Justin Bieber: I Just Wanna Honestly Live Like Jesus

Pop superstar Justin Bieber has opened up about his faith, his past troubles and his new desire to “live like Jesus.” The 21-year-old gave a long interview to Complex magazine, and was frank about his lifestyle and the controversy that has surrounded him for the last few years because of his, at times, rowdy behavior. He explained, “I could say it over and over again, I’m changing and doing this with my life” but said he knows that people need to “start seeing something tangible.” And Bieber said that a major part of this change has to do with his renewed Christian faith,

At this point, my faith has gotten me to where I am. My faith has brought me to a whole other level. I love talking about my faith. I think that with Christians, they’ve left such a bad taste in people’s mouths. Just like, overly pushy with the subject, overly churchy and religious … You ever flicked on a channel and a late-night church show is on? Sometimes it’s like, “You better do this or you gon’ die and you gon’ burn in hell!” And you’re like, I don’t want anything to do with this. I’m the same way. I’m not religious. I, personally, love Jesus and that was my salvation. I want to share what I’m going through and what I’m feeling and I think it shouldn’t be ostracized.

I just wanna honestly live like Jesus. Not be Jesus—I could never—I don’t want that to come across weird. He created a pretty awesome template of how to love people and how to be gracious and kind. If you believe it, he died for our sins. Sometimes when I don’t feel like doing something, but I know it’s right, I remember, I’m pretty sure Jesus didn’t feel like going to the cross and dying so that we don’t have to feel what we should have to feel … We have the greatest healer of all and his name is Jesus Christ. And he really heals. This is it. It’s time that we all share our voice. Whatever you believe. Share it. I’m at a point where I’m not going to hold this in.

He explained his, at times, conflicted relationship with the Church, saying it’s “fellowship, it’s relationship” but adding, “You don’t need to go to church to be a Christian. If you go to Taco Bell, that doesn’t make you a taco.” The whole interview is incredibly transparent, and his thoughts about faith, church and even creationism are surprisingly candid. Even if you’re not a Bieber fan, it’s interesting to read such unfiltered thoughts on faith from such a prominent—and polarizing—cultural figure.

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Qarina Orlowski


Qarina Orlowski commented…

I am very hopeful on his journey with Jesus Christ. I pray that he will not become weary in well doing. However, I disagree with the not having to go to church. Romans 10:17, Hebrews 10:25, Colossians 3:16, etc are just a few scriptures that states that Christians should come together and fellowship with each other. To live humbly is the key, and lining humbly means that you're not thinking of yourself all the time but being a blessing to other people. I pray that God works in anyone that is willing to truly accept Him. God bless.

Mitchell Norton


Mitchell Norton commented…

Jesus associated himself with the Church, not a service. To be a Christian you do not have to go to church, but you most certainly have a need to be with other believers. What if the Biebs has a group of Christians that he meets with on a regular basis to pray and study the Bible together?

The church structure that we currently have in North America is not the same thing Jesus instituted with his disciples. The Church was a community not a gathering.

I am in no way saying there is anything wrong with gathering together in the manner that we do. But we shouldn't point fingers at believers who want to worship a different way than us (as long as it doesn't go against what is taught in Scripture).

Romans 14:1, Welcome all the Lord’s followers, even those whose faith is weak. Don’t criticize them for having beliefs that are different from yours.

Romans 14:17-19, God’s kingdom isn’t about eating and drinking. It is about pleasing God, about living in peace, and about true happiness. All this comes from the Holy Spirit. If you serve Christ in this way, you will please God and be respected by people. We should try to live at peace and help each other have a strong faith.


Daniel Coleman


Daniel Coleman commented…

What if you start a home church and meet up every Sunday at a Taco Bell?? Hmmmmm??? What. Then.

Robin Nelson


Robin Nelson commented…

You know what, reading some these comments...all I can do is shake my head. Some people, all they know how to do is make fun of someone else. And I get it, it's all because of their complete ignorance. They don't understand when someone says they want to live like Jesus. People always like to make fun of what they don't understand or ignorant to.

Then there are others who act like they have never sinned in their life. Oh so quick to point a finger at someone else. It's only because people, like Justin, whose lives have been played out for the whole world to see. If some of us, had all of our mess played out in the media...we wouldn't be too quick to through dirt.

Some people are forgetting what it was like to be a new Christian. Pay attention, you are born-again, everything is new. Basically, you have to unlearn what you learned, so you can learn the truth. People, Church, that takes time. I'm over 6 years in and in still learning. And sometimes still screwing up. But thank ALMIGHTY GOD for HIS mercy. I'm so glad Jesus intercedes for me, because if it was left up to some of you who are Christian...you would've burned me at the stake.

Point is, the commandment given to us by Jesus Christ is to love, Love, LOVE, one another...and that is how they will know you are my disciples. Then the commission given by Jesus, go and make disciples...it's very very hard to draw people with hate, accusation and condemnation. You do know, that's what satan does? Oh yeah, some people who aren't saved or haven't accepted Jesus, reason being, they see how we, Christians, cut each other up. And it's not very appealing.

They shall know you by how you love one another. They shall know you by your fruit.

Amanda Wharton


Amanda Wharton commented…

To be honest, I was never a fan of JB. I am surprised I even read this article, but after reading some of these comments, feel very inclined to mention a few things.
There's a reason half the world hates us Christians. Now yes, being persecuted for Christ's sake is something we should take pleasure in, but that's not what I'm talking about.
I'm talking about how so many spend so much time playing judge and jury just like the Pharisees of Jesus' day. Jesus told them they were hypocrites. Let's not forget that.
Remember the parable of the tax collector and the Pharisee. Who's prayer did God hear?
It's not our job to decide whether or not he, or anyone else, is doing everything by the law. Jesus has freed us from the curse of the law, and given us life.
We will ALL be accountable to the only judge, and He is more than able.
We all have plenty to work on.
Now for the church thing...
We ARE the church. The church isn't a building! It's the body of Christ! The body of believers...
The original Hebrew text was not speaking about a building that you go to.
We are supposed to be called out of this world, and if all someone is called out for is one day a week, and whatever good deed they deem necessary, how's that any better? There's nothing wrong with going TO a church (physical building), just as there is nothing wrong with HAVING church.
It's very unfortunate that so many of us take scripture out of context, make it mean what we want, and then choose what we deem as important to live by and judge others by.
We are called to be His hands and feet. We should be loving people to Him, not driving people away by our judgement and hypocrisy.

Stephen Shadle


Stephen Shadle commented…

Seems like an empty-headed "sheeple", but what was I expecting? He wants to share what he's feeling but doesn't seem to know or care if what he believes is even true. (Not true in my opinion, but that's because I have a personal relationship with reality.)

Tim Herndon


Tim Herndon commented…

I'll be praying for you Justin. I'm not God and I will never limit the scope of His Spirit's influence in anothers life. But I appreciate you sharing from your heart brother. If Christ is truly in you, the fruit will follow and He will be glorified through it. What an amazing magaphone this is for God's glory!

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