Backlash as rugby star Izzy Folau warns that 'hell awaits' homosexuals

11 April 2019 - 09:53 By Odwa Mjo
Wallabies rugby player Izzy Folau has been slammed for a homophobic Instagram post.
Wallabies rugby player Izzy Folau has been slammed for a homophobic Instagram post.
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Aussie rugby player Israel "Izzy" Folau is in hot water after posting a message on Instagram calling for homosexuals - and many others - to repent for their "sins", warning them that "hell awaits". 

On his official account Folau wrote: "Those that are living in sin will end up in hell unless you repent." Accompanying the post were several scriptures from the Bible. 

Folau identified adultery, alcoholism, homosexuality and fornication as "works of the flesh" and called for people to "turn away" from their sins. 

The Wallabies player's post was condemned by Rugby Australia, who called his comments  "unacceptable" and "disrespectful" to members of the rugby community, reported The Sydney Morning Herald

Folau has often used his Instagram page to voice his thoughts on Christianity. He is also known for using his social media platforms to condemn Christians who he considers  "lukewarm and not saved at all".

On Wednesday, Folau criticised the Australian state of Tasmania's new legislation 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," he tweeted. 

Falou received backlash on social media, with many calling for him to be axed from the Wallabies team.


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