(The Christian Institute) — An independent panel has ruled against Christian rugby player Israel Folau and backed Rugby Australia’s (RA) decision to terminate his contract over an Instagram post quoting the Bible.
RA claimed the post — which said Hell awaits “drunks, homosexuals, adulterers, liars” and others, and called them to repent — was a “high-level breach” of its code of conduct.
Folau, who has 72 hours to appeal the decision, says he is considering his options, and could bypass the sport’s disciplinary body and take his religious discrimination case to the civil courts instead.
In a statement, the international full back thanked those who supported his right to share his beliefs.
1 Corinthians 6:9 states, “Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.”
Revelation 21:8 also says, “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.”
The Bible additionally teaches in Acts 17:30-31 that God “commandeth all men everywhere to repent, because He hath appointed a day in the which He will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom He hath ordained, whereof He hath given assurance unto all men, in that He hath raised Him from the dead.”