Justin Bieber has hosted a powerful Instagram live broadcast with California pastor Rich Wilkerson, during which the pair preached the good news of Jesus Christ to millions of people.
Asking Pastor Wilkerson – who leads "Voux Church" -- to give him his best "five-minute gospel preaching," Bieber listened attentively as the gospel truths were proclaimed to his 131 million followers.
“The gospel is the good news,” Wilkerson explained “And the good news of Jesus is that… all of us were born broken, and we all have a desire for God, a hole in our soul... but Jesus came to fill the hole. We believe that Jesus is God’s son, that He came to this world in the form of a man and lived a spotless and perfect life. He became the atoning sacrifice; he paid the price for our sin.”
“Because of his sacrifice, because of his death," Wilkerson added. "We don’t have to fear the wrath of God.”
“Do you think we need to earn God’s love?" Bieber asked.
“There’s no way to earn it,” Wilkerson replied. “You couldn’t do enough good things to be good enough, and you can’t do enough bad things to be bad enough.”
He added: “Trust and believe in what he’s done for us. He paid the price. We just simply believe.”
The "Changes" singer then asked the prominent pastor: "What is grace?"
Wilkerson replied: "Grace by definition is the unmerited favour of God,” Wilkerson replied. “Grace is God’s empowerment on our lives. Grace is the bridge from us to God.”
“That’s why we need Jesus,” Justin interjected. “That is the grace… [He] took the punishment himself so that we don’t have to live in shame or fear. God sent his perfect son, who knew no sin and became sin so that we could become right with God.”
Justin concluded with some incredible words of testimony and even issued a gospel invitation to his followers:
"The most important thing to be grateful for is having that hope for your soul.
“My future is secure knowing that I’m forgiven, I’m saved, I’m set free from my past. I don’t have to live in sin or shame; I can live free.
"The good news is that no matter who you are or what you’ve done, no matter how bad you think you are or how messed up you think your life is…God is not afraid of your mess! He wants you to come with open arms and accept what he’s done for you.
“It’s as simple as just saying ‘Jesus, I accept what you did for me, I believe you are God, and I ask you to forgive me for my sins.”