Controversial Australian rugby player, Israel Folau, has said that the outraged response to his recent social media post has not made him change his stance.
In a post on Instagram last week, the 30-year-old warned drunks, homosexuals, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists and idolators, that hell awaits them. Rugby Australia soon released a statement saying that they intend to terminate Folau’s contract.
Speaking to the Sydney Morning Herald following a service for the Truth Of Jesus Christ Church at Kenthurst, Folau insisted he had not thought about pursuing a legal case for religious discrimination should his multi-million dollar contract be terminated.
“It’s obviously a decision that’s in the process right now but I believe in a God that’s in control of all things,” Folau said.
“Whatever His will is, whether that’s to continue playing or not, I’m more than happy to do what He wants me to do.
“First and foremost, I live for God now. Whatever He wants me to do, I believe His plans for me are better than whatever I can think. If that’s not to continue on 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.”
When asked if he regretted the post, Folau maintained his stance, although he insisted that he shared the message “with love”.
“Absolutely not. I’ll stand on what the Bible says. I share it with love. I can see the other side of the coin where people’s reactions are the total opposite to how I’m sharing it.
“But 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 that I’m trying to share, even though it comes across as harsh. I can’t change what the word of God says.”