"A church in rural Indiana has gone on lock-down and its pastor has fled into hiding after a shocking video emerged of a four-year-old boy singing a homophobic song.
The clip shows the child receiving raucous applause and a standing ovation as he chants 'ain't no homos gonna make it to heaven.'
On Wednesday, members of Apostolic Truth Tabernacle Church in Greensburg, Indiana, said they have received death threats over the publication of the video.
In the grainy footage recorded by a cellphone, a young boy approaches the microphone and sings: 'I know the the Bible’s right, somebody’s wrong/ the Bible’s right, somebody’s wrong/ Romans one, twenty six and twenty seven/ Ain’t no homos gonna make it to Heaven.'
Men in suits rise to their feet and begin cheering and applauding. Pastor Jeff Sangl grins and nods approvingly.
Three times the boy sings the verse -- which is a takeoff on lyrics written by Bishop G.E. Patterson, the late leader of the nation's largest black Pentecostal church.
The original lyrics read: 'I've told you time and time again, you can't make it to Heaven while you sippin' on gin' and 'I've told you once, I've told you twice, you can't make it to Heaven with a sweetheart and a wife.'
The Bible verse the boy refers to, Romans 1:26-27, reads: 'Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error. '
Even as criticism of the church pours in, members of the congregation are standing by the boy's performance.
'The people who are upset just don't read the word of God. If we don't teach the children the truth early they will never learn,' one congregant told TMZ.com.
After the video went public, Pastor Sangl, who is seen urging the boy on, suddenly left for an unplanned vacation and no one is sure where he's gone.
Members of the congregation say they've received death threats.