One sign outside the
A photograph of the sign was published in The Daily Telegraph newspaper on Thursday, prompting debate about whether it was a suitable message.
Prime Minister John Howard said something else would have been better.
"I understand the Christian motivation of the Baptist church," Howard told reporters. "But I hope they will understand that a lot of Australians, including many Australian Christians, will think that the prayer priority of the church on this occasion could have been elsewhere."
Anglican Archbishop Peter Jensen said churches that posted the sign were obviously trying to illustrate Christian teaching that God loves everybody, no matter how evil their sins, but that he found the sign "a bit misleading" and potentially offensive.
"There is a truth in it," Jensen told the Southern Cross Broadcasting network. But, "what we've got to say is, `Jesus doesn't approve of Osama.' It makes it sounds like, `Oh, Osama's doing the right thing.'"
Officials from the