Brian Tamaki is a VIP - he is more important than any politician.
I thought I'd find out how easy it is to get to speak with Destiny's Brian Tamaki. To have a bit of a chat. To find out about the "bad people". To compare views. So I rang the local Destiny Church and asked about it. I was told " It doesn't work like that - he's an important man - he runs a network of churches."
So does Catholic Cardinal Thomas Williams. So does Anglican Archbishop Hui Vercoe. Both run networks of churches bigger than Destiny will ever be, and both are easy to get hold of.
I said, "What do you mean, it doesn’t work like that - I can get a hold of a politician pretty easily. Politicans run the country."
I was then told that politicians are elected by men, but Tamaki is elected by God. As if that meant that due to him being elected by God, that he was a Very Important Man, and as such, he is Not To Be Contacted Easily. This local Destiny pastor told me that Tamaki was more important than any politician.
I then asked for the contact details for Tamaki - was told "you have a brain, I'm sure you can find out what it is." (sic)
A lot more was said. He even asked me if I was taking the day off work to go to his Enough is Enough rally.
I`d already had enough, so I terminated the call.
I betcha this Destiny pastor doesn't have to take the day off to go. His attitude was hardly one of what I believe Christianity to be.
I think Destiny is actually a hierarchy run by men who call themselves Christians, but their stance against gay people is more important than their promotion of Christian beliefs, the same way that MCC churches are more about promotion of gay beliefs than the Christian faith. As such, tarnishing Christianity or the church with the same brush as the Destiny leaders provides our nation with a warped view of what Christianity is all about.