Australian rugby star Israel Folau, who is a devout Christian, said that God's plans are not always our plans and, when asked what God's plan is for homosexuals, Folau responded, "HELL... Unless they repent of their sins and turn to God."
Folau, 29, plays for the Waratahs in Super Rugby. Last year he was a finalist for World Rugby's player of the year. Folau has 119,000 followers on Twitter, 125,350 on Facebook, and 337, 000 followers on Instagram. He is "one of Australia's most recognizable rugby players," reported RT News on Apr. 4.
In response to an injury he suffered on March 31, Folau posted on instagram a cartoon that showed "YOUR PLAN" versus "GOD's PLAN" -- the straight and easy road to success vs. a bumpy and trial-filled road to success. Beneath the images, Folau quoted James 1:2-4, "Consider it all joy when you encounter various trials, because the testing of your faith produces endurance... so that you may be lacking in nothing."
After Folau posted his comment, a follower posted a question, "@izzyfolau what was gods plan for gay people??"
Folau -- izzyfolau on Instagram -- replied, "HELL... Unless they repent of their sins and turn to God."
Folau was then critized on Instagram by myriad pro-homosexual advocates.
In September 2017, the Bible-believing Folau denounced gay marriage, as RT News reported. Folau tweeted, "I love and respect all people for who they are and their opinions, but personally, I will not support gay marriage."