West Auckland Pastor’s sermons “crazy and outrageous” - Bishop Te Kitohi Pikaahu

By Talisa Kupenga

Te Tai Tokerau Anglican Bishop Te Kitohi Pikaahu says a West Auckland pastor’s sermons are “crazy and outrageous” and supports moves by the New Zealand Police to make inquiries.

“It's hate speech and despite him claiming it comes from the scripture his view is completely wrong, Bishop Pikaahu says.

"It's fine for a person to talk outrageously if that is all they are doing, but not if it is intended to hurt others. That is why I support the police to deal with this issue."

Independent of The Baptist Denomination of New Zealand, Westcity Bible Baptist Church Pastor Logan Roberston has posted online videos of his sermons targeting homosexuals and Labour Party leader Jacinda Ardern.

“My view on homo marriage is that the bible never mentions it,” Pastor Robertson says in video posted July 27.

“I’m not against them getting married as long as a bullet goes through their head the moment they kiss.”

In a separate video posted at the weekend, Robertson turns his attention to New Zealand politics.

“I don’t vote, I don’t let my wife vote, I don’t even believe in women voting but if I did I’d probably vote for Winston Peters.”

He then voices his opinion about Labour Leader Jacinda Ardern saying "The bible actually says it's a curse for a nation to have a woman ruling over them".

“Definitely don’t vote for Jacinda, she needs to shut up, go home, get in the kitchen and bake a cake for her boyfriend. That’s where she needs to be.”

Bishop Pikaahu says he’d like to see how Pastor Robertson’s stance would go down at his local marae.

“I invite him to have that discussion with my sisters and aunts."

The New Zealand Baptist Union says Pastor Robertson’s Church is independent of The Baptist Denomination of New Zealand, leader Reverend Craig Vernall told Te Kāea

“We totally reject Robertson's attitude towards the gay community. Robertson is not part of the NZ Baptist Union and we're deeply disappointed to be aligned alongside his outrageous views."

Te Kāea contacted Pastor Robertson and Labour Leader Jacinda Ardern but both are yet to respond.