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The lead pastor of Hillsong Church NYC, an influential evangelical congregation known for its celebrity appeal, has come out with a resounding statement in support of black lives.

Pastor Carl Lentz, who counts pop stars like Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, and Vanessa Hudgens among his flock, affirmed on Facebook that Hillsong NYC would not be using the phrase “all lives matter” ― which has become a popular rallying cry for those who want to divert attention away from systemic racism.

Lentz made it clear that this kind of attitude would not fly in his church.

At THIS church, we are not saying ‘all lives matter’ right now because this is a logical assumption that most reasonable people agree with. All lives are not at risk right now,” Lentz is quoted as saying on Hillsong NYC’s Facebook page. “We ARE saying BLACK LIVES MATTER. Because, right now, black lives apparently are worth LESS on our streets. It’s ‘our fight’ not ‘their fight.’”

In an Instagram post last week, Lentz explained that he had met with leaders at Hillsong NYC to talk about diversity and what it feels like to be black in America right now.

“We talked about things that were very frustrating/sad/uncomfortable and vulnerable,” Lentz said in the post. “I would encourage anybody who cares about people, to somehow find a way to hear voices of those that don’t share your journey. It will impact you.”

Source: Huffington Post-Carol Kuruvilla/Joy105.com

CHECK OUT HILLSONG NYC PASTOR’S REASON WHY “BLACK LIVES MATTER”  was originally published on praisecleveland.com

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