- Towards the end of 2020, popstar Justin Bieber, who was once tied to Hillsong, distanced himself from churches
- This came after Bieber's mentor and Hillsong pastor Carl Lentz was linked to multiple adulterous scandals
- Barely a month later, two pastors parted ways with the church and deleted all photos linked to the place of worship
For a while now, Hillsong church has been a source of consternation after many believers expressed their mistrust in its leadership and members.
Popstar Justin Bieber, who was a big fan of Hillsong pastor Carl Lentz, has distanced himself from mega-churches and instead chosen to “live like Jesus.”
Bieber announced through Instagram that he was no longer going to be part of judgemental religious institutions that did not embrace inclusivity.
Barely a month after his shocking move, two other preachers associated with the Hillsong name cut ties with it.
Desiree Noel Robertson and Blaze Robertson, former preachers at the church, announced they planned to join a different church in the United States.
The pair set their eyes on Greenwich’s Harvest Time Church.
Just as 2021 was kicking off, Harvest Time’s management asked its congregants to show up in numbers to meet the pair in January.
It was stated that the house of worship was considering the possibility of making the former Hillsong employees its executive pastors.
Scrolling through the duo’s social media accounts, it was evident they had deleted all content that either mentioned or placed them at Hillsong.
In happier news, Briefly.co.za reported on a waitress from the US laughing her way to the bank after a kind customer left her a tip of R30 000 and a sweet message to boot. Kelly Amar who works for Miami Squeeze went about her usual business then served a customer whose bill was around R1 062.
The lady told CNN that the customer regularly visits their juice bar and comes in at least twice every week. So, the Good Samaritan took her drink then asked for the bill… as per her norm.
Then she paid the bill and added a significant amount on top - R30 000. Kelly thought she maybe mistakenly read the tip incorrectly.
As soon as it hit her that her eyes had not deceived her, the waitress walked up to the customer and asked if she accidentally overtipped her, not believing that the huge amount could be genuine.
“We went back to her and asked, ‘Are you sure?’ and she said, ‘Yes, of course, I’m so grateful for you guys and I want to give back',” the waitress said.
The customer wanted her year to start in gratitude and the best way she could think of was to honour the people who always serve her.
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