Find­ing re­li­gion

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Justin Bieber de­clares his life has changed.

Justin Bieber cred­ited a Pen­te­costal pas­tor with chang­ing his life as he min­gled this week with thou­sands of Chris­tians at a five­day church con­fer­ence in Syd­ney.

The 21-year-old Cana­dian pop star praised Hill­song Church’s New York City pas­tor Carl Lentz, who has re­cruited sev­eral Amer­i­can celebri­ties and sports stars to the Syd­ney-head­quar­tered church.

“I’m glad to know him. He’s changed my life,” Ten Net­work tele­vi­sion re­ported Bieber say­ing as he in­ter­rupted an in­ter­view with Lentz at the All­phones Arena where 20,000 wor­ship­pers are at­tend­ing the an­nual con­fer­ence.

Bieber and friend Hai­ley Bald­win ar­rived in Syd­ney by pri­vate jet on Mon­day for the con­fer­ence that runs through Fri­day.

“Peo­ple come from across the world to Syd­ney each year to at­tend Hill­song Con­fer­ence. Justin is here — like tens of thou­sands of oth­ers — as a del­e­gate who is seek­ing to build stronger foun­da­tions into his life,” Hill­song said in a state­ment.

Hill­song se­nior pas­tor Brian Hous­ton said Bieber had paid his own way to Aus­tralia.

“It was a last minute thing. I re­ally ad­mire him for it,” Hous­ton told Ten.

“I think a lot of things got the bet­ter of him, like hap­pens with young kids,” Hous­ton told Nine Net­work tele­vi­sion.

“No doubt he’d prob­a­bly be the first to say he lost his way in a whole lot of ways and, yeah, I think he re­al­izes that it’s now-or-never time to try to build bet­ter foun­da­tions into his life,” he added.

Bieber’s string of off­stage trou­bles in­cludes reck­less driv­ing and a mis­de­meanour van­dal­ism case for egging a neigh­bour’s house.

AP PHOTO

Justin Bieber, seen in this hand­out photo, is cred­it­ing a Pen­te­costal pas­tor with chang­ing his life as he min­gles with thou­sands of Chris­tians at a five-day church con­fer­ence in Syd­ney, Aus­tralia.

Bieber de­clares his life has changed while prais­ing God at Syd­ney church con­fer­ence

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