truth in God’s word to deceive, these are among the deceived.

  • Grace Kim Kwon

    This is living for and dying for money and fame. So sad.

  • DLCraig

    His shameful biblical ignorance is haled as profundity and a new direction for Christianity; lapped up by members of the visible church who would not tolerate sound teaching even if they understood it.

    But such is the state of the visible church in this country. What a complete waste it is; impotent, worldly and so unwise. Still, there are a few voices left and God has done fare more with far less.

  • Lavie

    I am a Christian and i love Oprah. She has chosen to love humanity despite cultural, racial , spiritual, or any other kinds of social barriers. Something that Jesus Christ Himself practised and something which many of us Christians have not yet managed to do. If we are so limited in our walk then how can we command the power to reach the lost?

    • Amos Moses

      And she denies scripture that says Christ is the ONLY way …….

      youtube. Delete this space. com/watch?v=noO_dCWtB1E

    • disqus_O2BUmbLecp

      If Oprah was a true Christian, she wouldn’t hv said there r many paths to God or heaven.(= God’s home/throne) Read JOHN.14:1-7. Do u think God/Jesus would be pleased hearing such words coming from the mouth of “Christians”.?
      …….Oprah is similar to Uncle Tom sell-outs, ie sold out her Christian faith, in order to gain the whole world (n lose her soul).

      Btw, Jesus Christ did not preach n minister to the Gentiles n Samaritans, only to the Jews, whom God had chosen n given Moses Law or His Law to.(MATT.10:5) IOW, Jesus/God has His preference.(ROM.9:13)

      MATT.19:23 says that even good n law-abiding people who hv been blessed by God with much prosperity/riches, eg good atheists, Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, etc, will not be saved from hell (or go to heaven) if they do not follow or believe in JC, what more those who r evil n law-breaking who got cursed by God.(DEUT.28:15-20)
      ……. Generally, it is easier to preach the gospel of JC to people who hv chosen to be good n law-abiding, rather than those who hv chosen to be evil n law-breaking, eg the 12 apostles – JC chose evil n greedy Judas Iscariot as His treasurer n betrayer..

  • Quantz

    If she’s a Christian, Satan is a Christian.

  • Amos Moses

    So Mr. Lentz ………. what are your comments on having the Naked Cowboy at your WOMANS CONFERENCE ……………. is that REALLY appropriate ………………

    May 25, 2016

    The Naked Cowboy Appears at Hillsong Women’s Conference

    Hillsong continues to astound by their complete and utter disregard for how scripture instructs Christians to conduct their lives in this present evil age. First they brought us Sleezy Silent Night. Then they had the sexual pervert Austin Powers appear at their women’s conference in London and now they’e had The Naked Cowboy appear at their women’s conference in New York. We fear to see what they have in store for their next conference.

    piratechristian. Delete this space. com/museum-of-idolatry/2016/5/the-naked-cowboy-appears-at-hillsong-womens-conference

  • RustySkywater

    Stephen Mansfield’s book Where Oprah Has Taken Us is a pretty scary look at Oprah’s “spirituality.”

  • Karen Roach

    God is a holy God and doesn’t change for the desires of people! If God says in his word that things like homosexuality are sin then they are. We need to love people and also except them sometimes where they are at in their spiritual growth, (if they are a Christian) but if we don’t stand for something or even many things we will fall for anything. The Bible talks about fake shepherds of the sheep and that they will lead many astray in the end times, beware Christians.

  • Herb Planter

    another victim of the dollar

  • adamthebrave

    Wait… You wrote an article based on “concerns” in a social media comment section (aka the wasteland of the Internet)? Is this meant to be satire?

  • Josey

    The huge difference between Christianity, following Christ Jesus is that all the other religions haven’t had one who was w/out sin and God in the flesh who took our sin upon Himself. Jesus was the only one qualified to do this, He was perfect in all of His ways as Jesus is God come in the flesh and He as God sits at the right hand of God mediating for us. No other religion has one who took our sins and nailed them to the cross and gave Himself in death for sinners and thankfully He is Risen, He didn’t remain in the grave, glory and honor to the name of Jesus Christ forever!
    Romans 5:1-10 Romans vs1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: 2 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. 3 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; 4 And patience, experience; and experience, hope:
    5 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. 6 For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 FOR SCARCELY FOR A RIGHTEOUS MAN WILL ONE DIE; YET PERADVENTURE FOR A GOOD MAN SOME WOULD EVEN DARE TO DIE: 8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. 10 For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.

  • Gena B

    Anyone calls themselves a Christian should never pat someone on the back for distorting God’s truth. 2 John 1:11 For he that bids him God speed (happiness, joy, well being) is partaker of his evil deeds.

  • Amanda Wait

    With all due respect….Oprah contradicts the very Jesus she claims to follow, by saying there are many paths to God when Lord Jesus clearly says [b]I am the way[/b], the truth and the life!” [b]Jesus is the way[/b], the path to God our Father in Heaven. No one can come to Father God if they do not come to Him through Jesus Christ His only begotten Son.

    So according to Carl Lentz, Christians who stand for the truth and speak out about it are “trolls” and not “kind”. :/

    Those shepherding God’s flock are to love them enough to warn them when they are living in wilful sin. Go read in the Bible regarding wilful sin….it is a sin unto death! And that is speaking about Christians! Do your God-ordained job pastors or are you only hirelings, wolves in sheep’s clothing?

    Apostle Paul was not a “hipster” apostle. Probably the reason why so many come against apostle Paul in these last days….not “hip” enough. He didn’t hang out with “naked dancing cowboys” on stage.


  • Michael Ferguson

    Ever since professing Christians abandoned daily fellowship in homes, spontaneous sharing of spiritual gifts and community living and traded that for specially named religious edifices, religious hierarchies and paid professional Christians to run them……well, “Is anyone really surprised by this mess we find ourselves in?”
    People, even if you find yourself alone, go back to the Bible and practice living out what 1 Corinthians 14:26-40 says. Do you realize that such things are the Lord’s commandment like it says in verse 37?
    God Himself will destroy every bit of institutionalized religion before He returns. We’ve never needed any of it despite so-called “pastors” and “priests” building and promoting what the New Testament has never prescribed. Not one person or “religious leader” will ever offer any justification for building religious kingdoms with bricks because there simply isn’t any. The closest thing would reflect old testament patterns which we are warned in the book of Hebrews not to return to.
    Oh Jesus, shake these worthless kingdoms and their hirelings to the core. We need You, not the frauds that continually lie to us and attempt for their own selfish gain to rule over Your children.

    • battleshout

      I so agree with you!

  • mcg99

    Sounds like he’s likes catering to those with “itching ears”.

    • Laurence Charles Ringo

      You hit the nail squarely on the head,mcg99!! And we wonder why “church ” is no longer relevant in today’s culture. Sad.

  • rsheat

    2 Timothy 3:13

    But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.

  • moochie moo

    And the ‘light’ is winning….sounds like ‘angel of light’…It’s sad that there is deception that has weaved it’s way in and being propagated by this kind of ‘ilk’ – diminishing Jesus to a sloppy agape lover who handles those that bite the immoral apple -with a nonchalant, indifferent attitude. Yet Jesus says, ‘7Woe to the world for the causes of sin. These stumbling blocks must come, but woe to the man through whom they come! (Or the one that speaks and is indifferent who could’ve warned them) 8If your hand or your foot causes you to fall into sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life crippled or lame than to have two hands and two feet and be thrown into the eternal fire. 9And
    if your eye causes you to fall into sin, gouge it out and throw it
    away. It is better for you to enter life with one eye than to have two
    eyes and be thrown into the fire of hell.…

  • TheBottomline4This

    I marked and have avoided Hillsong for years.

  • Sterling Twighlight

    Unfortunately Hillsong has their teeth sunken into the world of CCM and CCM being CCM will not turn down those big bucks. They gave us sleazy silent night and the naked cowboy only to be equaled to the Cabernet Showgirls aside him kicking their legs up for a quick flash. Steve Camp many years ago wrote a thesis on CCM with warnings as to what would become of it. His Thesis got him booted out of CCM. Now instead of unaplologetic artists like Camp we have an international movement that is reinventing Christianity.

  • Temasek SDQ

    Jesus is alive and will return at end of times; he will honour the One God who created him; and break all the falsehood created by modern bibles about his divinity! He has always emphasised that he cannot do anything without the help of the One Almighty God! Listen to Zakir Naik discussions on Bibles on you tube.

  • BrandonM

    Look at all of the comments from the ‘Christians” who would rather tear other believers, children of God, down instead of actually listening, loving, and being the body of Christ. You want to talk about Oprah and how she said that there are many way’s to God, but then you sit here and tear one another down when Jesus instructed us to not say anything unwholesome. Typical hyprocrites who use Jesus as an excuse for their hypocrisy!

  • paultitterington_7

    Its because he’s been promised a free Jaguar and a free 3 week holiday to Florida by O – its called “seduction”….apostate!