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HOW many of the haters who piled on Is­rael Fo­lau again last week ac­tu­ally both­ered to watch the video he rec­om­mended on Twit­ter?

It was a 12-minute ser­mon by David Wilk­er­son, the late Amer­i­can evan­gel­i­cal Chris­tian, ti­tled “Time for you to get right with God”.

“With great love,” rugby star Fo­lau wrote on Twit­ter, “I wanted to share this video in the hope that peo­ple watch it and think about it. Je­sus is com­ing back soon and he wants us to turn to him through re­pen­tance and bap­tism in the name of Je­sus Christ (Acts 2:38) please don’t harden your heart”.

This gen­tle state­ment was dis­hon­estly char­ac­terised as Fo­lau be­ing ho­mo­pho­bic, and lazy virtue sig­nallers slagged him off and again de­manded rugby of­fi­cials pull him into line. But Wilkin­son’s ser­mon is just boil­er­plate Chris­tian teach­ing, a warn­ing to sin­ners to re­pent be­fore the sec­ond com­ing of Christ. The video might not be your cup of tea but you have to be ex­traor­di­nar­ily ob­sessed with rain­bow pol­i­tics to imag­ine it’s about ho­mo­pho­bia.

“Don’t turn away from the gen­tle call of Je­sus to come back to his arms,” says Wilk­er­son. How of­fen­sive!

You have to get to the half­way mark be­fore he makes men­tion of any­thing to do with ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity, when he de­cries, “tol­er­ance to­ward same-sex mar­riage, tol­er­ance to there’s no such thing as sin, no such thing as judg­ment.”

You may not be re­li­gious your­self, but 29-year-old Fo­lau is a de­vout Chris­tian and he is do­ing noth­ing wrong by shar­ing his faith on­line. His tweet had noth­ing to do with ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity.

But crit­ics like Peter FitzSi­mons won’t be con­tent un­til they’ve bul­lied the Chris­tian­ity out of Fo­lau or bul­lied Fo­lau out of rugby.

Is­rael Fo­lau.

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