Dear Lighthouse Trails:
Have to comment on the current Justin Bieber phenomenon that is sweeping the millennial community. It is not only this age of people that are star struck by this young man. Recently, on Faith Radio, I was astonished to hear a story of the announcer extolling the fact that he has been watching this singer from the start of his career and he is encouraged by the changes taking place in Justin’s life. These changes being his connection with Hillsong church, as well as his engagement to Stephen Baldwin’s daughter [now married]. The emcee told of Justin being seen leaving a building with tears in his eyes and carrying a Tim Keller book on marriage. He went on to extoll that Justin had been baptized in the bathtub of a sports figure by Carl Lentz of New York Hillsong fame.
I so hope and pray that this young man would truly be saved and turn his life around. So important to have discernment in these last days. We currently have many who are doing their “standup routines” in front of gullible audiences who are so being misled. We must all check out what is being preached to determine if it is “thus sayeth the Lord.”
Paul’s admonition to the Church in 2 Timothy 4:1-5 is to the believer of today. True Christianity is not for the faint of heart or for the lazy.
Thank you for your faithfulness to the Truth in this time of the Laodicean church.
LTRP Note: We do not know whether Justin Bieber has had a true conversion to Jesus Christ or not. Of course, we pray he has. We do know that the “Christianity” he appears to be getting pulled into (with his connection to Hillsong, his proclamations of reading Jesus Calling, and signs that he is absorbing the teachings of other misguided Christian teachers) is one that has compromised truth for a popular and enticing, but dangerous, spirituality. Let us pray that young people coming to the faith will recognize spiritual deception, understand the times in which we live, and cling to the old rugged Cross and God’s Word rather than the traditions and fallacies of men.