By now many of you have probably heard that Atlanta pastor Louie Giglio has removed himself from giving the prayer at President Obama’s inauguration after a firestorm of criticism erupted over his inclusion in the ceremony. The firestorm was over a sermon Pastor Giglio gave over a decade ago where he discussed the biblical view of homosexual behavior. In a direct way, he confronted the view that homosexual behavior was simply an “alternative lifestyle.” Pastor Giglio stated that: “If you look at the counsel of the word of God, Old Testament, New Testament, you come quickly to the conclusion that homosexuality is not an alternative lifestyle. Homosexuality is not just a sexual preference. Homosexuality is not gay. But homosexuality is sin.” You can hear his comments in this video.
After these comments came to light, groups advocating homosexual behavior demanded that Giglio withdraw from the inauguration, which he did, claiming that he did not want his presence to detract from the work he has been doing recently to end human trafficking.
The blogosphere erupted with commentary on the issue. Russell Moore posted on his blog:
When it is now impossible for one who holds to the catholic Christian view of marriage and the gospel to pray at a public event, we now have a de facto established state church. Just as the pre-constitutional Anglican and congregational churches required a license to preach in order to exclude Baptists, the new state church requires a “license” of embracing sexual liberation in all its forms.
Al Mohler posted wrote on his blog:
The Presidential Inaugural Committee and the White House have now declared historic, biblical Christianity to be out of bounds, casting it off the inaugural program as an embarrassment. By its newly articulated standard, any preacher who holds to the faith of the church for the last 2,000 years is persona non grata.
We now see the new Moral McCarthyism in its undisguised and unvarnished reality. If you are a Christian, get ready for the question you will now undoubtedly face: “Do you now or have you ever believed that homosexuality is a sin?” There is nowhere to hide.
Pastor Giglio’s withdrawal from the inauguration ceremony may seem like a small thing. But small things are often symbols of where we are as a culture. And this is no small thing. Mohler and Moore (and otherslike them) are right. What the Giglio withdrawal shows us is that biblical truth has been blacklisted. Giglio’s comments in his 1990′s sermon were not hateful, spiteful, or intolerant. Rather, they were a simple and clear exposition of biblical truth. But the advocates of homosexual behavior don’t want to hear that truth. We have now reached a point in our culture where the simple proclamation of Scripture carries public ridicule and censorship.
The Apostle Paul warned about this progression in Romans 1. He says in Romans 1:18: “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth.” They suppress the truth because God has made it evident to them that the behavior they approve of and engage in is sinful and violates His law. And what better way to suppress the truth than to suppress the truth-tellers.
Pastor Giglio faced public ridicule and scorn for simply proclaiming God’s truth. His example stands as a warning call to all pastors. The end-goal of the homosexual legal agenda is the silencing of all dissent; the suppression of the truth-tellers in our culture. Now is not the time to shrink away from biblical truth. Rather, when it is under attack, pastors as the men of God must run to the battle lines to proclaim even more strongly and winsomely the power of the Gospel.
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