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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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2016 years 2 months ago

God LOVES you ALL!! But there’s no miracle if you want to have eternal life, you must follow Him and live a Godly life. “Turn before it is too late.”

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2016 years 2 months ago

yes but who wrote down the word of God? MAN. Man is faliable! Man has translated the word of GOD into many different languages so how do we know that with our limited understanding of GOD and GOD’s wisdom we have gotten it right. My favorite phrase from the Bible is “judge not, least ye be judged” I plan on leaving that to GOD! I will love my neighbor as myself and leave judgement to GOD who is so much smarter and wiser than I.

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TR Nunley
2016 years 2 months ago

My name is TR Nunley and I am the President of Wilmington Pride. If you want to get involved with improving the GLBTQIA community and stand up for people’s please email me at wilmingtonpride@gmail.com.

AS for the sign, my sympathy goes out to the church for someone destroying their sign. I was one the last person to leave the protest and the sign was fine when I left. When I returned to the site at 6:00 to do an interview with wway.com, it was destroyed. We have no idea who would do this kind of thing… Read more »

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Guest
2016 years 2 months ago

I know quite precisely what I’m talking about. Regardless of whatever theological mumbo-jumbo the Baptists and other sects have come up with to enable their consumption of pork, either the Bible is the literal word of God or it isn’t. Period. If the endlessly quoted, “Thou shalt not lie with a man as with a woman..” is the literal word of God, then so are the very numerous references to pork as an abomination. Of course, this had to be diddled around with because otherwise Gentiles wouldn’t have converted to Christianity. But we can still claim… Read more »

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Charles Walters
2016 years 2 months ago

First of all I was raised in church, and I do believe in god. I also refuse to go to church anymore, because of all the intolerant bigots that the church is full of today. The organized Christian religion has become the laughing stock of the worlds major religions. You have the idiots in the church who instead of practicing love and tolerance, practice hatred and bigotry. I have seen people in the church that think the louder they yell in a persons face about how evil and wrong they are, the more they think that… Read more »

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