Brian Houston, pastor of Hillsong Church in Sydney, Australia, has issued a statement re-affirming his traditional position on same-sex marriage.
Houston’s reaction follows his appearance Thursday at a news conference in New York City that gave rise to media reports suggesting Houston had a “shift in tone on gay marriage.”
The mega-church pastor was in New York for a Hillsong conference at Madison Square Garden.
“I encourage people not to assume a media headline accurately represents what I said at a recent press conference. Nowhere in my answer did I diminish biblical truth or suggest that I or Hillsong Church supported gay marriage,” Houston said in a statement published by the Christian Post.
“I challenge people to read what I actually said rather than what was reported that I said,” he continued. “My personal view on the subject of homosexuality would line up with most traditionally held Christian views. I believe the writings of Paul are clear on this subject.”