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Israel Folau's tiny congregation could soon be forced to find a new church space to rent after footy star blasted transgender kids in his latest sermon

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Israel Folau and his tiny Christian congregation may be kicked out from their rented church after the footy players' explosive Sunday sermon. 

The dumped Wallabies star, 30, took aim at transgender children and gays in his latest sermon at The Truth of Jesus Christ Church in Kenthurst, Sydney.

Folau said allowing children to undergo a sex change was giving in to the 'devil'  and kids were going through treatment despite 'not even knowing what they are doing'.

Now the Kenthurst Uniting Church, who rents out their building to Folau and his congregation for $150 a week, said the congregation's future was uncertain. 

a house that has a sign on the side of a road: Now the Kenthurst Uniting Church, who rents out their building (pictured) to Folau and his congregation for $150 a week, said their future was uncertain © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Now the Kenthurst Uniting Church, who rents out their building (pictured) to Folau and his congregation for $150 a week, said their future was uncertain

'At the moment, I can't see any reason to stop [The Truth of Jesus Christ congregation] from coming to our church,' Kenthurst Uniting Church secretary Christine McAuay told the Daily Telegraph. 

'There might come a time when it may be difficult to have them there but I can't see any reason to ask them to go now.

'We keep saying that our church looks nice on the television and in the papers.' 

F Maria Tutaia, Israel Folau posing for the camera: Hardline Christian Israel Folau (right with wife Maria) and his Pentecostal congregation may be kicked out from their rented church after the footy players' explosive Sunday sermon © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Hardline Christian Israel Folau (right with wife Maria) and his Pentecostal congregation may be kicked out from their rented church after the footy players' explosive Sunday sermon olau's latest sermon drew further negative media attention after he claimed the government was allowing teenagers to go through gender treatment despite 'not even knowing what they are doing'. 

'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 the pulpit of his 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.'

Israel Folau, Maria Tutaia are posing for a picture: Folau said allowing children to undergo a sex change was giving in to the 'devil' and kids are going through treatment despite 'not even knowing what they are doing' © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Folau said allowing children to undergo a sex change was giving in to the 'devil' and kids are going through treatment despite 'not even knowing what they are doing'

The sermon was partly in response to an event in Melbourne Folau had recently attended where a person spoke about gender fluidity.

He went on to tell the congregation that born-again Christians should be bold enough to 'profess' Jesus Christ in their workplace without fear of persecution. 

'True believers in Christ, are we going to follow through and profess him wherever we go,' he said. 

'Are we too scared because we might be cast out by our workplace or cast out of somewhere because we're not liked or loved by those around us and don't believe the same thing we do?

a man wearing a suit and tie: 'This is what the devil is trying to do, to instill into the government, into this world, into society, and it is slowly happening,'  he said © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited 'This is what the devil is trying to do, to instill into the government, into this world, into society, and it is slowly happening,'  he said 'You might be the only born-again Christian in that workplace, you might feel a bit awkward with your co-workers because they are in the world and you're not.

'We should feel blessed … because God has called us.'  

The sermon comes weeks after Rugby Australia terminated his $4 million contract for a post on his Instagram which said unrepentant homosexuals would go to hell.  

Folau has lodged an unfair dismissal claim against Rugby Australia and will seek up to $10million in damages arguing his contract was unlawfully terminated because of his religion.

The Fair Work Commission and Folau's legal team have ruled to resolve the case on June 28 or else the dispute will lead to a hearing. 

46,000 people signed a #IStandWithIzzy petition, organised by the Australian Christian Lobby (ACL), after he was sacked.  

Maria Tutaia, Israel Folau posing for the camera: The Pentecostal church has grown in numbers since Folau dominated the media for his controversial social media post © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The Pentecostal church has grown in numbers since Folau dominated the media for his controversial social media post The ACL gifted Folau a book with the names of his supporters written inside.

The Pentecostal church has grown in numbers since Folau dominated the media for his controversial social media post. 

The church was started by his father six years ago and currently has about 30 members  

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