Anglican Bishop of Dunedin Kelvin Wright writes…
“Leviticus is not an easy read. It’s all about purity, and how to achieve it and it’s full of advice on things like how to avoid mildew, and whether baldness is bad for you, and who you may or may not have sex with, and how to tell if someone has leprosy and which earlobe to rub the lambs blood on if they do. Most Christians, and let’s be honest here, have never actually read it, including, if his sermons are any evidence, “bishop” Brian Tamaki.
In the public arena at the moment is a video of one of Mr. Tamaki”s talks:
Here he says that, according to Leviticus, the weight of human sinfulness causes the land to convulse, and, lets forget all that bollocks about tectonic plates, this is the real reason for our recent seismic events.
Now you can read Leviticus if you want, or you can take my word for it, it makes no difference either way – you won’t find the verse Mr. Tamaki is referring to because there is no verse in Leviticus which says this. There is no verse in the entire Bible which says this. Mr. Tamaki is making it up. He is telling porkies.
I’m guessing here, but I think Mr. Tamaki may have been basing his remarks on a very uninformed interpretation of a cursory reading of one particular Levitical passage. In Leviticus 18 there is a reference to the land vomiting, which is a metaphor with a very specific context: Leviticus was written when the people of Israel had been conquered by a foreign power and large percentages of the people had been taken into exile. The land was left untended, and the people were traumatised and asking themselves why? Why had this terrible thing happened? The writers of Leviticus were telling them that it was because the people hadn’t kept themselves pure. The land had ejected them just as it had ejected the Canaanites before them. So, Leviticus 18 is speaking about military defeat originating in the moral turpitude of the people, which might, I suppose, have some merit as a theory. Mr Tamaki tells his people that Leviticus 18 means that God sends earthquakes because there are gay people in the country, which does not have much merit as a theory.
If he’d read further, into Leviticus 19, he would have seen a whole chapter on how God gets really pissed off when people take money from the poor. I’m looking forward to seeing how he interprets that one.”