Actor Chris Pratt has cleared up rumors about his alleged attendance at Hillsong Church.
Speaking to Men’s Health magazine, the Jurassic World star put distance between himself and the Australian-based church that has been hit by scandals lately.
“I by no means went to Hillsong. I’ve by no means really been to Hillsong. I do not know anybody from that church,” he mentioned.
He informed the journal that he attends Zoe Church, whose pastor is Chad Veach, however that he doesn’t attend it solely.
His daughter Lyla, with spouse Katherine Schwarzenegger, was baptized at a Catholic church in Santa Monica.
During the interview, Pratt spoke about some feedback he made about God on the MTV Movie & TV Awards.
When he acquired the Generation Award in 2018, he used the stage to inform viewers: “God is actual. God loves you. God desires the most effective for you,” earlier than including, “Don’t be a turd.”
Looking again, he informed Men’s Health that “perhaps it was hubris” to share this message.
“For me to face up on the stage and say the issues that I mentioned, I’m undecided I touched anyone,” he mentioned.
He then shared a few of his views about faith and being spiritual.
“Religion has been oppressive as f*** for a very long time,” he mentioned.
“I did not know that I might type of grow to be the face of faith when actually I’m not a non secular particular person.
“I feel there is a distinction between being spiritual—adhering to the customs created by man, oftentimes appropriating the awe reserved for who I imagine is a really actual God—and utilizing it to manage individuals, to take cash from individuals, to abuse youngsters, to steal land, to justify hatred.
“Whatever it’s. The evil that is within the coronary heart of each single man has glommed on to the again of faith and are available alongside for the trip.”
Pratt was rebuked by actor Elliot Page in 2019 for apparently attending Hillsong Church. Page referred to as the church “infamously anti-LGBTQ”.
He responded on the time with a press release: “It has lately been advised that I belong to a church which ‘hates a sure group of individuals’ and is ‘infamously anti-LGBTQ.’ Nothing may very well be farther from the reality. I’m a person who believes that everybody is entitled to like who they need free from the judgment of their fellow man.”
Asked by Men’s Health why he didn’t make clear on the time that he doesn’t attend Hillsong, Pratt answered, “I’m gonna, like, throw a church below the bus?”
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