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Report: Justin Bieber Turned a Concert into a Church Service

BY RELEVANT CULTURE November 24, 2015

Justin Bieber is continuing his image transformation from a troubled young celebrity to a reformed, gracious pop star. The LA Times ran a review of a recent concert in support of his new album Purpose, with a headline that read “How Justin Bieber turned Staples Center into a megachurch.” In the review, the paper wrote,

Between the skateboarding and the singing, though, Bieber sat on a stool next to Judah Smith, the man described as his pastor, and more or less preached. He talked about the importance of maintaining a positive spirit and surrounding himself with encouraging people. (“Amazing,” Smith said.) He credited his connection with God for helping him to get back on his feet after a string of widely publicized tabloid troubles.

Bieber’s gone on record several times recently openly discussing his Christian faith, name- checking Bethel Worship and even inviting a profile writer for Billboard magazine along to a church service. In a cover story for Complex, Bieber explained, I just wanna honestly live like Jesus. Not be Jesus—I could never—I don’t want that to come across weird. He created a pretty awesome template of how to love people and how to be gracious and kind. If you believe it, He died for our sins. Sometimes when I don’t feel like doing something, but I know it’s right, I remember, I’m pretty sure Jesus didn’t feel like going to the cross and dying so that we don’t have to feel what we should have to feel … We have the greatest healer of all, and His name is Jesus Christ. And He really heals. This is it. It’s time that we all share our voice. Whatever you believe. Share it. I’m at a point where I’m not going to hold this in.”

One thought on “Report: Justin Bieber Turned a Concert into a Church Service

  1. I think it is great that Justin Bieber is acknowledging the Lord and spreading the gospel the best way that he knows. I pray that he will continue to grow in his faith (like all of us), be filled and led by the Holy Spirit because I believe God can use him in an effective way. The scripture verse I thought about after I read this blog is “… if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land” (2 Chronicles 7:14).

    The key action words that I gather from this verse are “If (free will)”; “humble (reverential fear of the Lord & genuine heart)”; “pray (relationship & communication with the Lord)”; “seek (worship); “turn (repent, transform, self-control). Then, God will hear, forgive, and heal. This is a verse that we all have to work out in our lives including Justin Bieber.

    I don’t know Justin Bieber to judge or analyze his life because I believe the people God has placed in his life are there to hold him accountable and help him live by the God’s word. However, I believe our job is to pray and hope for the best for him because at the end of the day I believe most of us would want someone to do the same for us.

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