(CNN)A leading Australian rugby player has suggested that Australia's bushfires and droughts are punishments from God for the country's same-sex and abortion laws.
"Look how rapid, these bushfires, these droughts, all these things have come, in a short period of time. You think it's a coincidence or not?" said Israel Folau during a 10-minute sermon, posted to the Truth of Jesus Christ Church Sydney Facebook page.
"God is speaking to you guys, Australia, you need to repent ... what you see right now, out in the world, it is only a little taste of what God's judgment is coming," he added.
Earlier this year the 30-year-old Folau, who is a devout Christian, was sacked by Rugby Australia following a homophobic Instagram post, which has not been deleted, in which he said "hell awaits" gay people.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has labeled Folau's comments connecting Australia's bushfires with the country's same-sex and abortion laws as "appallingly insensitive."