How is it that Brian Tamaki and the Destiny Church can have so many followers?
How is it that a man who blames earthquakes on gays and sinners and murderers still attracts the loyalty and support of those in his church?
And he said this, oddly, the day before the 7.5 earthquake - now upgraded to a 7.8 - hit Kaikoura. He said the earth convulses under the weight of certain human sin.
Not all sin, clearly. Just certain sinful acts according to Tamaki.
The earth can speak, he says. The land? It speaks to God, apparently.
I don't know why he stopped at earthquakes, actually.
Perhaps homosexuality, murder and sinners are blamed for Brexit and Donald Trump too.
Maybe they're responsible for this year's seismic political decisions too.
And perhaps the reason a woman wasn't elected to the head of the UN is the fault of lesbians. Let's blame lesbians for that as well.
Tamaki has a right to free speech, of course.
But there's a fine line between free speech and being an ill-informed, ignorant, bigoted ass.
And let's not forget that while he's preaching to his congregation he's urging him to throw money at him too. Who on earth listens to him? Who believes the kind of tripe that spills from his mouth?
He also said Christchurch's people are to blame for the quakes. There is money to be made, clearly, by spewing forth fear and loathing and blame for those who don't live their lives like Tamaki suggests they should.
But what is so unfortunate about Tamaki is that he speaks on behalf of a church.
Sure it's his church, and essentially his religion. But in times of crisis, in times of national disasters, churches and religious groups are often in the thick of it, helping those who need it.
I know last year, churches here contributed thousands and thousands of dollars to Syria's forgotten millions campaign. Huge money came in. And churches will be among it in Kaikoura now too.
But when we hear the bigoted preachings of Brian Tamaki, I think - in this secular country - many of us recoil in horror and it fuels our mistrust in religion and our fear of churches too.
But it shouldn't. Churches do an enormous amount of good work in our communities.
If Tamaki was truly a man of the Good Book, he'd be collecting for Kaikoura right now, not for himself, not for his own pocket. And he'd be in North Canterbury, helping those caught up in the disaster.
I don't know anyone who follows him. That's perhaps not a surprise.
I don't know anyone who's a member of Destiny Church, either. But I'm intrigued to know why you would sit and listen to this man. And throw money at him. How is it that this man's offerings can improve your life?
Tamaki's bigoted views, I think, make him the greatest sinner of us all.
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WHAT BRIAN TAMAKI SAYS IN HIS LATEST BLOG
Firstly my heart-felt prayers to those who have lost their lives and who have suffered trauma and loss.
The earthquake that struck midnight Sunday, the 13th of November 2016 was warned of that Sunday morning at 10:45am, during the Sunday morning church service of Destiny Church Auckland, NZ - that person was me! It was not a prepared or planned message at all - but came at an 'inspired moment' before the sermon.
The title of that message was "Do you know what's happening?" (from Matthew 24:3-14 and 1 Chronicles 12:32). These unfortunate tragedies are all side-effects of the following issues.
Many people do not realise the change in the earth. Weather and natural disasters are linked with God's End-Time plans.
The environment has been speaking for some time to us about the burden of pollution and abuse that has serious outcomes. This pollution or abuse is not just natural causes!
(Leviticus 18:24-28 - NKJV Bible) reads,
Do not defile yourselves with any of these things; for by all these the nations are defiled, which I am casting out before you. For the land is defiled; therefore I visit the punishment of its iniquity upon it, and the land vomits out is inhabitants. You shall therefore keep My statutes and My judgements, and shall not commit any of these abominations, either any of your own nation or any stranger who dwells among you (for all these abominations the men of the land have done, who were before you, and thus the land is defiled), lest the land vomit you out also when you defile it, as it vomited out the nations that were before you.
In Leviticus 18:24-28 is a sobering warning and insight to the connection of the land and sexual sins. Leviticus 18 is God outlining the types of sexual sins that when they are practiced to a point of blatant disregard to a certain depth of perversion that the land will actually react and spew up the inhabitants! (ie Mass Evacuations)
No other sin in the whole of the bible has any connection to earthquakes, floods and volcanic eruptions, but Sexual Perversions alone. (Leviticus 18:5-29)
To most men this would seem ridiculous and judgmental by God and US! But God is not judging us, nature is! The environment is suffering under mankind's iniquities. For some time we have seen disruptive weather patterns and global warming, just to mention a few of nature's fury!
(Romans 8:19-22 - NKJV Bible) reads,
For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope; because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now.
Creation itself speaks to us! But does anybody really want to listen!
(Romans 1:20 - NKJV Bible) reads,
For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse.
Too many natural disasters have obvious connection to man's blatant disregard to the environment. Some can be explained through the following human causes:
And much more
But there are some disasters that are directly related to the above scriptures and previous explanation. It's not going to get better, but worse!
The Diminishing of our Christian faith in modern society and the increasing aggressive reaction to Christ and His Church in social, political and family life has hastened the frequency of natural disasters around the globe!
This is not man's perspective, or mine, but God's perspective!
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