Monday, January 14, 2013
Must not speak any ill of homosexuality
An evangelical pastor from Atlanta announced Thursday that he would not give the benediction at President Obama’s swearing-in ceremony after a sermon he gave on homosexuality in the mid-1990s resurfaced earlier this week.
In that sermon, the Rev. Louie Giglio called for Christians to “firmly respond to the aggressive agenda” of some in the gay community and warns that widespread gay marriage ”would run the risk of absolutely undermining the whole order of our society.”
In a statement, Giglio said that his participation “will be dwarfed by those seeking to make their agenda the focal point of the inauguration.”
Giglio pastors the Passion City Church in Atlanta, where many of his sermons present a traditional view of gender roles and marriage. On Faith has more on Giglio and the sermon, including excerpts of the most inflammatory passages.
The pastor was selected for the benediction because of the work he has done to raise awareness of human trafficking,
A comment I saw on Facebook:
"Giglio has been my pastor for the last few months, since my husband and I discovered Passion City Church. I believe the man is incapable of hating anyone. Once again, the militant, intolerant homosexual community is trying to bring down a good man just because he believes God's word and is not politically correct. Obama does not deserve such a fine man praying at his inauguration."