Did You Hear the One About The Time Justin Bieber Was Baptized in Tyson Chandler’s Bathtub?

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According to an article in the January 2016 issue of GQ, Justin Bieber was apparently baptized in Tyson Chandler‘s bathtub.

How in the hell did that come about? New York hipster pastor Carl Lentz. That’s how.

Lentz is the head honcho at Hillsong NYC, the New York branch of the international pentecostal megachurch. However, he’s not your typical Christian pastor. With his wild hair, numerous tattoos, and designer threads, the dude looks like a rock star, and his Instagram is full of hip celebrities and superstar athletes.

Take a look:

solid Monday.. Excited for @easymoneysniper and S. Carter and what lies ahead..We also called Santa Claus who texted the Easter Bunny who confirmed what we thought about the Illuminati. Those guys def know the truth. Waiting on a smurf to get back to me..#stopit #occupyallstreets #theROCKhasalwaysbeeninthebuilding #isaiah26:4

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Lentz met Bieber back in 2008, when he was just 14. However, the two got really close in 2013. As Bieber started spiralling out of control, Lentz was right there trying to help him get his life back together. And that, apparently, is what led to the Tyson Chandler bathtub baptism.

It all went down on January 9, 2014. Here’s how GQ tells the story:

But one day, according to Carl, Justin looked in the mirror and he was ravaged by feelings of loss. He got on his knees and he cried. “I want to know Jesus,” Justin Bieber sobbed to Pastor Carl. And so together they prayed. Suddenly, Justin was overcome by the Gospel, and he said, “Baptize me.” And Pastor Carl said, “Yes, buckaroo”—he really does call Bieber buckaroo, and now you should, too—“let’s do this. Let’s schedule a time.” But Justin Bieber couldn’t be Justin Bieber for one minute longer. “No, I want to do it now.” And Pastor Carl saw salvation in Justin’s eyes, and knew that his baptism couldn’t come quickly enough.

With the Biebs determined to get a fresh start and cleanse himself in the waters of the Holy Spirit, Lentz called the trendy Manhattan hotel where his club-church holds its baptisms, but by the time he and the Biebs got there, the paparazzi was all over them. So Lentz called one of his celebrity pals, Tyson Chandler, who was still playing for the Knicks back then. And Chandler told them to come on over and use the pool in his building. However, when they got there around 2 a.m. the pool was closed. So Chander was like, hey, use my bathroom!

And so that’s how Justin Bieber came to be baptized in Tyson Chandler’s bathtub.

Cool story, huh?

Hat Tip – [GQ via Complex]

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