Megachurch pastor Carl Lentz didn’t want to condemn the abortion as a sin last week during an interview with ABC’s “The View.”
Lentz gave a dishonest response when asked about his opinion on abortion and protecting the right of the fetus.
“So, it’s not a sin in your church to have an abortion?” Joy Behar asked him.
“That’s the kind of conversation we would have finding out your story, where you’re from, what you believe,” Lentz responded. “I mean, God’s the judge. People have to live to their own convictions.”
“That’s such a broad question, to me, I’m going higher,” Lentz continued. “I want to sit with somebody and say, ‘What do you believe?’”
“So it’s not an open and shut case to you?” Behar asked.
“Some people would say it is,” Lentz said. “To me, I’m trying to teach people who Jesus is first, and find out their story. Before I start picking and choosing what I think is sin in your life, I’d like to know your name.”
Here is his response:
Lentz view on abortion infuriated the conservatives. As James Silberman said the Christian values are very clear about taking the life of the unborn child.
“This position might be received as a moderate stance on the issue or a lack of stance altogether. But in this case, to be on the fence is to be on the side of child sacrifice,” he wrote. “‘Live to your own convictions’ is practically the slogan of the abortion lobby. Lentz might as well have said ‘My body, my choice,’ or ‘Keep your rosaries off my ovaries.’”
Silberman said Lentz’s stance was missing a clear moral condemnation, an issue, he says, that is appearing in the Evangelical churches.
One study reveals that many priests are tentative to talk about abortion.
“A 2016 Pew Research Center poll found that just 29 percent of respondents heard their clergy member speak about abortion during a religious service,” the report reads. “Most who did said their clergy spoke out against abortion (22 percent), while a few (3 percent) said their clergy spoke in support of abortion.”
Behar asked Lentz if he ever endorsed some political nominees.
“I don’t want to get in trouble,” Lentz responded, adding that nowadays it’s almost impossible to separate the politics of the everyday life.
Anyhow, Lentz’s past comments do reveal his political views.
He attacked President Trump via Twitter after the Charlottesville incident: “It seems surreal, but we have a president that says it’s ‘sad’ when we remove CONFEDERATE IMAGERY. Let that sink in.”
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