Pop star Justin Bieber posted an Instagram video on Tuesday of him and fellow worshipers dancing and singing together at the Hillsong Conference in Australia.
According to Christian Today, Bieber was attending a concert by the Hillsong band Young & Free. During the song "Wake," Bieber recorded himself and fellow Christian fans singing and dancing along with the caption "nothing more fun/cool than praising our God."
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Christian Today reported that Bieber has been attempting to deepen his faith and is regularly seen in the company of U.S. Hillsong Pastor Carl Lentz.
Bieber has been very open about his turn to faith. In an Instagram post on July 10, Bieber filmed himself mouthing along to "Not Today" by Hillsong United with the caption "let the devil know NOT TODAY! The devil has no power when you know the LIVING God! His name is JESUS!! Why worry when you can worship?"
Bieber's recent decision to cut his "Purpose" tour short caused many observers to speculate that he was stopping his tour to deepen his faith in Christ. There were also rumors that Bieber was going to start his own church — possibly a Hillsong campus — in the U.S.
Both Bieber and Hillsong denied these rumors. Bieber later explained that the tour stoppage was simply due to burnout.
Bieber's return from a troubled past
Bieber's apparent turn to faith and a better path is an admirable decision, especially given the money he would have made touring. Instances of his past bad behavior have included violent confrontations with neighbors and drunk driving.
The Chinese government, in an effort to "purify the environment," even banned the pop star from the country for his behavior.
Bieber's manager mentioned Bieber's "soul and well being" when he spoke out on the "Purpose" tour's cancelation. The move could indicate Bieber's recognition of his own troubled past and his wish to turn from it.
If so, Bieber has a ways to climb before he sheds his old persona, but if he keeps to this rehabilitative path, it might not be long before he has more fans than ever.