I saw an article the other yesterday on a liberal news venue, pushing back against a conservative church’s attempt to influence their community. Several observations might be made, but one will suffice for the nonce.
One of the reasons this church’s influence is so objectionable to some is the church’s promotion of Christian sexual ethics, particularly their opposition to homosexuality. Christian sexual ethics are considered intolerant to secular society. But, interestingly, another objection cited in the article was that the pastor had officiated the marriage of a man who had a different area of sexual immorality in his past, of which he had repented.
That is to say, part of what some people find so offensive about this church is that it does not approve of sexual immorality (of the kind society presently approves), and another part is that the church believes in restoration for people who have engaged in sexual immorality (of the kind society does not [presently] approve).
I think this is an interesting observation, that can be seen in society at large, at least to some degree. Tolerance is aggressively (intolerantly?) promoted by de-stigmatizing of numerous immoral behaviors. Acceptance is the order of the day. But there are still numerous things that are not tolerated, not accepted; and for these things, forgiveness and restoration for the repentant can be in very short supply.
The Christian church calls sin what it is, but preaches that anyone can be forgiven their sins if they will repent and place their faith in Christ. It should not be surprising that the secular world, which finds the conviction of sin offensive, sometimes finds forgiveness offensive as well.