Church’s ‘sign ministry’ immigration message stirs outrage in Sayville


“Sign ministry” may not ever be the same at Sayville United Methodist Church.

That’s due to a controversial message posted this month — and now taken down – in front of the Main Street place of worship.

“Heaven has strict immigration laws. Hell has open borders,” the sign read, using all capital letters.

The sign stirred outrage among members of the community, News 12 Long Island reported, and led the church’s pastor to increase oversight of what messages are posted outside the church. The sign is typically reserved for messages that take a clever, tongue-in-cheek approach to tie in faith to pop culture and current events.

Past examples include, “Honk if you ❤️ Jesus. TEXT If You Want to Meet Him” and “Eternity: Smoking? or Non-Smoking?”

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The pastor said the man who developed the message this month will no longer conduct the “sign ministry” by himself, News 12 reported.

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