The Hillsong pastor Carl Lentz has denied that the evangelical church pays Justin Bieber to attend, after the world famous singer jetted in to an Australian Hillsong gathering for the third time in two years.
Lentz, 38, was asked on the Australian TV show Sunrise about Bieber's attendance at Sydney's four-day Hillsong Closer Conference. 'No, we don't pay him to attend. He comes on his own,' he said.
The New York-based pastor also spoke out about the 24-year-old pop star's faith. 'I think that Justin is a good Christian,' he said. 'I don't think his problems are behind him, but we all have to deal with other stuff to come. His relationship with Jesus is changing his life daily. 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.'
Describing Bieber\'s presence at Hillsong events, Lentz added: 'He sings, does what everybody else does. He does not perform. He is not on stage, he is just a face in the crowd. His face is really recognisable but for him, it is just a chance for him to be as normal as he can.'
Speaking to GQ in December 2015, Lentz described the moment Justin got down on his knees 'ravaged by loss' and sobbed: 'I want to know Jesus.' The singer asked to be baptised immediately and he was later that night.
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