In another battle that has taken place between the LGBTQ community and Christians one church in Indiana found themselves evicted from their building after they posted a sign that said “LGBTQ is a hate crime.” While a lot of Christians who are familiar with the Bible and use it as more than a table decoration are aware of that Leviticus 18:22 says, “Thou shall not lie with mankind, as with woman kind: it is abomination” and Romans 1:26-28 says, “26For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: 27And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. 28And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;”, as a Christian I can not agree that this was the right sign to put out in front of a church while trying to share the word of Gods love with people.
It was confirmed by a member of the Remnant Fellowship Church in Auburn when they spoke to a local ABC news affiliate. While it remains unclear whether the sign itself is the reason that the church got forced out of their building one thing that is not unclear is how members of the community felt about the sign. The anti LGBTQ sign was a very triggering topic throughout the community as it caused a large number of people who had to drive pass it to become angry.
In a statement that Church Elder Robert Sturges gave to a local online news source called wane.com he said, “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.”
One woman who learned about the sign through social media went out to the church and changed the sign from its original message to one that read “Stay open minded.” There have been no official statements given by the Landlord of the building or the LGBTQ community and surrounding institutions as of the time of this writing. In an official statement from the Church itself a Pastor told ABC local affiliate WPTA that the church placed the sign in an effort to “reach young people and steer them away from a lifestyle they believe is harmful to them.”