The pastor of a church was reported to have received death threats after a video appeared online yesterday showing a child being cheered on while singing anti-gay lyrics.
The church at which the boy, reported to be three years old, performed was revealed to be the Apostolic Truth Tabernacle in Greensburg, Indiana.
In the video, the child sings to the congregation: “I know the Bible’s right, somebody’s wrong — Romans 1 and 27, ain’t no homo going to make it to heaven.”
The congregants erupt in cheers at the line as the child looks around, passes the microphone to another boy and walks towards the pews. The video then appears to show him reappearing to sing the song again to further applause.
Romans 1:27 reads: “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 recompence of their error which was meet.”
A statement from the church said: “The Pastor and members of Apostolic Truth Tabernacle do not condone, teach, or practice hate of any person for any reason.
“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.”
TMZ.com said the pastor had received death threats at his home and that he had left for a holiday this morning without saying where he was going.
The website added the congregants they had spoken to showed no regret, with one saying: “The people who are upset just don’t read the word of God. If we don’t teach the children the truth early they will never learn.”
Another said it was expected that they would applaud a child who was “singing a song about God”.