GALLATIN, Tenn. (BNC) — The Nashville Road congregation posted a paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 6.9 on their marquis: “People who practice homosexual acts will not inherit heaven 1 Cor 6:9.”

A local Nashville TV station, the ABC affiliate WKRN, says the sign was “controversial.”

The other side of the sign affirmed that “God’s wrath stands against homosexual marriage Rom 1:24-32.”

But gospel preacher Charles Williams said that he had received “a lot of positive feedback from the community,” but only one complaint.

The homosexual movement in the US has successfully turned the conversation to their side. Any time a church proclaims the truth of the gospel, they accuse Christians of discrimination and of stirring controversy.

The media have largely bought into the homosexual agenda, and many in government promote it.

The news report ended with a homosexual leader advocating dialog, complaining that the church sign was “demonizing people.” What such advocates actually seek, however, is to silence churches and anyone who opposes their position.

Not 50 years ago, homosexuality was largely rejected in American society. Today, taking a stance against it is now considered controversial.

Charles was firm in the news interview about the biblical teaching on homosexuality.

“If a gay person wants to attend my church, that’s fine, but they are still going to hear the word of God preached, and we will still love that person,” he said.

For the video of the news report, see below:

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37 thoughts on “TV news claims church with sign against homosexuality is controversial

    1. I agree that practicing homosexuality is a sin, BUT so is adultery and all other sexual sins. Why don’t they put up a sign condemning those? Adultery is the cause of a majority of broken homes, but we as the church almost never even mention it in sermons and classes. This congregation is just inviting media and the world at large to put a negative label on them.

      1. I agree. Sin is sin. Humans categorize sin. I think this is a stand against homosexuality that is being shoved down our throats and thrown in our faces.

      2. The Bellview Church of Christ in Pensacola, Florida did condemn the other sins listed in
        1 Cor.6:9-10 on their sign (one sin each week) but their sign was vandalized the week they condemned homosexuals. If we receive a “negative label” for proclaiming God’s Word then so be it. Please read the following verses: 2 Tim.4:2-4, Acts 4:19-20 ; 5:29, and Josh.24:15.

      3. I don’t know where you go to church but in the church I attend all sins are brought to the surface…by name and quoted scripture!

      4. Prommens,I would imagine that this marquee has had a variety of topics to remind the world of what the Bible says.One sin at a time.

  1. Preach the word,……correct, rebuke, and encourage – with great patience and careful instruction. For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine…….2Tim.4:2-3

  2. The sign got it right. To often we say that homosexuality itself is a sin but we are born straight or homosexual. The sin is in homosexual practices. Just as we tell unmarried heterosexuals that they are to abstain from sex we have to tell homosexuals to abstain from sex but we can’t expect them to change their sexual orientation.

    1. Being born gay is only an affirmation, there is not bor has been any scientifically gathered data to support that claim that has been repeated so often that it is now believed to be true. Never a gene discovered or an abnormality that isn’t found in other people who aren’t homosexual. Even logical thought causes one to realize that if two identical twins are born and one chooses homosexuality and the other heterosexuality that it then excludes genetic factors as a determining factor. All mankind has the ability to choose what they do,learn, and teach others.

    2. I am sorry Mr. Wheatley, but although I agree with almost everything thing you say here, one point I do not.
      Yes, the sign is correct.
      Yes, homosexuality (not the person – the practice) is a sin.
      No, people are not born “gay” or “straight,” there is no such thing as a gay gene.
      The homosexual chooses that lifestyle, just as the straight person chooses his/her lifestyle.

  3. Does this church also display signs that say those who have unscriptural divorces/marriages will not inherit heaven?

    1. I have never seen it on their street sign but I have visited this congregation multiple times and have heard that preached on numerous occasions. From all that I have seen and heard here the Eldership makes sure that sound gospel doctrine is preached. Only permitting divorce for fornication and marriage between a man and woman who are both scriptually able to do so.

      1. My problem with signs like this is I believe they do more harm than good. They already know what the Bible says and they already know what Christians think about their sin. When signs like this are put up, they have the appearance of being incendiary. We are to speak the truth in love and signs like this dont convey any type of loving attitude. Finally, we are told not to cast our pearls before swine and that is precisely what we are doing.

        1. I agree with Dave. Peter said we are to give an answer for what we believe “with gentleness and respect.” The sign speaks the truth but without showing any love.

          1. Was Jesus gentle when he cleared the moneychangers out of the temple?If your house was on fire,would you want me to be real soft-spoken.I do agree,we need to use a lot of love when we present the truth,but sometimes tough love has a place at this supper table.

        2. God says go into the world and teach the gospel. That is one way of doing it. There will always be those that will not take heed. It is in love that we tell the truth of Gods message in any way we can.

          1. Poppycock! “It is in love that we tell” is hypocrisy when it comes to these signs. They are designed to draw criticism and I just cant believe Jesus approves such “ministries”.

        3. Do they really know what the Bible says ? If so, then they are refusing to believe what God has said and by keeping silent on the matter one gives the appearance of agreeing with them.

  4. They need to know those are not your words or thoughts but those of the living God…argue with Him.

  5. We need to teach Jesus and Him crucified . Why single out one sin when all sin against God is wrong? Teach the gospel as Peter did in Acts chapter 2. Unless people are convicted to change and obey the gospel of Christ no words a sign will change them. Again preach the gospel first and after they obey, teach them to observe all things commanded!

    1. Peter’s example was to point out to the Jews that they were guilty of sin when they crucified Jesus. He was pretty specific on their sin and he “raised his voice”(Acts 2:14) when he did it. If you don’t tell them what sin is, how will they understand that they are lost?

  6. I commend them for standing up for what is right.. So many now days hide it under a rug like it’s going away, well we better be more like that Church and do as they do and state what GOD wants …….and what he says he don’t won’t….It’s all in the Good Book.

  7. I don’t think the church is wrong by putting that on their board. The world need to know that homosexual is a sin. We must preach against sin and homosexual is one of them. I will say thank you to Brother William for making the world know how we feel about this kind of sin

  8. Some comments are astounding. Of course the Bible states homosexual acts are a sin. So is it wrong to speak the truth or write it so it can be read. You should be able to post a sign if desired because this is in essence speaking the truth and taking the gospel into all the world. God creates life from conception and your gender is chosen by Him. Changes to ones sexual choice by God is the result of man. Man is born sinless, choice makes one sinful. Orientation is not by birth but by choice and a result of an acquired desire. “And such WERE some of you”. One has a choice to change or remain in sin and face God’s final judgement. Other sins are stated in scripture and should be taught as well even shouted from the rooftops. Man would make believers afraid but we must speak the truth in love.

    1. In I Cor. 6 Paul wrote, “Do not be deceived…nor men who practice homosexuality,…will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you.” Paul is saying some of you used to practice homosexuality, but not now. They no longer “practiced” homosexuality [i.e., engaged in homosexual sex] but they were still homosexuals. Before I was married I did not practice heterosexuality but I still looked at and had affection for girls. The sin is not in what we feel (as long as we do not lust and I can look at a girl without lusting just the same as a homosexual man can look at another man without lusting) but in what we do.
      To deny that some people are born homosexual makes as much sense as denying gravity.

      1. Put it this way. If God wants you to be a girl he will make you a girl or a boy. God decides. You leave Gods choice when you choose same sex which is sin. He does not create some sinful, man makes that choice. He would never make anyone a sinner that is mans conscious choice. But one can change from their sinful choices. Homosexuality is a product of ones environment a learned and developed conscious choice. Being a homosexual is a choice and when one learns it is sinful to want that they can change and no longer be a homosexual meaning no longer having those thought or desires. No one is born a homosexual!

      2. If God created homosexuals and then made it a sin to be one…what kind of God would that be? Homosexual behavior is a choice. I believe God created man and woman to marry just like the book of Genesis states. Speak where the bible speaks and be silent where the bible is silent.

        1. You miss the point. Homosexuality is not a sin, the practice of homosexuality is a sin. God made us sexual beings. I like girls but when I was 16 it would have been a sin for me to have sex with one. Now that I am married, sex is allowed but only with my wife. A homosexual can have feelings for a person of the same sex just as I did when I was 16 but he is prohibited from following through with actions.
          Consider that God made schizophrenics who hear voices that tell them to stab their husband (which is a sin) or to smother their children (which is a sin). I have known examples of each. They were born with those feelings but must try to overcome them. How is a homosexual any different.

  9. Adultery does not redefine marriage. Homosexuality does. When someone says sin is sin that is misleading. Telling a lie is sin and murder is sin. Yet the consequences are very different. Let me be clear on this issue. All homosexuals and all who support them will loose their souls. If it takes a direct statement of the truth to get their attention, so be it. If you go to hell there will be no second chance. God bless those among us who stand for truth and are more concerned about the truth being taught than concerned with our weak brethren who basically do not stand for anything but political correctness.

  10. Sure there are other sins as well as homosexual behavior, but how many other sins are backed by political pressure groups with government approva,l, ,demanding that we approve of the sin? The propaganda saturating and influencing American society cries out for a Scriptural stand on this subject. Also, there isn’t enough space on the sign condemning a multitude of sins at once.

    1. Murder via abortion is a sin backed by political pressure groups with government approval demanding that we approve of the sin.

  11. preach the Word – Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.
    3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
    4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. 2Tim4 anything that is out of faith is sin homosexual is sin But Gov-app- it – Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God James4:4 the OT even say is a Sin-22 ‘You shall not lie with a male as one lies with a female; it is an abomination. 23 ‘Also you shall not have intercourse with any animal to be defiled with it, nor shall any woman stand before an animal to mate with it; it is a perversion. Lev18:22

  12. We must be bold enough and kind enough to speak the truth in love. There is absolutely no doubt that homosexuality is a sin. In this world, our culture and society are trying to make it “normal”. But it isn’t. It is a “wicked thing” (Gen. 19:7). It is “detestable” (Lev. 18:22). It is “perversion” (Rom. 1:27). It will cause one to be lost (1 Cor. 6:9,10). If it is this bad, then we ought to combat the “normality” notion with the truth. Whether or not people agree with it is their choice. Amen, brother Williams! Preach the word!

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