Backlash as rugby star Izzy Folau warns that 'hell awaits' homosexuals
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.
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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 _______________
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".
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Are you the type of person that goes out clubbing, sleep around with men/woman, drink alcohol, live like the world and still claim to be a Christian?? If you are, then you're what the bible calls lukewarm and not saved at all. Repent and turn to the Lord Jesus Christ while you have time and stop playing God before you end up in hell. The bible says.. ____________ They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate. Titus 1:16 KJV ____________ He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. 1 John 2:4 KJV ____________ I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. Revelation 3:15-16 KJV
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.
As depressing as the latest homophobic Instagram post by @IzzyFolau (who should be sacked from the Wallabies), I’m taking positivity that the majority of commenters ridicule his bigoted views. I’ve attached a couple of my favourites #israelfolau pic.twitter.com/6x7TKnUlwJ— Calum Trenaman (@CalTrenaman) April 10, 2019
So, Izzy Folau has been at it again. Given I can tick off 6 of these I’m proper buggered by the looks of it. This is the one thing I don’t get about religion, they say it’s based on peace and love for your fellow man yet they viscerally hate so much. #liveandletlive #lovenothate pic.twitter.com/dJP1A6s2sX— Qualat (@QualatOnTwitch) 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
You know what I reckon awaits you, @IzzyFolau? Unemployment. To any young LGBTQ+ people out there reading Folau's horrible comments, I'm sending so much love to you. You are wonderful just as you are. And if hell is awaiting us, I'll get there first and get the party started 🥳🏳️🌈— Lizzie Marvelly (@LizzieMarvelly) April 10, 2019
So I guess anyone who idolises you @IzzyFolau is going to hell.— Mr Threlly (@mrthrelly) April 10, 2019
Granted with comments like this that number will go down but still.
Oh and as an atheist, I don’t believe it exists but if it did & you are the advert for heaven, I’m cool with that. pic.twitter.com/pM5VpnfC8L