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Pastor Louie Giglio Calls Homosexuality 'One of the Most Difficult [Issues] Our Nation Will Navigate'

Pastor Tony Giglio, who removed himself from Obama's inaugural line-up earlier today after a sermon surfaced in which he said, among other things, that gays will go to Hell, posted a message to his church elaborating on an earlier statement.

GiglioSays Giglio in part:

The issue of homosexuality (which a particular message of mine some 20 years ago addressed) is one of the most difficult our nation will navigate. However, individuals’ rights of freedom, and the collective right to hold differing views on any subject is a critical balance we, as a people, must recover and preserve.

As a pastor, my mission is to love people, and lead them well, while lifting up the name of Jesus above anything else. I’m confident that anyone who knows me or has listened to the multitude of messages I have given in the last decade would most likely conclude that I am not easily characterized as being opposed to people—any people. Rather, I am constantly seeking to understand where all people are coming from and how to best serve them as I point them to Jesus.

In all things, the most helpful thing I can do is to invite each of us to wrestle with scripture and its implications for our lives. God’s words trump all opinions, including mine, and in the end, I believe God’s words lead to life.

Meanwhile, the religious right-wing has gone predictably nuts over the Giglio withdrawal. A bevy of reactions here.

T_perkinsWrote FRC's Tony Perkins:

“This is another example of intolerance from the Obama administration toward those who hold to biblical views on sexuality. Why is the president surprised that an evangelical pastor would teach from Scripture on homosexuality? One would be hard pressed to find an Evangelical pastor who hasn’t preached on what the Bible teaches about human sexuality.

“Catholic, Evangelical Protestant, and Orthodox churches all actively proclaim that sexual intimacy within the marriage of one man and one woman is the only biblically-sanctioned human sexual behavior. Are the scores of millions of Americans who affirm these teachings no longer welcome at the inauguration of our president?

Added Perkins in an email:

"What a difference four years makes! In 2009, when the Left was in an uproar about Pastor Rick Warren's prayer, the President was quick to come to his defense. 'We have to disagree without being disagreeable and then focus on those things we hold in common as Americans.' Now, having revealed his true position on same-sex 'marriage,' the President seems determined to create even more division. If anything, this pulls back the curtain on the Left's real agenda. And it's not about tolerance. It's about forced acceptance. Americans need to wake up and realize that the homosexual movement cannot be appeased--not by marriage, not by special benefits, not by anything but the sanitization of Christianity from the public square."

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  1. My mission is to love people! No, really, it is!

    Posted by: Jack M | Jan 11, 2013 8:58:37 AM

  2. "...while lifting up the name of Jesus above anything else." That is the problem with religious people; they cannot imagine anyone being happy if they don't worship the same imaginary friend as they do.

    Posted by: beed | Jan 11, 2013 9:03:54 AM

  3. If the sheeple on the right didn't eat such words up like quaalude infused oatmeal... sigh.

    Posted by: Richard | Jan 11, 2013 9:40:43 AM

  4. He's a typical deluded piece of poop. He thinks homosexuality is a "difficult issue to navigate" but he had no dificulty condemning it by death penalty. Vile .

    Posted by: nikko | Jan 11, 2013 11:48:33 AM

  5. @Nikko: I found the sermon in question last night on a web site. While I was rather surprised at its length - nearly an hour - he spent some time emphasizing that "let he who is without sin cast the first stone" means that Christians should not act hatefully towards gays and lesbians, and definitely should not kill them (the 'first stone' was the first in a barrage intended to kill someone). The biblical example he used was a story about an angry mob that was about to kill an adulteress: after defusing the situation, and after the mob disperses, the story has Jesus saying, "Will no one condemn you? Then I will not condemn you," and tells her to go and sin no more.

    But, he did spend nearly an hour ranting about how homosexual activity was going to send the country down the tubes, and was so over the top in that regard that today one would question the guy's sanity.

    Originally I was inclined to laugh at him and maybe let it slide as it was a good 15 years ago and I figured he just picked a topic that was in the news that week as he tried to come up with something for a 10 minute weekly sermon at a standard-sized church. But nearly a full hour of ranting about it? He sounded like the crazy religious fanatics in "Inherit the Wind" (a classic film about what became known as "The Scopes Monkey Trial" where a school teacher was tried for teaching Darwinian evolution.)

    Posted by: Bill | Jan 11, 2013 1:32:58 PM

  6. Tony Giglio, Darling Pastor, the most "difficult issue" this nation will "navigate" is how we can kick evangelical christianity--that great American social, political and cultural cancer--to the curb so our nation can heal and move forward.

    It's a tough one but it shall be done.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Jan 11, 2013 2:00:32 PM

  7. @Bill: For that sort of congregation, lengthy sermons are the norm. They used to be the norm in the colonial days when you were expected to be in church all day. There were people who had a pole with a doornob (or something similar) on one end and a feather on the other to keep people awake.

    Posted by: Diogenes Arktos | Jan 12, 2013 12:19:20 AM

  8. @Diogenes Arktos: only 1 hour for people who were expected to be in church all day? The standard for tiresomeness was 6 hours - Gilbert's lyrics for The Mikado included the following:

    All prosy dull society sinners,
    Who chatter and bleat and bore,
    Are sent to hear sermons
    From mystical Germans
    Who preach from ten till four.

    (It was from the Mikado's first song in which he describes how he is going to make the punishment fit the crime.)

    Posted by: Bill | Jan 12, 2013 2:18:02 AM

  9. I attended Mr. Giglio's Passion 2013 conference, and although I can't speak on his behalf, I have certainly experienced the radical love he has for people.

    Jesus Followers must constantly wrestle with issues such as these. Humans can be slaves to many different things that cloud your ability to be intimate with God. For many, that is drinking or drugs. For others, it may be relationships with girls. I can't comment on God's view of homosexuality, but I know, regardless of his view, he loves the people.

    I would urge you to learn more about Louie! The Passion Conferences launched the End It Movement (, a campaign to end human slavery and trafficking for the 27 million people who are forced into it. I sincerely do not believe Louie is a hateful person. He's just like any other Christ follower, who is caught it a game of balancing grace and truth.

    Posted by: John Riley | Jan 12, 2013 4:15:51 PM

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