An evangelical pastor who had been scheduled to offer the benediction at Barack Obama's January 21 presidential inauguration has been abruptly pulled from the program, after homosexual activists discovered a sermon he preached in the 1990s that referred to the sinfulness of homosexual activity.
Louie Giglio, pastor of Atlanta's Passion City Church and founder of the popular Passion Movement youth conferences, had been tagged by the inauguration committee as a safe choice among evangelical leaders because Giglio has in recent years steered clear of making statements that condemn homosexuality. But “gay” activists discovered a sermon Giglio had delivered in the '90s, entitled “In Search of a Standard -– Christian Response to Homosexuality,” in which, reported Baptist Press News, “Giglio details Scripture that identifies homosexuality as sinful, and … offers the hope of transformation the apostle Paul offered in 1 Corinthians 6:11.”
One of the individuals who exposed Giglio's “anti-LGBT” bias and brought the issue to a head was Josh Israel of the pro-homosexual website ThinkProgress.com, who complained that Giglio's sermon included “rabidly anti LGBT views.” Israel claimed that the nearly hour-long sermon, which offers hope for those struggling with same-sex attraction, “advocates for dangerous 'ex-gay' therapy for gay and lesbian people, references a biblical passage often interpreted to require gay people be executed, and impels Christians to 'firmly respond to the aggressive agenda' and prevent the 'homosexual lifestyle' from becoming accepted in society.”
Israel was referring to the portion of Giglio's sermon in which he calls Christians to “lovingly but firmly respond to the aggressive agenda of not all, but of many in the homosexual community.” Giglio accurately points out that underlying the issue of homosexual rights “is a very powerful and aggressive moment. That movement is not a benevolent movement. It is a movement to seize by any means necessary the feeling and the mood of the day, to the point where the homosexual lifestyle becomes accepted as a norm in our society and is given full standing as any other lifestyle, as it relates to family.”
It didn't take long for Israel's dishonest rendering of Giglio's comments to raise alarm among the anti-evangelical homosexual community, and Giglio was quickly removed as a participant in the program. Graciously Giglio himself framed the change as a voluntary exit, saying in a statement that although “I was invited by the President of the United States to pray at his upcoming inauguration, after conversations between our team and the White House I am no longer serving in that role.”
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