Israel Folau says devil is to blame for transgender children, urges Christians to ‘stand up’ for truth

In a sermon he delivered on Sunday, former rugby star Israel Folau said allowing children to be transgender is the work of the “devil” and emphasized that true Christians profess Christ wherever they go, regardless of the consequences.

“You see in today’s youths and everything, they are allowing young kids in primary school to be able to have the permission to change their gender if they want to by taking away the permission of their parents,” Folau said at Sydney’s Truth of Jesus Christ Church. “Now they are trying to take control as a government to make those decisions for young kids who are basically 16 years old or younger, they don’t even know what they are doing.”

“This is what the devil is trying to do, to instill into the government, into this world, into society, and it is slowly happening. If there’s ever a time to stand up for the Word of God, now is the time.”

Folau, who was fired by his rugby team over LGBT comments, continued speaking out against the “sin of homosexuality” and how it “is taking over within this world.”

The topic of the former Wallabies star’s sermon was “Pleasing God, or Pleasing Man?” and was based on Galatians 1. The chapter reads, in part: “Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.”

Christians are supposed to be “set apart” in the world, the 30-year-old declared, warning against getting “comfortable” with normalized, sinful behavior.

“You can’t please God and please man at the same time. It’s impossible; you can’t do it,” Folau said. “You’ve got to choose one.”

In May, Folau was found guilty of a code of conduct breach and stripped of his four-year $4 million contract for an Instagram post that said “Hell awaits” for “drunks, homosexuals, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists, idolaters.” The decision made the devout Christian the first Australian athlete to be dismissed for expressing religious beliefs.

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