Self-appointed bishop Brian Tamaki was immensely proud of the money raised by his self-created Destiny Church recently. He asked parishioners to put their tithings on stage, and posted pictures of the sea of $100 and $50 notes on Twitter. He called it, “a sweet-smelling fragrance acceptable to God”.
Later, he was proud of the media attention it attracted. “Top 10 news every time,” he tweeted. “Media criticize but boy, they love the ratings they get.”
There is something endlessly fascinating about Tamaki. To see him doing an imitation of a slick American-style evangelist in a Kiwi accent is to wonder every time how gullible people can be.
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