Joel Houston, worship pastor at Hillsong Church in New York City and lead singer of Hillsong United, has taken to Twitter to voice his opinion on evolution, calling it “undeniable.”
“Evolution is undeniable,” Houston tweeted. “Created by God as a reflective means of displaying nature’s pattern of renewal in pursuance of God’s Word—an ode to the nature of the creative God it reflects—and only ever in part—not the SOURCE! Science and faith aren’t at odds. God created the Big-Bang.”
Evolution remains a bit contentious among American Christians. As recently as 2014, Houston’s fellow worship songwriter Michael Gungor found himself on liturgical blast for voicing his own beliefs in evolution.
But the times are evolving. A Gallup poll from last year found that just 38 percent of Americans believe in a strict, six-day creationism, a 35-year low. An equal number agreed with Houston’s views: that evolution is real, but it was a God-guided process. About 19 percent don’t believe God was involved in the creation of mankind at all.
Joel has been replying to comments on Twitter, clarifying his original tweet: