Christian rugby player Israel Folau was kicked out of the sport by Australia’s rugby authorities on 15 April after posting that homosexuals are sinners who must repent or go to hell.

Folau, a key international player with 73 caps, was given 48 hours to accept his sacking or face a Code of Conduct hearing.

Rugby Australia said the 30-year-old “had committed a high-level breach of the Professional Players’ Code of Conduct warranting termination of his employment contract”, the BBC reported.

CaptionAustralian rugby star Israel Folau’s social media post on sinners needing to repent has led to him being sacked

Folau has attracted criticism for repeatedly defending the Scriptures in a robust and, some say, controversial way on social media.

Rugby Australia chief executive Raelene Castle said, “It was made clear to him that any social media posts or commentary that is in any way disrespectful to people because of their sexuality will result in disciplinary action.”

On 10 April, Folau posted an image on Instagram that declared “hell awaits” drunks, homosexuals, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists and idolaters. 

The image’s caption read: “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.”

The post prompted Rugby Australia to make a statement on 11 April  to announce he would be axed.

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Date published: 18/04/2019
Article source: barnabasfund.org

3 COMMENTS

  1. This man needs our support. Firstly for telling the truth and second since when can a rugby body dictate and then use punishment to change what you think.
    Any ideas how we can get behind a campaign to fight this. Christians are mandated to loudly confess our faith.

  2. With all respect, the message of Israel Folau is so arrogant and out of line wiith Jesus’s message and conduct.
    Where in the Bible does God appoint humans to be His sheriffs to go around quoting Bible verses condemning people to hell if they (we) don’t repent?
    Any person can read the Bible and find out exactly what God says about sin, repentance and hell.
    We don’t need people going around reminding us of our sinful nature. The Holy Spirit “will convict us of sin, righteousness and judgement”.
    We, including Israel Folau, should LIVE our lives in such a way that we are a living testimony of the Gospel – like Jesus did.

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