Hillsong pastor Carl Lentz spoke with New York's WWPR-FM radio show, "The Breakfast Club," last week where he compared those speaking out against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, who has had close to 60 women accuse him of sexual misconduct, and those who have celebrated late Playboy mogul Hugh Hefner.
What did Lentz say?
Lentz, who was on "The Breakfast Club" to discuss his new book, "Own the Moment," revealed his thoughts on "pornographer" Hefner and the way he has been treated posthumously.
"It’s interesting how on one hand we honor Hugh Hefner when he passes away — the dude was a pornographer — but yet Harvey Weinstein is this demon in culture right now," Lentz mused.
"And I said we gotta pick our poison here," he added.
"The Breakfast Club" co-host Charlamagne Tha God interrupted Lentz and said that it wasn't fair to compare what Hefner made a living doing to what Weinstein had allegedly done behind closed doors.
"I can't let you do that, Pastor Carl," Charlamagne said.
Lentz told Charlamagne and co-host Angela Yee that he wasn't attempting to compare the actions of the two men but correlate what each man represented.
"We’re mad on one hand about what Harvey Weinstein has done, but the culture that created it we also honor," Lentz explained. "How can one thing be acceptable and then we expect things like the Harvey Weinstein thing to happen for so long?"
Lentz went as far as to offer the embattled Weinstein "help" from within his church should he ever need it.
"He needs Jesus like I need Jesus," Lentz said. "Are the consequences of his sin heavier? Absolutely, but at the end of the day, that man needs help and if there’s any place he could ever come that would open up their doors, that would be ours. It doesn’t mean we absolve or endorse or advocate or excuse his behavior, it just means our answer is the same no matter what your problem is."