Israel Folau is a premier Australian rugby player, making a lot of money and enjoying what many would consider to be an enviable life style. He also happens to be a professing Christian. He does not honour the Lord’s day, however, because he has no problem playing sport on Sunday, so he is probably not the best person to be addressing the sins of others.
However, he was asked a question on Instagram ‘about what God’s plan is for gay people’. He quoted the following text and said that unrepentant homosexuals go to hell.
‘Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, 10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.’1 Cor. 6:9-10.
Of course, Folau was vilified on all sides and is still being attacked in the media. The whole debate has caused all sort of folk from radio hosts like the very shallow thinker Mike Hosking to journalists and sports leaders, players and referees, including a homosexual referee.
How dare anyone suggest that homosexuality is a sin! The true church has always held homosexuality to be a sin, because that is what the Bible teaches. And the Bible also teaches that all unrepentant sinners go to a place of suffering called hell.
Of course, none of the critics actually believe in the concept of sin, in the God of the Bible or of the final judgement. And what they are saying to Folau is that you cannot have your beliefs and speak publicly about them, but we can have ours, even if they contradict the Bible. We as an enlightened society have deemed sodomy to be a good thing, sodomite marriage to be a good thing and morally equivalent to heterosexual marriage.
Therefore, what is really happening here is the persecution of Christians and the attempt to suppress the teaching of the Bible. Israel Folau has pointed out that all unrepentant sinners go to hell if they remain unrepentant. This includes unrepentant adulterers and fornicators like Donald Trump and millions of others. It includes the polite old lady up the street who believes she has done no wrong, though she has never honoured God in her life, the Lord’s day and a million other duties God places upon us.
But this does not soften the blow for the homosexual and the homosexualised or effeminate society we live in. To question their ‘moral’ standing is a great evil and must be punished and such questioning is to be banished from the public square.
And, ironically, Folau’s comments are in fact statements of love. The Bible tells Christians that they are to be salt and light and to take the Word of God, the ‘whole counsel of God’ into the world to warn others that ‘all have sinned and come short of the Glory of God’, and that without repentance and faith in Christ, there can be no salvation to eternal life, only a conscious eternity in hell. Folau is lovingly telling those embroiled in the sin of homosexuality that they must repent of their sins and embrace the Lord Jesus Christ as Saviour.
If he hated the homosexual and was not concerned about his well-being, he would ignore them and leave them in ignorance.
The apologists for homosexuality argue that Folau should not be judging them, but again the double standard shows. They willingly judge and vilify Christians who wish to live according to the revealed will of God.
The Bible also teaches that societies which encourage evil and sin are subject to God’s judgment, and Australia and New Zealand are surely in this club. Folau did not mention this, but we need to remember that God will not be mocked, and so, through the Psalmist, warns the governments of all societies that they ‘kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him. Ps 2:12’
Dr. Garnet Howard Milne