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Sin, Slavery, and Louie Giglio

  
  
  

End it, human trafficking,slavery,louie giglio

While it hasn’t made mainstream news, the story has circled the internet news streams. This story has the bloggers a blogging and the critics a criticizing. So, we thought we would join in. Louie Giglio, pastor of Passion City Church in Atlanta had been invited to deliver the benediction at President Obama’s inauguration. Regardless of your political persuasion this is quite an honor. Billy Graham was invited to pray at 10 presidential inaugurations. To be invited to do anything Billy Graham had been asked to do is an honor.

Louie wants the captives set free

Louie wasn’t invited because he is an evangelical, he wasn’t invited because of any effort to reach out to the conservative Christians, and he wasn’t invited because he pastors a church which is large enough to be influential. Louie Giglio was invited to pray at the inauguration because of his activism against sex slave trafficking. Louie has been extremely influential in the fight against human trafficking. Louie wants the captives set free.

God wants the captives set free

It is not strange that Louie would be actively speaking out against sex trafficking. It is in his DNA to react against injustice and abuse. He is a Christian. As Christians we are indwelled with the Holy Spirit of God. God is against sex trafficking and slavery, therefore Christians are against it. God is against men and women, boys and girls being raped and abused, therefore we are against it. It’s really pretty logical. God has given us His Spirit and His Word. The two together change our world view and begin to bring our thoughts and attitudes in line with God’s. God wants the captives set free, therefore as Christians we want the captives set free. 

It is God's Word that we stand on, not our own. 

Louie Giglio was in effect uninvited from attending and praying at the inauguration just a few days later. He was uninvited because of his views on homosexuality. Louie believes homosexuality is a sin. This is not because he hates gays and has a desire to limit the civil rights of a particular part of our society. Louie believes the homosexual lifestyle is wrong because the Bible tells him so.

Again, Louie’s world view is shaped by the Bible. He believes the Bible is true, and it is the Word of God. Louie believes people sin against God and God loves them anyway. His ministry seeks to “make much of Jesus” by declaring the gospel of Christ. The gospel changes people. It turns the world upside down and makes everything different. The gospel changes hearts and minds, it heals the broken and sets the captives free.

Believing the Bible is true and telling people what it says is becoming very unpopular in the US. Louie has now been branded as “anti-gay” which in our society is the ultimate sin. In some ways the labeling is accurate, but very shallow. Christians are also anti-lying, anti-stealing, and anti-murder but those titles are not currently seen as anti-social. However, any suggestion that some sexual expression or preference between consenting adults, is not what God had in mind, is now seen as the ultimate sin against society.

In reality we are not really as much “anti” individual actions as we are “pro” God. Being “anti” anything focuses on what you are against. For us it really misses the point. Actions that the Bible defines as sin are the result of a sinful heart or you might say the result being separated from God. We are really not against individual actions as much as we are against what those actions represent, a life lived separated from God. We are against people living separated from our loving God.

Being pro-God means we are changed by His presence in us and are now His ambassadors telling everyone who will listen the good news that your sins can be forgiven. And that gets us to the heart of the issue. Many people don’t like to be told that they are sinners.

In general the world prefers to believe we have the option to pick and choose which sins are still sins and which sins have evolved into acceptable practices. Or, you might say that many of us define sin by the cultural standard of the day.

The problem is that in reality you and I don’t have the authority to define sin. We never have. God defines sin. It is His standard, not ours. So, regardless of the cultural preferences, as Christians we are constrained by the Bible. It is our guide for right and wrong. We have the authority to tell people what it says, but we do not have the authority to change what it says. In other words, Louie Giglio, like all of us, is just the messenger, he is not the author.

We are the messengers of the gospel of freedom

What do you do when you live in a culture where sin is determined not by some clear moral standard established by the creator of the heavens and the earth but is instead only defined by preference?

That is a great question. In the first century after Christ the city of Ephesus was large and wealthy. The Bible, extra- biblical sources, and historians tell us the people of Ephesus were focused on three things: wealth, power, and sex. Can you imagine living in a culture like that? Sin in Ephesus was hard to define.

In 2 Timothy the apostle Paul writes to the pastor of the church in Ephesus,

I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by His appearing and His kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths.     - 2 Timothy 4:1–4

What do you do when you are surrounded by a culture that does not want to hear the truth?

    • Preach the Word. 
    • Tell the truth.
    • Share the gospel. 

However, to those who do not claim the name of Christ the majority of our conversation should be gospel centered. Rather than focusing on trying to convince sinners to stop sinning (which they can’t do), we share the gospel and watch Jesus change their hearts. To the lost, we preach Jesus Christ, crucified for our sins.

 

Wrapping it up

So, the question to you is this, “Are you anti-gay or pro-Christ”?

You are the messenger, don't change the message.

 

As always we want to leave you with some resource which will help you study the Bible for yourself. This 40 Minute series study is one of our favorites. 

Note

Inaugural committee spokeswoman Addie Whisenant said in a statement that officials were unaware of the sermon when Giglio was picked and “they don’t reflect our desire to celebrate the strength and diversity of our country at this Inaugural. . . . 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.”

Technically, Louie withdrew, but it seems obvious that had he not withdrawn he would have been asked to withdraw. His blog at Passion City Church, dated January 10 explains his reasons.

Comments

Didn't Jesus say that we would be persecuted for HIS Name sake? Also did Louie withdraw or was he ask to withdraw? I know that Louie does preach truth.
Posted @ Tuesday, January 15, 2013 3:58 PM by MJ
I find no fault at all with anything written in this article.
Posted @ Tuesday, January 15, 2013 6:08 PM by Ben Curtis
I was very surprised by the uproar caused by Mr. Giglio calling homsexuality a sin in a message he delivered several years ago. If everyone was proclaiming the true gospel, there shouldn't be any born again believers or members of the clergy that haven't called homosexuality a sin! God calls it a sin and who are we to add to or subtract from God's Word. It is so sad that we pick and choose what we will obey and what we will disregard.
Posted @ Tuesday, January 15, 2013 6:43 PM by Nancy
I am pro- God and His Word never changes!
Posted @ Wednesday, January 16, 2013 9:56 AM by Lee Anne Powell
I've heard that Louie was uninvited and also heard that he chose to withdraw and I don't know what the truth is about that. But what I do know is that either way, God has chosen to use this man to once again "raise awareness" regarding the important issue of of immorality. You nailed it with these words: you and I don’t have the authority to define sin. God defines sin.
Posted @ Wednesday, January 16, 2013 10:17 AM by fran idziak
I am upset by all of this. I do agree homosexuality is sin. There are very clear examples talked about in the Bible. But why is it that the other sexual sins are missed? The male sleeping with his....step-mother....the prostitutes. And how did Jesus treat that prostitute? Did he point the finger and scream loudly "You are a whore!" No, he didn't. He showed love & mercy. The ones screaming all about homosexuality are most likely the ones who are looking at pornography, or in an adulteress relationship, or....well the list can go on and on. We need to live like Jesus...by example & love. When our own houses are in order...well that won't ever happen...not in this life. But refer back to the verses in John where Peter starts pointing to one of the other disciples. Jesus was very clear. "If I want him to remain what is that to you. You follow me". I think we could use a lot more of me following Jesus, than me pointing at everyone else sins...I know I have enough of my own to keep Heaven busy for a lifetime.
Posted @ Wednesday, January 16, 2013 10:33 AM by Chris D
Thank you and God bless all at the ministry.
Posted @ Wednesday, January 16, 2013 11:59 AM by Raquel Santos
Excellent, Chris D.! I have 2 gay children and one not gay. The point is not whether they are gay or sinning, the point is, do I love them the way Jesus does? Do I show them the kindness and compassion of Christ? Do I show them fellow-human respect and honor? I can't change them and they didn't ask to be that way. Even if they chose the lifestyle, I can't change hearts. That's God's job. He does the changes, that we ALL need, through His Holy Spirit. We do the praying, just as Jesus did in the garden of Gethsemane, for Him to change our hearts to be like His, to change our minds to be like His, to change our eyes,our focus, to be like His, to change our feelings to be like His, to change our touch to be like His, to change our taste to be like His, so that all we can be, can be effective in our ministry of the One and Only True Jesus Christ the Son of the LIVING GOD. If we want to LIVE and be LIFE to others,we have to become NOTHING LESS than the transformed creation of God. We are too busy pointing out every body else's sins and grading them. Jesus didn't ask meto beg them to change. He didn't ask me to creatively or articulately point out and the seriousness of their sins and convince them to change their ways. Even as we read The Word of God and believe what is written, we must read what the Lord requires of us first. The Christian church is guilty of shunning. This is a very, very treacherous path we follow, in the name of Jesus. We don't have to understand; God does not have to explain it to us, if He doesn't choose to. As a mother of three precious children, and many unanswered questions, I have learned that my job is to love like Jesus, which is a life-time job, not just to my family, but to all that I meet along the course of my life-time. God has examined my heart ruthlessly! Have you, any of you allowed Him to do the same for you? He is huge! It is not too difficult for Him, only for us. Spend no more time thinking of your disgust with the subject, or of how you must change them or convince them of their sin. That is not your job. It is your job to learn how to love each person that comes across your path in life, the way Jesus does. He will take care of the rest in His time and He will honor you for focusing on what He requires of YOU. I believe our focus is on the wrong things.  
Blessings to each of you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Find out what you need to do, before God. You don't have as much time as you think you do. Don't waste it! 
 
Sincerely, Carol
Posted @ Wednesday, January 16, 2013 12:28 PM by Carol W
A note has been added to the end of post to clarify the question regarding whether or not Louie Giglio withdrew or was uninvited. Hope this clears it up.
Posted @ Wednesday, January 16, 2013 3:40 PM by Precept Team
FYI - Each Wednesday at 1:00 ET Precept has a 15 minute blogtalk radio show. Today, Wednesday the 16th the program discussed the same topic. Chris D. I think the show agreed with your sentiments. 
www.precept.org/radio
Posted @ Wednesday, January 16, 2013 3:47 PM by Precept Team
The main problem right now, as stated by Kay Arthur, is that in our culture, sin is being defined by the culture of acceptance. Murder is not accepted therefore it's a sin, lying is not accepted therefore it's a sin, adultery is not accepted, so it's a sin. According to God's Word, homosexuality (laying with the same sex) and all sexual immorality is a sin but because homosexuality is accepted by our President, all of a sudden, it is not considered a sin or unnatural. Irregardless of what our culture believes, God's Word has not changed and will not change. Man can redefine it but it will not change God's Word about it. It's the Christians's responsbility to share God's Word, the gospel of Jesus Christ with all who are living sinful lifestyles to be set free and live peacefully with God. The culture may not accept what is being taught or told to them but the prophets had to share, with God's people, some very unpopular messages which were from God.
Posted @ Wednesday, January 16, 2013 4:49 PM by Nancy
Also, being real with those whom we minister is most important...not just slamming everyone else and their sin. I have a problem with gluttony (not hard to tell) but that's no less of a sin than homosexuality. However, I'm working hard with God's help to overcome and have self control when it comes to food. I am to share my weaknesses and struggles..it's a part of my testimony when I share my faith with others.
Posted @ Wednesday, January 16, 2013 4:55 PM by Nancy
Thank you to everyone who commented and shared their heart and opinions with us. We believe we need to make one more clarification. These blogs are written by Precept Ministries International's staff writers, not by Kay Arthur.
Posted @ Wednesday, January 16, 2013 6:21 PM by Precept Team
I loved the truths laid out in this article. To respond to the comments being made about loving the sinner and hating the sin. You are absolutely correct! We are to examine our own lives and respond in love to those who have accepted the lies about homosexuality. In doing so however, we are not to accept the lie ourselves or refrain from countering the lie with truth. If society today said that pedophilia was acceptable, people who have sexual desires toward children cannot help themselves and therefore, we will no longer call it sin; we will start embracing the practice. Those who stand and say it is wrong would not be wrong in doing so. We need to find a balance between love and truth. Only God can give us the correct balance by studying His Word, repenting of our sins, and committing the whole of our lives to His will!
Posted @ Thursday, January 17, 2013 9:39 AM by Michelle
I have to say that declaring and agreeing with God that homosexuality is a sin is NOT hating those who are entangled and trapped in this "lifestyle choice". I am always surprised by people who associate calling sin a sin as hating and not loving. Have people been hateful to those entrapped in homosexuality? Yes. Should we love those entangled in this lifestyle? Yes. Part of loving someone is being truthful with them. Yes, Jesus loves the prostitutes and the adultresses the tax collectors and the homosexuals but he is always, always, truthful with them, "...your sins are forgiven, go and sin no more."
Posted @ Friday, January 18, 2013 8:29 AM by Rebecca Feng
I understand we are to be truthful. But here is some truth. We are the prostitute & the tax collector, not Jesus. The work of truth is to be done by Him. The day our sin is less than others is the day we can stand on our Pharisaical soap box and declare others unrighteous. Until then, we do a huge disservice to God's work by pointing out "truth". When we LIVE BY EXAMPLE as Jesus did, we do a great service. We leave the work of God to God and quit trying to play Him. If asked why, that is when we are truthful. But to be a stumbling block trying to cover up our own sin by pointing out others does not further God's kingdom. And the Great Commission is all about Go & Make Disciples. Jesus taught His disciples by example, and then was truthful WHEN THEY ASKED. The road of pointing others sins out is a very very dark & dangerous road that only leads to Satan. We get so very very wrapped up in other peoples sin, we fail to see that we can't even "love others as we love ourselves". Don't go there, I have, and it is not a good place to be. It tears apart friendships, families & churches. It's a battle where everyone loses. Love ALL, no matter what. Period. Work on your own sin, you still have it, just as I do. Love, love love at all times. Let God work in those He calls. Some, it's not their time, and you can't force it. The more you force it, the more problems it causes. Please, I beg of you all, don't keep making My Father look like a pony side show who judges everyone. He loves everyone. He created EVERYONE. We have ALL fallen short ME INCLUDED. Please stop using His name to further your causes. Please start loving each other. This is the answer to our countries ills. Not taking up a cause & labeling it "Christian". People aren't listening to Christians anymore, do you understand that? We are all labeled right wing freaks. And I have to agree. We don't listen and love people where they are....we keep telling them they have to be better, better than we ourselves are capable of! Don't expect non-Christians to live by Christian standards. It won't happen, and it will only turn them away. I really do pray that you take this warning serious. It's time for the Church to change...it's time for love to rule us, not fire & hate. 
Jesus, please let this be of you. Please let us all see what the others see...and change us so they only see YOU. Amen
Posted @ Friday, January 18, 2013 9:17 AM by Chris D
Kay Arthur, this article hits the mark. America has turned from her heritage to accept the world's philosophy. As believers in Jesus Christ, we can't do that. We must stand by the Bible standards.
Posted @ Thursday, January 24, 2013 8:38 PM by Lynn Wallace
Folks we love the sinners and hate the sin! It is as simple as that. Homosexuals want to redefine marriage and God's Word. Really? Many Christians are drinking the homosexual cyanide laced koolaid. Do I love the whore, tax collector, homosexual? Yes. Do I love their sin? No. While I was yet a sinner Christ died for me. I don't throw my sin in God's face and tell Him to love it. I am ashamed of my sin. I don't demand God change for me. We speak as fools. God defined marriage. If a whore and tax collector want to marry and one is male and the other female, so be it. If two female whores want to marry and want to demand the world accept it....I think not. So many Christians are just plain missing the point. If my child were gay I sould not lovenhim any less than if he were a whoremongering heterosexual. However, I would not sanction his behavior in either scenario or demand others accept it.
Posted @ Wednesday, April 17, 2013 9:05 PM by Kari
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