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Scott Morrison has labelled social media “the work of the devil” and claims he was called upon to do “God’s work” as the Prime Minister of Australia.
Mr Morrison, Australia’s first Pentecostal prime minister, addressed a live audience at the Australian Christian Churches conference on the Gold Coast last week.
During his 23-minute speech, he told the audience how he asked for a sign from God while on his 2019 campaign trail, and said he even practised the “laying-on of hands” in prayer when meeting Australians in need.
When discussing social media, Mr Morrison said it could be used as a "weapon" by the devil, and called on his peers to "raise our spiritual weapons".
“Sure, social media has its virtues and its values and enables us to connect with people in ways we’ve never had before, but those weapons can also be used by the evil one and we need to call that out.”
After several scripture readings, Mr Morrison then told a story about how he asked for a sign from God while travelling on the NSW Central Coast during his 2019 election campaign.
He said he had arrived unexpectedly at an art gallery and found himself talking to God.
“I was saying to myself, where are you? Where are you? I would like a reminder if that’s ok,” he said.
“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.
Before concluding his talk, Mr Morrison said he had often prayed for people while at work, usually without them knowing.
“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 has been a member of the Horizon Church in the Sutherland Shire for more than a decade.
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