Justin Bieber says rekindled faith came from realizing “following Jesus is actually turning away from sin.
Justin Bieber opened up about his rekindled Christian faith in a remarkable interview with Apple Music to promote the release of his new album “Changes.” During the wide-ranging interview he talked openly about his faith in Jesus, his “turning away from sin,” his reliance on grace, the influence of Christian mentors, his love of his wife, and how he believes Jesus saved him.
A mash-up of the most relevant faith points Bieber discussed in his 43-minute interview, condensed into four minutes, can be viewed below:
Asked to pinpoint a turning point in his faith journey, the young superstar identified his realization that the Bible calls for “obedience” and “turning away from sin”:
“I really took a deep dive in my faith. I believed in Jesus but I never really, like, when it says following Jesus is actually turning away from sin … what it talks about it in the Bible is that there’s no faith without obedience.”
Bieber emphasized the grace of God as the core of his faith:
“The way I look at God and my relationship with Jesus is I’m not trying to earn God’s love by doing good things. God has already loved me for who I am before I did anything to earn or deserve it. It’s a free gift by accepting Jesus, giving your life to him, and what he did is the gift. The forgiveness is the thing that we look at and we go, you know, I’m going to worship you, God, because you gave me something so good.”
The star said he is not sure he’d be alive had he not rekindled his faith in Christ, and added:
“So I’m very, very grateful to have influences in my life that have played a huge part in me seeing their relationship with Jesus, and their relationship with their wives, and their relationship with their kids, and saying, ‘That’s what I want.'”
Bieber, 25, said he believed the story of the Bible for a long time but “never really implemented it” into his own life. He said he believes people misunderstand who Christ is:
“Jesus wasn’t this religious elite guy … he was in the dirt, and he found me in my dirt and pulled me out.”
Asked by the interviewer what type of parent he’d like to be, Bieber responded that he want to be led by God:
“When you accept Jesus, he says that now you walk with the Holy Spirit. So, I think I just want to be led by the Holy Spirit.”
Bieber got emotional when discussing all the pain in the world, and then said this:
“The pain in the world is just so, it’s obvious. And people are looking for hope, and they’re looking for a way out, and they’re looking for an escape, and they’re looking for truth … I’ve gotten the opportunity with my journey to just see a God who accepts me, loves me. They call him the savior, and I believe that to be true — that Jesus saved me.”
The entire interview can be viewed below: