Justin Hoke, former pastor of Trinity Bible Presbyterian Church in Weed, Calif., announced that he had been ousted from his position. This came days after the church erected a billboard declaring Bruce Jenner — now known as “Caitlyn” — still to be a man, and after LGBT activists vandalized the sign.
“As of today, I am no longer the pastor of Trinity Bible Presbyterian Church,” Justin Hoke announced on Facebook. He recounted a four-step process of growing alienation.
“I was informed by our other elder that he felt he could no longer follow my lead as Pastor of TBPC,” he began. “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. Our other elder was agreeable to stay and assume the pastoral responsibilities.”
On Monday, he added, “I would like to add to this, I did not want to leave, I did not quit, and I was willing to stay.”
Last Friday, Justin Hoke posted a photo of the church’s billboard to Facebook. “Bruce Jenner is still a man. Homosexuality is still a sin. The culture may change. The Bible does not,” the sign read. Hoke posted the photo with a quote from 1 Corinthians 13:6, “Love does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth.”