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Hillsong's Carl Lentz' advice on when you don't want to go to church

Sun 20 Jan 2019
By Cara Bentley

Pastor of Hillsong church in New York explains his thoughts when his nine year-old son said he didn't feel like going to church. 

The 40 year-old wrote on Instagram about how his son, Roman, expressed his honesty about church attendance: "my son recently told me 'dad, I don't feel like going to church. We are there ALL THE TIME.' It was very cute and sincere and I was able to tell him what apparently many of us adults still need to hear: feelings are great. They are important. But they are not the dominant factor in how we live our lives!"

The preacher went on to explain why he thinks feelings are a bad factor to base decisions on. 

"If our feelings match our convictions? Fantastic. I’ve just found that it’s often that is the exception, not the norm. In fact, most of the incredible things God calls us to do? Do not come with an accompanying 'good vibe'. Loving your enemy, does not always feel good. Sacrificial giving, does not always feel good. Forgiving people who hurt you, almost NEVER 'feels right'. Going to church, doesn't always feel good! But these things are still RIGHT.

"When that day comes, when your feelings rage against your conviction, remember how blessed we are to control our feelings, rather than being controlled by them. It’s worth it every time! Roman randomly asked me unprompted to 'say hi to the church' this past Sunday. So he did. He said 'dad i didn't really feel like it, but I’m glad I did, I think I helped people.' He was right! 'In my convictions' is where I want to stay...and I pray the same for my son! #occupyallstreets #romanthelion#longcaptioncaptain"

The preacher often wades into the public sphere, such as disagreeing on American TV with comments made by Jess Sessions about citizens submitting to authority in Romans 13 and also being well-known for Hillsong NYC being the church that Justin Bieber and Hayley Baldwin attended. 

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"In my feelings"... my son recently told me "dad, I dont feel like going to church. We are there ALL THE TIME." It was very cute and sincere and I was able to tell him what apparently many of us adults still need to hear: feelings are great. They are important. But they are not the dominant factor in how we live our lives! If our feelings match our convictions? Fantastic. I've just found that it's often that is the exception, not the norm. In fact, most of the incredible things God calls us to do? Do not come with an accompanying "good vibe." Loving your enemy, does not always feel good. Sacrificial giving, does not always feel good. Forgiving people who hurt you, almost NEVER "feels right." Going to church, doesnt always feel good! But these things are still RIGHT. When that day comes, when your feelings rage against your conviction, remember how blessed we are to control our feelings, rather than being controlled by them. It's worth it every time! Roman randomly asked me unprompted to "say hi to the church" this past Sunday. So he did. He said "dad i didnt really feel like it, but I'm glad I did, I think I helped people." He was right! "In my convictions" is where I want to stay...and i pray the same for my son! #occupyallstreets #romanthelion #longcaptioncaptain

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