Israel Folau, arguably the most famous Australian rugby player, just had his contract terminated after saying on Instagram that gay people (and atheists and other “sinners”) are going to Hell unless they accept Jesus.
Rugby Australia and the NSW Rugby Union announced that his faith-based bigotry will no longer be tolerated.
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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 _______________
“Whilst Israel is entitled to his religious beliefs, the way in which he has expressed these beliefs is inconsistent with the values of the sport. We want to make it clear that he does not speak for the game with his recent social media posts,” the joint statement said.
“Israel has failed to understand that the expectation of him as a Rugby Australia and NSW Waratahs employee is that he cannot share material on social media that condemns, vilifies or discriminates against people on the basis of their sexuality.
“We have made it clear to Israel formally and repeatedly that any social media posts or commentary that is in any way disrespectful to people because of their sexuality will result in disciplinary action — in the absence of compelling mitigating factors, it’s our intention to terminate his contract.”
It’s not the first time he’s done something like this. Last year, he said that God’s plan for gay people is “HELL.. Unless they repent of their sins and turn to God.” At the time, his bosses and sponsors said it was “disappointing” but didn’t take any drastic action. This time, they didn’t hold back. Good for them. No one’s saying he can’t be a Christian. But when his faith descends into outright bigotry towards other people, he doesn’t get immunity by saying he’s just expressing his religious beliefs.
It’s amazing how someone both wealthy and famous is willing to throw it all away because he can’t follow one simple rule: Don’t be a raging asshole.
By the way, Folau has plenty of tattoos on his body. So it’s not like he takes every biblical rule seriously. Just the ones that concern people he hates.
(Screenshot via YouTube. Portions of this article were published earlier. Thanks to everyone for the link)