Two Atlanta pastors were invited to the presidential inauguration on January 21, 2013. Atlanta Pastor, Myrlie Wiliams Evers, widow of slain civil rights leader, Medgar Evans. Louie Giglio, pastor of Passion City Church to deliver the benediction.
"Their voices have inspired many people across this great nation within the faith community and beyond. Their careers reflect the ideals that the vice president and I continue to pursue for all Americans - justice, equality, and opportunity," the president's statement continued.
“Evers-Williams' work and life is an example for the nation, said a source close to the planning of the inauguration. "Following her husband's murder she worked tirelessly not only for justice for his murder but for justice for the nation as well," a source said.
Last week the Louie Giglio was uninvited after it became aware that 20 years ago he gave a sermon in which he stated that homosexuality is a sin and that the “only way out of a homosexual lifestyle… is through the healing power of Jesus."
Stated plainly, the Christian pastor was disinvited from delivering the inaugural prayer for believing and teaching Biblical Christian truth.
This was made quite clear in the statement from Addie Whinenant of the inauguration selection committee. "We were not aware of Pastor Giglio's past comments at the time of his selection, and they don't reflect our desire to celebrate the strength and diversity of our country at this inaugural. Pastor Giglio was asked to deliver the benediction in large part because of his leadership in combating human trafficking around the world. As we now work to select someone to deliver the benediction, we will ensure their beliefs reflect this administration's vision of inclusion and acceptance for all Americans."
In essence, the statement was an embarrassed apology for having invited Louie Giglio in the first place; that their selection had never at any time believed that homosexuality is less than a perfectly acceptable lifestyle regardless of what the Bible says.
The president and the White House have now declared that historic, biblical Christianity is out of bounds, throwing if off the inaugural program as an embarrassment.
“Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance.” Psalm 33:12 (KJV)
“Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!” Isaiah 5:20
Pastor Giglio was ousted for preaching the truth about what the Bible says about homosexuality in a message 20 years ago, but the Bible’s message on the subject hasn’t changed. The only thing that has changed is how our nation regards the teachings of the Bible.
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