Pop star Justin Bieber says even though he's not religious, developing his Christian faith has given him a sense of spiritual contentment and greater feeling of purpose in life.
The singer, who was reportedly baptized in New York City last summer, said that developing his relationship with God is the "coolest thing" he's experienced but insisted that he is not "pushing anything" on his fans. The post was shared with his 28 million Instagram followers on Tuesday and it garnered nearly 1 million likes within 24 hours.
"I'm not religious nor do i think I have ANYTHING figured out that's why I call out on God to help me through what I can't do on my own. Developing my relationship with God has been the coolest thing I've experienced, to know that I'm not alone and I don't have to live in fear. Never feel like I'm pushing anything on u but sharing the good news I've felt in my own life," he continued.
The heartfelt message appeared alongside a selfie of the "Boyfriend" singer, who can be seen reading Occupy All Streets, a book published by Hillsong NYC pastor Carl Lentz.
In June last year, Lentz reportedly baptized Bieber and the New York City pastor has become a trusted source for the acclaimed singer. The pair have spent a lot of time together in recent years, particularly at Bible study and they are believed to have formed a friendship.
Lentz previously spoke about his relationship with Bieber, who he met at a concert back in 2008.
"I have a special role in Justin's life, spiritually, but … I'm not a life-motivational guy," Lentz said, according to the New York Post. "We're talking about making sure his life remains a blessing, not a burden."
Bieber has been heavily criticized in the past due to reports of hard partying and ongoing legal woes. Lentz however, believes the young singer just needs a little guidance.
"I love Justin, he's a good kid. He's trying to figure this out. His behavior ... you know, he's figuring it out," the pastor previously told CBN. "What should we do? … People who are like, 'Is he even a Christian?' With Justin, I tell people grace and acceptance does not mean approval. I can accept you as a human being and not approve of your actions. That's how we've been loved. We love because we were first loved. … With Justin, it's not my job to be his police officer. It's my job to be a friend to him, and that's all I am."