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Israel Folau breaks down in tears as he encourages church members to stand up for their faith

Fri 03 May 2019
By Eno Adeogun

Video has emerged of the Christian Australian rugby star Israel Folau fighting back tears as he delivered a sermon at his church about standing up to employers that challenge religious beliefs.

The Wallabies player is facing a code of conduct hearing on Saturday to determine whether his $4 million contract will be terminated for posting on social media a warning about all those destined for hell.

In the video, first revealed by The Daily Telegraph in Australia and shown on Channel 9 breakfast TV programme 'The Today Show', Folau referred to the book of Daniel where three men stand up for their beliefs with the threat of death.


"At some stage, each and every one of us will face our own fiery furnace, and some of us may have already faced that," Folau told members of Sydney's Truth of Jesus Christ Church.

"In your workforce, if they're telling you something that will compromise your faith, this is a test of faith in which you're going to be put in a challenge, and the question is - what are you going to do?

"With these guys, they were challenged and it was a matter of life and death, physical death. But they understood their treasures were stored up in heaven, not here on earth.


"As the scriptures say, 'don't set your mind on things below, but set it on things above'.

"We all know as born again believers in Christ, that everything we have here is all temporary.

"And it says in the word, 'For what shall it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?'"

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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 _______________

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Folau will be tasked with convincing his employers that the social media post (above) did not breach their Professional Players' Code of Conduct.

The 30-year-old's post read: "Drunks, homosexuals, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists, idolaters - hell awaits you!"

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