Giglio, God, Gays, and Veritaphobia

January 11, 2013

 

by Ron Hale

He has served as Pastor, Church Planter, Strategist (NAMB), Director of Missions, and Associate Executive Director of Evangelism and Church Planting for a State Convention, and now in the 4th quarter of ministry as Minister of Missions.


Pastor Louie Giglio has been pressured off the stage of President Obama’s second inauguration – Why?

Twenty years ago, I attended a two day meeting at Focus on the Family in Colorado Springs.  A deacon in my church had just started working for Dr. Dobson and H.B. London, Jr., so he was instrumental in getting me invited. I felt very inconsequential sitting in a room with leaders of the largest churches and ministries in America.

For two days, leaders from business and ministry shared their findings concerning the strategy of the radical homosexual agenda in America. They shared how the arenas of education, media, business, and government would be invaded with an activist agenda.  They predicted how a convergence of progressive groups would seek to socially segregate and isolate those holding to a Biblical worldview.

Pastor Louie Giglio of Atlanta was invited by the President Inaugural Committee to deliver the benediction at the upcoming inaugural on January 21. Due to a tsunami of criticism generated by far-left pressure groups, Pastor Giglio has tendered his statement of withdrawal.

Why the criticism of Pastor Giglio?

According to Sheryl Gay Stolberg of the New York Times (1-09-2013), Think Progress, a liberal blog affiliated with the Center for American Progress Action Fund, reported on a sermon delivered by Pastor Giglio in the mid-1990s. In the sermon, Giglio cites Scripture saying that homosexuality “is sin in the eyes of God, and it is sin in the word of God.”  He also spoke of hope and healing found in Jesus Christ.

The New York Times reporter quoted John Aravosis of the pro-gay Americablog by saying, “You’d think that once burned, the Obama inaugural team would be twice shy about picking an antigay bigot for the swearing-in ceremony.”

That statement was a slurring reference to Pastor Rick Warren being selected four years earlier to pray.  Warren is known for standing up for traditional marriage in California.

Stolberg’s last paragraph states, “But the president also pleased his gay constituency on Wednesday, when his committee announced that it had selected Richard Blanco, an openly gay writer of Cuban descent, to be the 2013 inaugural poet.”

Well there you have it!

The openly gay poet is glorified and the Christian Pastor is vilified by the Left and the Obama team gladly follows.  Those who once screamed the word “intolerance” at people for simply standing up for traditional marriage are the personification of intolerance when they feel the weight of a President leaning their way.

One definition of “veritaphobia” is the fear of knowing, telling, and revealing the truth; it’s a new “urban” word.

I can only hope this story will wake up a sleeping Church all across America to the truth that secular forces are committed to chipping away the moral foundation of America.

I pray that we will get our heads out of the sand and realize that an “organized non-religion” is working overtime to erode our Constitutional right to freedom of speech and prohibiting the free exercise of our Christian faith and the liberty to preach or teach a sermon straight out of the book (if that is our conviction) without the fear of government payback.

Yes, it’s time for the fog and illness of “veritaphobia” to be lifted from the eyes, hearts, and minds of God-fearing people.  God help us!

© Ron F. Hale, January 10, 2013

 

 

 

 

 

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Adam Harwood

Ron,

Thanks for your article.

President Obama famously stated during an overseas trip in his first term that we are no longer a Christian nation. Sadly, he was correct. And we’re watching the truth of his statement lived out before us.

Giglio was wise to decline the invitation and to do so for this stated reason (as quoted in The Washington Post): “Clearly, speaking on this issue has not been in the range of my priorities in the past fifteen years. Instead, my aim has been to call people to ultimate significance as we make much of Jesus Christ.”

I admire a pastor who declines an invitation from the President in order to honor the King.

In Him,
Adam

Rick Patrick

Ron,

Thank you for introducing the term “veritaphobia” to me. Yes, our culture suffers it. Although they are afraid to hear the truth, one almost gets the impression that we are afraid to share it.

Our failed strategy of accommodationism and avoidance of this topic, as evidenced by Giglio’s admission that it has not been among his “range of issues” for fifteen years, must be replaced by the kind of compassionate confrontation Giglio employed previously.

Thanks for this outstanding article.

Ron F. Hale

Rick and Adam … thanks for your kind comments on this subject. I didn’t want to put it in the article but John Aravosis the pro-gay writer of(Americablog: Gay – A Great Nation Deserves Equality)called Pastor Giglio’s statement of withdrawal … “a bitchy statement” and “further proof that things did not seem to end amicably between him and the inaugural committee.” He adds, “Great work everyone.”

We really need to wake up to what this radical agenda is seeking to accomplish in our generation.

    Max

    “We really need to wake up to what this radical agenda is seeking to accomplish in our generation.”

    When I was a young man and stared down the road to personal destiny, a wise man once advised me “Son, there are three types of people in the world: those who plan to make things happen, those who make things happen, and those who wonder what happened?!” I have endeavored not to be trapped in the latter category.

    It’s increasingly clear that the gay community has become efficient at planning to make things happen and well networked to accomplish their agenda … while the church is left wondering “what happened?!” A pulpit attitude of ” … speaking on this issue has not been in the range of my priorities …” will not scare the devil. While we “make much of Jesus”, the church should also position its ministry to call on the Holy Spirit with a message that convicts the world of sin, righteousness and judgment.

Mary

The NYT and other outlets are claiming Giglio did not decline but was forced to withdraw. I wish he had not withdrawn but had forced the President to oust him and proclaim loud and clear that those who take a stand against sin are not welcome.

One thing to watch and listen for in this fight is how the left now uses the phrase “freedom of worship” in place of “freedom of religion” The President has done this repeatedly. As we can see with the contraception mandate and the Chik Fil A brouhaha the left wants us to keep to ourselves – we’re free to worship in our churches but the left is pushing more and more toward an America where Christians should not be allowed to own businesses ie Chik Fil A, Hobby Lobby or be allowed to even offer a prayer ie Giglio.

The liberal Christians on these blogs for years have proclaimed that those of us who have warned that more and more our freedoms are being taken away are just chicken littles who know nothing about persecution. It’s as if they think the coming persecution will happen overnight or something – one day freedom is there and the next morning you wake up and it’s gone. As we see our freedoms are being chipped away little by little. Only fools don’t get that the end game is to eventually label sermons like the one Giglio gave as “hate speech” and declaring he should be arrested for “hate crimes”

Ron F. Hale

Wise words …Mary!

What we will be seeing is a “State Approved Clergy” list in the future … where the sanitization of sin is more important than santification.

Mary

thank you Ron, and I apologize. I went into my rant without first thanking you for your wise words. You summed up the situation nicely.

I found it interesting that socialist Laurance O’Donnell (and no I’m not calling him a name he describes himself as a socialist) actually was able to discern what happened with Giglio. O Donnell goes off the rails later in the article but he gets to the heart of the matter.

“It turns out there is no better way for a pastor to get kicked out of the inauguration ceremony than quoting the Bible,” O’Donnell said. “That is what Louie Giglio, of Passion City Church in Atlanta, did to get knocked out of this year’s inauguration….”

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2013/01/11/lawrence-odonnell-get-rid-of-bible-on-inauguration-day-video/#ixzz2HgDAv2ug

Beware if you go to that link. some of the content on that site can be offensive.

Truth Unites... and Divides

Twenty years ago, … leaders from business and ministry shared their findings concerning the strategy of the radical homosexual agenda in America. They shared how the arenas of education, media, business, and government would be invaded with an activist agenda. They predicted how a convergence of progressive groups would seek to socially segregate and isolate those holding to a Biblical worldview.”

You probably could go back further than twenty years ago even. Francis Schaeffer even. And even before him.

Here’s the thing that dismays, using a football analogy. Let’s say that you know the other team is gonna run the ball to the left. They’re known for running a power sweep to the left. And they know that you know that they’re going to run the ball to the left, and they’re gonna run the ball to the left anyways even though you know it.

And they run the ball to the left and score a touchdown. Or at least for a touchdown on their scorecard. And while biblical Christian leaders showed up on the field at least and strategized and executed, they still couldn’t stop the power sweep to the left.

Johnathan Pritchett

Ron, this is most excellent, and a welcome and much needed wake-up call. I also echo Rick regarding veritaphobia as well.

My one point of disagreement, though not with you, is that there is an “organized non-religion”. These people seem to be as every bit religious as the pagans at the Areopagus. :)

    lydia

    “These people seem to be as every bit religious as the pagans at the Areopagus. :)”

    Exactly. “Religion” is on the rise…..in many forms. Some are bizarre.

Ron F. Hale

Point well taken Johnathan … thanks!

Ron F. Hale

Thanks again, Mary … I will check out the site.

Overall it seems … President Obama’s inaugural committee has given a new definition to “Bible thumper” … Giglio quotes the Bible and he gets thumped!

Pastor Daniel Tuchez

Thanks You Pastor Ron for your wise words! We need contuining prayer for America! Blessing!!!!

Clay G

does anyone have a bit of concern that the statement issued by Pastor Gilgio contains “Due to a message of mine that has surfaced from 15-20 years ago…” and “Clearly, speaking on this issue has not been in the range of my priorities in the past 15 years.”

I kindof wish he had said: “I believed that then, I believe that now.” Seems to be hedging a bit to me… or am I wrong?

Ron F. Hale

Clay,

Thanks for you comment and maybe its a fair question. However, I’ve never been on the national “hotseat” before — dealing with people that represent the most powerful man in the world. Maybe … he could of said a few things in a different way, but overall, I think he did a good job. We really don’t know what he went through or what was said to him.

Blessings!

    Clay G

    true that! obviously a lot of pressure! never had a reason to question Pastor G., just a little concerned on how his quote came across, almost apologetic for those remarks… but if you read what he said in the 90’s – it was true, appropriate, and certainly should not be taken as ‘hate speech’… but it was treated as such… just a sign of what is coming….

    Mary

    My thoughts yesterday were that this was cowardly the way Giglio handled this. I think he should not have withdrawn but should have made the Committee retract their invitation thus showing exactly what the President thinks of those who take a stance against sin. Today I guess I’m trying to be a little more merciful and hoping there are things behind the scenes I just don’t know and so can’t really have such a strong opinions. I do hope perhaps in the coming days that perhaps Giglio will feel able to take a strong stand and make very clear as to whether he still believes what he preached “15 or 20” years ago. I think part of this battle is the need for Christians like Giglio to stand strong and not back down and in the process of standing up for Biblical Truth show exactly how intolerant the world is becoming toward those of us who take the Bible as the Word.

      volfan007

      I was also wondering if Giglio did not tuck tail and run, here. And, I’m also concerned about his not preaching that homosexuality is a sin for the past 15 years. Why not? Why would he not preach on homosexuality being a sin? It’s in the Bible. It is the truth of God.

      Also, I’m more upset with President Obama….and shaking my head…

      David

        Mary

        Vol, Obama is acting being exactly the man most of us have known him to be – he just has more “flexibility” now that he doesn’t have to get reelected.

Bob Cleveland

Anybody who has read much of the New Testament, or who is over 65 or 70 and has simply watched what’s going on around us, wouldn’t be much surprised at any of this. And I don’t think it’s because of any shortcomings of the church, either. If it’s true that few people will find the narrow way, and many will find the broad way to destruction, I’m guessing that means we’ll always be in the minority, so I’m forced to ask the question again .. what part of any of this is surprising?

Chris

After reading the statement that Giglio posted for his church, I for one am disappointed. Here was a clear opportunity to state that he still believed in what the word of God says and Giglio did not. I don’t know what he believes, but it worries me that he backed down and didn’t at least say that he still believed in what he preached, while still stressing God’s love for the sinner.

Max

I remember vividly the 1993 inaugural invocation offered by Billy Graham for President Clinton. When he prayed the following words, Clinton looked up from bowed head and stared at Brother Graham as if wondering “what in the world are you doing?!” Graham’s prayer:

“We thank you for the moral and spiritual foundations which our forefathers gave us and which are rooted deeply in scripture. Those principles nourished and guided us as a nation in the past, but we cannot say that we are a righteous people. We’ve sinned against you. We’ve sown to the wind and are reaping the whirlwind of crime, drug abuse, racism, immorality, and social injustice. We need to repent of our sins and turn by faith to you.”

Twenty years later, America continues to sow to the wind … a payday someday.

Ron F. Hale

Max,
Thanks for the historical reminder! Sadly, if revival and spiritual awakening doesn’t happen — those of the lineage of Billy Graham will never be invited back to an inaugural events, much less the White House. Blessings!

    Max

    American’s destiny lies in the hands of the Church. We can’t have a spiritual awakening in our nation, until the bride wakes up first! “IF My People … THEN Will I.” Will we? Southern Baptists are too distracted trying to figure out their theological identity and fussing over jots and tittles to call themselves and America to repentance.

dr. james willingham

A current blog and to the point. One we need to heed. And Let us not forget that Sharia Law is a Trojan Horse that will spell the end of American Constitutionalism as will secularism’s pose that Christians had little or nothing to do with the founding of America.

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