The Herald has a story about Destiny Church:
The leader of Destiny Church, Brian Tamaki, who not long ago anointed himself bishop of the church he founded, has now proclaimed himself the church’s “spiritual father” and designated the male members of the church as “spiritual sons”.
The story was written by Garth George, who also has an opinion column on the subject. He writes:
how 700 Kiwi men could accept this nonsense and swear lifetime fealty to a mere fallible mortal is quite beyond me.
It’s amusing and a bit absurd that members of Tamaki’s church see him as a ‘spiritual father’, but George is a Roman Catholic who presumably believes that when he takes communion he is eating the flesh and drinking the blood of a murdered God born of a virgin, which is also pretty fucking daft. H L Mencken said it best:
We must respect the other fellow’s religion, but only in the sense and to the extent that we respect his theory that his wife is beautiful and his children smart.