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February 6, 2013 Print

Conservative Christians Not Welcome in the Public Square?

by Jeff Johnston

Pastor Louis Giglio, well known for his leadership in fighting human trafficking and for founding the Passion worship conferences, was invited last month to give a prayer at President Obama’s second inauguration. Then a liberal blog unearthed a sermon he’d given in the 1990’s where he described same-sex sexual behavior as a sin and talked about people coming out of homosexuality. After a huge outcry was raised by lesbian-, gay-, bisexual- and transgender- identified (LGBT) activists and their allies, Pastor Giglio withdrew from the event. 

A spokesman for the Presidential Inauguration  Committee said that they wanted someone to pray whose  ”beliefs reflect this administration’s vision of inclusion and acceptance for all Americans.” Evidently that vision does not include and accept those of us who believe God’s design for marriage as a male-female union. Shortly afterward, Joseph Ward III published a letter at an LGBT – focused religious web site that’s been re-posted around the Internet, “Dear Conservative Christians: It’s OK to Evolve on LGBT Equality.”

In his letter, Mr. Ward invites conservative Christians “to evolve” and embrace the LGBT agenda. The letter also labels our deeply-held beliefs about humanity, sex, marriage and family as “anti-gay” and says they deny the “full human dignity” of some people. Perhaps most importantly, Mr. Ward states that our beliefs are no longer “welcome in the public square.” I’ve written Mr. Ward a reply – too lengthy for this blog – which is posted here: Reply to: “Dear Conservative Christians: It’s OK to Evolve on LGBT Equality.” I invite you to read it and share it with others.



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