In New Zealand, Destiny Church Pastor Brian Tamaki is infamous for his prosperity gospel preaching. He loves getting money and bragging about it. In 2014, Tamaki and his wife Hannah used church funds to buy themselves an Audi Q7 (worth about $78,000 U.S. dollars). Later that year, they were in the news for throwing cash onto the church stage like they had won the lottery. And last year, they broadcast their extravagant vacations for the world to see.
Humble, they are not.
But Tamaki is in the news this week for replacing the silver spoon in his mouth with his foot.
… I don’t want any bad stuff to come that’s gonna take your house away, put an explosion under your house, or blow up and there’s a volcano, or get flooded. Because none of us… would connect that to God’s aggrieved heart about how people are acting.
Leviticus says that if the amount of sin and iniquity was in people, it had an effect on the land. The land actually speaks to God. Out of the soil… Abel’s blood spoke to God from a murder. The earth can speak. Leviticus says that the earth convulses under the weight of certain human sin.
… It spews itself up after a while — that’s natural disasters. Cause nature was never created to carry the bondage of our iniquity…
Nature has a way of saying, “I can’t handle this.”
… Creation speaks to the Creator, the Father, and so you get earthquakes.
… There are churches there that weren’t churches. They were actively involved in homosexual practice, homosexual priests… It was the representative from that city that first put in motion gay marriage in this country in 2003…
Got that? Sin leads to earthquakes, and sin in Christchurch led to all those earthquake-related deaths.
Tamaki later put out a statement in response to the backlash in which he reiterated his (false) belief that sin can influence natural disasters.
Maybe the bigger problem here is that a pastor is quoting Leviticus to back up his insane beliefs. That’s the same book that says gay people should be put to death, an idea which I guess Tamaki also accepts or else he wouldn’t be using that part of the Bible as a reference.
New Zealand Prime Minister John Key dismissed the statements as absurd and did something the next U.S. President will never do: cite science.
Prime Minister Key said this afternoon that Tamaki’s comments were “ridiculous”.
“I mean, give me a break,” Key told Radiolive.
“Look, you always get people coming out with these stupid statements.
“The facts of life are New Zealand is a seismically prone country, with a number of very well identified fault lines.
“We’ve been a bit unlucky I think, clearly those plates are moving around a bit.
“It’s nothing to do with people’s sexuality. I mean, it’s just madness.”
Stand by for Tamaki to call that statement a form of persecution. What else would you expect from a buffoon who thinks he understands the causes of disasters better than the scientists who study them?
(Thanks to Jehan for the link)