Don’t Be Confused: Zoe Church, Which Is Modeled After the New-Style Evangelical Church, Hillsong

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When actor Chris Pratt went on The Late Showa couple weeks ago, he casually name-dropped “the Daniel Fast,” a 21-day diet based on the Bible, which he said he learned about through his pastor at Zoe Church. This comment about his church and the rest of the conversation about his faith got Ellen Page’s attention.”Oh. K. Um. But his church is infamously anti LGBTQ so maybe address that too?” Page wrote on Twitter, referring to Hillsong, another celebrity-friendly megachurch, which Pratt used to attend. Two days later, she tweeted: “If you are a famous actor and you belong to an organization that hates a certain group of people, don’t be surprised if someone simply wonders why it’s not addressed. Being anti-LGBTQ is wrong, there aren’t two sides. The damage it causes is severe.”

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 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 Herald it 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 neighbor because – surprise, surprise – not all my neighbors think like me.”

This news has lots of people wondering: What’s the deal with Zoe Church and why is it so controversial? Here’s what you need to know about Zoe Church, the Hillsong-adjacent, Hollywood hipster church that Pratt and others flock to — plus, what we can glean about the church’s political stance.

In 2014, a charismatic pastor named Chad Veach moved from Seattle to Los Angeles, and a year later founded Zoe Church, modeled after the megachurch Hillsong, where he used to preach. Veach’s family was very involved in ministry growing up: his father ran a church, and his siblings went on to become pastors, too. He’s written a few books, one of which is about raising his daughter who has a rare brain condition. Veach is also tight with Justin Bieber; the pair met through a mutual megachurch friend, and Veach even went on tour with Bieber briefly.

Page called out Pratt for supporting Zoe, it brought several concerns about the church’s stance on LGBTQ issues to the forefront. In the past, Veach has been cagey about Zoe Church’s political views, telling the New York Times that he’s “a Bible guy,” when asked about abortion rights. “Maybe, just what we grew up in, it’s, like, you don’t bring politics into the church. We’re here to preach the good news. We’re here to bring hope to humanity. We’re here to talk about God. This is not the place for a political agenda,” he said. When it comes to “lifestyle stuff,” Veach told The Christian Post in a 2014 interview that he lets Jesus deal with it. (You might recall that Hillsong’s leader, Brian Houston, infamously said: “We do not affirm a gay lifestyle.”) However, in 2017, Veach served as the executive producer for a film about people who “have struggled with ‘sexual brokenness,'” which included “same-sex attraction.”

What do Hillsong NYC, Vous Church, Churchome and Zoe Church have in common besides Justin Bieber’s sporadic presence at their services? All four churches hail from the same theological tradition, have lead pastors around the same age, and have a dizzying social media presence.

“Instagram built our church,” says Chad Veach of Zoe Church in Los Angeles, California. ?

All hailing from the Pentecostal tradition, a denomination which sticks to pretty conservative views when it comes to hot-button social issues such as homosexuality and abortion, these churches have managed to walk a very curious road of appealing to the broader culture. Their pastors have also managed to avoid directly answering questions about their positions on tricky topics. Their aim is to reach “those far from God,” including celebrities and their fans. Source

While there are differences between the four churches, they are most similar in their message to the people they’re trying to reach: We won’t ask you questions about your lifestyle. Just come to church. Judging by their social media pages, the key to appealing to culture is to make the church look fun and hipster.

Trendy churches have taken the place in Los Angeles that was once occupied by exclusive bars and nightclubs. Where you had Paris Hilton falling out of Les Deux in the Noughties, this decade has seen the likes of Kourtney Kardashian, Justin Bieber, and Chris Pratt papped leaving a Sunday morning worship at the likes Hillsong or Zoe.

These churches might look hip and progressive because of their Instagram accounts, tattoo pastors and ripped jeans, leather jacket-wearing followers – but there are worrying narratives under the surface.

StevieRay Hansen
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“It is better to be divided by truth than to be united in error. It is better to speak the truth that hurts and then heals, than falsehood that comforts and then kills. Let me tell you something, friend, it is not loved and it is not friendship if we fail to declare the whole counsel of God. It is better to be hated for telling the truth than to be loved for telling a lie. It is impossible to find anyone in the Bible who was a power for God who did not have enemies and was not hated. It’s better to stand alone with the truth, then to be wrong with a multitude. It is better to ultimately succeed with the truth than to temporarily succeed with a lie. There is only one Gospel and Paul said, ‘If any man preaches any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.”

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