Bieber is 21, an age at which many people assumed (even hoped) that the prodigy-turned-superstar-turned-pariah would be a punchline, a footnote or worse. Instead, he reinvented himself from his breakup with Selena Gomez and epic-two year tabloid spiral.

Justin Bieber is leaning forward, eyes squeezed shut. "Jesus is God," booms the pastor Judah Smith, standing before Bieber's front-row seat in the ballroom of the Beverly Wilshire hotel. "He's the ­relationship and the friendship you've been craving your whole life. If you believe that with all of your heart, every ounce of your being, I'm going to count to three, and then I'm going to ask you to lift up your hand."

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