The pastor in California who faced community protests after posting a sign that reads “Bruce Jenner is still a man. Homosexuality is still sin. The culture may change, the Bible does not” is now out of a job after also being told by his co-elder that he can no longer follow his leadership and that all but one couple would leave the church if he continues as pastor.
Justin Hoke, the pastor of Trinity Bible Presbyterian Church in Weed, which is a part of the Bible Presbyterian Churchdenomination, posted an update to social media on Saturday evening outlining that he had essentially been forced out of the position.
“I was informed by our other elder that he felt he could no longer follow my lead as pastor of TBPC,” he wrote. “I was informed that essentially all but one couple in membership would leave the church if I continued as pastor of TBPC. Our other elder and the couple felt that those who left would likely return if I would leave.”
Hoke explained that it was “determined that it would be in the best interest of the local body for us (TBPC and the Hoke family) to part ways.” He added a note of clarification on Monday morning that his departure was not of his doing.
“I did not want to leave, I did not quit, and I was willing to stay,” Hoke emphasized.
As previously reported, Hoke’s sign resulted in two community protests, led by three women unaffiliated with the church who saw a photograph of the churchyard message on Facebook.
“What’s important to us is that we raise our voices, use our bodies, signs, art and expression to balance out the message on the sign and try to promote inclusion and tolerance,” Amelia Mallory, organizer of the “Shastina Love Rally,” told. Yahoo lifestyle “Rallying together in support of each other and of the queer community as a whole.”