How “tolerant.” Â The Gay lobby could give lessons in bullying.
Apparently a pastor only qualifies to offer a presidential benediction if they toe the Left’s twisted ideological line on all pertinent Â theological matters. Â Hmmm….isn’t that the position that European monarchs used to take: agree with them theologically, or face the consequences?
Leftist bloggersÂ successfully convincedÂ officials for President Obamaâ€™s InaugurationÂ to pressure Pastor Louie Giglio ofÂ Passion City Church in AtlantaÂ to withdraw fromÂ praying the benediction at the ceremony January 21.Â The Inaugural CommitteeÂ had selected Giglio to pray two days ago because of his impressive work battling human trafficking and slaveryÂ around the world, and his amazing leadership of the Christ-honoring Passion conferences.Â Just last week, Giglio spokeÂ to 60,000 students in the Georgia Dome for theÂ Passion 2013 conference.
The leftist ideologues cared nothing for that and scoured the Internet untilÂ they found a recording of an old sermon Giglio recorded in the mid-1990s, in which he taught that the Bible defines marriage only as one man and one woman, and therefore, homosexual behavior is sinful.Â Even though Giglio hasÂ rarely preached on this subject and focused on helping the needy in the world, the lefties went bonkers, and demanded his ousterÂ from the inaugural platform.Â Â Louie Giglio gracious acquiesed to the officialsâ€™Â pressure and stepped down.Â Â His statementÂ explains what his current work has focused on,Â and carefully avoids repudiating the Biblical view on marriage.Â Â Louie Giglio is seeing the bulk of his lifeâ€™s work ignored and the totality of his decades-long ministry distorted by those who summarize it byÂ one sermon he preached 15-20 years ago.Â This is a tragic slander, because Giglioâ€™s Passion City Church is no Westboro Baptist.
For the past two decades he has spent his time getting Christians to focus on a topic dear to me â€” human trafficking. That has been his calling and focus. It is a worthy cause. More than 17,000 people are smuggled into the United States each year to serve as slaves, often in the sex trade. American children are kidnapped and enslaved. Louie has rallied Christians and the secular world to this cause.
But twenty years ago he gave a sermon that could be considered prophetic. He told Christians of the coming pursuit of an aggressive homosexual agenda and that they must not stick their heads in the sand and let happen what happens.Â You can hear that bit here.
He went further than that. He admonished Christians that, in dealing with the issue, they must do so without hate, but with love. They must not condemn, but lead to Christ.Â But he also said they must stand their ground.
In the sermon,Â Louie made clear that the secular world is against Christians on this issue.Â But most controversially, he said that gays can be saved from their sin by embracing Jesus Christ, through whom all things are possible.Â Listen to his statement.Â Louie Giglioâ€™s grievous and offensive sin is that he dares to believe in sin.
[…] Â 2 Timothy 4:3-4 notes, â€œFor the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.â€ Secularists peddling a secular agenda in the name of tolerance have declared Truth to be myth and myth to be truth. They hear what they want to hear and condemn what they do not understand as intolerance.
Many young Christians either have embraced secularism in a bit of conformity with the modern world or choose not to even discuss it. Louie Giglio, for the last 20 years, has not discussed his views on homosexuality lest it distract people from embracing his cause on human trafficking.
But this should be a lesson for Christians. They will be forced to choose between this world and the next on these issues. This world is preaching a new religion of tolerance and a hostility to orthodox Christian beliefs. A time is coming where Christians will have to choose between the Word of God or the words of a bunch of secularists out to make the uncommon common and the common obscene.
A recent article in Christianity Today claimed thatÂ “fewer than 2 in 5 Americans say homosexuality is sin.” Â It’s not surprising, Â when you consider how much cultural propaganda most American Christians allow into their homes, while at the same time churches shy away from teaching about moral, Biblical topics that are considered too “controversial” or “political.”
Read “The Marketing of Evil” by David Kupelian and you’ll understand why they’ve been so effective at indoctrinating the public with their lies.