Church sign sparks controversy

A church sign in Auburn has people talking.

Posted: Jun 27, 2018 9:21 PM
Updated: Jun 27, 2018 10:10 PM

AUBURN, Ind. (WFFT) - A church sign in Auburn has people talking.

Wednesday afternoon it said "Jesus can save the worst sinner repent."

But not too long before that it had a different message.

One that caught the eye of Kristin Russell and rubbed her the wrong way.

"Seeing such a hateful message I just didn't think that that was OK for a community of children and teens who might be going through some troubles with their own sexualities and a larger community that stands behind the LGBTQ+ and I just personally felt that it needed to be something more accepting and more loving," Russell said.

When Russell originally saw the sign it read this, "LGBTQ is a hate crime against God, repent."

Russell took the sign down and changed it to say, "stay open minded."

She says she knows changing it was wrong and went back to apologize.

That's when she had a quick conversation with a church member.

"I was very open to hearing what he had to say, and I let him say what he needed to say and I apologized for changing the sign, but I still stand behind my truth and my belief that you should keep an open mind and love and accept everybody."

We did reach out to Remnant Fellowship Church by phone and by Facebook message requesting an interview to talk about the sign.

They responded to our Facebook message saying, "No thank you. We love all sinners and seek to lead them to repentance. We hate no-one or despise no-one. Many of us came out of immoral lifestyles and Jesus has set us free. Our hope is for others to find the love of god and his salvation. We have found many who claim to be tolerant extremely intolerant of those who disagree with them."

Russell's hope is that people start accepting their neighbors for who they are.

"I just think it's important that we embody those values of empathy and compassion and love and basic human rights to care about other people," Russell said.
Russell says there's a peaceful protest being planned for Sunday, July 1.

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