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Thursday, 2 May 2019

Folau breaks down during Easter church sermon


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Exiled Wallabies star Israel Folau has broken down while delivering an Easter Sunday sermon at his local church.

Folau breaking down is the first sign of the emotional toll that he is under after his controversial Instagram posts caused Rugby Australia to tear up just $4 million contract.

The 30-year-old will face a fight for his contract at a code of conduct hearing on Saturday, in a meeting held at Rugby Australia headquarters.

In the video, Folau chokes up while discussing how to react when your employer asks you to compromise your own faith, resulting in a fellow churchgoer handing him tissues.

“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 said at his Truth Of Jesus Christ Church in Sydney on April 21.

“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?’"

Folau compared his own predicament to a passage from the Bible in which three men stood up for their beliefs in the face of death.

“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," he said.

“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.

Folau 'will not play for Australia again'

“And it says in the word, ‘For what shall it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and lose his own soul?”

Folau’s sermon begins to slow at this moment as he struggles to speak while fighting back tears and he admits that staying true to his faith is hard.

“This life that we live in is pretty hard,” he said.

“The God of this world, Satan, has deceived many. But the one that lives inside us is all powerful. He can deliver us from anything.

“I encourage us all to store our treasures up in heaven, where it all counts.

“Just because we’re believers in Christ, does not mean we’re not prone to the temptation or challenges that we’re going through.

“There’s nothing special that would keep us from that – in actual fact, we probably go through more challenges than anything else.

Israel Folau.

“We’re going to be hated by the world, persecuted by the world.”

Folau’s most recent Instagram post marked the second time in the last 12 months where he has made anti-homosexual remarks.

Following his transgressions last year, Rugby Australia issued a stern warning but refused to punish the superstar.

However, Folau ran out of goodwill with Rugby Australia boss Raelene Castle following his most recent posts, with Castle stating that Folau’s beliefs were “inconsistent with the values of the sport”.

In Saturday’s hearing, Folau will face a code of conduct panel consisting of three chairs: Sydney lawyer John West, Rugby Australia representative Kate Eastman and Rugby Union Players Association representative John Boultbee.

Exiled Wallabies star Israel Folau has broken down while delivering an Easter Sunday sermon at his local church.

Folau breaking down is the first sign of the emotional toll that he is under after his controversial Instagram posts caused Rugby Australia to tear up just $4 million contract.

The 30-year-old will face a fight for his contract at a code of conduct hearing on Saturday, in a meeting held at Rugby Australia headquarters.

In the video, Folau chokes up while discussing how to react when your employer asks you to compromise your own faith, resulting in a fellow churchgoer handing him tissues.

“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 said at his Truth Of Jesus Christ Church in Sydney on April 21.

“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?’"

Folau compared his own predicament to a passage from the Bible in which three men stood up for their beliefs in the face of death.

“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," he said.

“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.

Folau 'will not play for Australia again'

“And it says in the word, ‘For what shall it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and lose his own soul?”

Folau’s sermon begins to slow at this moment as he struggles to speak while fighting back tears and he admits that staying true to his faith is hard.

“This life that we live in is pretty hard,” he said.

“The God of this world, Satan, has deceived many. But the one that lives inside us is all powerful. He can deliver us from anything.

“I encourage us all to store our treasures up in heaven, where it all counts.

“Just because we’re believers in Christ, does not mean we’re not prone to the temptation or challenges that we’re going through.

“There’s nothing special that would keep us from that – in actual fact, we probably go through more challenges than anything else.

Israel Folau.

“We’re going to be hated by the world, persecuted by the world.”

Folau’s most recent Instagram post marked the second time in the last 12 months where he has made anti-homosexual remarks.

Following his transgressions last year, Rugby Australia issued a stern warning but refused to punish the superstar.

However, Folau ran out of goodwill with Rugby Australia boss Raelene Castle following his most recent posts, with Castle stating that Folau’s beliefs were “inconsistent with the values of the sport”.

In Saturday’s hearing, Folau will face a code of conduct panel consisting of three chairs: Sydney lawyer John West, Rugby Australia representative Kate Eastman and Rugby Union Players Association representative John Boultbee.

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