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Watch: Destiny Church's Brian Tamaki labels NZ's gay clergy 'contamination in churches', in new sermon

Destiny Church's self-declared bishop Brian Tamaki has again made comments against gay and lesbian people by suggesting clergy shouldn't be gay or lesbian.

Mr Tamaki, speaking to his congregation on Sunday in video posted online by his wife Hannah Tamaki, referred to gay and lesbian clergy as "contamination".

"... You've got to understand that there's been such a breakdown and contamination in churches and in denominations it's gone beyond a joke," Mr Tamaki told those gathered.

"Churches are so unguarded and [have] so lost their way that now you can have lesbian ministers… and gay…

Brian Tamaki is given a fair chance to respond to the request over his 'sin' causing earthquakes comments. Source: Seven Sharp

"You might be saying 'yay' and clapping, but I’m not clapping with you - and neither is God."

But today former Reverend of Auckland's Metropolitan Community Church Doug McGee told 1 NEWS the comments were "outdated", saying that "god is unconditional love - and inclusive love too".

"The church should be leading some of the changes in society in stead of dragging behind," McGee said.

"When one delves beyond the surface of the scriptures that condemn gays, then it's a whole different picture, but so often those that condemning gay people, they are only looking at the literal wording of a certain portion.

"In condemning gays, they're showing their own self-righteousness."

Mr Tamaki caused outrage last November when he suggested "certain human sin" including gay priests, were responsible for the deadly Canterbury earthquakes which killed 185 people.

"The earth can speak ... Leviticus says that the earth convulses under the weight of certain human sin," Mr Tamaki said during the 2016 sermon.

"It spews itself up after a while – that's natural disasters ... because nature was never created to carry the bondage of our inequity."

Following those comments, a Change.org petition was created calling for Destiny Church to be stripped of its charitable status, which currently allows the church considerable tax breaks, and the petition attracted more than 127,000 signatures.

The Human Rights Commission said in July that 20 complaints were received over Mr Tamaki's comments in 2016, but that they were unable to progress with those complaints because New Zealand's Human Rights Act does not contain a clause specifically prohibiting gay hate speech.

At the time, Green Party spokesperson for Rainbow Issues Jan Logie said it is time for the legislation to be updated to meet "contemporary needs" and the Labour Party's spokesperson for the Community and Voluntary sector Poto Williams agreed, saying a review of the Human Rights Act is "definitely something that is worth considering".

Protests have since targeted the church, with a group last month organising a "big gay party" at the church's Christchurch event, forcing the church to change the venue to a secret location.

During that sermon, Mr Tamaki told followers that giving big cash donations to his church "should be normal" as that would indicate they have plenty of money to give.

Destiny Church reportedly asks members to contribute 10 per cent of their income to the church.

He also said those who criticised or protested against him were "incredibly jealous of my life".

Hannah Tamaki has defended her husband's right to preach whatever he likes, calling it "free speech".

"Everyone is allowed freedom of speech, everyone except Brian Tamaki of course," Ms Tamaki wrote in October.

"The gay community want to be free to express themselves, to be accepted no matter they look like or what they wear, but Brian better shut [up], he has no right to voice what he believes, and we'll never accept him with greasy hair and tailormade suits."

1 NEWS NOW reporter Luke Appleby said in July 2017 that the church tells him they’re working to file as soon as possible. Source: Breakfast

The church has recently been served with notices by Internal Affairs indicating the charitable status of two of their biggest entities will soon be removed if they don't file a financial return - they are two years behind.

The deadline for those charities to file annual returns is this Friday.