Chris Pratt says he never went to controversial church, reveals where he worships – Deadline

“I’ve never been to Hillsong,” Chris Pratt He says about the controversial church in Men’s Health newspaper story cover Posted today. “I’ve never actually been to Hillsong. I don’t know anyone from that church.”

These are among Jurassic World: Dominion The star’s most identifiable comments since he became a kind of icon of Christianity in Hollywood.

Pratt traces the people who connect him with the city’s young evangelical movement to an acceptance speech at the 2018 MTV Movie & TV Awards where he said, “God is real. God loves you and God wants the best for you. Believe this; I do.”

Perhaps the use of “you” and the command “believe it; I do” have been somewhat evangelical for some. Pratt is equally recognized for men’s health.

“Maybe it was arrogant to stand on stage and say the things I said. I’m not sure I touched anyone.”

In 2019, after Pratt continued Late Show And he spoke with Stephen Colbert about his faith, Elliot page He tweeted, “Oh.k.m. but his church is badly anti-gay, so maybe address that too?”

The Umbrella Academy The actor then added, “If you are a famous actor and belong to an organization that hates a certain group of people, don’t be surprised if someone wonders why you shouldn’t address it. Being anti-gay is wrong, there are no two sides. The damage it causes is severe. Point. Sending love to everyone” .

While it is unclear whether Paige is referring to the scandal that has plagued him Heilong Church, to which many prominent young Christians in Hollywood once belonged, the Twittersphere certainly took it that way. Kan Hilsung He is alleged to have practiced Gay conversion therapy, which attempts to “pray gays away.” The method is “not based on medical or scientific evidence,” to me The American Medical Association opposes its use.

Pratt responded on Instagram at the time, “It was recently suggested that I belong to a ‘people-hate’ church that is ‘anti-LGBT’. Nothing could be further from the truth. I go to a church that completely opens its doors to everyone.” Guardians of the Galaxy The actor didn’t mention Hillsong’s name, and there’s a good reason for that: He doesn’t attend services there.

for him guardians Director James Gunn came to Pratt’s defense at that time and pointed out To Twitter critics, Pratt has never been confirmed as a member of the allegedly anti-LGBT church.

“He’s not. I know the church he’s currently going to. Are you? (The answer is you don’t, but you heard from someone who heard from someone about where he was going to church, so he decided, ‘Yeah, well, I’m going to believe that horrible thing I heard’ online about this celebrity!”)

Pratt, in fact, tells Men’s Health that he’s attending Zoe Church In Los Angeles, which counts former Hillsong follower Justin Bieber among her fans. Zoe Church founder Chad Fitch told the New York Times that he modeled his religious community, in part, on Hillsong’s example.

Pratt also says that while he attends services at Fitch Church, he doesn’t do so exclusively. For example, the actor says that he and his wife Katherine Schwarzenegger baptized one of their children in the Catholic Church in Santa Monica where she worshiped as a child.

Moreover, the star assures that he is not actually a religious person.

“Religion has been as oppressive as f*ck for a long time,” Pratt tells Men’s Health. “I didn’t know I’d become the face of religion somewhat when I wasn’t a really religious person. I think there’s a difference between being religious — sticking to human-created habits, often capturing the dread reserved for who I think is a very real God — and using it to control people, taking money from people, abusing children, stealing land to justify hatred. Whatever it is. The evil in every man’s heart has saddled the back of debt and taken with him the ride.”

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