Brian Tamaki to churchgoers: Earthquakes are God's alarm for end times

Controversial pentecostal church leader Brian Tamaki is now warning his followers tremors are a divine alarm after blaming recent destructive quakes on gay people.

In a blog post the self-styled Destiny Church bishop says earthquakes were God's method of "sounding an alarm" to communicate the "times we are in", referring to the end of the Earth as we know it.

"Earthquakes and strange weather patterns are nature's way of sounding the alarm to those who are listening. You can have your opinions but you cannot argue with nature - The Voice of God is speaking particularly to The Church," he posted.

In a sermon the day before last week's massive 7.8 magnitude earthquake, which killed two people, Tamaki told churchgoers quakes were a result of sexual "perversions".

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

In his latest blog he continued to maintain nature had been corrupted by human sin and was desperate to be free by the "Sons of God".

This presented a chance of a lifetime for New Zealand and those belonging to his church as nature "convulsed in anticipation of you".

"Our ManUp programme is not just a facilitation of men but also the Birthing of a Nation of Sons - Getting the man inside to face the man in the mirror."

He urged his devotees to not be afraid but judge their effectiveness by the amount of abuse levelled against them.

"If you want to know how much God is using you, look at the amount of hate you are receiving."

The Human Rights Commission has received 16 complaints about Tamaki's rant blaming gay people for earthquakes.

- NZ Herald

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