Carl Lentz's affair scandal gets ugly as church founder's daughter-in-law slams Bieber's cheating pastor as 'despicable'

HILLSONG megachurch leader Brian Houston’s daughter-in-law slammed Justin Bieber’s cheating pastor, Carl Lentz, as “despicable” following his infidelity bombshell. 

Esther Houston – wife of Christian superstar Joel Houston – came forward to “fully denounce” anybody supporting the former church leader.




Soon after the fired Hillsong preacher shared the shocking news that he was terminated due to cheating on his longtime wife, Laura, many of Carl’s followers expressed their disappointment. 

However, comments continued to flood in that praised the father-of-three for being “brave” enough to “speak his truth.” 

“It’s so refreshing to see a man take accountability for his actions. You’re a hero to us, Carl, and we forgive your sins and wish you well moving forward,” one message said. 

After seeing the admiration, the daughter-in-law of Hillsong’s founder, Esther, slammed Carl for his “despicable” behavior. 



“Amazing to see all the support being poured out of this despicable ongoing behavior. 

“Listen. I’m not gonna play this game. I fully denounce this and will make no excuses for it. 

“You’ve been dealt a good hand, and you played it wrong,” she wrote on Carl’s Instagram post confessing his infidelity. 

Esther has been married to husband Joel – who is the son of the church’s founder and senior pastor, Brian, since 2012. 


Joel has been close with Carl for years as the Houston family has been lifelong pals of his wife Laura.

Hillsong announced last Wednesday the famous Christian figure was no longer a member of the church due to “moral failures” and “breach of trust.”

In a statement posted one day later, Justin Bieber’s close pal admitted he was unfaithful but assured fans he was “building back trust in his marriage.”

Yesterday, The Sun exclusively spoke to Ranin, a 34-year-old designer from New York City who opened up about dating the married church leader for over five months before their emotional breakup just days ago.


The stunning brunette said: “I wasn’t there for just sex, we both found comfort and a deep, special connection with each other. I am very hurt because we both feel the same way about each other. 

“He loves me and I love him. It was a love relationship that wasn’t planned. It wasn’t just a fling or just a sexual relationship.”

She explained that the pair met in May at Domino Park in Brooklyn, New York, when he approached her to flirt and make small talk. 

However, she claimed Carl lied about his true identity and told her he was an unmarried sports agent. 

The NYC designer claimed Carl, 42, refused to give his last name because he did not want to be “Googled” so she can “get to know him in person.”

Ranin said she did not learn of the church leader’s real persona until she paid a website to do a thorough background search. 

Though his secret was exposed, they allegedly continued seeing each other and the stunning Egyptian and Palestinian actress admitted they began having sex early on into the affair, and would hang out “a few times a week” for several months.

Their relationship took an explosive turn last week after she claimed Carl’s wife saw all of their messages – including "naughty photos" – which were connected to his work computer at the church office while several other co-workers were also present. 

After Ranin found out the affair was exposed, she said she spoke to Carl on the phone.

She claimed Justin Bieber's pastor came over the next night to “say goodbye in person" – where they were allegedly intimate once again before their final farewell.

Carl and his reps were not available for comment when contacted by The Sun. 

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