All Have Sinned… The Wages of Sin is Death.

all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus

For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

The manufactured controversy of Israel Folau’s comments continues.

A few weeks ago I posted the observations in this article (fired for quoting the bible).

Recent events related to this issue have included:

Israel Folau starting a funding drive to raise money for a legal challenge against his dismissal.

Folau’s wife coming under attack for including a reference to the fund page on her own social media account.

The cancelling of Folau’s fund raising account by site owners. (“we do not tolerate the promotion of discrimination or exclusion” – with one exception it seems. They have no problem discriminating against a Christian).

The most recent article I’ve seen on the issue is another assumed “gotcha”, where a Christian spokesman is accused of dodging the question posed by a celebrity journalist, of  whether HE believes homosexuals are destined for hell. (Lisa Wilkinson’s brutal question for Christian leader supporting Folau).

A few points I would like to make.

  • Folau didn’t single out homosexuals as being destined for hell. He also listed drunkards, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves atheists and idolaters
  • I’ve yet to hear a chorus of condemnation from the others on that list – where are the accusations of adulterophobia, liarphobia, kleptophobia, etc.?
  • Folau’s fundraising attempts were ill-advised, considering his considerable wealth. That campaign merely gave his opponents added ammunition, contrasting the money donated to him with the difficulties being faced by similar fund raising for children in need.
  • The journalist mentioned above was so focused on the issue of alleged singular condemnation of homsexuality, that she ignored the actual AND CORRECT answer given by the interviewee.

[He] responded telling the panel hell isn’t simply reserved for homosexuals.

“The mainstream Christian belief on this is that all of us are born going to hell,” he said.
“We’re all sinners and I don’t think it’s helpful to say that Israel Folau’s post targeted homosexuals — it didn’t.”

He continued his lengthy response in defence of Folau’s comments saying we will all be judged on our sexual behaviours, including heterosexuals.
“I was on the list. I think each of us were on the list. We’re all sinners. We will be judged by God and we will be found wanting. I think that’s something that some Australians find offensive.

“But it is actually a Christian belief which runs to the very heart, soul and core of Christianity. And yeah, we’ll be judged on our sexual behaviours. Me, as a straight man, will be judged on my sexual behaviours and found wanting.”

That interviewee is absolutely right. EVERYONE is condemned to and deserving of hell. It doesn’t take any action on our part to make that our destination.

Folau’s message has been hijacked and portrayed as solely condemning of homosexuals, whereas the INTENDED message is that there’s an escape, a way out, an opportunity for everyone to avoid hell. That ALL humanity is given time to turn to Jesus who has made that escape possible.

Despite my agreement with the overall premise of Folau’s message, I do question whether, on two fronts, he’s spoken and acted in wisdom.

Firstly, taking the fundraising and legal action path has taken the issue away from the necessity and importance of people turning to Jesus, and the act itself hasn’t presented a good Christian witness.

Secondly,  while it has been common practice, presenting a gospel centred on an escape from hell can be unproductive. The world today has little spiritual awareness and I suspect that the idea of hell has lost any real meaning to the majority. Also, and significantly, Jesus is our primary source of references to hell in scripture, and those references were warnings ALL addressed to believers, or at least to those who claimed to believe.

He never used hell as a threat to get non-believers to follow Him.

Fired for quoting the Bible

Australian Rugby professional, Israel Folau has had his multiple million dollar contract ended because of alleged “homophobic” comments made on his private social media account.

Note, those comments were effectively a quote from scripture – and they don’t single out homosexuals, but equally specifies several types of sinners who need to turn to Jesus.

Why the allegations of “homophobia” and not similar complaints about the condemnation of drunkards, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves atheists and idolaters?

 

 

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Those that are living in Sin will end up in Hell unless you repent. Jesus Christ loves you and is giving you time to turn away from your sin and come to him. _______________ Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these , adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revelings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
Galatians 5:19‭-‬21 KJV _______________ Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
Acts 2:38 KJV _______________ And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent:
Acts 17:30 KJV _______________

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Lovers of Darkness Rather Than Light

Blessed are you when men hate you,
And when they exclude you,
And revile you, and cast out your name as evil,
For the Son of Man’s sake.
Rejoice in that day and leap for joy!
For indeed your reward is great in heaven.

 

Australian Rugby player Israel Folau has been going through a sustained media campaign* against him for several weeks now, because of his public expressions of faith in Jesus. It started when he

“…was asked a question by somebody about what God’s plan is for gay people. My response to the question is what I believe God’s plan is for all sinners, according to my understanding of my Bible teachings….”

 

Since then he’s been attacked from all quarters in the media and by a media fuelled public.

The situation worsened when he dared to post a video of a David Wilkerson sermon on his twitter account, described in the media as “an anti-gay video”.

 

 

The onslaught continued today:

“It appears the furore surrounding Israel Folau’s religious views is only fuelling him to share more of his controversial thoughts…”

https://au.sports.yahoo.com/door-closing-izzy-tweets-religion-035521779.html

 
Because of his expressions of his faith, there have been calls for Folau’s career to be ended as well as the constant negative media attention.

 

Also in the news today:

 

Poll shows nearly 80% of respondents are against religious schools’ exemptions on LGBTI anti-discrimination law

Four out of five Australians oppose the right of religious schools to hire and fire staff or expel students because of their sexuality, a new poll has found.

The YouGov Galaxy poll, conducted for the LGBTI rights lobby group Just Equal, found that 82% opposed the existing discrimination law exemptions that allowed expulsion of gay and lesbian students and 79% opposed the schools’ ability to fire teachers if they married a person of the same sex.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/may/14/most-australians-oppose-religious-schools-right-to-fire-staff-based-on-sexuality

 

He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed.

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*Examples here: https://wwos.nine.com.au/2018/05/12/11/39/israel-folau-met-by-protester-in-new-zealand

http://www.news.com.au/sport/sports-life/rugby-star-israel-folau-refuses-to-be-silenced/news-story/63d2028462cf010b950b8b52769639ab

https://www.foxsports.com.au/rugby/super-rugby/karl-stefanovic-lashes-israel-folau-over-his-homophobic-remarks/news-story/bb88bd8c1812a27dc362219ecccf8719?nk=0ef75b84262d5b76f8f187db8d66b93e-1526272807

https://au.sports.yahoo.com/door-closing-izzy-tweets-religion-035521779.html