Read about Justin Beiber’s testimony in an interview with Rolling Stone:
Justin Beiber: “I Want to Live Like Jesus”
Some people say this is an attempt by him to clean up his image. From where we all sit, in the general media audience, we cannot know for certain. But with time the fruits will show. Like one Christian writer has said, the Devil can fake gifts of the Spirit, but he cannot fake the fruits of the spirit.
I’ve seen some people saying the Bieber “displays” all the Galatians 5 list of works of the flesh. This is not applicable after a person has been transformed and is a new creature, which is what that whole chapter is about.
Riches themselves do not make one wicked. Jesus was buried in a rich man’s tomb, a fulfillment of one of hundreds of Old Testament (Tanukh) prophecies:
“And after this Joseph of Arimathaea, being a disciple of Jesus, but secretly for fear of the Jews, besought Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus: and Pilate gave him leave. He came therefore, and took the body of Jesus.” –John 19:38
In one passage seldom noticed in Sunday sermons, we read of several women that traveled with Jesus, who were apparently of some means because the had “substance”:
And Joanna the wife of Chuza Herod’s steward, and Susanna, and many others, which ministered unto him of their substance.-Luke 8:3
JB’s “works of the flesh” have been broadcast far and wide, but I have met 100s of people who were so in the past but were transformed and bore the fruits. I have worked with dozens of them, snatched from the fires of hell and genuinely born again. I have met former skinheads now repentant urban missionaries who now worked pleasantly with blacks, Latins, anybody. I have worked with missionaries who were former drug dealers who had their regular weekend corners in New York, complete with payouts to the cops.
Some “Christians” that rush to quickly to question testimonies, are lacking in the fruits of the spirit themselves.
“Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them”, Jesus said in Matthew 7:20.
That verse of eight words packs a lifetime of discernment for him “that hath ears to hear”.