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'Shameful and Demonic': Hillsong NYC Pastor Speaks Out Against New NY Abortion Law

01-29-2019
Pastor Stephen Carl Lentz is the senior pastor of the Hillsong Church NYC.
Pastor Stephen Carl Lentz is the senior pastor of the Hillsong Church NYC.

Pastor Carl Lentz of Hillsong NYC has shared his feelings about the abortion law that was passed by the New York state legislature last week.

Lentz shared an old photo to Instagram of him and his three children, Ava, Roman, and Charlie, writing, "I found this old photo recently, and I remember it taking me years to process that these LITTLE PEOPLE, had come into our world!"

"A miracle, without a doubt," he added.

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Found this old photo recently, and I remember it taking me years to process that these LITTLE PEOPLE, had come into our world! A miracle, without a doubt. And I’m saddened and angry that we are now a state that has made it legal to have an abortion even into the last day of a pregnancy. I spent hours talking to lawyers and people who hold opposing views on this issue. Although it is layered and there is language in it that some are claiming will protect mothers in peril, the only way I can describe where we are and where this is all headed..is evil, shameful and demonic. I dont use those words lightly, but they are applicable here. Some have said this is strictly a “women’s rights issue.” i dont disagree. We simply believe that WOMEN IN THE WOMB deserve the right to life, deserve the right to breath. Laws like this say unless you have a voice, if somebody deems you “viable/non viable” you have no protection. Psalm 139, tells us otherwise. I have hope still, that God will help us raise our collective voices, to see this change. This cannot stand. ...I know @hillsongnyc and many many other churches and organizations have been working hard for years to create options and help for those dealing with a pregnancy that is overwhelming for many reasons. And we will continue to do so. I’m also aware that often “pro-life politics”(while also supporting the death penalty, of course) have been quick to condemn abortion and the people that have them and then be invisible and hypocritical when it comes to helping women in need, in poverty, those who cannot gain access to proper medical care and creating policies that can help those that dont choose abortion. Those are facts. But this law, isn’t about politics. This is about generations of babies that have no defense. Despite this dark day, our future is STILL bright because we know where our help comes from. #occupyallstreets

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The Hillsong pastor went on to explain his reason to post the photo. 

"And I'm saddened and angry that we are now a state that has made it legal to have an abortion even into the last day of a pregnancy," he wrote.  "I spent hours talking to lawyers and people who hold opposing views on this issue. Although it is layered and there is language in it that some are claiming will protect mothers in peril, the only way I can describe where we are and where this is all headed..is evil, shameful and demonic. I don't use those words lightly, but they are applicable here."

Lentz also spoke directly to women's rights advocates. 

"Some have said this is strictly a 'women's rights issue.' I don't disagree. We simply believe that WOMEN IN THE WOMB deserve the right to life, deserve the right to breath, the pastor explained. "Laws like this say unless you have a voice, if somebody deems you "viable/non-viable" you have no protection. Psalm 139, tells us otherwise."

Lentz also said he hopes change will happen. 

"I have hope still, that God will help us raise our collective voices, to see this change. This cannot stand. ...I know @hillsongnyc and many many other churches and organizations have been working hard for years to create options and help for those dealing with a pregnancy that is overwhelming for many reasons. And we will continue to do so," he added. 

Lentz reminded his followers that this fight isn't about politics. It's about saving generations of children who have no one to defend them. 

"I'm also aware that often "pro-life politics"(while also supporting the death penalty, of course) have been quick to condemn abortion and the people that have them and then be invisible and hypocritical when it comes to helping women in need, in poverty, those who cannot gain access to proper medical care and creating policies that can help those that don't choose abortion," he continued. "Those are facts. But this law isn't about politics. This is about generations of babies that have no defense. Despite this dark day, our future is STILL bright because we know where our help comes from. #occupyallstreets"

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