Israel Folau’s post (below) that forced the governing body of rugby union in Australia to reveal it intends to terminate the 30-year-old’s central contract read: “Drunks, homosexuals, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists, idolaters – hell awaits you!”
Rugby Australia has issued Folau, with a code of conduct breach notice to which he has 48 hours to respond.
However, speaking to Sydney Morning Herald, the fullback said the row erupted over his comments has not prompted him to change his stance.
“First and foremost, I live for God now,” he said in his first interview since the controversy over his recent comments began.
“His plans for me are better than whatever I can think. If that’s not to continue playing, so be it.
“In saying that, obviously I love playing footy and if it goes down that path I’ll definitely miss it. But my faith in Jesus Christ is what comes first.
“In Ezekiel, chapter 33, verse 11, it says that ‘God has no pleasure in the person that’s living in sin’
“He’s a loving God and he wants people to turn away from what they’re living in and he’ll give them life. That’s the message I’m trying to share, even though it comes across as harsh.
“I can’t change what the word of God says. As we heard today, those that live for Christ will be persecuted for his…
WHAT DO YOU THINK?- We have all sinned and deserve God's judgment. God, the Father, sent His only Son to satisfy that judgment for those who believe in Him. Jesus, the creator and eternal Son of God, who lived a sinless life, loves us so much that He died for our sins, taking the punishment that we deserve, was buried, and rose from the dead according to the Bible. If you truly believe and trust this in your heart, receiving Jesus alone as your Savior, declaring, "Jesus is Lord," you will be saved from judgment and spend eternity with God in heaven.
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