Church Under Fire For Video Of Boy's Anti-Gay Song
Boy Sings 'Ain't No Homo Gonna Make It To Heaven'
1:52 PM, May 31, 2012
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A Greensburg church is under fire after a video of a child singing an anti-gay song for a cheering congregation has gone viral.The cellphone video, which was posted anonymously on YouTube earlier this month, shows a young boy standing at the front of what appears to be the Apostolic Truth Tabernacle."The Bible is right, somebody's wrong. Romans 1 and 27, ain't no homo gonna make it to heaven," the boy sings as congregation members cheer and clap.The video appears to show The Rev. Jeff Sangl, the pastor and founder of the church, according to the church's website, laughing and congratulating the child after he finishes the song.A man is heard shouting, "That's my boy!" as members of the congregation give the boy a standing ovation.Since the video was posted online, the church's Facebook page has been flooded with complaints from users across the globe."I've never seen such an appalling, horrific example of small minding, hate ridden bigots, brainwashing children in all my life," wrote Ruth Mabey from England."Way to teach hate, you repressed inbreds. Does Jesus hate? I didn't think so," wrote Gerry Syler from Texas.Others appeared to side with the church, congratulating them for taking a stand."Wow, y'all is getting famous. Praise the Lord! I will share your page with all my fellow believers. God will show you the way," wrote Nathen Elbert Dovel from Virginia.According to the church's website, Sangl founded the church in 1997 with his wife. It is now located at 1114 W. Westridge Parkway."Whether you're a spiritual seeker who's just starting to ask questions about God, or a committed Christian who wants to sink the roots of your faith even deeper, you can find a home here at Apostolic Truth Tabernacle," the church's website reads.Messages left at the church and at Sangl's home were not returned Wednesday, but the church did update its website with a 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," read the statement.RTV6 interviewed Sangl last May, after the church was damaged in a tornado.