A post by DPF provoked me to some thought on the Destiny church. While the church undoubtedly provides *some* service to the community, this is outweighed by their unfortunate focus on legalism instead of the love, grace, and life found in Jesus.
I have belonged to a couple of churches in the fundamentalist mold, not quite as outspoken as Destiny, and it was quite damaging to my relationship to God and fellow humans. I remain a Christian, and intellectually I agree with most of Brian Tamaki’s pronouncements.
*However*, I do take issue with his methods. It is not constructive to stand on the sidelines of society and throw rocks. Nor is it helpful to impose pharasaical legalism on the members of the church, for they are like sheep in need of a gentle shepherd.
Tamaki spends a lot of time waving his Bible around saying stuff like “this Word is the absolute standard”, “if you disagree with this Word, then you are WRONG”; “if you disobey this word, that is EVIL”.
Only problem is, his exposition of the Bible is unbalanced. I believe it would be more accurate for him to say “if you disagree with Brian Tamaki, then you are WRONG”.
Hosea: “What does lord ask of you, O man? To act justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God”
Corinthians (I think): “Build each other up in your most holy faith, encourage each other”
Ephesians: “Be ye kind, one to another, forgiving each other, even as in Christ God has forgiven you”
Matthew 5 contains Jesus’ principles of a good life (Sermon on the Mount): “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
In fact, I recommend this exposition of 2 Peter, particularly noting:
“Don’t twist the scriptures to your own destruction. The scriptures can be a source of much good, but they can also be abused to much harm.”
This Profile of Spiritual Abuse really hits the nail on the head.
Also, God does not want Christians to throw away their critical faculties, why else do we have a brain? Acts 17:11 “Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.”
Proverbs 16:18 “Pride goes before destruction,
a haughty spirit before a fall.” (Particularly relevant to Graham Capill)
Yes Jesus was an outspoken prophet of his day.
But that’s pretty much where the similarities between Jesus Christ and Pastor Brian end.