Banished Wallabies star Israel Folau wept while speaking in a Sydney church and openly wondered why it had taken a catastrophe like the Australian bushfire crisis for people to turn to God.
Addressing The Truth of Jesus Christ Church on the weekend, Folau regularly choked up during an emotional 17- minute sermon.
He said Australians should have turned to Jesus before bushfires ravaged the nation.
"We look at this country here and all these devastating bushfires that are happening … why does it take something so devastating like the bushfires for people to humble themselves and get down on their knees and ask God for help?"
The former Wallaby player said he had recently observed many people affected by bushfires speaking in the media about praying.
Folau told the congregation "there is no doubt" humanity was "living in the last days".
"We look around and see certain things that are happening around the world — famines, earthquakes, wars, rumours of wars, kingdom rising against kingdom, nation against nation — that's the beginning of signs."
The Sunday sermon came two months after Folau had suggested drought and fires were God's punishment for same-sex marriage and abortion.
In December Folau and Rugby Australia reached a confidential settlement after the former rugby league and AFL player claimed he had been wrongfully dismissed.
Folau was sacked after making a controversial Instagram post last April condemning "drunks" and "homosexuals" and warning "hell awaits" them.
Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/israel-folau-weeps-church-over-australian-bushfire-crisis/0b7259f2-6af9-4341-9b06-951340766da0