(ChurchLeaders) Justin Bieber, who has distanced himself from Hillsong Church and its now-disgraced pastor Carl Lentz, opened up recently about celebrity pastors and his Christian faith. The 27-year-old pop star, who released a faith-based EP titled “Freedom” on Easter, didn’t mention Lentz by name but was candid about faith-related issues in an interview with GQ magazine.
Justin Bieber: Pastors Put Themselves on This Pedestal
While discussing the trappings of fame and celebrity culture, Bieber says, “I think so many pastors put themselves on this pedestal, and…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.’” He adds, “That’s not the reality, though. The reality is, every human being has the same access to God.”