Over the past few years, the Hillsong Church community has gotten a significant boost in notoriety, thanks to Justin Bieber, who has forged a very public friendship with the lead pastor of the church’s New York chapter, Carl Lentz. The Hillsong Church, an international community of megachurches based in Australia, is often criticized and compared to that of Scientology. But others assert the effectiveness of Pastor Carl’s policy of unconditional love and acceptance.

During a recent interview on Sway in the Morning, host Sway Calloway noted that if you need proof of his methodology, look no further than Bieber. During his teenage years, Bieber, went through a series of highly publicized legal battles and personal struggles. Now, the 23-year-old pop star has seemingly turned his life around. When you see Bieber out in public, there’s a good chance that he’s with his pastor, or other church members. Sometimes he even dons official Hillsong hats and sweatshirts.

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