The headlines have been blaring about Canada’s bad boy of pop music for some time, about how he wants to redeem himself, that his Purpose tour was cancelled so he could reconcile his life with his spiritual awakening, and his overly familiar connections to Australian-based Hillsong Church.
Now, Christian satirical news journal Babylon Bee is adding fuel to the fire with a tongue-in-cheek news story about a new faith-based song collection entitled The Bieber Sessions.
Babylon Bee buzzes on about the new (and bogus) Hillsong record containing Bieber hits such as “Baby,” “Sorry,” “Love Yourself,” “Despacito,” and “Boyfriend,” each slightly re-written to include the name “Jesus” instead of “baby” or “girl.”
Continuing to spin this almost believable yarn, the journal fibs some more. “The Biebs is an important part of the Hillsong family, and the band wanted to do this as a tribute to his musical legacy,” a Hillsong United representative told reporters at the album’s release party, held at a nightclub near Hillsong NYC. “Each of the Biebster’s top hits got the full Hillsong treatment as a special gift to our fans.”
For now, the idea for the album is no more than an imaginary lark, but chances are it could become something more and cross the Biebs into the Bible Belt where his reflection could stir genuine genuflection.