Fans have testified. His on and off girlfriend Selena Gomez has confirmed. Justin Bieber is a fan of Hillsong Church. He has been seen attending the church's UNITED concert. He has been seen crying at the Hillsong Church's New York campus. Last summer, Bieber flew to Australia to attend the Australian megachurch's annual conference. Recently, a new GQ article tells the story of Hillsong Church and it reveals how Justin Bieber wanted to get right with the Lord.
In one night, out of the blue, Bieber came up to Hillsong Church's New York campus pastor Carl Lentz and seeks to be baptized.
"I want to know Jesus," Justin Bieber sobbed to Pastor Carl. And so together they prayed. Suddenly, Justin was overcome by the Gospel, and he said, "Baptize me." And Pastor Carl said, "Yes, buckaroo"-he really does call Bieber buckaroo, and now you should, too-"let's do this. Let's schedule a time." But Justin Bieber couldn't be Justin Bieber for one minute longer. "No, I want to do it now." And Pastor Carl saw salvation in Justin's eyes, and knew that his baptism couldn't come quickly enough.
To above the paparazzi, Lentz decided not to baptize Bieber the usual way, that is at the Church's rented pool at a hotel. Pastor Lentz, Pastor Judah Smith and Bieber got into a car, and one of the church's body men drove them in one of the church's Suburbans to the Manhattan hotel where Hillsong rents the pool for baptisms. But when they got there, hundreds of people stood waiting. Pastor Carl called a friend whose apartment complex has a pool, but when they arrived, dozens of people were waiting there too.
GQ continues with the story: "So I called my boy," Carl says. Carl has many boys, but in this case his boy was Tyson Chandler, who was then on the New York Knicks. It was 2 A.M. by now. The Knicks had beaten the Miami Heat earlier that night. He knew Tyson lived in a fancy Upper West Side building with a pool. "I said, 'Bro, I'm in a jam here. I have JB with me, he wants to get baptized.' He's like, 'Done. Easy.' " But they arrive and there's no access to the pool; it's too late.
Then Tyson realizes he might have another solution. He reminds Carl that he's seven feet tall and that his bathtub was built to spec. Justin Bieber is slightly tinier than that, and so they go upstairs to Tyson's place, and Tyson's wife makes some food and lays down some towels and Justin gets into the tub, and down Justin Bieber goes, and he comes out of the water, and he is reborn."