Browse Worthy: Presidential Inauguration Controversy

Recently, an evangelical pastor named Louis Giglio withdrew from participating in the president’s second inauguration ceremonies last week.  His reason?  Comments he had made against homosexuality, from a sermon preached fifteen to twenty years ago, set off a firestorm after pro-gay groups discovered  the message and used the internet bullhorn to make it known.

This incident has generated some excellent commentary from pastors.  Here are three of the best.

Albert Mohler – Not only does Dr. Mohler offer his typical clarity and insight as he uses this incident to warn us about our nation’s increasing godlessness, he also has the best title hands down.

Joe Carter – He explains the situation thoroughly, echoes Russell Moore’s warning (Guess I’m sneaking in a fourth article!) about how the government is in effect establishing a state church, and reminds us that one of our Lord’s promises is that His followers will be hated.

Kevin DeYoung – This post is an excellent read as it shows Christians how to respond in a way that demonstrates that our true citizenship is in heaven.


  1. Tim Bloedow January 16, 2013 at 12:48 pm #

    This has been Canada’s reality for what a decade now? For us the key point, I believe, was Bill C-250, a hate crime law, which banned critical speech against homosexuality. In effect, it bans sharing the Gospel with those struggling with homosexuality because it says you are not permitted to share the bad news part of the Good news, and to show them why they need a Saviour. But barely any clergy or other Christians noticed, and so didn’t pay much attention.

    Whatever good he wrote, I was very disappointed at Russell Moore’s solution which as promote pluralism. That’s typical baptistic ideology, but it’s horrible and doesn’t reflect the kind of vision necessary for the building of the Church and the advancement of Christ’s Kingdom. What we need is the RP or Covenanter distinctive of promoting the messianic reign of Christ over all of life including the jurisdiction of the civil magistrate. Anything less is a prescription for failure, both in terms of what is necessary to inspire and motivate human beings to accomplish great things in pursuit of great vision and purpose and in terms of a program that can expect the blessing of God because it’s in line with His will.

    • Barry York January 16, 2013 at 4:31 pm #

      Yes, I agreed with Moore on his established church point, but not necessarily in the entirety.

      As James Faris points out so well today, it begins with prayer. In a study of the psalms last night, a small group of students prayed through Psalm 2 with me. I do not think our leaders will awaken to Christ until the church awakens to prayer.

  2. alcoramdeo January 16, 2013 at 1:56 pm #

    The links to Dr. Mohler’s and Kevin DeYoung’s articles are most rewarding, and I am forwarding them, as well as posting the link to your article (above) on FaceBook. At present, the articles by Carter and Moore have been inaccessible, although GC’s home page offers links to them. Hoping that will clear up soon.
    As always, thanks for your diligence in bringing such matters to the fore, Brother Barry.

    • Barry York January 16, 2013 at 3:35 pm #

      Thank you for reading and glad you found it helpful, Al.

  3. Jeff Kessler January 16, 2013 at 5:35 pm #

    A state church is not good. Statism is perhaps worse.

    • Tim Bloedow January 16, 2013 at 6:04 pm #

      There is no such thing as neutrality. That’s a Biblical truism. I’ve not seen any logical argument which honours that truth and that does not lead to theonomy and./or the principle of Christian Establishment. Whether or not that leads to any person’s notion or caricature of a “state church,” I don’t know. But theocracy is a way of life whether we accept it or not because Christ is king and he rules now. That truth needs to be worked out as to its implications for every area of life including civil gov’t. One can’t simply “kick the can” and ignore it. One always accepts a certain view on this matter, whether by design or by default. Better to do so by design for those who claim to be thinking Christians. You know “they” say: theocracy is the worst form of government … except for all the others… 🙂

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