The article below was written by me and published on this site on 10 August 2015.

Hillsong New York City worship leader Josh Canfield and his live-in boyfriend Reed Kelly spilt up last March.

Josh Canfield was worship leader at Hillsong London for a few years before he was asked by Hillsong NYC co head pastors Joel Houston, Hillsong Global head pastor Brian Houston’s son, and Carl Lentz, to help them pioneer Hillsong NYC six years ago.

Josh Canfield has been an open gay all this time.

 

Blog article 10 August 2015

Josh Canfield, Hillsong New York City’s gay worship leader has found himself, and his gay partner Reed, in the middle of an internal controversy at Hillsong about whether they can retain their gayness and still be part of Hillsong NYC, which they regard as their church.

Hillsong NYC. Open gays leading the choir

Josh Canfield (left) and Reed Kelly. Hillsong NYC. Open gays leading the choir. Now split up but Josh continues his involvement in the Hillsong New Yor City choir, and he says he’s looking for a new man in his life to fulfil his dream of gay Christian marriage.

 

Josh Canfield writes on 7 August 2015 on his Twitter site:

“To our friends…

We’re writing this post in response to so many of you who have kindly reached out. You’ve been wondering why we have been getting so many hateful comments on all of our social media in the past week, in which some of you have been tagged or engaged.

The drama that is unfolding at the moment all revolves around the fact that we have been heavily involved in our church, Hillsong NYC. Josh has been with Hillsong for eight years in a variety of ways: choir director, vocal director, and worship team. I’ve been there since the beginning of our relationship, over three years ago, and eventually began singing in the choir and opening my apartment as the gathering place for a connect group for Hillsong members in the Broadway and theatrical communities.

We have been open and forthright about our relationship from the get-go.

Due to our openness and very public appearance together on CBC’s “Survivor”, we have been in conversation with Hillsong NYC’s lead pastors regarding the church’s non-LGBT affirming stance. Hillsong has many campuses around the world, many in places where gay marriage is now legal, so this has been an ongoing dialogue trying to figure out how and where we, as part of the LGBT community, fit in. As a church family, we have been wading through these uncharted waters of shifting culture and social change.

Several days ago some faceless, end-of-days blogger decided to attack us and our church for allowing us to serve when we are “unrepentantly embracing [our] sin” as homosexuals. Sadly, yet unsurprisingly, most super-conservative news sources picked it up and ran with it — giving this man’s voice worldwide amplification it never should have had. Not to mention it worked up Christian communities around the world, as many look to our church as a model of modern Christianity to be emulated. (We’ve never been harassed in so many foreign languages before … and we live in NYC!)

This has now forced our church to globally reaffirm their hard stance as a non-LGBT-affirming institution and disallow any gays from being in a position of leadership within the church. It’s been frustrating and a bit crushing that one crazy person could interfere so easily with the healthy and steady dialogue we’ve been having, but in a new world of social media and instant exposure, we are left unsurprised. Thankfully we are led by pastors who are grace-filled and committed to continuing to try to discern God’s will on this matter.

All this being said, many of you ask: “why are you staying somewhere that doesn’t fully accept you?” This leaves us with a tough decision. If we, as gays, pack up and leave every church we feel less than welcomed in or where we feel spiritual resistance, how will there ever be growth? The flip side of this is: why would we, as part of the gay community who have been primarily outcast for all our lives, willingly subject ourselves to more marginalization? It’s been a lot to personally work though.

Many try to discredit biblical scholars and laymen alike who have shifted their stance from non-affirming to LGBT-affirming by saying “the only reason they have changed their mind is because they know a gay person”. This only confirms to us that personal relationships are transformative. This isn’t difficult to accept after one looks at this through the lens of personal relationship being a foundational tenet of the Christian faith.

After we inadvertently and unintentionally became public representatives for gay Christianity, we feel like we have been called and have a responsibility to continue to stand authentically in our truth — especially within the church family that we call home, Hillsong NYC — we are seeking the Lord, we are Christian, we are gay, and this is our journey.

We thank you for your concern, your prayers, and your support.

Big Smiles and 110% …
Reed and Josh

Source: Josh Canfield, To our friends…, TwitLonger, http://www.twitlonger.com/show/n_1sn7km8, Published 07/08/2015. (Accessed 09/08/2015.)

 

The following is my message to Josh Canfield and Reed:

The writer Donald Elley of Bellingen.

The writer Donald Elley of Bellingen.

Josh and Reed. I’m an Aussie Pentecostal Christian not aligned with Hillsong. Just giving you the heads up that your days at Hillsong NYC are probably over because Brian Houston believes in the Apostle Paul’s writings on gays which are very anti-gay and very against having practicing gays in the church.

Hillsong is the Houston and their hangers-on’s cash cow and this issue could sink them so at the moment you’re quite expendable.

Sorry to be a bearer of bad news.

Your only hope is Carl Lentz and Joel Houston, but at the end of the day I think they’ll defer to father and spiritual leader Brian.

I’ve known Brian for 34 years and at the end of the day the Houston’s will always look after their own, and look after the interests of themselves and their inner circle.

I’m afraid you’re quite expendable and I think you should look for a new church which is gay-accepting if you want to stay gay.

American gay church options:

Hillsong NYC. Gays are welcome if they're not gay.

Hillsong NYC. Gays are welcome if they’re not gay.

American Presbyterian hippie gay minister

American Presbyterian hippie gay minister

Presbyterian lesbian clergy

Presbyterian lesbian clergy

more Presbyterian gay ministers

more Presbyterian gay ministers

More Presbyterian lesbian ministers

More Presbyterian lesbian ministers

Josh and Reed, it looks like the American Presbyterian Church might be the best Christian church in which to express your gayness.

The other option is to study the Holy Word of God about what it says about gayness, ask God to help you overcome your gayness and find peace from the Holy Spirit by using your earthly body in the way the Creator Father God designed it.

You weren’t born gay. If God wanted us to be gay he would have made us all the same and equipped us with each with male and female genitalia to continue the propagation of the species.

I’d now like to interview my guest panel today including His Eminence Copus Copulator II of Hillsong Church, otherwise known as Pope Pete, the hippest Pope on the planet and formerly plain old Brian from Hutt Valley Boys High in fibro clad Lower Hutt New Zealand.

Donald Elley of Bellingen.

Donald Elley of Bellingen: “Welcome my special guests to my blog site. Would Josh Canfield and his gay partner Reed be welcome at your church?”

Bobby Houston:

Bobbie Houston: “Get over it. Of course Josh and Reed are welcome at Hillsong Church. Bring it on. We love gayness and gays”.

Neville Johnson. Likes blow jobs.

Pastor Neville Johnson. Perth. Western Australia. Self-confessed prophet (Likes blow jobs from church secretaries): “Josh and Reed would be welcome at any church of mine. Except I only have an Internet site but they’d be welcome there. Do Josh and Reed like blow jobs?”

Pope Francis

Pope Francis: “Josh and Reed. Jesus Christ himself loves you. We at the Catholic Church would welcome you. You wouldn’t be able to receive holy communion because you’re gay but you would be able to be a priest because many of my priests are gays or pedophiles”.

Pope Francis:

Pope Francis: “At least Josh and Reed won’t breed like rabbits like my Philipino flock”.

Doctor Phil

Doctor Phil Pringle. CEO of C3 Global Church- Speaking from the C3 HQ in Sydney. Doctor Phil Pringle speaketh: “This is a deep theological and biological question. After much prayer and fasting I believe God has given me the wisdom of Solomon. If either Josh or Reed had a sex change then one of them would be male and one of them would be female. So long as the removed genitalia was destroyed and could never be re-mounted, then I can’t see any barrier to them being married and living happily together as husband and wife”.

inbred and irrelevant?

Prince Charles. Inbred and Irrelevant?: “Josh and Reed, you might remember that I had a love triangle with Diana, Camilla and a Corgie. At least there’s only two of you”.

Ray Hadley, famous Sydney radio jock:

Ray Hadley, famous Sydney radio jock and rugby league commentator: “Josh and Reed, if you’re interfering with young boys you’re sick pedophiles and should rot in hell. If you’re only gay do you like Rugby League? I can give you free tickets for this Sunday”.

Remembering the brave in prayer who gave their lives for freedoms

Barrack Obama: “I believe in gay marriage and gay rights. As the President of the United States I don’t give a toss about Hillsong NYC. In fact I’ve never heard of them. Are they some kind of gay bashing right wing Klu Klux Clan outfit?” 

Darlene Zscech, famous Hillsong singer and worship leader. Now has her own church on the Central Coast north of Sydney:

Darlene Zscech, famous Hillsong singer and worship leader. Now has her own church on the Central Coast north of Sydney: “I’ve just come back from a personal audience with Pope Francis at the Vatican. I can say with the greatest authority on earth that all of mankind is currently being united in Jesus and all faiths, sexual persuasions and races on this wonderful earth will one day be united together in a huge rainbow of God’s love”.

Wendy Chapman:

Wendy Chapman of Sydney: “Josh and Reed look hot. Frank Houston the founder of Hillsong came all the way from New Zealand to Australia to preach Jesus. He was such a wonderful man and he turned out to be gay and he liked little boys too. God Bless him. What was the question again?”

Finally the great man, Pope Pete of Baulkham Hills. Welcome again to my blog site

“Finally the great man, Pope Pete of Baulkham Hills, Sydney, Australia. The Protector of the gays and all gayness. Welcome again to my blog site Saint Copulator II”. Pope Pete: “Haha..hahaha…holy haha…Donald Elley of Bellingen, you crack me up”. Donald Elley of Bellingen: “What’s so funny, share the joke”. Pope Pete: “You invite me onto this your blog-site, you invite all these wonderful guests without telling me and you call me all my glorious names. How do you know my most holy secret names?” Donald Elley of Bellingen: “Do you feel that Josh Canfield, your most holy worship leader and his gay partner Reed will be able to stay at Hillsong NYC and love and feel peace in their gayness?” Pope Pete: “If it was up to me I’d say yes, but I’m Brian’s alter-ego. Have you heard of Sigmund Freud’s personality paradigms of the ID, the EGO and the SUPER-EGO? Brian is the ID, short for idiot. Bobby his holy blessed wife, who I as the SUPER-EGO regard as a pain in the neck, is the EGO, and I am the SUPER-EGO. Is that clear?”