04 June 2012

'City of God' to be Built in New Zealand

Destiny Church in Auckland, New Zealand, led by bishop Brian Tamaki, is making plans to build what they call the City of God. NZ News reports:
The leader of the controversial Destiny Church is calling for his congregation to sell up their homes, leave their jobs and shift to a new city. 
It's a city bishop Brian Tamaki plans to create in South Auckland. 
The congregation stretched out its arms, and Destiny Church's leader asked them to then put their hands in their pockets to fund the future of the controversial church. 
It's called the City of God. 
Mr Tamaki says God told him to build the multi-million dollar city. 
“Because of the demand for our ministry that helps people, genuinely and permanently helps them, we give them hope,” says Mr Tamaki. “We give them a future.” 
(Source
Tamaki announced these plans back in the Fall of 2008. The story has once again resurfaced, as he shared  pictures of the proposed "city" this past weekend at his church's annual conference. Fairfax New Zealand reports:
At the church's annual conference in Rotorua on Friday night, Tamaki spent his entire two-hour sermon talking about how God had told him to build the city and why his followers had to lose their "parochialism" towards their home areas, even if it meant leaving behind loved ones. 
He was welcomed to the stage by a kapa haka group, which did a haka describing Tamaki as "the mouthpiece of God" and a "prophet". 
Tamaki said God had spoken to him through the Book of Hebrews telling him to build a city. In Abraham's time people lived in tents in the desert, but Destiny members had to leave behind their "tent mentality" and aim for something "far bigger, far greater ... a City of God". 
(Source)
Concerns have been raised by many, including Mark Vrankovich of CultWatch, that the movement that Tamaki has created is indeed cult-like. Having been referred to as a "prophet" as recently as this weekend, one must begin to test the so-called prophecies of this man.

The video below, which according to the video owner was recorded in 2003, Tamaki at that time predicted that "in the next 5 years" Destiny Church would be ruling the nation of New Zealand. Watch the reaction of Tamaki's followers:


Well, 2008 has come and gone and it seems that this prophecy failed. Where does this leave Tamaki?
And if you say in your heart, ‘How may we know the word that the LORD has not spoken?’—when a prophet speaks in the name of the LORD, if the word does not come to pass or come true, that is a word that the LORD has not spoken; the prophet has spoken it presumptuously. You need not be afraid of him. (Deuteronomy 18:21-22)
Let us keep the deceived people of Destiny Church in our prayers. Let us pray that God would protect them from the wicked teachings of this man, and open their eyes to the truth of His Word alone.

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