Wednesday, October 28, 2009
New age Destiny Church in NZ facing further criticism...
The new age Christian fundamentalist Destiny Church is facing further criticism, after hundreds of men pledged to honour its leader - self-appointed Bishop Brian Tamaki and his church.
At the church's annual conference in Auckland at Labour weekend, about 700 men swore a "covenant oath" of loyalty and obedience to Bishop Tamaki.
But some say the oath goes too far, stifling freedom of speech, with church members ordered to speak of Mr Tamaki in a favourable light.
However, Destiny Church spokesman and oath author Richard Lewis says that is not the case.
"We can't make people do anything, the members of Destiny Church are here because they want to be - there is no obligation for them to stay," he says.
"We have seen a lot of people come into this movement who have, under the influence of Bishop Tamaki, turned their lives around, and done great things."
Under the oath members must also fully support what Bishop Tamaki promotes.
Acknowledgements: Radio LIVE