The word “immigration” has since been removed. Now, church leaders say they weren’t trying to send a political message or to offend anyone.
"The reason we put that sign up was to tell everybody it is not easy to make heaven," Assistant Pastor Michael Pennington said. "If you read Scriptures, it tells them the road to hell is wide and broad, but the road to heaven is narrow and straight."
He reiterated that the sign wasn't meant to be political and said he wouldn't discuss why people might interpret it as a political message.
"Of course we apologize to those people [we offended]," Pennington said.
Anyone is welcome at the church, Pennington said. Pastor Darrell Hollaway added, “We treat everyone the same, it doesn't matter where they came from."