A California pastor is looking for a job after facing backlash over a church sign that affirms the biblical definition of gender and marriage.
Pastor Justin Hoke of Trinity Bible Presbyterian Church in Weed, California, posted a new church sign in early January. The sign read: “Bruce Jenner is still a man. Homosexuality is still sin. The culture may change. The Bible does not.”
“The ultimate purpose was to say that while the culture may change, the Bible does not,” Hoke told SF Gate. “The culture is now demanding that we call ‘good’ what the Bible calls evil.”
The message immediately sparked protests among members of the community. A number of demonstrators gathered outside the church for the first ever “Shastina Love Rally,” which condemned the sign and praised the LGBT community.
It wasn’t long until someone vandalized the sign.
“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.