We don’t often get good news these days, but I think this qualifies.
An Indiana church that posted a sign saying that “LGBTQ Is a Hate Crime Against God” was evicted from the building it was using to spread its hateful message.
The Christians at Remnant Fellowship Church in Auburn, Indiana were kicked out after slamming a sizable chunk of the most vulnerable people in the country and encouraging them to “repent.”
A member of the church verified with ABC21 that the church was booted from the building, but wouldn’t say more.
When asked whether or not the church has plans to relocate, the church member had no comment.
ABC21 previously spoke with a pastor of Remnant Fellowship, who said at the time their message is an attempt to “… reach young people and steer them away from a lifestyle they believe is harmful to them.”
The church maintains it is not intolerant of others beliefs, but that it’s finding those on the other side of this issue are intolerant of the beliefs of Remnant Fellowship Church.
If their goal was to “reach young people,” I guarantee it wasn’t helpful. The church has received almost exclusively negative media coverage, which is precisely what you’d expect from a ridiculous and hateful sign.
A church leader wasn’t helping the situation even when he had more characters to use than the sign:
The story included a statement from church elder Robert Sturges, who 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.“
The Bible has plenty to say about divorce, lying, not helping the poor, and those who don’t turn the other cheek, too, but Sturges didn’t bother calling those hate crimes. (The church also took down its Facebook page after the backlash began.)
In any case, this church exercised its right to be terrible, and the landlord exercised a right not to be associated with blatant bigotry.
There’s no word on where this church will go next, or if they’ll even bother to open up shop again. But if they plan to pull another stunt like this in the future, it’s good to know they’ll have to do it without the help of some third party that wants nothing to do with their beliefs.