Scott Morrison has become obsessed with Facebook since losing office back in May, posting about everything from mowing the lawn to buying a new pair of golf shoes.
But the PM’s regular social media posts came to a brief but abrupt stop this week when he decided to leave any mention of his visit to Margaret Court’s controversial Pentecostal church on Facebook – where he said Australians should trust God, not governments, in an explosive sermon.
The former prime minister has become extremely active online since losing the top job to Anthony Albanese, recently sharing photos of him visiting a charity helping Indigenous youths, a video of him playing golf and footage of him cooking up a curry.
He also congratulated Aussie golfer Cameron Smith for winning the 150th British Open, and even shared a photo of his new golf shoes, admitting his old pair fell apart on the second hole during a game with former MP Steve Irons.
But he didn’t share any pictures or even bring up the fact he’d spoken at the church in Perth on Sunday, despite doing four separate posts since that same day.
Scott Morrison left out any mention of his visit (pictured) to the Pentecostal Church of controversial tennis star Margaret Court on social media – despite posting various photos of his recent activity this week
ScoMo even posted about having to buy new golf shoes because his old ones ‘fell apart’
Mr Morrison was a guest speaker at the event celebrating the 27th birthday of the Victory Life Centre and the installation of its new Perth Prayer tower.
Court also celebrated her 80th birthday on Saturday.
The former PM thanked ‘Christians around the country’ for their prayers over the past four years and told the crowd: ‘I still believe in miracles’.
‘Do you believe if you lose an election that God still loves you and has a plan for you? I do – because I still believe in miracles,’ he told the congregation.
It echoed the speech he gave after his 2019 election win over Labor’s Bill Shorten when he said: ‘I have always believed in miracles’.
The ex-PM focused on mental health for much of his sermon which also railed against government, and discussed his struggles to conceive with wife, Jenny.
‘The mental health strains and stresses and the anxieties that are driven in our society is having a real toll on people. It’s really serious,’ he said.
Mr Morrison (pictured with wife Jenny) delivered an explosive sermon on Sunday where he said ‘we trust in Him, we don’t trust in governments’
‘I’m not talking about fear. I’m talking about anxiety. Anxiety is longer lasting. Anxiety can be overwhelming. It can be debilitating, it can be agony.
‘God understands anxiety. God knows that anxiety is part of the human condition.’
But he said religious belief was the solution.
‘There’s one answer,’ he said. ‘God loves you…We cannot allow these anxieties to deny us – that that’s not His plan.
‘That’s Satan’s plan. That’s not His plan – and He has victory over all these things.’
The former prime minister also said people should put their trust in Christ, not governments.
‘We trust in Him,’ he said.
‘We don’t trust in governments. We don’t trust in the United Nations, thank goodness. We don’t trust in all of these things, fine as they might be.
‘Believe me, I’ve worked in it and they are important.
‘But as someone has 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’re earthly, they are fallible.’
Mr Morrison’s sermon drew the criticism of actress Magda Szubanski who was later forced to delete tweets she made on the former PM.
Szubanski had raged to radio star Wendy Harmer, who had tweeted quotes from Mr Morrison’s sermon: ‘We know how crucified I was by MSM [mainstream media] for daring to mention any of this.’
In a follow up tweet, she added: ‘I got hung out to dry cos (sic) I dared question that this was what Scott Morrison was about all along.’
Mr Morrison’s sermon drew the criticism of actress Magda Szubanski who was later forced to delete tweets she made on the former PM
Magda Szubanski deleted the tweets shortly after posting them
Szubanski, 61, deleted that tweet, and another version of it, as well as the tweet to Ms Harmer within moments of posting them online.
Political commentator Peter Van Onselen took issue with Mr Morrison’s comments surrounding putting trust in God over the government.
‘This sort of religious rhetoric by an only recently defeated PM at a church service for Margaret Court (of all people) reeks of millenarianism and anti-institutional sentiment,’ he tweeted.
‘It makes you wonder what messages he’ll deliver as the years roll by. Yikes!’
Comedian Shaun Micallef wrote: ‘I don’t know Satan personally but I think he has a grander ambition than to make people feel anxious.’
Columnist Peter FitzSimons questioned why Mr Morrison had likened anxiety to being a part of ‘Satan’s plan’.
‘SERIOUSLY? Does Scott Morrison actually think like that?’ he tweeted.
Szubanski came under fire in April last year after she compared Mr Morrison and his wife to Margaret Atwood’s book The Handmaid’s Tale, a dystopian thriller where women are uneducated, subservient to men and ruled by Bible-touting dictators.
She doubled down on her comments and said they were a restrained way of drawing attention to the fact that she thinks elements of ‘far-right’ Christian conservatism are increasingly present in politics.
‘That was a mild way of drawing attention to the fact I do have concerns about, and trust me this is not about the majority of Christians, but the element of the far-right,’ she told A Current Affair.
‘And – they are really going to come for me now – I think that is a concern.’
Ms Harmer, 66, also tweeted about the sermon and said Mr Morrison had been given an easy ride as PM with no-one questioning the impact his religious beliefs had on his job.
‘Scott Morrison was afforded a lot of cover for his fundamental beliefs while he was in office,’ she said in a post that was liked 2,000 times and retweeted almost 300 times.
Margaret Court found herself in hot water in 2017 after she wrote a letter to Qantas about her disappointment in its support for same-sex marriage
‘It was deemed ”impolite” or ”unimportant” or ”too personal” to question him too deeply, and that was largely respected. That was wrong.’
Ms Court found herself in hot water in 2017 after she wrote a letter to Qantas about her disappointment in its support for same-sex marriage.
The former Grand Slam champion said she would no longer fly with the airline over its support.
‘I am disappointed that Qantas has become an active promoter for same sex marriage,’ she wrote.
‘I believe in marriage as a union between a man and a woman as stated in the Bible. Your statement leaves me no option but to use other airlines where possible for my extensive travelling.’
Her views on same-sex marriage sparked calls for the Margaret Court Arena in Melbourne Park to be renamed – with some suggesting Aboriginal icon Evonne Goolagong-Cawley, who has won seven Grand Slams, as an alternative.