Westcity Bible Baptist Church (Logan Robertson)

A controversial independent Baptist church in New Zealand, known for its extreme views and actions under the leadership of Pastor Logan Robertson.

Westcity Bible Baptist Church, led by Pastor Logan Robertson, has been a subject of significant controversy and media attention, particularly in New Zealand and Australia. Founded by Robertson in 2014 in Auckland, New Zealand, the church is known for its extreme views, particularly on issues of homosexuality and women’s rights.

History and Establishment

The church was established in 2014 in Auckland, New Zealand, by Logan Robertson. Robertson, who had a vision of reaching the Auckland area with his brand of Baptist teachings, faced numerous challenges in the church’s early years. Initially, the church had a small congregation, mainly comprising Robertson’s family, but gradually grew to include more members.

Controversial Teachings and Actions

Homophobic Statements and Actions

Robertson has been known for his vehemently anti-gay views. He has publicly stated that homosexuals should be shot and prayed for the suicide of a gay author. His church explicitly bars homosexuals from attending their services. These statements have led to widespread criticism and allegations of hate speech.

Anti-Female Sentiment

Robertson has also expressed anti-female sentiments, stating that women should not be allowed to vote and making derogatory comments about New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. He has been quoted as saying that it’s a “curse for a nation to have a woman ruling over them” and that women belong in the kitchen.

Harassment and Deportation

Robertson’s actions have not been limited to his sermons. He has been involved in incidents of harassment, including entering mosques in Australia and verbally abusing worshippers. His actions led to his visa being canceled by the Australian government, and he was subsequently deported to New Zealand.

Doctrinal Stance

Westcity Bible Baptist Church identifies as an independent Baptist church. It adheres to several fundamentalist doctrines, including:

  • King James Version Only (KJVO)
  • Non-Dispensationalism
  • Post-Tribulation Rapture
  • Once Saved, Always Saved (OSAS)
  • Salvation by grace through faith, not repentance of sins

Public Perception and Media Attention

The church and Robertson have received significant media attention due to their controversial views and actions. They have been the subject of criticism from both the public and various religious organizations, including the New Zealand Baptist Union, which has disassociated itself from Robertson’s church.

Current Status

After his deportation from Australia, Robertson and his family moved to the Philippines, where they were involved in leading the Pillar Baptist Church in Davao City. However, Robertson later returned to New Zealand and continues to be a figure of contention due to his views and teachings. His presence in the community remains a concern for many, especially given his history of inflammatory and divisive rhetoric.