A Presbyterian church in Northern California, U.S.A., has sacked a pastor, Justin Hoke after he posted a message on the sign outside the church that stated “homosexuality is still a sin.”
According to NBC News, the sign also stated that transgender activist, Caitlyn Jenner “is still a man” and that “the culture may change but the Bible does not.
Hoke, who announced his dismissal on Facebook wrote: “As of today, I am no longer the pastor of Trinity Bible Presbyterian Church, I was informed that essentially all but one couple in membership would leave the church if I continued as pastor.”
The pastor told local NBC affiliate, KOBI that there isn’t hate message in the sign he posted outside the church and that he found it offensive that members of the congregation found the sign hateful.
Hoke was forced out following several days of protest outside the Shastina, Calif., church.
“I did not want to leave, I did not quit, and I was willing to stay,” the pastor said in the Facebook post.
“There was a fear we would lose what little congregation that we had if I remained,” Hoke told the local news outlet, saying he parted with the church due to a difference in philosophy.
The sign was up for several days before being changed on Tuesday so that only the portion that read “the culture may change, the Bible does not” was left.