A senior leader of Transformation Church, the new congregation and employer of former Hillsong pastor Carl Lentz, has addressed the church's decision to hire him with the congregation during Sunday's services.
"I just want to make a statement, point something out. It made national news last week that somebody got a job," the church's oversight pastor Tim Ross said.
"And I'm happy when anybody gets a job. I want people employed. But because of who this individual is and has been to the body of Christ, it made a little bit more news."
Last week, it was revealed Lentz had joined the church's staff team to help as a 'strategist' as they continue to pursue their "vast vision".
The news caused a stir on social media as it is understood to be Lentz's first job since he was fired from leading Hillsong NY for having an extramarital affair.
Pastor Ross continued: "Transformation Church issued a statement that I am not going to repeat. It speaks for itself. But I do want to read a Scripture that I hope just brings some context to what we are doing as a church for Carl, Laura, and their family."
"It's very, very important for us to know as a church—and for the larger body of Christ, because I'm sure there's some people that are just curious—the Lentz family is not hiding here," Ross said. "They're covered here."
He then read from Galatians 6:1-3, which talks about the importance of restoring someone who has been caught in sin and warns that those who do so must be careful not to be tempted themselves.
"I'm going to let the Scripture speak for itself," Ross concluded.