Tent revival sparks protest at Leroy Elmore Park

Tent revival sparks protest at Leroy Elmore Park

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - A group showed up at The Door Christian Fellowship Church service Wednesday evening to protest the congregation's beliefs about the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

The revival started Tuesday night and picked back up on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Leroy Elmore Park by Quaker and the Loop.

It all takes place inside a yellow and blue striped tent.

The church pastor, Anthony Saavedra, said this tent revival has been a staple for his congregation for a couple of years.

Each year, he said they receive a permit from the City of Lubbock to raise the tent and host their revival five nights a week toward the end of the summer season.

But this year, Saavedra said, their comments about the LGBT community were posted to Facebook, and drew an abnormally large crowd on Wednesday.

"We preach on sin in general in the eyes of God," Saavedra said. "Sin is sin. Homosexuality is the part that is being mentioned, which the bible does say is an abomination…and we do believe it is a sin."

Several protestors who attended the service said what they find  offensive is that the City of Lubbock allows the church to preach their beliefs in the a public park.

"They have a sound system, I just don't believe hate should be spread this way," protester Lindsey Vrias said. "Like, especially through religious reasons"

Despite the protests, Saavedra said they plan to continue the revival throughout the rest of the week at seven each night.

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