Rugby star Israel Folau, who plays for the Wallabies and the New South Wales Waratahs, is at it again with another social media post bashing the LGBTQ community.
Folau posted a graphic to his personal Instagram account claiming “drunks, homosexuals, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists, [and] idolaters” are going to hell.
“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,” he wrote, a remark he followed up with several Bible verses.
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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 _______________
Rugby Australia condemned Folau’s comments in an official statement:
“Rugby Australia is aware of a post made by Israel Folau on his Instagram account this afternoon. The content within the post is unacceptable. It does not represent the values of the sport and is disrespectful to members of the Rugby community.”
But Folau didn’t stop there. He also took to his Twitter account to decry a Tasmanian law to make gender optional on birth certificates.
The devil has blinded so many people in this world, REPENT and turn away from your evil ways. Turn to Jesus Christ who will set you free. pic.twitter.com/BWSWTMye98— Israel Folau (@IzzyFolau) April 10, 2019
Folau was speedily put through the social media wringer. (Many pointed out that the Bible condemns tattoos, of which Folau has plenty.)
Israel Folau seems to have forgotten that the Bible also condemns people with tattoos to hell. #moron— Harry Cook (@HarryCook) April 10, 2019
‘You shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead nor tattoo any marks on you: I am the Lord’— #Huttslayer👊🏼🏳️🌈 (@TheComedyWife) April 10, 2019
‘He that is without sin among you let him first cast a stone’
‘Practice what you preach, arsehole’
Fuck this guy.https://t.co/qrr1TuCbuP— Cormy (@David_Cormack) April 10, 2019
What church does Israel Folau go to? Do they just gather every week and talk about hell? Lol cos how dull. God's love is for everyone man it's unconditional. Start talking about that at church please 🤦🏾♀️— Mabel Muller (@maybeitsmaybz) April 10, 2019
Israel Folau should stop cherry-picking Bible verses that support his homophobic comments on social media, while ignoring Bible verses that condemn his own behaviour. Is it ignorance or hypocrisy? Please, stop posting hate, @IzzyFolau. #NoH8 #NoHomophobia pic.twitter.com/wned37P1mP— Peter Murphy (@PeterWMurphy1) April 10, 2019
My son, a burgeoning U12 rugby fullback, adores Israel Folau. He saw the news and said "I thought he was a nice guy"— Andy Thompson (@SweatyJester) April 10, 2019
When a child calls you out on your bullshit, it's time to get in the bin. See ya, Izzy.
Israel Folau is a sure thing to make the Wallabies’ team of the 19th century.— Daniel Cherny 📰 (@DanielCherny) April 10, 2019
In April 2018, Folau faced similar criticisms after he claimed that gays will go to hell “Unless they repent of their sins and turn to God” in a response to another user on Instagram.
Doesn't quite fit with Israel Folau's "I love and respect all people for who they are and their opinions" line from last year. pic.twitter.com/A023XnxRBd— Ben Coles (@bencoles_) April 3, 2018
In response, many rugby fans called for the termination of Folau’s contract for violating league inclusion policy. He escaped punishment and told critics that he would rather walk away from the game than stop proselytizing. He also denies that he is bigoted or homophobic.