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Embattled rugby star Israel Folau has sparked a new controversy. In a sermon yesterday, the 30-year-old athlete and devout Christian said the bushfires and drought ravaging the Australian states of New South Wales and Queensland are God’s punishment for the recent passage of same-sex marriage and abortion laws.
The sermon, given at Sydney’s Truth of Jesus Christ Church—which is led by Folau’s father, Eni—drew backlash from Australian politicians but support from at least one Christian group. During the past few weeks, four people have died in blazes throughout eastern Australia, and drought conditions are making firefighting difficult.
Sermon - Facebook - Folau - Message - People
In his sermon, which was posted on Facebook, Folau said he had a message for people outside of the church—a message he was sharing “out of love” and one he hoped would be received “with open hearts.”
Folau said, “I am speaking to Australia. … They have changed that law and legalized same-sex marriage, and now those things are okay in society, going against the laws of what God says.” He continued: “Abortion—it’s okay now to murder and kill infants, unborn children, and they deem that to be okay.”
Folau - Read - Isaiah - KJV - God
Folau read from Isaiah 24:5-6 (KJV), which addresses God’s destruction of the Earth:
The earth also is defiled under the inhabitants there of; because they have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinance, broken the everlasting covenant. Therefore have a curse devour the earth; and they that dwell there in are desolate. Therefore the inhabitants of the earth are burned up, and few men left.
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He then said, “This Scripture is speaking to Australia. You have changed the law and changed the ordinance. Look how rapid these bushfires, these droughts, all these things that came in a short period time. You think it’s a coincidence or not? God is speaking to you guys, Australia, you need...
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