Since Ray Boltz has come out-of-the-closet and is now openly homosexual, his life is now supposed to be easy and less complicated. I hope he is not counting on a peace that surpasses all understanding to come over him. He may feel a sense of relief because he does not have to “lie” about what he is doing, but his announcement will not bring peace.
Enough of that, I think this is an excellent time to write about what I believe the Bible teaches on Salvation. I will use Ray Boltz in my example (since he raised his hand). Some of you may be wondering will Ray spend eternity in Hell? Surely homosexuality or homosexuals will never enter Heaven.
As I read the Bible, no where do I see where it classifies big sins and little sins. Sin as a definition is missing the mark. In archery, you have sinned if you miss the bull’s-eye. Since I do not own an archery store, that definition does not apply. But since the word sin is in the Bible I thought it was relevant to the discussion. Biblical sin is missing the mark with your life. What does God expect from your life? The answer is one word, perfection. God’s Word or the law requires everyone to be perfect. With this in mind, Romans 3:23 is easier to understand. For all have sinned and fall short of the Glory of God.
The Bible is also clear that the wages of sin (what you earn from sinning) is death. So by sinning you will die…nice. Let take this a little deeper, the death the Bible refers to is eternal death and separation from God, eternal means forever. If you do not live a perfect, sinless life God’s law condemns you to eternal death.
What does that have to do with Ray Boltz? Homosexuality is not the issue, sin is the issue and all have sinned. How can sinful man ever hope to get to Heaven? By himself he is doomed to spend eternity in Hell but while we were yet sinners Christ died for us.
The law requires perfection. Jesus never sinned, which in itself is amazing but instead of jumping for joy and yelling, “I did it, I did it.” Jesus took His perfect life and laid it down for sinful man. What a Savior.
Here is the only way to Heaven, Jesus. (John 14:6) Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one gets to the Father except through Me.” So back to my beginning question, “Will Ray Boltz spend eternity in Hell?” The answer must be… it depends. Did he accept Jesus as his Lord and Savior? That is the only question that matters. In fact, when you die and stand before God I believe you will get one question. It will be something similar to this, “What did you do with My Son, Jesus?” If you have confessed Jesus as your Lord with your mouth and believe in your heart that God raised Christ from the dead, you shall be saved.
This one question will determine which line you then stand in, The Judgment Seat of Christ, or the Great White Throne Judgment. (Just a hint, you want to be in the Judgment Seat of Christ line.) All your other “deeds” will be exposed after your final Judgment is determined. This is where, if you are a Christian and practice homosexuality, lying, stealing etc. any sin, you will answer for it.
So one more time, the Good News, Salvation, Eternal Life, is available for everyone who confesses with their month the Lord Jesus and believes in their heart that God raised Christ from the dead. Everyone who does that shall be saved. If Ray Boltz confessed Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior the Bible says he is born again and a new creature.
I am not trying to make light of a very serious sin but this sin or any sin for that matter will not send you to Hell. Denying Jesus Christ, God’s only Son is the only sure fire (sorry about that) ticket to Hell.