The Destiny Church’s Bishop Brian Tamaki is in my view the only true Christian church leader in the land.
First however, if it’s not already known to readers, I’ve devoted my life to mocking religion. Anthropologists have identified over 3,500 religions throughout history, all with different Gods. Not one of the buggers has ever actually appeared on earth. In short religion is classic conspiracy theory, namely an unseen force calling all the shots.
But equally, as a libertarian I respect each to their own and if folk want to buy into this fantasy then that’s their affair.
Bishop Tamaki, alone among our various Christian outfits, is consistent in his belief in an all powerful loving God who will protect the faithful.
He has told the government to get stuffed with their refusal to allow conventional church services, and all credit to him for that.
He accurately slammed the current state of affairs as nanny-statism and the government as like “over controlling parents”. He also referred to the New Zealand Bill of Rights, section 15, specifically “the freedom to manifest religion or belief in worship, observance practise and teaching either publicly or privately”.
In short regarding his belief he and he alone of the sky-baying mobs puts his money where his mouth is.
To that Auckland Anglican vicar the Reverend Dr Helen Jacobi says Tamaki saying that followers of Jesus will be protected from coronavirus is incredibly unsafe.
Helen’s outfit, the oldest Protestant church, is in its death spiral. Its membership has halved in Britain in the last 15 years and currently Sunday services there average 14 attendees.
Helen’s utterances bow to the government’s wishes over those of her God. If she doesn’t believe her God chap will protect her from the virus then surely that’s God’s wishes to knock her off.
Aside from that where’s her martyr’s spirit?
And if God wants her in heaven then surely she’s eager to get there, having I imagine, babbled away about the wonders of Paradise to her flock over the years.
The indisputable fact is that all bar Bishop Tamaki of the various Christian churches, are utter hypocrites in professing faith in their deity to protect them. Plainly by their actions they don’t believe a word of it, a bloody sensible decision to be sure, but massively inconsistent with their advocacy.