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"Hell Awaits" homosexuals rugby star Israel Folau says

Rugby player Israel Folau shares a list of people who are destined to go to hell.
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A new message from rugby player Israel Folau was posted to Instagram page Wednesday, a warning meme which contains a laundry list of sinners who are destined for damnation.

"Warning: drunks, homosexuals, adulterers, liars, fornicators, thieves, atheists, idolaters -- Hell Awaits You--Repent --Only Jesus Saves."

If that weren't foreboding enough, his accompanying status should make what he means clearer. 

“Those that are living in Sin will end up in Hell unless you repent,” Folau wrote. “Jesus Christ loves you and is giving you time to turn away from your sin and come to him.”

Maybe thinking one social media platform wasn't enough Folau then turned his attention to Twitter and berated Tasmania for considering a law which would do away with gender identification on birth certificates. 

This isn't the first time the athlete has preached with fire and brimstone. Last year he responded to one of his Instagram followers who asked what God has in store for gay people, “HELL," he wrote. "Unless they repent of their sins and turn to God."

After the post, sports officials talked to him, but he sidestepped a charge of violating league inclusion policy and walked away with a warning.

Standing by his beliefs, Folau has said he would rather not play sports than keep quiet about his faith, but he also says he's not homophobic, in fact, he embraces diversity. 

He said last year in response to the first offense he is not bigoted and people who accuse him of disliking gay people are wrong. “I fronted the cover of the Star Observer magazine to show my support for the Bingham Cup, which is an international gay rugby competition for both men and women," he wrote. "I believe in inclusion. God loves each and every one of us. He just doesn’t love the sin we live in.”

On Wednesday Rugby Australia released a statement about the current post and say they don't agree with Folau's actions. 

"The content within the post is unacceptable. It does not represent the values of the sport and is disrespectful to members of the Rugby community," they write. "The Rugby Australia Integrity Unit has been engaged on the matter tonight."