Giglio and Obama - an issue of credibility?

Thursday, January 10, 2013
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Chris Woodward, Jody Brown (OneNewsNow.com)

Pastor Louie Giglio has withdrawn from the presidential inauguration lineup following criticism of past remarks that homosexuality is a sin and comments advocating ex-"gay" therapy.

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In a statement released Thursday, the evangelical Atlanta pastor cites the reason for his withdrawal:

"Due to a message of mine that has surfaced from 15-20 years ago, it is likely that my participation, and the prayer I would offer, will be dwarfed by those seeking to make their agenda the focal point of the inauguration. 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.

"Neither I, nor our team, feel it best serves the core message and goals we are seeking to accomplish to be in a fight on an issue not of our choosing, thus I respectfully withdraw my acceptance of the President's invitation ...."

Audio of the sermon was posted Wednesday by the pro-homosexual website ThinkProgress. In the sermon, Giglio condemns what he called the aggressive pressure to condone the "homosexual lifestyle."

Addie Whisenant, a spokeswoman for the Presidential Inaugural Committee, says the committee had chosen Giglio because of his work to end human trafficking. Whisenant says the committee wasn't aware of Giglio's past comments when they invited him.

"[Giglio's past comments] don't reflect our desire to celebrate the strength and diversity of our country at this inaugural," reads Whisenant's statement. "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."

The inauguration takes place on January 21. 


Original story ...

Giglio and Obama - an issue of credibility?

The leader of a prominent pro-family group has suggested that nationally known pastor Louie Giglio rethink his acceptance of an invitation to offer a prayer at Barack Obama's second inauguration later this month.

The White House announced on Tuesday that among those participating in this year's presidential inauguration will be Atlanta pastor Louie Giglio, who will be giving the benediction at the January 21 event.

In the announcement regarding his appearance, Giglio said that these days "it is essential for our nation to stand together as one. And, as always, it is the right time to humble ourselves before our Maker. May we all look up to our God, from whom we can receive mercy, grace and truth to strengthen our lives, our families and our nation."

Tim Wildmon, president of the American Family Association, says he is appreciative of what Giglio has done on in his ministry, particularly among young Christians.

Wildmon, Tim"Louie Giglio has made some of the best DVDs you'll ever see, theologically," Wildmon stated on American Family Radio. "He's done a wonderful job, I think, of galvanizing Christian young people with these Passion conferences, with sound Bible teaching. We've applauded Louie for that."

Upwards of 60,000 students were in attendance at the 2013 Passion Conference in Atlanta last week.

Still, Wildmon says if he were Giglio, he would respectfully decline the invitation.

"Louie Giglio did not say I endorse or embrace President Obama's political agenda -- [but] if I were Louie Giglio," continued the AFA president, "I would say This could hurt my credibility within the Christian community because it seems to be an implicit endorsement of President Obama by participating."

Others participating in the inauguration ceremony include Myrlie Evers-Williams, former chair of the NAACP and widow of Medgar Evers; and Richard Blanco, described as "the country's first gay, as well as first Hispanic, poet" to participate in the ceremony. Evers-Williams will deliver the invocation.

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