Israel Folau makes extraordinary claims Australia’s devastating bushfire crisis and record breaking drought is God’s punishment for legalising gay marriage and abortion in leaked footage of his latest church sermon
Leaked video footage shows Israel Folau suggesting same-sex marriage and abortion are to blame for Australia’s bushfire crisis.
The devout Christian, who had his $4million Rugby Australia contract torn up over homophobic social media posts, was filmed on Sunday delivering his latest sermon at the Church of Jesus Christ in Kenthurst, Sydney’s north-west.
‘They’ve legalised same-sex marriage… Going against the laws that God says,’ he said in footage posted to The Truth of Jesus Christ Church’s Facebook page.
Leaked video footage shows Israel Folau suggesting same-sex marriage and abortion are to blame for Australia’s bushfire crisis
‘Abortion – it’s OK now to murder and kill infants, unborn children – and they deem that to be OK.
‘Look how rapid these bushfires, these droughts, all these things they’ve come in a short period of time – you think it’s a coincidence?’
Folau told worshippers ‘God was speaking’ to Australia and said: ‘You need to repent.’
‘What you see out there in the world – it’s only a little taste of what God’s judgement is like. The news is saying these bushfires are the worst we’ve ever seen in Australia – they haven’t seen anything.
‘God is speaking to us. Speaking to you to repent and to turn away from this.’
The 30-year-old went on to say same-sex marriage and abortion were ‘evil in the eyes of God’ but were deemed by society as ‘good’.
‘This generation is full of arrogance and full of pride,’ he said.
‘They want to turn their back on God. They don’t want to know one bit of who God is because they’re so immersed in their sinful, wicked, evil ways.’
His contract was torn up by Rugby Australia in May after he shared a social media post saying homosexuals were going to hell unless they repent.
He is the first Australian athlete to be sacked for expressing his religious beliefs.
Folau is suing Rugby Australia for unlawfully terminating his contract because of his religious beliefs.
More to come.
Folau (pictured with with Maria) told worshippers ‘God was speaking’ to Australia and said: ‘You need to repent’