In Hood River, Oregon, a local pastor has started a massive controversy with his church sign.
According to WND, the Rev. Michael Harrington, 74, of the Belmont Drive Missionary Baptist Church, uses his sign to communicate with the world outside their tiny town, and even that is infrequently seen.
Last month, he wrote on the board: “Wake up Christians. Allah is not our God. Muhammad is not greater than Jesus.”
The reverse side said that, “Only the Bible is God’s Word. Koran is just another book.”
Of course, this spread to several different Muslim groups, and they were outraged. They gathered all their protesting might and descended on the church.
And by that, I mean about a dozen people came to protest.
This church is so small it often can’t muster more than a dozen members for a Sunday service.
Harrington told WND that he didn’t mean to start a war; he meant to start a discussion. “There may be, on a good day, 30 cars go by and see our sign. My intent was, anybody who agrees with that come on in, and anyone who disagrees with it, come in and we’ll talk about it.”
That isn’t what happened at all.
One Eric Cohn was traveling past the church and was so hurt that he felt he had to stop and tell the pastor that he wept because the sign offended him.
Because other people have to care.
“I literally had to stop and back up and make sure I saw what I saw, and I was profoundly offended and upset by it,” he said to KomoNews.com.
Even the mayor has denounced the church.
The pastor has had to defend his choice on national media.
“I’m not politically correct. I’ve never been politically correct, but I think I’m biblically correct, and that’s what matters to me. It isn’t against any particular denomination. It’s just the fact that I have taught and will continue to teach that I have one God, one way of salvation and one Bible that’s holy.”
Amen to that.
Regardless, he continues to be bombarded by protesters, public officials, and left-leaning communities in general.
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