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Church Evicted After Posting Anti-LGBTQ Marquee; Pastor Defends Sign

A Christian church in Indiana was evicted from their location after they got attention for a message on their front marquee. Many in the community were offended by the sign and felt it was hateful, but members of the church argue that they were only expressing their beliefs and trying to help others. The person who owns the property didn't agree with the church members and they were promptly evicted.

The Remnant Fellowship Church in Auburn, Indiana was just founded in April, but as of July its doors were closed. Its mission statement read in part, "[S]tand apart from the last days apostate church and stand for biblical truth and faithfulness to God and His Word," the Christian Post reports.

For this church, that meant proclaiming homosexuality and transsexualism sinful and unacceptable to God, according to their understanding of the Bible. Church members started a firestorm when they wrote on their outside sign, "LGBTQ is a hate crime against God. Repent."

The sign appeared just after the nation celebrated Gay Pride Day in June, and was not well received. Even local Christians who agreed that homosexuality is a sin felt that the sign was offensive and painted Christians in a bad light. The church was slammed by the local community. One woman who was upset by the message changed it, leaving a new message in place that read 'stay open minded'.

The unidentified woman later told a reporter that she went back to the church to apologize. She admits she was wrong to change their sign message, but she says she became very upset by it. “Seeing such a hateful message I just didn’t think that that was OK for a community of children and teens who might be going through some troubles with their own sexualities and a larger community that stands behind the LGBTQ+ and I just personally felt that it needed to be something more accepting and more loving."

The church responded to the controversy over the sign on its Facebook page. The church staff remained unapologetic.

"Put this on church sign to reach a wicked and filthy generation,” the message read. “I pray God grant some repentance and life before the great Judgements about to be poured on this nation – especially the young people who have been sold lies so long and are [fed] a flood of filth every day. Jesus can save the vilest of sinners – many of us were saved out of wicked lives. Nothing is to[o] hard for God."

Shortly after that, it appears as though the church vacated the premises. The Pastor confirmed in a comment to News Channel 15 that the congregation was evicted over the sign.

The owner of the property has not been named and has not responded to the controversy.

Church elder Robert Sturges continues to defend the message. "We're trying to reach a certain group of people. They're being told in our culture that homosexuality, transvestites, lesbianism and sexual immorality is ok. But the Bible clearly says that those who practice these things will not inherit the Kingdom of God. In fact, it warns them that the wrath of God will abide upon them. And in the judgment, they will be lost and they will be sent to hell forever. We believe that. That's our faith."

Apparently for now, the message will go unheard. Not only has the church shut down, but it has also deleted its Facebook page.

Source: WPTA21
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