Chris Pratt Tells Ellen Page His Church is Not ‘Anti-Gay’


“Guardians of the Galaxy” star Chris Pratt pushed back against fellow actor Ellen Page’s assertion his church is anti-LGBT. 

 "It has recently been suggested that I belong to a church which 'hates a certain group of people' and is 'infamously anti --LGBTQ,’” Pratt responded ina post on Instagram. "Nothing could be further from the truth. I go to a church that opens their doors to absolutely everyone."

Not so according to Page.

The controversy started when Pratt appeared on “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” where he was promoting his upcoming movie “The Lego Movie 2.” Colbert started by bantering back and forth with the actor about Pratt’s pet sheep, going to the gym, and then Pratt’s new fast, inspired by his pastor at church.

Pratt attends Los Angeles’ Zoe Church, which is modeled after the new-style evangelical church: Hillsong. According to media outlets Zoe’s stance on the LGBT community is unclear. However the pastor of Zoe Chad Veach did make a film about “sexual brokenness.” 

According to the Gospel Heraldit includes individuals sharing “their own experience with sexual brokenness, from porn addiction to same-sex attraction and infidelity, and overcoming the shame and condemnation that follows.”  

Hillsong though has been accused of being anti-LGBT. That church is a place of worship to many celebrities such as Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, and Nick Jonas.

There have been several articles written about Hillsong’s anti-LGBT views including its support of conversion therapy.

 Its senior pastor, Brian Houston, has written that he loves all people: “I love and accept people on a personal level and if I lived next to a gay couple I would treat them with the same embrace I would any other neighbour because - surprise, surprise - not all my neighbours think like me.”

Houston went on to say “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.”

As for gay marriage, Houston wrote: “I also live by my own convictions, and hold to traditional Christian thought on gay lifestyles and gay marriage. I do believe God's word is clear that marriage is between a man and a woman.”

Despite the above anti-LGBT views, Pratt claims Hillsong does welcome most everybody. 

“So if you are gay, are you welcome at Hillsong Church? Of course!” he said. “You are welcome to attend, worship with us, and participate as a congregation member with the assurance that you are personally included and accepted within our community.”

Just don’t try to take an active leadership role if you identify as LGBT. 

“This won’t make everyone happy and to some, this stance may even be seen as hypocritical. We are a gay welcoming church but we are not a church that affirms a gay lifestyle.”

Pratt expressed that his church “believes in love.”