Former Prime Minister Scott Morrison has declared he “still believes in miracles” two months after he lost the nation’s top job.
The ex-leader was speaking at controversial tennis legend Margaret Court’s Pentecostal church in Perth on Sunday, where he gave an hour-long sermon.
In what was only his second public appearance since his overwhelming electoral defeat, Mr Morrison accepted a private invitation to mark the church’s 27th birthday and officially open its Perth Prayer Tower.
The event also marked Ms Court’s 80th birthday on Saturday.
“Do you believe that if you lose an election that God still loves you and has a plan for you,” he asked the cheering crowd.
“I do, because I still believe in miracles. God has secured your future, all of it.”
His comments were a flashback for many as he paid tribute to his now infamous 2019 victory speech.
Anxieties are 'Satan's plan': Morrison
After thanking Christians around the country for their prayers over the past few years, Mr Morrison spoke about rising mental illness and failures of the past.
The former PM claimed anxieties were part of “Satan's plan.”
Mr Morrison lamented the high rate of anxiety in life today but said he was "not talking about the biological issues that require proper medical, scientific treatment".
Instead, he was talking about the "everyday anxieties" which he attributed to four main sources: people's personal identity, our past, our future and the future of the greater society.
“There is anxiety around the future. Society, where it is heading.. Shinzo Abe, devastated by his assassination, devastated. Boris Johnson has stood down as Prime minister, another good friend.
“We are seeing things happening around the world, the war in Ukraine. We are seeing what is happening in our own region.
“There are so many anxieties.”
Mr Morrison also urged people not to put their faith in "fallible" governments – despite just leading one.
"We don‘t trust in governments, we don’t trust in United Nations, thank goodness,” he said.
“We don‘t trust in all of these things, as fine as they might be and as important as the role that they play. Believe me, I’ve worked in it.
“But as someone who's been in it, if you are putting your faith in those things, like I put my faith in the Lord you are making a mistake, they are fallible.”
The comments about not putting faith in governments raised eyebrows among many, with some people online pointing out the stark contrast to what Mr Morrison urged from Australians while in government.
"Pretty wild that someone who was just PM says this stuff," remarked journalist Cameron Wilson on Twitter.
ScoMo’s most controversial supporter
Margaret Court, who holds the record of 24 Grand Slam singles titles, has been a long-time supporter of the former PM.
Before the failed vote in May, she and her husband attended several pre-election events and publicly prayed for his re-election.
The tennis great was also a staunch defender of Mr Morrison’s trip to Hawaii during the NSW bushfires emergency.
The endorsement went both ways. During Mr Morrison’s final year in power, the Victory Life Centre received $365,000 in taxpayer dollars.
While over the 2019-20 financial year, the church accepted $283,000 in Government funding and grants.
Over the years, Ms Court has caused outrage over her controversial comments, which have centred around same-sex relationships.
In 2017, she said tennis was “full of lesbians”: and that transgender children were the work of “the devil.”
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