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A California pastor who used his church signboard to “rebuke sin” is out of work. Earlier this month, Justin Hoke, pastor of Trinity Bible Presbyterian Church (TBPC) in Weed, California, posted: “Bruce Jenner is still a man. Homosexuality is still sin. The culture may change. The Bible does not.”
The message, which references the transgender individual now known as Caitlyn Jenner, sparked protests by LGBTQ supporters and divided Hoke’s congregation. In a January 12 Facebook post, the pastor announced he’d decided it was best to “part ways”—for the sake of the church and his family. Although Hoke “did not want to leave,” he was told he’d lost the support of the bulk of his congregation. All but one couple reportedly said they’d leave TBPC if Hoke remained.
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The sign’s “ultimate purpose,” Hoke says, “was to say that while the culture may change, the Bible does not. The culture is now demanding that we call ‘good’ what the Bible calls evil.”
For seven years, Hoke has used the signboard “to provoke reflection or make a strong point about a single truth,” he says. Yet few people have cared about messages that didn’t “rebuke sin or call anyone to repentance.”
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About the Jenner message, Hoke says, “The church has lost its saltiness, and I fully expect to get as much or more [flak] from the visible church as I am getting from the world.” He adds, “The response we’re receiving from this sign proves that it was posted way too late. If...
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