Rumors are starting to swirl about Justin Bieber and his newfound relationship with Christ. But as the paparazzi are beginning to notice, it seems like this relationship is strongest with one particular pastor– Carl Lentz. This member of the famed Hillsong Church dresses like Bieber, is extremely muscular, and hasn't really left Justin Bieber's side for months. The two seem like they're inseparable. They eat together, swim together, and even shop together. There are now so many pictures of these two men together that people are starting to think that their relationship is a lot more than just a platonic one.
Of course, there's nothing wrong with being gay. If Justin Bieber is indeed in a relationship with this pastor, or any other man for that matter, he should come out and be open about it. We'd be the first to support him. But when someone's hiding the truth about their relationship and sexuality, that can cause serious problems. We're not saying that's happening here– but it is a possibility. But tragically, neither man will find it easy to come out, because the church they're part of is very clearly against homosexuality. So, maybe we'll never know the truth.
Perhaps Justin is just happy to have a father figure in his life, for once. One thing's for sure– he needs help. He's been going off the rails recently, and if Carl Lentz, the Hillsong Church, and Christianity can give him the love he needs, then good for him. But you can't deny that these pictures are pretty suggestive...
15 They're Inseparable
You can say what you want about Bieber's relationship with his pastor Carl Lentz, but you can't deny that these two are nearly inseparable. These days, it seems like they go everywhere together. Wherever Justin is, Lentz is there by his side, and vice versa. They seem to be the greatest of friends, and some would say that relationship goes even further. What is it that binds these two people together so closely? Could it really be their love for Christ? Or is there something deeper that draws these two men together, ensuring that they travel together everywhere, and always seem to have a smile on their face?
One thing's for sure: Bieber seems totally at ease with his newfound pal, and the way these two stroll around town, it's almost like they've known each other all their lives. They're just so comfortable around each other!
14 They're Always There For Each Other
Carl Lentz has come into Bieber's life at a vital time. Bieber really needed the guidance of a strong male figure, as he was seriously going off the rails at this time. Justin Bieber has been going a little crazy lately– getting intoxicated, drag-racing, and doing all kinds of unstable things. Carl Lentz has really been there for Justin, showing him that belief in Christianity can help ground him and turn his life around. But just how far does their relationship go? They seem to do everything together, even going on one-on-one outings to places like Nando's Chicken. When the paparazzi inevitably finds them, they get crowded by tons of people. That's when Bieber's connection to Carl Lentz really starts to show itself. They cling to each other for strength, somehow making it through the crowds together.
13 Comfortable In Each Other's Presence
Carl Lentz is Bieber's right hand man, and he's always there by his side. And these two are so comfortable with each other that they're constantly touching each other. Justin Bieber must really trust this guy if he's hanging off him, literally. Lentz appears as a pillar of strength, pointing Bieber in the right direction and grounding him. Bieber seems to be leaning on his pastor in an emotional and physical sense.
Speaking about Christianity, Bieber revealed: “Science makes a lot of sense. Then I start thinking—wait, the ‘big bang.’ For a ‘big bang’ to create all this is more wild to think about than thinking about there being a God. Imagine putting a bunch of gold into a box, shaking up the box, and out comes a Rolex. It’s so preposterous once people start saying it. 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.”
12 Stripping Down At A Bar
Some of Bieber's pictures with Carl Lentz seem amicable and friendly. Others seem to go beyond that into an almost romantic connection between the two men. This seems to be one of those questionable photos. The two are partying alone together in a bar, and things are obviously starting to get a little wild. The paparazzi in the window snaps them doing shots together, and then Justin Bieber tears off his shirt with Carl Lentz laughing. What is really going on here? Is Justin Bieber just being crazy and wild? Or is there something more happening?
Speaking of weirdness, Justin Bieber revealed in an interview: “There’s a lot of really weird stuff going on at churches. 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.”
11 Cute Photo
Justin Bieber really makes no secret of his close relationship with Carl Lentz. It's all over social media. They're constantly snapped together, with Justin Bieber providing captions saying how he is the "best bro" and that Carl Lentz brings out the best in him. Clearly this is a deeper relationship than just a casual friendship. But how deep does this friendship go? By the smiles on their faces, it looks like they really care about each other, at least in this photo.
Justin Bieber revealed that a lot of people are shocked about his recent links to Christianity: “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. 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."
10 Cuter Selfie
But that wasn't the only cute picture Justin posted of him and Carl Lentz– far from it. Right now, his social media is littered with pictures of the two together, from pictures of them playing basketball together to super-cute selfies like this one. The two are comfortable enough with each other to squeeze their heads together in the same way a group of teenage girls would. Judging by pictures like this, it's no wonder why people are starting to ask questions about what kind of relationship this really is...
Justin Bieber is done with hiding his true feelings, as he revealed: "What Jesus did when he came to the cross was basically say, ‘You don’t have to feel any of that stuff.’ We could take out all of our insecurities, we could take away all of the hurt, all the pain, all the fear, all the trauma. That doesn’t need to be there. So all this healing that you’re trying to do, it’s unnecessary. 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.”
9 Deep In Conversation
Justin Bieber was spotted again with Carl Lentz, this time deep in conversation in front of a dumpster. Even though they probably thought they were safe from the prying eyes of the paparazzi, they obviously underestimated the lengths people will go to get a shot of these close friends. As you can see, the two men are wearing pretty much the exact same outfit. This is probably because the two frequently go shopping together, and they've obviously helped each other try on and pick out outfits.
Justin Bieber talked about his relationship with god, saying: “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. I’m gonna do this because he’s amazing and not because [I] have to, [but] because [I] want to.’ That’s the whole thing with religion that’s been throwing off the people. It’s not a ‘have to.’ It should be just like a personal relationship. Like, ‘Hey, I love you because you first loved me.'”
8 Fun In The Sun
As it turns out, Carl Lentz isn't the only man Justin Bieber has become "friendly" with in the past. Another man, Joe Termini, has also been snapped getting really close and friendly with Bieber. Joe Terimi is actually Justin Bieber's photographer, and the two were spotted playing around together in the ocean. Although this was a one-off thing, it shows that this isn't the first man Justin has felt comfortable enough with to let him touch him in a very friendly manner. Some would even say that this goes beyond friendship.
Justin Bieber himself admits that he's not perfect, and that Christianity has helped him to accept his imperfections: "If we can understand that we’re all imperfect, let’s come to God and come for his help. You’re not weak by doing that. I think that’s a common misconception of Christians, that you’re being weak because you can’t handle it. None of us can handle this world, dude! It’s eating us alive.”
7 A Lover's Embrace
Hugging, laughing, and being inseparable is one thing. But kissing a guy on the cheek? Now we're heading into unfamiliar territory for Justin Bieber. Of course, in many cultures, this is a customary and normal thing to do when greeting another man, but this is definitely not the case for Justin Bieber, who grew up in America and Canada. As the pictures clearly show, here's Justin Bieber kissing his pastor on the cheek, which further adds to the speculation about the true nature of his relationship with Christ and the pastors of the Hillsong Church.
And this isn't the first time Justin Bieber has kissed a man on the cheek, either. There was a big controversy on social media after pictures showed Justin Bieber kissing his bodyguard on the cheek while on his private jet.
6 Head On His Shoulder
These two really make no qualms about hiding their strong relationship. Or at least Justin Bieber doesn't. In one interview with the main celebrities of the Hillsong Church, Justin Bieber acted pretty strangely while he was sitting next to Carl Lentz on a couch. The pop star seemed giddy and almost ecstatic during the whole relationship, and talked about his love for Carl Lentz nonstop. He seemed intent on showing the world that he was very comfortable with Carl Lentz, even resting his head on Lentz's shoulder like a teenage girl would do with her boyfriend.
So what's really going on here? Is this just a case of a young boy finally finding a strong male figure that can act as a kind of substitute father for Bieber? Or this relationship more romantic than either of them would like to admit? If this really was a romantic relationship, then wouldn't these two men be trying to hide it more, and be less open about it?
5 Partying Together
Some of the most telling photos surrounding these two men were taken while the two were letting off some steam at a local bar. The two seemed to be in a celebrating mood, as they took shots together and let loose. We've already seen the photo that shows Justin Bieber stripping off his shirt while Carl Lentz grins in his direction, but that was just one of many photos taken that night, and most of these photos show just how deep the relationship between Bieber and Lentz really is. Why are they even drinking alone together? What gives? Why isn't anyone else with them?
From the many photos taken that night, there are quite a few that raise questions. First of all, there is a picture of the two taking shots together. Then, as the night progresses, they are seen hugging, laughing together, before Justin Bieber strips off his shirt while Carl Lentz watches with interest. They seem to be aware the camera is watching them, but they also seem to not care what the paparazzi sees.
4 A Lover's Spat?
There were actually many photos taken during Bieber and Lentz' argument behind that dumpster. The conversation went on for quite some time. What were they talking about? Was Carl sharing a lesson about Christ? Or was this a deeper conversation or even argument about the state of their relationship. Their body language seems to suggest that this is a very intimate discussion, with Justin Bieber's stance very "open," while Carl Lentz's posture seems very directed towards Bieber, even reaching out and touching him.
But the crazy thing is that Carl Lentz is very against homosexual relationships, as he revealed what he thought of a gay couple trying to get married: “These two men in particular are amazing human beings. And they are going through a really amazing journey called life. Yes, their sexuality is involved with it, but it’s not as cut-and-dry as you think it is. And if they make a decision to live as gay men, they are going to get married, our stance in this church is there’s going to be a limited involvement when it comes to leadership, because you don’t believe what I believe. This would create friction that wouldn’t be fair to the people that we’re serving."
3 Joined At The Hip
Here's another example of just how inseparable Justin Bieber and Carl Lentz are these days. They seem to go everywhere and do everything together. Is it just a coincidence that at least one of these men always seems to have their shirt off while seen out together? Maybe. But you can't deny that Justin Bieber seems to be looking at Carl Lentz with an expression that goes beyond mere admiration. He looks like he's looking at someone who means a great deal to him.
Even though people are starting to ask questions about whether Bieber's relationship with Carl Lentz is romantic, Lentz himself has made some pretty damning statements against homosexuality, saying: "If you believe that homosexuality is God’s will for your life, and I disagree, well, what if you’re a leader and, you know, a young man comes up to you, and he has questions about his sexuality? What are you going to tell him? What I believe or what you believe?”
2 He's Very Protective Of Bieber
This picture perfectly illustrates just how protective Carl Lentz is of Justin Bieber. Look how tightly his arm is wrapped around Justin Bieber's waist. He's holding on tight to Justin as if he really cares about him, and doesn't want him to come to any harm. And Justin seems pretty happy to have a strong male figure like Carl Lentz looking after him. It's clear that Justin is happy to have Carl Lentz in his life, otherwise he wouldn't have been with the pastor for so long.
When you examine Justin Bieber's life, it becomes clear why he would benefit so much from Carl Lentz's presence. All his life he's been followed by the paparazzi. Did he ever have a normal childhood? Did he ever have a normal family life, for that matter? He's reportedly on "distant but amicable" terms with his biological father, and he doesn't really speak with his mother. Could Carl Lentz be filling that missing part of Justin's life, or is this relationship even deeper?
1 Very Strange Interview
One of the strangest moments in Justin Bieber's career was this interview with the rest of the celebs at Hillsong Church. You really have to see it to believe it. Justin seems on very close terms with his pastor Carl Lentz, enough to touch him throughout the interview, and even rest his head on Carl's shoulder at one point. Is this just Justin being giddy and wacky, trying to joke around for the camera? Or is it a sign that he's entering into a much deeper relationship with Christ than a lot of people realize or expect?
What is true is that Carl Lentz welcomed Justin Bieber into his own home for a period of 6 weeks. For that month and a half, Justin Bieber lived with Carl Lentz and his family. He has insinuated that Justin Bieber has become like a second son to him, but who knows what happened behind closed doors...
Sources: vanityfair.com, gq.com