A church in Indiana was booted from a building where it hosts its services for posting a sign which was deemed hate speech. The problem is, the church sign is rooted in Scripture.
The Bible is very clear in regards to homosexuality and the LGBT community, in fact, scripture states that those involved with anything pertaining to sexual immorality will not inherit the kingdom of God.
A church in Indiana posted on a sign outside of the church which read; “LGBTQ is a hate crime against God. Repent.” Shortly after that the church was told to remove themselves from the property.
The Church claimed that it is trying to reach a particular group of people to bring them into a relationship with God.
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Church Elder Robert Sturges said concerning the purpose of the sign; “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 up on them.”
Sturges is referring to 1 Corinthians 6:9-11: “9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, 10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.”
Sturges further said that: “We do love them.” But we want to warn them that they are headed toward a cliff, and if they keep going that way, they’ll be destroyed. And that is what the sign is about.”
While the sign itself is not a direct quote of scripture, it does represent a teaching of the Bible, which goes to show that soon enough, certain portions of scripture could be deemed hate speech. The result of which is a violation of the first amendment under the United States Constitution.