Israel Folau Says Gay People Are Going To Hell -- Again

Ross Houston
April 11, 2019

Australia rugby union worldwide Israel Folau, who is a devout Christian, has posted more anti-LGBT messages on social media.

But Folau now faces the wrath of RA after issuing a fresh attack on homosexual people among other groups, including "drunks", "liars" and "atheists" in an Instagram post that calls for people to "Repent" as "Only Jesus Saves".

"Those that are living in Sin will end up in Hell unless you repent", Folau added. "Jesus Christ loves you and is giving you time to turn away from your sin and come to him", he captioned the post.

Rugby Australia released a statement shortly after saying the post was "unacceptable". It does not represent the values of the sport and is disrespectful to members of the Rugby community.

"We are taking a keen interest on the findings of Rugby Australia's Integrity Unit when they meet tonight and applaud the union for taking the stance that these kinds of comments are unacceptable".

But in response to that, above a screenshot of a report on the subject, Folau tweeted: "The devil has blinded so many people in this world, REPENT and turn away from your evil ways".

It is barely two months ago that Folau signed a new multimillion-dollar contract extension to remain with the NSW Waratahs until the end of 2022. Turn to Jesus Christ who will set you free, ' Folau tweeted.

Christchurch Heroes Sports Trust is an all-inclusive LGBTI+ rugby team, with their co-chair Rāwā Karetai slamming Folau for his insensitive remarks.

The 30-year-old claimed he did not intend to cause harm after writing on his Instagram page that gay people would be condemned to "hell" if they failed to "repent".

His comments forced a meeting with Ms Castle and Waratahs chief executive Andrew Hore, after major Wallabies sponsor Qantas said Folau's statements were "very disappointing".

The social media fuss surrounding the player was slowly fading into oblivion after Folau made a decision to concentrate more on the game rather than on "religious wars.' However, the man who became Super Rugby's all-time top try-scorer last week, reignited the off-court debate by posting yet another religious 'reminder" on his Instagram page.

'Israel has presented his situation to us, where his views are, where his beliefs are, ' Ms Castle said.

Folau's new deal reportedly contained clauses surrounding his use of social media.

He was raised as a Mormon and switched to the Australian Christian Churches with his family in 2011.

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