A New Religious Test

The Louie Giglio fiasco reveals a lot. For the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview, I’m John Stonestreet with The Point.

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The dis-invitation of Louie Giglio, the ultra-popular Atlanta pastor who leads the annual Passion Conference for college students has been all over the news. When President Obama asked Giglio to pray at his inauguration, gay activists swarmed over a fifteen-year-old sermon, in which Giglio preaches a traditional, mainstream, biblical stance on homosexuality.

After a "conversation" with the White House, Giglio withdrew. What does this mean? Russel Moore wrote that this signals a new "de facto state church," and that those who espouse traditional sexuality have no place in civic ceremonies. Denny Burk observes that person's view on sexuality will be the new litmus test to have a public voice.

As I suggested on BreakPoint last week after the Hobby Lobby fiasco, it's clear that the "post-Christian America" that Francis Schaeffer predicted is now a reality. This is not a cause for despair, but an opportunity for the Church that must be acknowledged, and seized. More on this tomorrow. I'm John Stonestreet.

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Further Reading

Pastor Giglio and the 'New Moral McCarthyism'
Tony Perkins | The Christian Post | January 15, 2013

Louie Giglio and the New State Chruch
Russel Moore | Moore to the Point | January 10, 2013

Did the White House Force Giglio Out?
Denny Burk | January 11, 2013