Bishop Brian Tamaki has asked up to 50 members of the rainbow community to attend an event at the Destiny Church conference, while maintaining his belief being gay is a sin.

The event has been greeted with doubt and suspicion by the rainbow community given Brian Tamaki's strong anti-gay position, including blaming same-sex relationships for the Christchurch earthquakes.

The event follows Tamaki's wife Hannah, a Destiny Church pastor, saying on Radio NZ this month she believed being gay was a sin "as much as somebody who beat their wife".

The event has baffled the rainbow community, largely because of the