A popular New York City barbecue restaurant that came under fire for renting space to a Christian church, has evicted the congregation because of a sermon about same-sex attraction, the pastor told Fox News.
Freddy Wyatt, the pastor of The Gallery Church, said they had been renting space in a restaurant to hold their worship services for several months. That agreement was cancelled after local residents barraged the restaurant with complaints.
“There was backlash from the neighborhood toward the restaurant for hosting a Christian church in their space,” he told Fox News.
Wyatt declined to name the restaurant because they did not “want to throw them under the bus.”
“We want to maintain good relationships with the people in our neighborhood,” he said.
However, Fox News has learned the church had been renting space from Hill Country Barbecue, a popular eatery in Manhattan. Owners of the restaurant did not return calls seeking comment.
Wyatt said the trouble started when they began promoting a sermon series about sexuality.
“This particular sermon series struck a nerve in the neighborhood,” he said. “There was an enormous amount of backlash. We don’t know specifically what that was. The restaurant said if it had only been a couple of phone calls it would have been one thing – but it was more than that.”