Tithe-paying, Bible-believing, Holy Spirit-filled Christians have a Psalm 91 “protection policy” against COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus, according to New Zealand’s popular multi-campus Destiny Church leader Brian Tamaki.
Speaking to his congregation in Auckland on Sunday, Tamaki said God allows “epidemics, pestilence and famine” when people have departed from faith in Him. But for Bible-believing, born-again Christians who pay their tithes, God assures them protection from the virus in Psalm 91.
“This latest coronavirus is a little round thing like a tennis ball with little spikes. It has to get to the lungs this one. It’s what makes it so dangerous. Gets on the lungs and then begins to mutate the cells in your lungs and eats it away, OK. No problems. It’s a bit like the last one they had, it was the SARS, were all related to the respiratory system,” Tamaki explained in his sermon streamed on the church’s website as follows:.
This latest coronavirus is a little round thing like a tennis ball with little spikes. It has to get to the lungs this one. It’s what makes it so dangerous. Gets on the lungs and then begins to mutate the cells in your lungs and eats it away, OK. No problems. It’s a bit like the last one they had, it was the SARS, were all related to the respiratory system.
You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday. We needn’t fear it. There is a lot of hysteria that has been engendered by certain elements about this pandemic.
The prince of the power of the air, Satan, has control of atmospheres unless you’re a blood-bought born-again, Jesus-loving, Bible-believing, Holy Ghost-filled, tithe-paying believer. You are the only one that can walk through atmospheres and has a, literally a protection — the Psalm 91 protection policy around you. I don’t care if you don’t believe it. It’s all right. I’m just telling you, so you understand.
Tamaki claimed that because viruses travel through the air controlled by “satanic spirits” that energized their spreading, only Christians covered by God can avoid being affected by the virus.
The Rev. Helen Jacobi, vicar at central Auckland’s St Matthew-in-the-City, told the New Zealand Herald that Tamaki’s advice is “incredibly unsafe.”
“People should be following public health advice. I think it is very dangerous and wrong for any public leader to contravene that. Certainly in the Anglican Church we have been sharing the message to follow public health advice, and we follow it in our own gatherings. It is also quite offensive, saying his followers are safe and no-one else, which is the absolute opposite of the Christian belief,” she said.
The vicar further challenged the use of Psalm 91 as Tamaki’s protection policy since it was used by “the devil” to tempt Jesus.
“It is very amusing he has chosen that psalm, given it was used by ‘the devil’ to test Jesus,” Jacobi said. according to Christian Post
After learning of the pastor’s claims, Alleyn Auld, one critic among many, said:
Brian, your sermon shows me you know nothing about hermeneutics (rules of interpretation). It also shows how greed can infiltrate the leadership of religious institutions. You should be fired immediately because your opinion could end up killing people. Shame on a congregation that would put up with this type of gross negligence.