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Gulfport church causes stir with anti-Allah sign

Several congregants say they agree with what the sign says. (Photo source: WLOX News) Several congregants say they agree with what the sign says. (Photo source: WLOX News)
GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) -

A message on a church sign in Gulfport has been causing quite a stir after pictures have been gaining a lot of attention on social media.

As members made their way into Cowan Road Baptist's sanctuary Sunday, they passed a message on the church's marquee that read "Jesus is God, Allah is Satan". Several congregants say they agree with what the sign says.

"If we don't stop Allah, we're going to be destroyed," said one member of the congregation. "Allah ain't nothing but Satan. That's all he is. I'm not a racist. I'm not a sexist. But, I believe in God," said Everett Bradford.

Several church members say they understand the message will cause a mixed bag of reactions, but Pastor Chris Ashley is ok with that. He believes the message on the sign is simply the truth.

"Without the truth there's no hope. Period," said Ashley.

Ashley knows the message will offend people, but says the truth is often offensive.

"The truth that I'm a sinner offended me, and without the grace of God and without the grace of the Lord Jesus I would have no hope, so I'm glad someone loved me enough to tell me the truth even though it was hurtful," said Ashley.

He believes his message isn't meant to attack any groups or individuals. Ashley believes God put the message on his heart and he says translating that message to the sign was an act of obedience.

"It was about telling the truth and getting the truth outside of the four walls of the church," said Ashley.

Just under the phrase on the sign is a reference to scripture from the book of Joshua. Ashley says that in Joshua 24:15, Joshua is telling those around him to beware of false gods.

"And Joshua tells them, he says choose you this day whom you will serve, but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord," said Ashley.

The reactions to the sign have varied. Many people in the Muslim community on the coast have expressed offense to the message.

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