Screen Shot 2015-08-04 at 9.09.57 AMBrian Houston released the following statement after this morning’s show:

I love and care about people – from all walks of life; people with various beliefs, ethics, perspectives and lifestyles. I care that humanity and some within the Christian church can be so quick to alienate and ostracise others who are different than them; those who live differently, think differently, speak differently.

I also live by my own convictions, and hold to traditional Christian thought on gay lifestyles and gay marriage. I do believe God’s word is clear that marriage is between a man and a woman. The writings of the apostle Paul in scripture on the subject of homosexuality are also clear, as I have mentioned in previous public statements.

Hillsong Church welcomes ALL people but does not affirm all lifestyles. Put clearly, we do not affirm a gay lifestyle and because of this we do not knowingly have actively gay people in positions of leadership, either paid or unpaid. I recognise this one statement alone is upsetting to people on both sides of this discussion, which points to the complexity of the issue for churches all over the world.

Read the full statement.

NOTE: This after eight months of silence from the initial report that a homosexual couple announced their engagement. (Read: NYC church’s choir director has announced his homosexual marriage) Today, less than 24 hours after we published our story calling leaders to be clear and accountable to the Word, finally, Hillsong issues a press release.