The Australian rugby union authorities have decided to end their $4 million contract with star center Israel Folau after he posted a message on Instagram urging sinners to “repent.”
Folau’s Rugby Australia contract was terminated in April, but he requested a hearing in light of the disciplinary action.
In a statement on the decision, Rugby Australia declared that by sharing the post, the 30-year-old, who is widely considered one of the best players in the world, “had committed a high-level breach of the Professional Players’ Code of Conduct warranting termination of his employment contract”.
What Does Israel Folau’s Instagram Post Actually Say?
The post, which is still live on Folau’s page and has attracted over 63,000 likes, declares “WARNING,” before listing a number of sins which must be repented of, pending eternal judgment.
Referencing 1 Corinthians 6:9, he listed “Drunks, homosexuals, drunks, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists, idolaters,” before imploring “HELL AWAITS YOU,” and “REPENT! ONLY JESUS SAVES.”
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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 _______________
Israel Folau is however, not the first Australian Rugby player who has received backlash for posting scriptures on his social media. Recall that another Australian rugby player, Samu Kerevi, was last month, forced to apologize to fans for posting scriptural content on his instagram.
Kerevi wrote: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. Thank You Jesus for dying on the cross for me. I love you Jesus.”