The Canadian superstar was even banned from performing in China after the country’s government said in a statement that they made the move because Bieber is too “controversial:”
“Justin Bieber is a gifted singer, but he is also a controversial young foreign singer. In order to maintain order in the Chinese market and purify the Chinese performance environment, it is not suitable to bring in badly behaved entertainers.”
In 2013, Bieber was photographed getting carried up the Great Wall of China by his “minions,” according to CNN.
Throwback to when Justin Bieber had his security carry him up the Great Wall of China pic.twitter.com/Dg7k4vOZWR
— LN (@ellenhuggins) February 1, 2014
But now, it seems that the pop star has managed to reform his ways, all thanks to his faith.
Bieber is a member of the Hillsong Church in New York City, which is a hot spot for celebrities. Major stars from Bono to Kourtney Kardashian are said to be attendees at the popular church.
Religion seems to be making a big impact on Bieber’s life. He’s often spotted hanging out with his new “church crew,” including his good friend, Pastor Judah Smith:
According to earlier reports, the singing sensation was rumored to have cancelled the rest of his “Purpose” World Tour in order to concentrate on his faith, though it was never confirmed. His spokesperson told fans:
“Justin loves his fans and hates to disappoint them. He thanks his fans for the incredible experience of the ‘Purpose’ World Tour over last 18 months.”
But now it seems the heartthrob, who has more than 91 million followers on his Instagram, is using his massive social media following to promote his love of God.
Earlier this week, Bieber posted a video of himself singing and dancing at the annual Hillsong Conference in the church’s native Australia, along with the caption:
“Nothing more fun/cool than praising our God.”
Last month, Bieber also posted a video of himself singing Hillsong United’s “Not Today,” according to earlier reports.
He posted these lyrics to the song:
“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.”
However, the pop star is still taking some time to promote his seemingly unstoppable music career. Bieber released his latest single, “Friends,” just over a week ago.
But there’s no word yet how much time Bieber plans to dedicate to promoting his new passion in the future.