A North Carolina church's decision to stop performing all marriages until its pastors can marry gay and lesbian couples was protested on Easter Sunday by a young boy.

The Green Street United Methodist Church in Winston-Salem announced its decision last month on its Facebook page.

“On the matter of same-sex marriage, Green Street UMC sees injustice in the legal position of state government and the theological position of our denomination,” the church wrote.

“North Carolina prohibits same-sex marriage and all the rights and privileges marriage brings. The Leadership Council has asked that their ministers join others who refuse to sign any State marriage licenses until this right is granted to same-sex couples.”

The boy, who appears to be about 11, stood outside the church on Easter Sunday holding a sign which read, “Jesus must be your lord or he will not be your savior.”

In a video posted online, the boy is seen preaching to congregants as they file out of the church. (The video is embedded on this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)

Discussing the incident on his web show, David Pakman wondered whether the boy was a victim of child abuse.

“Is this the result of child abuse?” Pakman asked. “I mean he seems to have, based on what he's saying, an irrational fear of imaginary things, which came from somewhere and if it did come from his parents, is that not child abuse of some kind?”