“I will not forget who abandoned us” she writes in her first post since the scandal broke in 2020. For the first time Laura Lentz, wife of ousted Hillsong pastor Carl Lentz, spoke out on their wedding anniversary since he admitted last year cheating on her.
In 2020 Lentz, who was the New York pastor of the megachurch, was concluded from his position for “moral failures” and “breaches of trust”. Having said that on his Instagram page at the time, the disgraced pastor confessed to cheating on his wife and confirmed that’s why he was let go.
In her post, ” over the past few months, Laura wrote about going through her “darkest valley and, although she didn’t directly address her husband’s betrayal, in the meantime she did call out those who weren’t there for both of them in their time of need.
She captioned a photo of palm trees in the sun, “I have looked at these palm trees every day for the past few months & there are many symbolic meanings to these amazing trees,”. “A few that have resonated with me during this season of my life: they are strong, can weather the biggest storms, they always grow upwards. freedom, righteousness, reward, resurrection just to name a few.”
“I have taken time away from social media because it was not good for my soul, I have blocked & deleted more people & comments than I can count,” she continued by saying that. “Trolls are cowards, SOME ‘Christians’ are anything but kind, gracious, or loving but that won’t stop me from growing upwards & getting stronger.”
Lentz told that from past few months, she has learned so many valued things like “kindness of God” and grasped who her “true” friends are. “The ones who have been with me on the mountaintops are the same ones who are with me during my darkest valley,” she wrote, adding that they will “not forget who abandoned us.”
“I choose to keep my heart free of bitterness & remain thankful for those that have stayed & loved us. I don’t want to judge others nor do I want to be judged,” she settled. “I want to be known as a woman who sees the good in people & truly loves people unconditionally.” She also added the hashtags, #YouCanOnlyChangeYou #LoveWins, and #GrowUpwards.
In the comments section, Lentz received support from Adrienne Bailon and Bobbie Houston, wife of Hillsong founder Brian Houston. “Laura. It’s been an arduous, taxing, and sad season,” wrote Houston. “Time is a faithful friend when we allow it to heal. Glad you are feeling stronger. Praying better days are ahead for everyone.”
After his confession, a woman named Ranin Karim seemed on “Good Morning America” and appealed to be the other woman. On the other hand, according to Karim, the two met at a park in New York City and continued to see each other there before he eventually took down her number.
In October, their affair was discovered by his wife. Karim told GMA she tried to break off her relationship with Lentz numerous times, but he kept coming back for more. She supposedly faced him about being married. “Woman to woman, I don’t think she deserved to be hurt the way that she did,” she said. “I never meant to hurt her.”