The transformation of pop star Justin Bieber has been widely associated to the mentoring he’s received from Hillsong Pastor Carl Lentz, and while many are praising the New York-based church leader for his influence on the singer, others are outraged after seeing photos circulating the Web showing Lentz drinking at a bar with Bieber. During Hillsong’s conference in New Zealand in March, photographers took photos of Bieber drinking at a local pub with the Hillsong pastor. Now the photos are catching the attention of the Christian community and Christian media.
Pastor Joe Schimmel of Blessed Hope Chapel in Simi Valley, California, and Good Fight Ministries penned a letter on Christian News that is drawing a lot of attention for rebuking Lentz’s actions. “[T]he chief concern from these images has to be how someone, who calls himself a pastor, is engaging in such an activity with someone who has a history of abusing substances,” Schimmel said. “How can Lentz give an account for himself when he takes shots alongside someone who has been arrested and pleaded guilty to DWI?” READ MORE