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Justin Bieber latest news: Baptism, White House petition, and Hillsong NYC

It’s no secret that Justin Bieber has had a difficult time lately, and just as public as the singer’s legal issues are, so is the Biebs’ Christian faith. On Feb. 3, 2014, New York Post Page Six reported that Bieber had sought a baptism and spiritual cleansing under the leadership of Hillsong NYC pastor Carl Lentz. Sources confirmed to the outlet that Justin and team had searched for an available pool in Manhattan to perform the ceremony.

After Justin Bieber's legal troubles, the pop-singer is returning to his Christian roots
After Justin Bieber's legal troubles, the pop-singer is returning to his Christian roots
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In this handout photo provided by Miami-Dade Police Department, pop star Justin Bieber poses for a booking photo at the Miami-Dade Police Department on January 23, 2014 in Miami, Florida.
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The Post quoted two unidentified sources who discussed the recent events. The first source stated, “Justin and his team spent time on Saturday searching for a place with a pool where they could conduct a baptism for him, a cleansing ritual, with the Hillsong Church. But they couldn’t find a place in time.”

The second source reported, “Justin is serious about his Christian faith, and after recent events, he needed to take a pause.”

It isn’t uncommon for people to abandon their faith or become sidetracked due to the cares of the world, then when things hit a rough patch, return to their faith-based support system. It appears this is what Justin is doing as other reports indicate the pop-singer has been emotionally moved through the ministry provided by Hillsong NYC.

Charisma Magazine shared the following tweet posted by Justin Bieber to Hillsong NYC pastor Carl Lentz, “Amazing sermon at church this morning. Love you man. I broke down today, after attending a service in September.”

News of Justin Bieber’s recent legal trouble has been met with harsh criticism with many in the United States adding their signatures to a White House petition asking President Obama to deport the native Canadian. Bieber is in the United States on a temporary work visa, and the petition calls for his green card to be revoked. Due to the overwhelming amount of responses (more than 100,000 have signed, the amount needed to send the petition to the president’s desk), President Obama will respond to the petition, though it is unlikely he will agree to deport the singer.

During a press conference, White House spokesperson Jay Carney discussed the petition and Obama’s future reply. “That process will occur as is our commitment when the threshold is crossed. That response will come relatively soon.”

The “Deport Justin Bieber White House petition” states the following, “We the people of the United States feel that we are being wrongly represented in the world of pop culture. We would like to see the dangerous, reckless, destructive and drug abusing, Justin Bieber deported and his green card revoked. He is not only threatening the safety of our people but he is also a terrible influence on our nations [sic] youth. We the people would like to remove Justin Bieber from our society. The petition currently has over 250,000 signatures.

What do you think of news that Justin Bieber is returning to his spiritual faith and do you think President Obama should deport him?

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