Justin Bieber, megastar of pop, has become more and more open about his Christian faith. Indeed, on Wednesday night, he may have taken the bold step so far – leading a congregation into a cult.
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Bieber was seen singing praises to God in Churchome, Beverly Hills, in a network of congregations launched by Seattle's mega-church leader and personal pastor, Judah Smith. "I would never have succeeded without you," the singer yelled during the set. "Now I see you were there for me!"
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In a video obtained by TMZ, Smith could be seen praising Bieber for his gift of leading the cult.
"We first met while Justin was about eight years old in Toronto and he's always been a worshiper, and that's largely what he is," Smith explained. "I want to be part of a church where everyone has the right to use their gift to contribute to the community. Far from me the idea of obstructing someone who clearly has a gift to lead the worship. "
At that time, Justin himself began speaking to the congregation, insisting that his appearance on stage was not "a show".
"I want to support that too, I did not do that because I felt – I did not want to sound like it was – I do not know. Judah, you know what I mean. I just did not want people to think, for example, that it was a show, "said the singer humbly.
In an Instagram post containing pictures of the star's first appearance, Bieber wrote that God saw him going through a difficult season.
"Sang at church last night. God is pulling me through a difficult season. To trust Jesus in your worst moments is absolutely the most difficult. But he is faithful to complete what he started, "said the singer.
Although he did not specify what was happening in his life, Bieber thanked all his loved ones for all his support and urged those who were struggling to turn to God for hope.
"I also want to thank my wife for being so supportive in my life this season," he wrote.
"In the Bible, it is said that ALL is JOY when you are faced with trials of all kinds. It seems crazy to think that when you face hardship, you feel really bad. But if we are thankful and worship God for what we have in this season, there is so much power in it … whatever pain you are going through, keep telling yourself that it's not the last time ! I love you all together. "
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Speaking to TMZ the day after his church appearance, Justin repeated the message of finding God's power in your struggle.
"The whole message to the church the other day was," Your weakness is due to power, "he said at the exit Thursday. "When you go out when you feel weak, there is power in weakness. When you fight during this season, you usually arrive on the other side and the situation improves. "
His feeling is imbued with writing – 2 Corinthians 12:19 reads as follows:
"My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. "Therefore, I will boast all the more of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me."
Judah Smith has always sought to encourage his church to welcome those in important public positions. As he stated in his "Jesus Is" music project, "They also need a church!
"We easily throw stones at actors, actresses and artists," Smith explained in the spoken word in 2013. "I hear Christians make fun of personalities in entertainment and on television because we can take them low shots because we think we will never know them … but some of them are my friends! "
"I try to pass them and love them, but I hear Christians make fun of them," Smith added. "They also need a church! They also need a pastor! They need someone who will show them the love of Jesus too!
"Is our gospel great enough to welcome everyone in our church?"
Kanye Sunday Service
Addressing TMZ, Bieber also confirmed that he would be eager to sing at Kanye West's "Sunday Service" cult, which became infamous for his moments of praise and his powerful evangelical sermons.
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A few weeks ago, singer Tori Kelly was captured singing praise songs at the event that was held at the California Worship Center and hosted by Kanye West himself.
We will be sure to keep our eyes open for Bieber's first call to Sunday service!