Hillsong was started by Brian Houston, his wife. Bobbie HoustonIt was founded in 1983. In past years, it has faced a number of scandals, including the termination of pastor Carl Lentz for what the church deemed as “moral failures” and Brian Houston’s controversial blog post stating that Hillsong “welcomes ALL people but does not affirm all lifestyles.”

In the wake of his 2020 firing from the church, Lentz said in a statement, “I was unfaithful in my marriage, the most important relationship in my life and held accountable for that. The entire responsibility for this failure lies with me and only me.

Pratt doesn’t believe he is a religious person, but he did tell me. Men’s HealthHe said he is not a religious person.

He explained, “I think there’s a distinction between being religious—adhering to the customs created by man, oftentimes appropriating the awe reserved for who I believe is a very real God—and using it to control people, to take money from people, to abuse children, to steal land, to justify hatred.”

Pratt stated that religion has been “oppressive as f–k” for many years. He added that “the evil in every man’s heart has taken refuge behind religion and gone along with it.”