Scott Morrison calls social media trolling the ‘work of the devil’ and reveals he has in startling speech made at a Pentecostal church – admitting that he has performed ‘spiritual healings’
- Scott Morrison, a Pentecostal Christian, went to a religious convention last week
- In a speech, He said he was ‘called to do God’s work’ by leading the country
- The politician said he has performed the ‘laying-the-hands’ tradition in office
- The religious Prime Minister also labelled social media as the ‘work of the devil’
- A video of the speech was filmed at the conference and has been shared online
Scott Morrison has labelled social media the work of the ‘devil’ and admitted to performing ‘spiritual healings’ while working during a speech at a Pentecostal church.
The Prime Minister attended the Australian Christian Churches conference on the Gold Coast last week where he told cheering fellow parishioners he was ‘called to do God’s work’ by leading the country.
In a video of the speech shared online, Mr Morrison, Australia’s first Pentecostal Prime Minister, declared that he had sought signs from God while he was on the 2019 election campaign trail.
He told his religious counterparts that he often prayed at work and engaged in the evangelical tradition of ‘laying-on of hands’, which is used to confer a spiritual blessing.
The Prime Minister attended the Australian Christian Churches conference on the Gold Coast last week where he preached to parishioners (pictured)
The politician also described the ‘disrespectful’ use of social media as ‘the work of the devil’ and urged other believers to pray against its ‘corrosive effect on society’.
‘Sure, social media has its virtues and its values and enables us to connect with people in ways we’ve never had before,’ Mr Morrison said.
‘But those weapons can also be used by the evil one and we need to call that out.’
The Pentecostal religion has customs including speaking in tongues, healing by the laying-on of the hands, prayer cloths and ecstatic worship services.
In the clip, which was circulated by the Rationalist Society on Sunday, fellow church members could be heard cheering as the Prime Minister expressed his views.
Later in his address, the nation’s leader said he had looked for signs from God during a trip to an art gallery on the NSW central coast.
‘And there right in front of me was the biggest picture of a soaring eagle … the message I got that day was, Scott you’ve got to run to not grow weary, you’ve got to walk to not grow faint, you’ve got to spread your wings like an eagle to soar like an eagle,’ he said.
Mr Morrison said he had practised the laying-on of hands during a visit to the Pilbara following cyclone Seroja.
‘I’ve been in evacuation centres where people thought I was just giving someone a hug and I was praying, and putting my hands on people … laying hands on them and praying in various situations,’ he said.
‘God has, I believe, been using us in those moments to be able to provide some relief and comfort and just some reassurance.’
Mr Morrison, Australia’s first Pentecostal Prime Minister, said he had performed the ‘laying-on of hands’ in office