Hillsong Church says changes to marriage law won’t affect them

The Hillsong Church has declared its opposed to allowing same-sex couples the right to wed, but also acknowledges that if the law is changed it will have no affect on the church’s operations.

Brian Houston, the founder of the  Pentecostal Mega-Church has released a statement saying the the bible is clear in it’s definition of marriage.

“I believe God’s word is clear that marriage is between a man and a woman. The writings of the apostle Paul in Scripture on the subject of homosexuality are also clear, as I have mentioned in previous public statements.” Houston said.

Over 100,000 people reportedly worship at the Church or one of its affiliates around Australia. Houston said all Australian should get to have a say in the discussion, but raised concern about people from both sides of the argument being disrespectful.

“Throughout this entire debate, some on both sides of the argument have failed to understand and respect the views of others.

“Some of those advocating for change to the definition of marriage have confused faith convictions with bigotry however they must understand that Christian – and other religious – beliefs are extremely important to those who hold them and in fact are vital to a tolerant and free society.

“Sadly some also use Christianity to alienate and even condemn those who are gay and dismiss their desire to pursue happiness.” Houston said.

The religious leader said while he believed the changes on society would be wide-reaching if same-sex marriage was legalised, he did not have concerns about the church’s operations being affected.

“Hillsong Church already functions well and without impediment in other parts of the world where same sex marriage is legal, and as long as we are not forced through legislation to compromise our biblical convictions, we can quite comfortably continue to function whatever the outcome of this plebiscite.”

OIP Staff

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