Israel Folau, an Australian rugby star, has been vindicated in court after he was awarded a financial settlement with his former team after having his contract terminated over a Bible-themed Instagram post.
Folau took the country’s rugby league to court and charged them with wrongful termination on the grounds of religious discrimination.
In April, Folau published an Instagram meme listing a number of behaviors — including homosexuality — that will send a soul to hell unless there is repentance.
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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 _______________
Indeed, 1 Corinthians 6:9-10, written by the Apostle Paul as a warning to a straying Church in Corinth, does say that “men who have sex with men” will not “inherit the Kingdom of God.”
“Do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God?” the passage reads. “Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.”
Folau refused to retract his post even after the Rugby Union attacked him for his post.
He also said, “I share it with love. can see the other side of the coin where people’s reactions are the total opposite to how I’m sharing it.”
But it looks like Folau didn’t just leave it to God, though, and he took the sports authorities to court seeking a $95 million settlement.
Finally, last week the player and the Rugby Union settled for an undisclosed amount.
According to CBN News:
Rugby Australia noted that “inclusiveness is one of rugby’s core values and it welcomes all people to the game, including all members of the LGBTI community.”
“While it was not Rugby Australia’s intention, Rugby Australia acknowledges and apologises for any hurt or harm caused to the Folaus,” the statement continued, according to the Guardian. “Similarly, Mr Folau did not intend to hurt or harm the game of rugby and acknowledges and apologises for any hurt or harm caused.”
Folau’s legal team added, “Mr Folau wants all Australians to know that he does not condone discrimination of any kind against any person on the grounds of their sexuality.”
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