I approach this topic with sadness. The Hillsong organization has had a huge influence on the body of Christ through music and church growth. There is much to be appreciated with regards to this Australian-originated religious movement. Their approach to the gospel isn’t my preference, but I heed the words of Philippians 1:18: “The important thing is that in every way, whether from false motives or true, Christ is preached. And because of this I rejoice” (NIV).
The moral failure of Carl Lentz, Hillsong’s most prominent U. S. pastor, has been widely reported. Lentz, leader of the New York City Hillsong Church, was best known as a sycophant to the stars, namely Justin Bieber (whom he baptized). I attended Lentz’s services at the PlayStation Theater in Times Square. There were many warning signs, including his unqualified support for the Marxist Black Lives Matter movement. Frankly, I wasn’t surprised that Lentz became sexually involved with a 34-year-old jewelry designer, Ranin Karim, a Palestinian Muslim of Egyptian descent.
According to the latest reports Lentz is staying with his wife and three children and receiving therapy. But he isn’t likely to get deliverance. Hillsong is opposed to deliverance and doesn’t believe that Christians can have demons. Lentz may be a victim of what I call the Cleopatra Curse. (Remember, Lentz’s mistress is Egyptian.) This curse is rooted in the historical Cleopatra, the last Ptolemaic Queen of Egypt. Forget about the Richard Burton/Elizabeth Taylor fictional film. The real Cleopatra was a seductress, carrying on affairs with both Caesar and Mark Antony. Her adulteries nearly brought down the Roman empire. In the end she committed suicide, legend says with an asp bite.
From my experiences as an exorcist, I can tell you that Cleopatra was possessed by the Jezebel spirit of the Egyptian goddess Isis. I’ve encountered this Isis/Jezebel/Cleopatra curse many times. The sad saga of Carl Lentz has all the earmarks of this evil. If so, only an exorcism will rid him of this influence on his family. Pray for Lentz that through deliverance the curse of Cleopatra will be lifted, and he can find peace with God for his tormented soul. I encourage Hillsong to reconsider their opposition to deliverance. If not demons, how else can the sad saga of Carl Lentz be explained?