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Reblogged from Stand Up For The Truth, with permission…

Former ‘Archbishop’ Desmond Tutu: I Much Rather Prefer to Go to Hell Than a ‘Homophobic Heaven’

English: Desmond Tutu in San Diego, California...

 Desmond Tutu

CAPE TOWN – During a news conference introducing a United Nations homosexual rights campaign, former African Angelican archbishop and anti-apartheid activist Desmond Tutu told reporters that he would rather go to Hell than a “homophobic Heaven.”

“I would refuse to go to a homophobic Heaven. No, I would say, ‘Sorry, I would much rather go to the other place,’” Tutu, 81, stated. “I would not worship a God who is homophobic and that is how deeply I feel about this.”

He made the comments Friday at a news conference for the UN’s “Free and Equal” campaign in Cape Town, South Africa, which was spearheaded by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. The campaign seeks to gain equality for homosexuals worldwide, including in Africa, where most nations oppose or criminalize sexual activity between those of the same gender.

“I am as passionate about this campaign as I ever was about apartheid,” Tutu said. “For me, it is at the same level.”

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My response
July 29, 2013 at 8:29 am Reply

What an inexcusable display of biblical ignorance and man-pleasing this is from someone who once held a position of great responsibility within the Body of Christ, and who has such influence in the global village. Very disappointing, yet hardly surprising in today’s blasphemous environment. Fear of the Lord truly is the beginning of wisdom, and both are lacking in these comments.

To even hint that God is homophobic in regarding homosexual relations as an abomination is nothing short of blasphemy, a subtle attack on the character of the God of the Bible. I expect the bishop is on his way making up his own god, one to better suit his tastes. Not unlike the emergent church, new apostolic reformation and other groups have done when they can’t accept some aspect or other of the God of the Bible. I make no boast of spiritual superiority…I did it for a while too. Yet the true God is so magnificent, it now boggles my mind how people can be satisfied with a poisonous facsimile.

Sadly, issues become unnecessarily polarized due to such statements. Christians abhor the cruelty and abusiveness that has been shown to gay people in certain times and places, including the present day. This does not give us permission to condone this sinful behavior. We have to seek alternatives ways to prevent abuses, but cannot deny the very word of God in this matter. Bishop Tutu has had every opportunity to display his compassion for gay people from a biblical standpoint, and has willfully chosen to ignore Scripture and please his fellow man instead. This is not loving.

May I also just add, this also illustrates the increasingly cavalier attitude (if not outright rejection) towards the doctrine of eternal punishment and hell. It is an evil thing that hell is being made light of. No one who truly understands, through the power of the Holy Spirit, the horror of eternal separation from God could ever profess that they would prefer to go to hell than to some unbiblical view of heaven they have conjured up in their head. Not even in jest. Careless words, but not harmless.

My response may seem harsh, but we have to be willing to speak out against those who profess to be Christians yet promote false teachings. Particularly when they are as influential as Desmond Tutu. This is serious stuff, and will lead many to hell. Which, apparently he would prefer. Don’t assume these comments are made in error or from misunderstanding the Scriptures! I find false teachers often speak the truth about themselves and their motives, they just don’t realise we can see it clearly.

Original Article at Christian News here.