Justin Bieber Calls Out Celebrity Churches & Pastors Who 'Put Themselves on this Pedestal'

by Brendan Walker

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Wednesday April 14, 2021
Originally published on April 13, 2021

Justin Bieber
Justin Bieber  (Source:Instagram / @justinbieber)

In an interview with GQ this week, Justin Bieber bashed religious organizers and pastors who, in his words, "put themselves on this pedestal."

The individual Bieber was likely speaking about, though didn't mention directly, is Hillsong Church's disgraced lead pastor Carl Lentz, who was removed from his position at the megachurch after admitting to cheating on his wife.

Speaking to GQ's Zach Baron, Bieber detailed his frustrations with these sorts of institutions, specifically with how these pastors use their relationships with God as a marketing tool.

"Basically, church can be surrounded around the man, the pastor, the guy, and it's like, 'This guy has this ultimate relationship with God that we all want but we can't get because we're not this guy,' " Bieber says. "That's not the reality, though. The reality is, every human being has the same access to God."

Bieber, who at one point had a publicly strong relationship with Lentz, severed ties with Hillsong last summer due to the "moral failings" of the media-dubbed "hype-priest."

The 27 year old popstar also spoke about finding a religious leader who wasn't particularly interested in his status, in the form of Churchome's Judah Smith.

"He always put our relationship first," Bieber said, in addition to expressing admiration and longing for the simple family life the 42-year-old pastor carries.

"It was something I always dreamed of because my family was broken," Bieber told Baron. "My whole life, I had a broken family. And so I was just attracted to a family that eats dinners together, laughs together, talks together."

Hillsong is currently facing further controversy, as the church shut down its Dallas chapter over a gross misuse of parishioner donations and funds.