An anti-LGBT church founded in April in Mike Pence’s home state of Indiana has been evicted after posting a hateful sign for LGBT people during Pride Month, according to local affiliate News Channel 15.
"LGBTQ is a hate crime against God. Repent,” the message read on the sign posted on June 27, in front of the Remnant Fellowship Church in Auburn, Ind.
LGBT activists planned a protest for July 1, in response to the church’s message and now the church’s Facebook page has been taken down and the church is no longer in its location on North Street, according to The Raw Story.
"I just wanted to come and look and check the sign out and they were gone. The sign and everything," Auburn resident Tammy Kessler told News Channel 15.
“It’s [the church] been evicted. Looking for another building,” a representative for Remnant Fellowship confirmed with the Raw Story.
Amid backlash to the sign’s message, church leadership defended the message that LGBT people should repent. At least one church elder claimed that the church loves LGBT people as it tries to save them with hateful messages.
"We're trying to reach a certain group of people,” Church elder Robert Sturges told News Channel 15. "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."
"We do love them," Sturges added. "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."
Of course, the church also posted the hateful message in order to save the children.
"Even the schools are telling the kids 'go ahead and experiment.' They're going to destroy kids at young ages," Sturges said. "They're opening themselves up to disease and mental illness and making them the enemies of God, who calls them to sexual purity. That's why we put the sign up."
The sign was brought to the attention of the local news when a resident sent a photo into the station.
"It makes me upset. I'm outraged and disgusted by it," local resident said Tiffany Johnston, who alerted the news station. "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."
Prior to being evicted from the building where Remnant Fellowship worshiped, the church dug in its heels about its message.
"Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the Kingdom of God," the church posted on its now-defunct Facebook page, according to The Christian Post. "And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God."