April 15, 2019
Literal interpretation costing Folau
Read the New Testament.
That's the advice from Anglican Bishop Kito Pikaahu for Israel Folau, who was sacked by Rugby Australia after he posted on Instagram that homosexuals, drunks, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists and idolaters were destined for hell.
The Wallaby and Warratahs fullback was warned least year after a similar outburst, and his four year $4 million contract included a clause allowing his to be sacked if he posted offensive content to social media.
Bishop Pikaahu says Folau seems to have moved around a number of evangelical churches, and may have a flawed and overly literal understanding of christian teachings.
"Unfortunately Israel Folau hasn't had enough time to look more carefully at scripture, to look at all the other aspects of it, particularly how Jesus taught. He is keeping to a very strict interpretation and I think he will quite literally pay for it," he says.
Bishop Pikaahu says Israel Folau's comments were similar to what Destiny Church head Brian Tamaki has come out with in the past, but because of his high public profile, Israel Folau has a far greater ability to incite ill feeling and misunderstanding.
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