A gallery has offended the church by exhibiting a statue of Jesus with an erection.
The graphic figure is on display at Gateshead's Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art.
The exhibit is a traditional form of Jesus which has been doctored by controversial Chinese artist Terence Koh.
Gone, Yet Still, features 74 plaster models ranging from Mickey Mouse to ET, with the 1ft high depiction of Christ with an erection a central figure in the artwork.
Outraged visitors and church leaders have criticised the artist and Baltic bosses for disrespecting the Christian faith.
This is not the first time the Baltic has hit trouble over an exhibit.
In September, police seized the image of a child due to be displayed in the gallery over fears it was pornographic.
Officers were called by the centre's bosses after they expressed concerns over exhibiting the work of art that belonged to pop star Sir Elton John, who later pulled the display.
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