AUBURN, Ind. — Remnant Fellowship Church in Auburn got some attention and anger with an anti-LGBTQ sign in front of their building this week.
A resident in the town about 20 miles north of Fort Wayne sent a picture of the sign to a local TV station upset at the message. The sign said “LGBTQ is a hate crime against God. Repent.”
A viewer sent NewsChannel 15 a picture of the sign. Tiffany Johnston told us she is not happy about the sign’s message. She says she has friends that are gay and bisexual and she doesn’t want her kids to grow up in a hateful world.
“It makes me upset. I’m outraged and disgusted by it,” said Johnston. “It’s judging people. I felt judged and I’m not even in that community. But I have family members that are. So it really really upset me. I don’t think it should be up here. I think it should be taken down because all it’s doing is spreading hate.”
Robert Sturges, a church elder, told the TV station the sign was what the bible says.
“We’re trying to reach a certain group of people, Sturges told WANE-TV. “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.” He also said LGBTQ people were “heading off a cliff” and would be destroyed.
A local resident did try to help changing the sign to “Stay Open Minded,” but the sign had been changed back hours later.