At the end of his announcement last week in Israel 's Polo Rugby Future, there is doubt.
Opinion: O Israel – why? This appeal could have come straight from the Bible, referring to Israel, but instead was spoken by many last week, including one of the best rugby players in Australia.
I respect Paul as a man who is not a sportsman but who does not fear his faith and not fear to stand up for Christ. I also respect other people who have been accused of their beliefs like Margaret Court. Freedom of religion is the most important in a society like Australia and everyone should be blamed for having a firm belief.
But as Christians it is equally important to see ourselves and our failures and incompleteness. In the list of sins Izzy lists, there are not many people he has missed, including Christians. No one has lied to this world or put anything before God (idolatry).
While sin is a real problem, the God I know is the God of love to follow. He says he did not come to condemn the world. And as Christians, we will do well to follow the example of the founder of faith. I believe there is heaven and hell. But studying the scriptures will not read Jesus screaming that people will go to hell. In fact, Jesus, John the Baptist, and the apostle Paul all continued their most severe criticism to religious and critical people.
* Castle: Pou Oumi Warnings
* Cheika: I will not pick a fora again.
* Hansen: Paulau left it alone.
* Paula will be notified of the violation.
* Paula does not repent for the post
* Rugby Australia digs his hole.
* Paula's grounds for legal requirements
* Self-destruction of prisoners
* Where is Maria Folau?
Wallabies without Folau are better.
Talking to people about the gospel of Jesus for 40 years, I knew that "redirecting" the Christian message would distract people. Scared people do not attract them with the love of Jesus.
God desperately longed for the eternity of mankind and sent His only Son to die in order to make way for recovery and reconciliation. The problem with harsh remarks about media and condemnative statements about social media is that they create more wedges between God and people.
The world does not need more judgmental Christians. In many people's eyes the church is not related to their lives and seems to be attached to the past.
But this is not the church I know. The Church is a group of diverse (and incomplete) people who are attracted to and adopted by all stories. Jesus is at the center. The central story of our faith is a story of love and redemption, a story of forgiveness and tolerance, a curse of grace and unmatched mercy. I have received all these truths with gratitude, and there are captives, courts, and others who have personally experienced the love of Christ.
I will never impair the completeness of the teachings of the Bible, and I believe the Bible is clear about the consequences of sin. As Christians, however, we must love others at first, including those who love God and think differently from us.
Izzy wants grace to expand from all Australians. He is young, sincere, and passionate about his relationship with God. We all made mistakes when we talked too fast, too badly judged, blinded by our own stubbornness. The world is a better place when we all see ourselves and acknowledge our human mistakes. We can add the same grace to him as we would like others to show us.
– Brian Houston is the global senior pastor of the Hillsong Church in Sydney.