Hillsong Church has been rocked by several controversies of late and pop star Justin Bieber, who was one of the church’s most famous members, has come out to reaffirm that he’s left his former place of worship.
Bieber also took the opportunity to address false notions about which path his career is headed.
Dispelling All Doubts
The handwriting was all over the wall when Justin Bieber and his wife Hailey Baldwin unfollowed former Hillsong pastor Carl Lentz on Instagram in November. High-profile, celebrity pastor Carl Lentz was fired from his position after allegations of marital unfaithfulness leveled against him were proved to be true, plunging the church into months of scandal.
Now, Justin Bieber has taken to his social media accounts to clear any lingering doubts about his church allegiances and put further distance between him and Hillsong Church. He declared on Instagram, “HILLSONG IS NOT MY CHURCH. FOR CLARITY I AM A PART OF CHURCHOME.”
Churchome is another non-denominational megachurch, but that doesn’t matter, because as Bieber says, “Church is not a place. We are the church. We don’t need a building to connect with God. God is with us wherever we are.”
He also debunked claims from a popular tabloid that he was preparing for a career as a minister in Hillsong Church. Posting a screenshot of the headline on his Instagram stories, he wrote in all caps: I’M NOT STUDYING TO BE A MINISTER OR ANYTHING EVEN CLOSE TO THAT. HAVE NO DESIRE FOR THAT THIS IS FAKE NEWS.”
More Hillsong Pastors Resign
In the fallout of the scandal that rocked the church late last year, more pastors have taken the decision to leave their positions in the church. Reed Bogard and his wife Jess Bogard are the latest. They made this announcement during their Sunday sermon, stating that their experience has taken a toll on them and their family.