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Pastor Loses Job Because Of Church Sign  



  By: David Fiorazo
   Published : January 15, 2019


Pastor Justin Hoke of Trinity Bible Presbyterian Church in Weed, California, has now lost his job following backlash over statements he made about sin, sex, and gender on the church’s most recent sign. But you might be shocked to hear who forced him to step down.

A few weeks ago, Pastor Hoke put these words on the church marquee:

"Bruce Jenner is still a man. Homosexuality is still a sin. The culture may change. The Bible does not."

Except for one small thing. The sign should have said, “Caitlyn” Jenner because he legally changed his name a few years back.

Other than that, it’s true, and the cultural debate continues over the existence of God. Did He create mankind male and female – which is what biology, history, and science confirm – or can we choose whatever gender we want at any time for any reason?

Can we have sex with whomever we want whenever we want or are there any reasonable restraints on behavior? God's design for sex and natural marriage is exclusively between one man and one woman.

The side issue, however, regarding the pastor’s decision is this: should he or should he not have put these statements on the marquee outside the church?

The LGBTQ lobby has been forcing change for decades and they obviously didn’t like the church sign, so they held protests outside the church. The sign was vandalized, the glass broken and the power box destroyed.

Pastor Hoke then posted pictures of the damage on Facebook saying:

The more wicked the culture gets the less they fear God. Our sign has been destroyed. Please keep us in your prayers.

Christians aren’t saying we have it all together or other people are less valuable. What we’re saying is we have chosen to accept God's offer and trust Him to forgive our sins. We believe His Word that every person has sinned and is separated from a holy God, falling short of His high standard of righteousness (Romans 3:23-24).

By His death and resurrection, Jesus paid for your sins and mine by giving Himself as a ransom that we might be forgiven and live forever. Think about it: if we really cared about and loved other people, why on earth wouldn’t we tell them the truth about God’s plan of salvation?

Pastor Hoke also stated:

"We believe that Jesus commands all Christians to let their light shine. We also believe that salvation is only for sinners. Jesus said he came to call sinners, not the righteous. If we give in to cultural demands to stop calling sin 'sin,' then we are robbing people of opportunity to hear the truth."
But now, truth is hate to those who hate the truth. The Left would have us stay inside the church and never come out, but Jesus told His followers to proclaim the gospel.

Sadly, many within the Christian faith have been desensitized and are being duped into accommodating pop culture’s favorite sins.

It even appears Pastor Hoke was forced to resign. But in this case, it wasn't the LGBTQ activists for once. He was told people in his own church would leave if he remained pastor. If this is true, it's even more disappointing.

We were warned in Scripture about these crazy times. Christians are not to pursue lives of comfort, self-fulfillment, or popularity.

The Apostle Paul said do not conform to the world’s ways (Romans 12:2), and in these last days, more people would love themselves and love pleasure rather than God. Some have the appearance of godliness, but deny its power (2 Tim. 3:4-5).

One of Jesus' closest disciples and eye-witness to His resurrection, John said we cannot love the things of this world and have God’s love in us at the same time (1 John 2:15). James said if you're a friend of the world you're an enemy of God (James 4:4).

You can even read the words of Jesus:

“If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you (John 15:18).”
We are to love those who don’t know the truth and are still in darkness, many of whom are hopeless in this world.

And remember, whether it’s on a church sign or social media, methods may change or be debated, but the message of hope in an unchanging, everlasting God remains the same.

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