Anglican Bishop of Auckland Dismayed by Tamaki’s Comments
Anglican Bishop of Auckland Dismayed by Brian Tamaki’s Comments
The Anglican Bishop of Auckland, The Right Reverend Ross Bay, has responded with dismay at the Destiny Church leader Brian Tamaki’s comments against New Zealand gay and lesbian clergy.
‘The Anglican Church here values the contribution of gay and lesbian leaders across all aspects of church life, including those who are ordained’, Bishop Bay said today. ‘It is deeply disturbing that a church leader should regard such people as a “contamination”. Mr Tamaki is of course free to prevent LGBTQI people offering ministry in his own church. But to refer to them in this way is a denial of human dignity, and encourages further stigmatisation and exclusion. The Gospel is about the love and reconciliation which we have been offered in Jesus Christ. Church leaders have a responsibility to model and preach this good news in ways that draw people together.’