Stan Walker on stage... with Brian Tamaki

Stan Walker will headline a men's conference at Destiny Church this weekend, less than two weeks after the church's leader Brian Tamaki blamed natural disasters on gay people, sinners and murders.

A Facebook post promoting the Man Up event said Brian Tamaki and Stan Walker would be at the Auckland event on November 26 and featured photographs of the two men side by side.

The day before the Kaikoura Earthquake struck, devastating North Canterbury, Tamaki said in a sermon that the Earth "convulses under the weight of certain human sin".

"It spews itself up after a while - that's natural disasters. Because nature was never created to carry the bondage of our iniquity."

He also blamed a gay priest and the people of Christchurch for the devastating earthquakes that hit Canterbury in 2010 and 2011 which killed 185 people.

The day after the Herald published a report about the sermon, Tamaki told Radio Live he believed all people who participated in illicit sexual behaviour, adultery and child abuse were to blame for the earthquake, not just gay people and murders.

"It's about adultery, morality, it's about any type of extra-sexual behaviour," he said.

His comments were condemned within the Christian community and by Prime Minister John Key.

More than 120,000 people have now signed a petition to strip Destiny of its tax-free status.

Two days after reports of Tamaki's sermon surfaced in the media, Walker tweeted: "Jesus is Love. Love God & love people. Love all people for all that they are. Love conquers all."

Saturday's event won't be the first time Walker has performed at the controversial church.

In 2014 he performed at Destiny's No Limits conference.

- NZ Herald

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