Protests Planned for Controversial Natomas Church’s Upcoming Event

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NATOMAS -- Verity Baptist Church has been quiet in the weeks since its pastor, Roger Jimenez, made controversial comments praising the Orlando shooting that killed dozens at a gay nightclub.

"It's going to be three days of great preaching," said Jimenez in a YouTube video for his upcoming event.

Jimenez is getting ready to host three other like-minded pastors at Verity Baptist Church this week for the "Red Hot Preaching Conference."

"First of all, he's judging people, he's being hypocritical, he's preaching and teaching about hate not love," said Dusty Arnold.

Arnold is an ordained minister. He's also bisexual.

His outrage over Jimenez's comments inspired him to create the "Kiss Away the Hate" campaign.

"We want to have a lot of people to come up, and support, and make a difference and tell them we're here and what you're doing is not right," Arnold said.

Arnold has organized peaceful protests outside Jimenez's four-day conference in hopes of over shadowing their message.

Verity Baptist Church was closed when FOX40 came by Monday, and no one answered our calls.

The landlord of this Natomas business complex announced they won't be renewing Verity Baptist Church's lease.

Megan Oneal manages the business next door. She's looking forward to the day the church moves out.

"I definitely hope their lease is ending sooner rather than later. It would make things quieter around here," Oneal said.

But things will likely be noisy through the end of this week, as conflicting messages meet at the doorstep of this controversial church.

The Red Hot Preaching Conference begins this Thursday at 7 p.m.


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