It appears the furore surrounding Israel Folau’s religious views is only fuelling him to share more of his controversial thoughts.
The superstar Waratahs fullback has again taken to Twitter to share a message to his 124,000 followers, this time asking people to come to the Lord while they’re still alive.
The Lord is giving you time to come to him whilst you're still alive. He stands and waits
2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance pic.twitter.com/jHMFADOKTT
— Israel Folau (@IzzyFolau) May 14, 2018
“The Lord is giving you time to come to him whilst you’re still alive. He stands and waits.” Folau’s tweet reads.
“The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.”
Although his latest message contains no direct comment regarding homosexuality, Folau’s most recent message is sure to create plenty of controversy, and no doubt keep Rugby Australia officials on their toes.
Already, some followers were rejecting Folau’s stance on Twitter.
Looks to me like the door in the picture is opening not closing. But I guess I’m a glass half full kinda guy.
— The Screaming Eagles (@screamingeagle_) May 14, 2018
Wait if he coming to us or we’re going to him? Your narrative hard to keep up with Izzy?
— Eddie Snag Fingers (@timmyfunkhouser) May 14, 2018
How about bringing people to God though love, rather than fear and hate.
History tells us that love will win, yet you continue to spread fear.
— Ben Parks (@ItsBenParks) May 14, 2018
Although the 29-year-old speedster still had plenty of support on the social media channel.
— Hannah Fay (@HannahFayMusic) May 14, 2018
Repentance is a divine gift
— Closelle (@Luvmoorcats) May 14, 2018
Good job , standing in the gap for the people who don’t yet understand Uso ! Don’t worry bout the haters
— Jesse Robertson (@JBVRobertson) May 14, 2018
100% !!! God does not give up even on those who blaspheme against him or Jesus. People can swear against him all they want and continue in unrighteousness but the end result is up to them. God gave everyone salvation. If you don’t take it, then theres nothing else God can do.
— Tino Msakwa (@god_tier2) May 14, 2018
Folau was in the headlines again over the weekend after he was trolled by a DJ at a Super Rugby match.
Folau has copped plenty of criticism over the last few weeks, due to his religious views, but nothing like what he received in Christchurch on Saturday night.
The Crusaders produced the biggest comeback in Super Rugby history to consign Folau’s Waratahs to a heartbreaking 31-29 loss.
And to add insult to injury for Folau, the DJ at Christchurch Stadium decided to play ‘YMCA’ by The Village People (a well known gay anthem) over the loudspeakers as the game was finishing.
Fans at the ground loved the brutal trolling, and many took to social media to comment on it:
To the DJ who trolled Israel Falou by playing YMCA I salute you. #CRUvWAR
— Sam Smith (@sgowsmith1988) May 12, 2018
Whoever chose to play YMCA at AMI Stadium tonight especially for Israel Folau I salute you #CRUvWAR
— Nick Brown (@TheNickCRBrown) May 12, 2018
“Young man, there’s no need to feel down I said young man…”
YMCA blaring out!
Super Rugby can get away with that though! #CRUvWAR
— Stewart John (@stewartleejohn) May 12, 2018