The church at the center of national attention for a video of its congregation praising a child as he sings a homophobic song has made a statement on the controversy.
Appearing on the Indiana church’s Apostolic Truth Tabernacle website is the following statement:
The Pastor and members of Apostolic Truth Tabernacle do not condone, teach, or practice hate of any person for any reason. We believe and hope that every person can find true Bible salvation and the mercy and grace of God in their lives. We are a strong advocate of the family unit according to the teachings and precepts found in the Holy Bible. We believe the Holy Bible is the Divinely-inspired Word of God and we will continue to uphold and preach that which is found in scripture.
The song the young boy performed was:
“The Bible’s right, somebody’s wrong.
The Bible’s right, somebody’s wrong.
Romans one, twenty six and twenty seven;
Ain’t no homos gonna make it to Heaven.”
One churchgoer apparently told TMZ that they have received death threats. They also claim that pastor Jeff Sangl has received such threats at his home address. The church itself is purported to have met “in secret” for fear of confrontation.
However, Decatur County Sheriff Gregory Allen told FOXNews.com that there have been no reports of death threats at this time. Allen was able to confirm that Pastor Sangl had asked him to keep an eye on the church before Sangl apparently left town with his wife for an unexpected holiday.