Recently Justin Bieber has taken a shining to the Cool and Hip Christian Church called Hillsong, where sermons are often held in Irving Plaza and baptisms take place at that Gansevoort Hotel rooftop pool... or someplace a little more exclusive. It seems Bieber has been attending since last year, and in September he Tweeted about the church's pastor Carl Lentz, who wears leather jackets and goes against the grain... see?:
About to go see the Noah movie. I've heard Christian critics/bloggers hate it, which means I'm gonna love it! Awesome.
— carl lentz (@carllentzNYC) March 26, 2014
Update! Carl liked it. And here's that Tweet from Bieber:
Love to my guy @carllentzNYC for the amazing sermon at church this morning. Love you man. I broke down today. Thank u :)
— Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) September 9, 2013
Lentz—who says it's not uncommon to see celebrities at his sermons—recently spoke about the troubled pop star with CBN, saying, "I love Justin, he's a good kid. He's trying to figure this out. His behavior... you know, he's figuring it out. What should we do? People who are like, 'Is he even a Christian?' With Justin, I tell people grace and acceptance does not mean approval. I can accept you as a human being and not approve of your actions. That's how we've been loved. We love because we were first loved." He added, "With Justin, it's not my job to be his police officer. It's my job to be a friend to him, and that's all I am."