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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — An anti-gay sign outside of a Wilmington church resulted in a protest Sunday morning. The message, which had been up since last week instructed gays to ‘turn or burn’

“It’s kind of like salt in a wound,” said Tammy Heuring, the wife of the Seagate Community Chapel pastor. “However, salt does heal a wound. It just hurts really bad at first.”

The Seagate Community Chapel off of Oleander drive put up a controversial sign which read “God loves gays but hates perverted lives, turn or burn’

“Without having the space, the person who does the sign used the most concise wording that they could,” said Pastor David Heuring. “Was that the best wording possible? I don’t think so.”

The sign has since been vandalized. On Sunday morning a heart was spray painted over it and all that was left was the phrase ‘god loves gays.’ Church members then added ‘but he hates sin.’

Wilmington Pride, an area organization that supports homosexuals wanted to do something about the message they called hateful.

“Do you know how many kids go past here,” said TR Nunley, president of Wilmington Pride. “They might be struggling with their sexuality and see that and at the least they would feel bad about themselves and at the most maybe they would attempt suicide or something.”

The group organized a peaceful protest across the street from Seagate.

“We had a lot of dialogue,” said Pastor David Heuring. “We were probably over there for half an hour or so passing out drinks and talking with them.”

Pastor Heuring says the ‘turn or burn’ sign is the first in a series of signs they will be putting up about different types of sinners.

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2015 years 9 months ago

Most Christians pick and choose Bible versus based on their own preconceived beliefs and what’s convenient for their lives. Only a very few will accept the Bible as all true. I’m not trying to minimize the pain and suffering that gay people experience, I just have a hard time seeing people get so upset from the comments and beliefs of complete hypocrites.

And to the moron who smashed the sign, congratulations you just undermined any positive message the protesters were trying to convey.

2015 years 9 months ago

I thought I was getting hot because it was August. Now I know better.

2015 years 9 months ago

This e-mail was forwarded to me by a very special person in my life and is applicable to many situations, all who condemn and hate for any reason should take a moment to contemplate the reasons why.

If we could read the secret history of our enemies, we should find in each man’s life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility.
–Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Most of us make trouble for ourselves by over-reacting to what others say or do. We have conditioned ourselves to see everyone else as “the enemy” rather than look within ourselves for the real cause of our distress.

If we can pause long enough to uncover our own hidden discomfort and distorted attitudes before we react with harsh criticism or vindictive silence, we can change our destructive first impulses into a loving interchange between individuals.

Today let me not be quick to criticize or condemn another. I will look at others as friends, not as foes, on my journey toward self-discovery.


2015 years 9 months ago

Well, Phillyguy, you don’t have to be a biblical scholar to know that God does not approve of eating pork: the bible says it’s unclean, and the people who eat it are filthy abominations. So when is the church going to put up a “turn or burn” sign for ham, bacon and BBQ ribs?

2015 years 9 months ago

It’s pretty obvious that you are not a Christian, because there is something you seem to be confused about. A true Christian believes the Bible to be what it is…the Word of God. Period. It is the hypocrites who choose the versus of convenience. God sees homosexuality as an abomination. Those are not my words…they are God’s words. It is absolutely wrong for you and others like you to judge Christians. You make negative comments based on something you know nothing about. A true Christian is not haughty or judgemental. A true Christian is following the word of God.


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