Well this is an odd declaration for politicians to be making.
Two politicians in Australia have both declared that gay people don’t go to hell for being gay. And they are both Christians making this claim:
CBN NEWS – Leaders of Australia’s major political parties announced today that gay people don’t go to hell for their sexual orientation.
The discussion has come to prominence in the final days of an election campaign.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison is a Pentecostal, and opposition leader Bill Shorten was a Catholic before he converted to his wife’s Anglican faith.
In the past, Morrison has been clear about his biblical beliefs on sexuality, opposing same-sex marriage. Shorten argued in favor of it ahead of a national vote in 2017 where the country legally recognized same sex unions.
On Monday, reporters asked Morrison whether LGBT individuals are going to hell. He replied, “People’s faith are people’s faith. And, you know, I’m not running for Pope. I’m running for prime minister. And so, you know, theological questions you can leave at the seminary.”
Shorten pounced on that statement saying, “I cannot believe that the prime minister has not immediately said that gay people will not go to hell.”
After Shorten challenged the prime minister about whether he believed gays went to hell, Morrison called that line of questioning a “desperate, cheap shot.” Still, he went on to say he did not believe gays went to hell.
The issue has been in the spotlight in Australia recently. It comes weeks after Australian rugby star Israel Folau was fired and found guilty by the country’s rugby administration for using social media to say gays needed to repent of their sin.
In case you’re wondering about the Australian rugby star, here’s what he posted on his instagram that got him into so much trouble:
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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 _______________
As a consequence of posting this on his instagram, he lost his sponsorships and his rugby contact was terminated. He was a world famous rugby player.
This just goes to show you how horrific political correctness has become in Australia. Folau is suffering persecution for calling sinners to repentance while Christian politicians are backing down from what the Bible clearly says about the issue of homosexuality.