Lucado wrong to apologize for speaking God's truth: McFarland
Monday, February 22, 2021
Steve Jordahl (OneNewsNow.com)
A best-selling Christian author and popular pastor has apologized to the National Cathedral in Washington, DC, and to the LGBT community for a sermon he preached 17 years ago that affirmed the biblical view of marriage.
Max Lucado (pictured) was asked to preach on the topic of the Holy Spirit at Washington's National Cathedral two weeks ago. In the time since the message, homosexual activists unearthed a sermon he preached in 2004, in which he warned that homosexuality would spread disease and could lead to legalized polygamy and maybe even incest.
Homosexual activists and the liberal leadership at the Cathedral howled in anger – and Lucado, instead of defending his fact-based and scriptural remarks, wrote a letter of abject apology.
Christian apologist Dr. Alex McFarland calls Lucado's response a betrayal beyond belief from a once-respected evangelical leader.
"It's one thing that he's willing to sell himself out for whatever the coveted preaching engagement du jour might be – the National Cathedral or anywhere else," McFarland tells One News Now. "But we who do believe the Bible and in the authority of scripture, we can't let him sell us out."
In his letter, Lucado stated he still believed in traditional marriage, but said he had used the Bible as "weapon." He said his remarks were "disrespectful" and "hurtful," that he was grieved that he offended the LGBTQ community. He also wrote:
"Faithful people may disagree about what the Bible says about homosexuality, but we agree that God's holy Word must never be used as a weapon to wound others …. LGBTQ individuals and LGBTQ families must be respected and treated with love. They are beloved children of God because, they are made in the image and likeness of God."
McFarland says no preacher of the gospel of Christ – including Lucado – should ever apologize for preaching biblical truth. "To intimate that those preachers of righteousness did it with malice and with intent to harm people? That's a horrible slam," says the apologist.
He's calling on Lucado to apologize to ministers who also accurately preach from the Bible – and then to leave the pulpit. "Max Lucado should do God and the Church and the lost world a favor and get out of the ministry," says McFarland.
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