An Indiana pastor is reportedly fielding death threats after footage surfaced of his congregation going wild for a tiny tot singing an anti-gay hymn.
The clip went viral on Wednesday and features a young boy crooning a song about God and bible verses, including the lyrics, “Ain’t no homo gonna make it to heaven.”
Since it hit the blogosphere, the church, identified as the Apostolic Truth Tabernacle Church in Greensburg, Indiana, has received harassing phone calls, and its pastor, Jeff Sangl, has even gotten death threats at home, members told TMZ.com.
The website reports the church is “on lockdown” and members are taking turns watching over the property.
Sangl fears for his safety and he and his wife fled for vacation Wednesday morning without telling anyone where they were going, one member told TMZ.com.
Representatives of the church could not be reached for comment by the Daily News.
Viewers online were jolted by the video — and by how young its star appears to be.
Gawker writer Neetzan Zimmerman likened the video to child abuse.
“What makes this particular demonstration of intolerance so shocking is just how young this congregant is. Believing him to be no older than five, some are calling the church’s treatment of the boy out-and-out child abuse.”
Others were appalled by the congregation’s overwhelmingly positive response to the performance.
“Listen to the applause he’s getting for spouting hate!” wrote one commenter on YouTube.
Author Anne Rice posted the video on her Facebook page, writing: “In this country, Christians can teach toddlers to hate and to persecute, and we, through the automatic tax exemption for churches, foot the bill.”
Despite the uproar and reported threats, church members told TMZ.com they don’t regret that the video surfaced online.
“The people who are upset just don’t reach the word of God,” an unnamed member of the church told the website. “If we don’t teach the children the truth early they will never learn.
“Of course we applauded a child who is singing a song about God.”