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Jan 15, 2019 by Dick

California Pastor Fired After Posting a Daring Sign: "Homosexuality Is Still Sin!"

The outspoken church sign that said: “Homosexuality is still a sin" and "Bruce Jenner is still a man" created a lot of controversy and even caused Northern Californian pastor Justin Hoke to lose his job. 

Justin Hoke, who announced on Facebook that he was leaving the church, served as a pastor at Trinity Bible Presbyterian Church in Weed, California. He left because of the many protest and commentary towards the church sign.

"The ultimate purpose was to say that while the culture may change, the Bible does not," Hoke says. "The culture is now demanding that we call 'good' what the Bible calls evil." 

"The culture is now demanding that we call 'good' what the Bible calls evil."

Not everyone agreed with the sign and message. A lot of members of the community actually started a protest called the "Shastina Love Rally" to show their support for the LGBT community. 

"We've really had to refine our message to be one strictly of love and support for anyone who feels like they are the target of the sign," Amelia Mallory shares, who helped organized the rally. It was obvious that soon violent action would follow. 

"I woke this morning to find that our sign had been vandalized. They broke not only the plexiglass and stole some of the Letters, they also busted the power box. I have not seen it up close yet as this picture was sent to me by a member of our congregation. Please pray that God would provide," Pastor Hoke wrote on Facebook Jan. 9. 

But that did not keep the pastor of patching the sign back up and having the same message on it. 

And then a couple days later the pastor announced he is stepping down from being a pastor at Trinity Bible Presbyterian Church. On his Facebook post he shares that several people did not agree with his choices and threathed to leave if he would remain a pastor. 

"I did not want to leave, I did not quit, and I was willing to stay," Pastor Hoke added.  

Hoke shares with the The Daily Wire he left by choice to "save" the community and did not get fired. For now, he just want to share the gospel again.

"Many people have reached out asking if they could help me in some physical or monetary way. I am really thankful for such thoughts and offers. But, I don't want to use this 5 minutes of fame as a chance to capitalize on the sympathy and good will of others. The Lord has taken care of my needs. Please pray that God would open more doors for me to preach the Gospel, that is all I want or need,"



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