Justin Bieber has slammed pastors who place themselves on a pedestal.
In doing the media rounds for his new album, Justice, Bieber has spoken out against pastors who place themselves above others, stating that “every human being has the same access to God”.
“I think so many pastors put themselves on this pedestal,” he told GQ. “And it’s 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.’ That’s not the reality, though. The reality is, every human being has the same access to God.
“He is grace. Every time we mess up, He’s picking us back up every single time. That’s how I view it. And so it’s like, ‘I made a mistake. I won’t dwell in it. I don’t sit in shame. But it actually makes me want to do better.”
While the music megastar was friends with Lentz, he does not mention him in his interview. However, it appears certain that he is referring to the likes of the disgraced pastor in reference to celebrity pastors.
Bieber was baptized by Lentz, but is now a member of Judah Smith’s Churchome LA services. The 27 year-old recently visited inmates at the California State Prison with Judah Smith in Palmdale, California.
Meanwhile, earlier this year, British celebrity tabloid OK Magazine reported that Bieber, who is venturing more and more into Christian music, plans to study to become a pastor. “Justin doesn’t plan to give up his music career, but he feels there’s a bigger calling out there for him,” a source told OK! magazine. “He wants to be a full-fledged minister next year.”
Dr. Michael Brown