Justin Bieber ‘Honestly’ Wants to Live Like Jesus? Pastor Reminds Christians to Examine His Fruit

Bieber-compressedSIMI VALLEY, Calif. — A California pastor who specializes in comparing messages and lifestyles of modern musicians to biblical Christianity says that Christians need to examine Justin Beiber’s fruit before accepting his recent comments regarding his profession of the Christian faith.

As previously reported, in an interview with Complex Magazine this month, Bieber spoke much about his views on Christianity, criticizing churches that warn about Hell and Christians who are “overly churchy.” He stated, however, the he personally desires to be more outspoken about the Christian faith and just wants to “live like Jesus.”

“I think that people, as soon as they start hearing me saying I’m a Christian, they’re like, ‘Whoa Justin, back up, take a step back.’ Also, I do not want to shove this down anyone’s throat. I just wanna honestly live like Jesus,” Bieber continued. “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.”

Using profanity, the pop star, known for his run-ins with the law but also his relationship with NYC Hillsong ‘Pastor’ Carl Lentz, compared his relationship with God to that of a girlfriend.

“If I have an awesome, bomb girlfriend, I’m gonna wanna show her off and go around and tell people my girl is the [expletive]. I’m not gonna cheat on her because she’s the best,” he stated. “It’s like with God: The whole thing with religion is you present yourself holy and bring your offerings so that God can bless you, when the whole point of the relationship [should be], ‘No, I’m gonna do this because He loves me.’”

On Tuesday’s episode of “The View,” actress Candace Cameron Bure, known for her role as D.J. in the 90’s sitcom “Full House,” came to Bieber’s defense, remarking that being a Christian does not make one perfect.

“I think it’s important to remember that when someone says they’re a Christian, it doesn’t mean they’re perfect,” Cameron Bure said. “They are just a recognized sinner in need of God’s grace.”

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“And so that’s all Justin is saying. He recognizes that,” she continued. “So, he’s not going to say, ‘Oh, I’m a Christian, and now all of a sudden, I’m an angel. I’m going to be perfect. I’m not going to do stupid things.’ … I’m sure he’s going to make a ton of mistakes from here on out.”

Cameron-Bure added that now Bieber “has the chance to make good decisions, and we should applaud him and encourage him to continue to be a good role model if that is what he is choosing to do.”


But Joe Schimmel of Good Fight Ministries and host of the documentary “They Sold Their Souls for Rock and Roll” sees the matter differently. He notes that while Christians may not have attained perfection, they are to be new creations in Christ—and that Bieber has not exhibited repentance for his actions nor signs of regeneration.

“While true [that Christians are not perfect], God’s word is clear that genuine Christians, owing all to God’s grace, are far more than ‘just a recognized sinner in need of God’s grace,'” he wrote in an article on Thursday. “Genuine believers are new creations in Christ and old things have passed away and all things become new.”

Schimmel noted that even after Bieber unveiled a “Jesus” tattoo on his leg several years ago, he was taken into custody by police on two separate occasions for vandalism and drug possession. And, he marveled that “[j]ust a month after Justin Bieber made headlines for allegedly groping a Playboy Bunny, and amidst another potential scandal wherein a teen model … claimed he hit on her after her drink was allegedly drugged at a party he hosted in Melbourne Australia, he is in the headlines again for his claim to be a Christian.”

“God’s word makes it abundantly clear that the children of God and the children of the devil are obvious by their behavior,” Schimmel, the pastor of Blessed Hope Chapel in Simi Valley, California noted, pointing to 1 John 3:10.

He said that Christians need to remember Christ’s instruction to be fruit inspectors (Matthew 7:15-23).

“Many Christians are star struck by Hollywood celebrities and musical icons. When a celebrity even hints at being a Christian, many are quick to believe it even though their lifestyles and doctrines contradict biblical Christianity,” Schimmel stated. “There is much danger in accepting what one says and ignoring Jesus’ directive to examine one’s fruit. Our walks must match our talk.”

“Bieber’s fruit is not only seen in his actions, but the lascivious lyrics in his music, which glorify the works of the flesh rather than exhibit the fruit of the Spirit,” he outlined. “The apostle Paul stated that those who truly belong to Christ ‘have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires’ and bear the ‘fruit of the Spirit.’”

Schimmel said that it is his hope for Bieber to come to true repentance and conversion from darkness to light.

“I have been praying that Justin Bieber and others who profess Christ would truly experience biblical regeneration and bear fruit to God’s glory,” he stated. “May our Lord Jesus, who wills that all would be saved, reach him and others before it is too late.”

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  • Schweissguth

    i echo what both Candice and Joe have said except that even after receiving the Holy Spirit, we as new creations can still make horrific mistakes. I was saved three years ago but I kept getting drunk and ridiculing others for another year until the Holy Spirit sobered me up and helped me break addictions and resist sin. Hopefully Justin’s faith is not a said-faith.

  • FoJC_Forever

    It’s true that Justin Bieber is not exemplifying in public the life of a follower of Jesus (the) Christ. However, many, many people who claim to know the LORD are star struck by popular ministers, just as those who virtually ignore the actions of other celebrities. One of the biggest problems is that people are looking to the natural, rather than the supernatural of God to save them, teach them, and lead them through this life.

    People often make the mistake of following someone just because they correctly assess someone’s words and actions as not being of the LORD. All those who call upon the LORD must seek Him continually to know and do His Will, not to follow the doctrines presented by religious people who only seek to rule over and direct others.

    Jesus knows those who are His. No one fools God by religious pretense and words. We are called to worship God, follow God, and seek God through the Holy Spirit and in Truth.

    • Liz Litts

      We have to remember that Justin is still a pretty new beliver and with all the public attention from a hostile media–it’s going to be tough. The boy needs prayer and sound guidance –to be told the truth in Love-without compermise–Jesus had a great deal to say about ‘churchy’ people too. Let’s stop being ‘fruit inspectors’ and quit shooting our wounded.

      • Chesz Heaven-

        Yes, In all honesty I agree with the article BUT I also agree with you Liz. Give Beiber the time since change in his faith doesnt mean one night change of personality. It’s a little by little process of change by the grace of God. Quit being the Pharisee here rather pray for Beiber and other Christians. We all know living like Christ is an everyday struggle for a Christian. Just rebuke Justin if he made a mistake but never judge him. It is during this time that he needs more Christian brothers and sisters to counsel him and to teach him more on how to live in a Godly way. And surely God will work on him and we will see the fruit as long as he have the desire. Even the NORMAL Christians had this kind of attitude when starting in his new faith and Beiber is not an exception. God bless you all!

      • FoJC_Forever

        Maybe Bieber is a Christian, maybe he is not. Just because he has made a public profession, doesn’t mean it’s real. Many do the same thing, even preaching behind a pulpit while they’re cheating on their wives, or while they’re serving in the children’s ministry while having an affair with one of the elders. People take things at face value, only seeing the natural. Feeling sorry and having pity for Bieber isn’t going to change the condition of his spirit.

        If he is putting on a pretense, he’s lost. Being a celebrity doesn’t make him immune to the Truth. Being a celebrity doesn’t make him worse than anyone else either. For his sake, I hope what he has claimed is real to him and not just a gimmick to gain popularity. Salvation isn’t show business.

      • AdaM_boMb

        no, he was a ‘ christian’ before he became famous.

        • Nathan Z Solomon

          Let’s watch and see. Allow Mr. Bieber’s fruit to come forward…or not. In either case, we are not his judges. We are simply told to “love one another”.

          Jesus knows His sheep. They come when He calls.

          All I’m suggesting is a wait-and-see approach. We will know him by his fruits. We’ll either see a slow, but eventually drastic change in his life or we won’t.

          The local churches have for, too long, contaminated God’s love with rule-abiding, mask-wearing, hypocrisy. That’s not what, I believe, Jesus Christ wanted(s). He wants openness, love, and I believe He expects acceptance by His followers until they show that the new ones are either wolves in sheep’s clothing or trials show us that these people are not His sheep. IMHO

          Let us accept him as one of us. Then as more Umpqua Community College, where Christians were singled out and killed, he will show us who he really is. Time will tell.

  • Shirley Watson

    if you dont know what he was like before you wont see improvement. however plenty of saved pastors have had affairs but you dont question their conversion

  • Tyler Mitchell

    “Unless you repent,you too will perish”-Jesus That’s pretty cut and dry..

  • Cheryl Nunez

    this Pastor is wrong. Jesus wants us to come as we are. He goes to the Father on our behalf. I believe Justin is really saved. But he is a new christian, As he reads the Bible and walks with God in a true relationship it will renew his mind, as the Bible teaches. As this happens the old things will pass away and he will be made new. I have yet to meet a Christian that became even almost perfect after getting saved. Let God do His awesome work in Justin, and change him and make him who God wants him to be. Lets face it folks, everyone has a past, if God acted like that we would all be in trouble. As soon as we give our lives to God we are saved, and we are God’s to deal with. No longer of this world.

  • Adegboyega


    4  No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier

    19  Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.

    20  But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour.

     21  If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work.

     22  Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.

     23  But foolish and unlearned questions avoid, knowing that they do gender strifes.

     2TIMOTHY2: 19  However, God’s solid foundation still stands. It has this inscription on it: “The Lord knows those who belong to him,” and “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord must turn away from evil.” ISV

    2TIMOTHY2: 19


  • His beloved

    I believe Jesus is at work in Justin. In today’s age it is not popular to profess Christian faith nor specifically cite Jesus as your Lord especially with Justin’s platform. He is still feeding “on milk” so to speak “not solids”. Our journey starts with acceptance and professing Jesus as our savior.

    The verse on “inspecting fruit” referenced in this article specifically speak of inspecting fruit of false prophets. Justin is not starting a new church or prophesying anything, he is simply a new believer. As Christians, we are called to love and pray for one another. Pointing out flaws doesn’t fall in that category. Let’s allow the Holy Spirit to do His job and not act as “an accuser of the brethren”. Otherwise, we are in danger of being like a Pharisee in which Jesus dealt with the harshest.

  • Nidalap

    Considering his lifestyle, he may be thinking not so much the teaching of Jesus as the mantra of Bill and Ted: “Be EXCELLENT to each other, and PARTY ON, dude!!!” ::Does the slow, ceremonial air guitar::

  • Paul Wagner

    Says the pastor: “Genuine believers are new creations in Christ and old things have passed away and all things become new.”

    All things? 100% perfection? Now, there’s a sadistic setup that guarantees failure.

    Which makes for just more proof that what Bieber said is entirely correct.

  • BarkingDawg

    Bieber is a fruit?

  • Chris

    All I have to say is Justin needs to be decipled. Where are the men of God who surround him and teach him how to live righteously. Stop throwing stones y’all. I was a young believer who still struggled with sin. I had an older married couple that really poured into me the love of God. With their mentoring me, teaching me and praying with me , I have gained great deliverance and freedom.

  • Caitlin Marek

    “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.” Matthew 7:1-6

    “If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her… Jesus straightened up and asked her, ‘Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?’ ‘No one, sir,’ she said. ‘Then neither do I condemn you,’ Jesus declared. ‘Go now and leave your life of sins.'” John 8:7-11

    Jesus did not come into the world to condemn it but to save it (John 3:17), so why have we taken it upon ourselves to do the judging for Him? Our actions are saying that we want God to judge; I don’t know about you but I pray not to be judged as harshly as we judge others. Yes, we are allowed to be “fruit discerners” but in no way does that mean we are entitled or have the “go ahead” from God to say who has salvation and who doesn’t. God is a sufficient judge so we must leave it to Him to do the judging, otherwise we’ll be judged with the same measure we use to judge! Anyways, why are broken people judging broken people? Isn’t that a little prideful (which is a sin as well)? This is very convicting to me because I catch myself doing it to others. But it’s wrong so I wanted to share what I have to continually tell myself. We are not judges (praise God because I would suck at it) but we are supposed to be humble and loving, even if we don’t see fruit in the lives of people saying they are Christian. It’s not our place. Our place is to do the will of God, which has nothing to do with us determining who is saved and who isn’t.

    Anyways, God bless, friends! And I hope this wasn’t abrasive; I just wanted to share what I have to remind myself of every day. Praise the Lord for His unconditional mercy!

  • david

    Jesus said that the road to heaven is narrow, and few will find it. the road to hell is a broad road. also Ephesians 5 says to expose the evil works of darkness. I have yet to hear beiber slam any works of darkness. wearing sandals and walking around talking about love is not living like Jesus.

    Jesus said if you love Me then obey My commands. is Justin talking about obeying Jesus? Jesus also said to deny your flesh daily, take up the cross daily, and follow Him. the cross in the Roman times Jesus spoke of meant death sentence. if your faith is not totally committed you will not make it.

    God is helping those who obediently follow Him. read the Bible it is not just about belief for the demons believe in God and they tremble. its not enough to believe , you have to follow and trust Jesus. that means saying the words no one wants to hear: repent from your sins. Jesus preached repentance from sin and faith in God.

    read the Bible, there is a judgement day for sinners who refuse to repent. there is a eternal hell.
    when I hear Justin preaching the harsher verses on sin and hell and repentance, as Jesus did then i will start to believe him as well as candace. the christian life is hard and they make it seem like its a breeze, that also is misleading

  • disqus_SUijHfDO8w

    One of the problems was that he was thrown into that environment when he was very young. A teenager with that much fame is going to fall into the flesh because its too much, too quick. As an artist, I can attest to the constant pressures around me. While not in Bieber’s position, it does become apparent that the media world and the art world is very rebellious and resistant toward the Gospel. It is important that we create beauty when using God’s name, not vulgarity.