Australian rugby player Izzy Folau has taken to social media once again to express his Christian beliefs, tweeting an anti-gay YouTube video from late American Evangelist David Wilkerson. Wilkerson takes aim at the acceptance of homosexuality in modern times with the 11-minute clip. This comes just one month after Izzy Folau came under scrutiny for saying gay people are going to Hell.
Folau, who plays for New South Wales Waratahs, tweeted the video with the caption, “With great love I wanted to share this video in the hope that people watch it and think about it. Jesus is coming back soon and he wants us to turn to him through repentance and baptism in the name of Jesus Christ (Acts 2:38) please don’t harden your heart.”
The video includes footage of an LGBT Pride march in which Christian street preachers are protesting. The White House lit up in rainbow colors is shown while narration can be heard saying, “Now is the time to get right with God because this generation has lost the fear of God. There’s no fear of God left in the land.”
With great love i wanted to share this video in the hope that people watch it and think about it. Jesus is coming back soon and he wants us to turn to him through repentance and baptism in the name of Jesus Christ (Acts 2:38) please don't harden your heart https://t.co/PtDoPCQDco
— Israel Folau (@IzzyFolau) May 7, 2018
Folau replied, “HELL.. Unless they repent of their sins and turn to God.”
Rugby Australia and the New South Wales Waratahs said they would seek an explanation from Izzy Folau and denounced him. But they chose not to sanction him, with officials saying, “In his own words, Israel said that he did not intend to upset people intentionally or bring hurt to the game. We accept Israel’s position.”
Last year before the public postal plebiscite on same-sex marriage in Australia Falou tweeted, “I love and respect all people for who they are and their opinions. But personally, I will not support gay marriage.”
The LGBTQ sports blog Outsports notes Izzy Folau’s comments may violate Rugby Australia’s inclusion policy. Adopted in 2014, the policy states, “There is no place for homophobia or any form of discrimination in our game and our actions, and words both on and off the field must reflect this.”
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