At first glance, it looks like a cute child singing a sweet little ditty. Then you realize with horror that he’s warbling an anti-gay rant.
The shocking video from a service which reportedly took place at the Apostolic Truth Tabernacle in Greensburg, Indiana shows a boy about the age of 4 singing: “I know that the Bible’s right, somebody’s wrong — Romans 1 and 27, ain’t no homo gonna make it to heaven,” into a microphone before the congregation, which bursts into cheers and stands up to applaud him.
The verses referenced in the song, Romans 1:27, read: “And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was meet.”
At the end of the video, Bible verses scroll across the screen, including the words: “Be not decieved, neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor EFFEMINATE[sic]…shall inherit the kingdom of God.”
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Church members are said to have ratcheted up security at the Tabernacle following reports of death threats aimed at the church’s Pastor Jeff Sangl over the video, though a local sheriff told Fox News that he was not aware of any such threats. One church member reportedly told TMZ that Pastor Sangl is concerned for his own safety and has left for a secret vacation destination with his wife after holding a clandestine prayer meeting on Wednesday. The congregants that TMZ interviewed don’t have any regrets, however. “The people who are upset just don’t read the word of God,” one said. “If we don’t teach children the truth early they will never learn.” As for the standing ovation, the congregant explained that “of course we applauded a child who is singing a song about God.”
The church’s website was updated with a new message on May 30 that reads: “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.”