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Ridgedale pastor stands firm as group protests 'bigotry' outside Dodds Avenue church

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From left, Tim Hinck, Janelle Jackson, Jared Story (with Keziah Story) and Dennis Westmeier say goodbye to one another after demonstrating outside the Ridgedale Church of Christ on Sunday in Chattanooga. Photo by Maura Friedman/Times Free Press From left, Tim Hinck, Janelle Jackson, Jared Story (with Keziah Story) and Dennis Westmeier say goodbye to one another after demonstrating outside the Ridgedale Church of Christ on Sunday in Chattanooga. Photo by Maura Friedman/Times Free Press
CHATTANOOGA, TN (Times Free Press) -

After a week of controversy over Ridgedale Church of Christ's stance that a family should confess sin and repent for supporting a lesbian daughter, its pastor's Sunday sermon focused on the obligations of faith.

"Some people only want the love of God without the wrath of God," pastor Ken Willis told a small congregation of church members and supporters.

He said that some people think keeping Christianity in balance means compromise. But he quoted Old Testament prophet Elijah, who told the children of Israel they must choose whether to worship God or Baal: "How long will you halt between two opinions?"

Outside the small brick church on Dodds Avenue, the marquee sign bore the messages "Righteousness lifts up a nation" on one side and "Character is what you are in the dark" on the other.

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