LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - The message on a business sign in Lufkin is turning heads. Thousands of commuters, visitors, and truck drivers from across the country cruise through Lufkin down U.S. 59, but not without first catching a glimpse of the message on the sign of the RJT Equipment business between Lufkin and Diboll.
"You can't miss it," said Kirk Johnson, RJT Equipment Business Owner. "I felt like it was wrong, and I needed to say what I thought. I did."
The sign boldly reads, "Homosexuality is an abomination to God. Leviticus 18:22. He will punish the U.S.A for it."
"I just felt like the whole thing was shoved down our throats," said Johnson.
Johnson said he was moved to post the message about a week after the U.S. Supreme Court ruling came down on same-sex marriage.
"I just told my gut feeling about it," Johnson said.
His pastor at the Greater Love Tabernacle church said he agrees with Johnson's message.
"I think we need to have more people that are forthright and will stand up and be counted," said Ronnie Frankens.
"I get calls from all over the US. I put that one up, and no one has called or told me how stupid I am," Johnson said.
While same-sex supporters triumphed over what was a victory in history in their eyes, Pastor Frankens begged to differ.
"It was a sad day for America," Frankens said.
He and Johnson reiterated that the message is not to be mistaken for hate but taken with love.
"It's not a hate crime to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It's too clear," Frankens said. "America will be punished for what we are allowing and what we won't stand against."
In complete agreeance with his pastor, without fear of interference with his business, Johnson stands proudly by the scripture.
"I paid 12,000 for that sign, and if I ever put a lie on it, I'll take a torch to it and let it fall," Johnson said.
Johnson says he's posted controversial messages on the marquee in the past. He was expecting flack for this one, but so far, he has gotten positive phone calls about the scripture posted on the sign.