Robert Owens is the pastor at Ten Commandments Church in Milledgeville, Georgia. (Images via WGXA video)

Robert Owens was innocently riding his bike through Milledgeville, Georgia when he saw a church sign that shocked him.

According to WGXA, the sign in front of the Ten Commandments Church read:¬†“Homesexuality is a Death Worthy Crime.”

“This is the first time that I have ever seen anything that actually crossed the line and was inferring death upon a group,” Owens, who has gay friends and family members, said.

Watch the Georgia pastor defend the anti-gay sign below:

“If it said being bald or blind or short or fat or blue-eyed or red head, if any of those were death worthy crimes, if they were causing people think ‘wow those people really need to die’ that’s a terrible thing, that’s crossing line,” Owens continued.

But the leader of the church,¬†Pastor Robert Lee, defended the sign, saying that he was only quoting Leviticus 20:13 and that the sign’s message was true to his beliefs.

“Homosexuality is an abomination, and the Bible says that homosexuality is a death worthy crime,” Lee said.

Lee also noted that the sign went up at the same time that the Supreme Court is hearing cases on the constitutionality of same-sex marriage. He said that the sign was meant as a wake up call.

“The institution of marriage was instituted by God, and it should not be changed by people who deserve not to live,” Lee said.