A City of ‘Destiny’

Last night TVNZ was scraping for news so as one of its lead stories brought importance to an issue…that isn’t an issue.

Destiny Church is buying some land and building a community there.

Sorry…is that it?

Like minded people since time immemorial have been living together, how is this…at its core…any different?

Ask the Catholics, Anglicans, Presbyterian in fact any other religious denomination how they would fund a new initiative from a present for their Vicar to a new swimming pool (I’m looking at you SHC), where do you think that money comes from…the members of the group.

I find it interesting that last night was TVNZ’t turn and today TV3 has it on their website and I am assuming that it’ll be a lead on 3News tonight.

I am sure John Campbell is a little annoyed that he is not on air at the moment to make the most of this non-story as usually Campbell Live embarrasses themselves by looking for issues that are not there when it comes to Destiny Church.

Now this is not to say that I am in full agreement or comfortable with everything that Destiny Church does, or everything they teach, but I have always been confused with the ferociousness at which the media sees a story when the words ‘Brian Tamaki’ or ‘Destiny Church’ are used.

Some ex-Destiny members are unhappy with their experiences there, others say that because of their experiences at Destiny they are alive today. That’s called life and everybody seeing things differently.

Whom would you rather live beside, a Destiny Church member, or a gang member? A Destiny Church member or a flat of 18 year olds? A Destiny Church member or a Satanic Church member?

To testify how this is a non-story, it was actually spoken about, according to TVNZ, on New Years Eve, and they only ‘broke’ the story last night. Surely if this was a real story of  interest and concern, it would have come out on Jan 1st…wouldn’t it?

TV3 has asked the question on their website Does Destiny Church’s influence concern you? of which most of the early comments are negative.

Why does TV3 ask these kinds of questions about Destiny, but not other areas of life…has anyone ever seen “Do the Greens influence concern you?” or “Does women’s influence concern you?” or “Does the Mongrel Mob’s influence concern you?” The answer is that those groups, or any other, are not as easy a target as Brian Tamaki and Destiny Church.

I am not concerned of the influence of Destiny Church, and I don’t think you should be either.

3 thoughts on “A City of ‘Destiny’

  1. motorizer January 6, 2012 / 17:50

    yeah im quite impressed. it can only be a positive thing yeah? whats the big deal? why indeed was it on the news at all? its fair to say that the church is doing more for their community than both governments state AND local. i think that the willingness for people (not even neccessarily followers) to put their hands in their pockets to fund this type of projects shows the lack of faith IN government. Im not gody at all by the way. It can only be a positive thing.

  2. Antony January 7, 2012 / 10:48

    It wasn’t news yet even on January 1st, to answer that question. Why? Because it was a New Years DAY service on the night of January the 1st… Tvnz took the footage from internet without showing up themselves, and thus got the details wrong, and that mis-information has then been passed around all media organisations. The Events Centre used in the story was being used for something entirely different on the night in question … unless the people in the following article combined for the service… now that would have been a funny service. Most of them may have joined. http://www.rotoruadailypost.co.nz/news/move-indoors-is-a-big-winner-for-rock-the-lake/1225282/

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