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Thursday, 11 April 2019

Folau attacks Christmas, Easter in sermon


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Celebrating Christmas and Easter is wrong according to a sermon delivered by Israel Folau to followers at his church last month.

Fresh vision has emerged in a News Corp report, of Folau preaching during Sunday mass and is evidence Folau has developed into a strongly opinionated church leader in the last 18 months, with his conservative views ranging from the ills of wetting a baby’s head during christenings, to attacks on the Catholic Church and Christians who do not devoutly read the bible.

In the video from one of his sermons, the Wallabies’ star takes aim at “man-made” traditions during Christmas and Easter.

“Christmas and Easter, that’s man-made,” Folau says.

“For so many years we were caught up in the world thinking that celebrating Christmas was biblical, but when you read this passage you can see what God says about it.”

Folau then goes on to read a passage from the bible -  Jeremiah 10: 1-5.

“Hear ye the word which the Lord speaketh unto you, O house of Israel. Thus saith the Lord, learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them.

“For the customs of the people are vain: for one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe. They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not.

“They are upright as the palm tree, but speak not: they must needs be borne, because they cannot go. Be not afraid of them; for they cannot do evil, neither also is it in them to do good.”

The rugby star continues his sermon by directing his thoughts towards the Christmas tree.

“When you read that passage, you can already see it’s talking about the Christmas tree.

“God is clearly saying, ‘Do not follow the way of the heathen’, which is what He’s speaking of these people here, the custom, these people do it in vain.

“There’s no point to doing it.

“If we don’t go back to the scriptures and see what God says, we can easily fall into the tradition of man, thinking we’re doing the right thing.

“There’s a whole lot of people that go to church, but they’re not following the doctrine of Christ.

“The problem with a lot of people today is they don’t read the word, they go to church on Sunday, listen to what the pastor says, and that’s it. They don’t go back home to check for what the word of God says.”

Folau goes on to address why spilling water on a baby’s head is wrong and criticises the Catholic church for the way they represent Jesus’ mother Mary

“The Catholic Church baptise babies with a sprinkling of water over the top of their head, things like that, that aren’t even biblical.”

Israel Folau

“What does the Catholic Church do? They create an image of Mary and Jesus and totally go against what God’s word is. This is what I’m talking about, the difference between man’s doctrine and tradition verses God’s word,” he says.

“We as people put something up in front of him to worship.

“What are we putting up in front of God that are idols? In this example I’m talking about Mary, but it could be things like money, or jobs, it could be things like our husbands or wives.”

The latest revelations regarding Folau’s view on faith and religion is set to create more of a wedge between the rugby star and the public. It’s said he’s tried to recruit teammates to attend his church.

Rugby Australia is set to sack Folau and rip up his $4 million contract after he posted homophobic material on social media this week.

Celebrating Christmas and Easter is wrong according to a sermon delivered by Israel Folau to followers at his church last month.

Fresh vision has emerged in a News Corp report, of Folau preaching during Sunday mass and is evidence Folau has developed into a strongly opinionated church leader in the last 18 months, with his conservative views ranging from the ills of wetting a baby’s head during christenings, to attacks on the Catholic Church and Christians who do not devoutly read the bible.

In the video from one of his sermons, the Wallabies’ star takes aim at “man-made” traditions during Christmas and Easter.

“Christmas and Easter, that’s man-made,” Folau says.

“For so many years we were caught up in the world thinking that celebrating Christmas was biblical, but when you read this passage you can see what God says about it.”

Folau then goes on to read a passage from the bible -  Jeremiah 10: 1-5.

“Hear ye the word which the Lord speaketh unto you, O house of Israel. Thus saith the Lord, learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them.

“For the customs of the people are vain: for one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe. They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not.

“They are upright as the palm tree, but speak not: they must needs be borne, because they cannot go. Be not afraid of them; for they cannot do evil, neither also is it in them to do good.”

The rugby star continues his sermon by directing his thoughts towards the Christmas tree.

“When you read that passage, you can already see it’s talking about the Christmas tree.

“God is clearly saying, ‘Do not follow the way of the heathen’, which is what He’s speaking of these people here, the custom, these people do it in vain.

“There’s no point to doing it.

“If we don’t go back to the scriptures and see what God says, we can easily fall into the tradition of man, thinking we’re doing the right thing.

“There’s a whole lot of people that go to church, but they’re not following the doctrine of Christ.

“The problem with a lot of people today is they don’t read the word, they go to church on Sunday, listen to what the pastor says, and that’s it. They don’t go back home to check for what the word of God says.”

Folau goes on to address why spilling water on a baby’s head is wrong and criticises the Catholic church for the way they represent Jesus’ mother Mary

“The Catholic Church baptise babies with a sprinkling of water over the top of their head, things like that, that aren’t even biblical.”

Israel Folau

“What does the Catholic Church do? They create an image of Mary and Jesus and totally go against what God’s word is. This is what I’m talking about, the difference between man’s doctrine and tradition verses God’s word,” he says.

“We as people put something up in front of him to worship.

“What are we putting up in front of God that are idols? In this example I’m talking about Mary, but it could be things like money, or jobs, it could be things like our husbands or wives.”

The latest revelations regarding Folau’s view on faith and religion is set to create more of a wedge between the rugby star and the public. It’s said he’s tried to recruit teammates to attend his church.

Rugby Australia is set to sack Folau and rip up his $4 million contract after he posted homophobic material on social media this week.

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