Fans who aren’t able to make it to a Hillsong Church service can now get a glimpse into what happens behind venue doors. Business Insider writer Amanda Luz Henning Santiago recently attended a Sunday service at the church, which, despite its hip appeal, is still a “conservative Pentecostal church.”
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Even as fans are distracted by Justin Bieber’s bad driving, questions continue to mount around the cancellation of 14 “Purpose World Tour” dates. Speculation has continued that Justin may have decided to back out from the last run of shows on his multi-year because of the influence of Hillsong Church.
Hillsong is denying anything of the sort. The Daily Mail Australia contacted the Australian church for comment, and a spokesperson told them, “The recent announcement by Justin Bieber about his tour does not involve Hillsong Church.” The church may not claim any official involvement, but who’s to say what’s really going through Justin’s head?
Apparently, anonymous sources talking to TMZ are. The publication has been working overtime to draw a link between Justin’s religion and the cancellation. Perhaps that’s why a new source is trying to downplay Justin’s break from music as a temporary vacation.
Justin Bieber is far from a choir boy, and his numerous visits to Hillsong Church are starting to raise more than the Holy Spirit. Many have speculated that Justin is paid to attend, but the head pastor of the Church, Carl Lentz, maintains that the pop star is not compensated for frequenting the locale.
“We don’t pay him to attend, he comes on his own…His relationship with Jesus is changing his life daily,” Carl claims in an interview with Sunrise. “It is one of those things where you never really get it, it takes a while to keep growing as a person. Every day he is getting older, and with each chapter comes new growth. This is what conference is all about.”
Check out the interview below.
(Photo credit: Justin Bieber Instagram account)