Isreal Foloau has spoken for the first time since he posted to Instagram that “hell awaits drunks, homosexuals, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists and idolators” — adding they should “repent”.
As a result of the post, his rugby career seems over with Rugby Australia confirming they will no longer be selecting him.
In an interview with Sydney Morning Herald, Folau said “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.’’
“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.”
Folau said that he does not mind if his rugby career was over, as long as he got to work for The Lord.
“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 whether he felt his comments on the gay community were wrong, he said “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.”
NSW Rugby released a statement on Folau last week saying “NSW Rugby Union has stood down Israel Folau from all player duties with the NSW Waratahs until further notice.”