Louie Giglio's scrupulously selected passions...

Balaam replied to the servants of Balak, “Though Balak were to give me his house full of silver and gold, I could not do anything, either small or great, contrary to the command of the LORD my God." - Numbers 22:18

Passion is a large-venue rally for young Christians that condemns human trafficking and is most closely identified with its highest profile speaker, John Piper. Recently, Passion met in Atlanta's Georgia Dome. Upon the conclusion of their rally, Passion's publicists announced their 60,000 attendees had donated over $3,000,000 to nonprofit corporations.

Passion's second most famous preacher is Beth Moore, who from her own involvement wrote this:

Many of you are familiar with the Passion Conferences that God has used wildly among 18-25 year-olds for well over a decade. ...God has shown outlandish favor on these events and He alone knows exactly why but this is the feeling that I get every time I observe a Passion gathering: He likes it. He likes coming to it. He likes brooding over it. He likes filling it. His glory is jealously guarded and His fame is generously spread. 

Imagine what would happen if God completely captivated thousands of lives in that 18-25 year range... What if nothing less than the flagrant (sic) fame of Jesus Christ became their life ambition? ...At these events, the wholly surrendered life in Christ is captured for what it really is: the most exhilarating adventure available for human flesh and blood.

Passion's huge success earned its CEO, Louie Giglio, an invitation to give the benediction at President Obama's Inauguration to a second term. Then it came out that fifteen to twenty years ago Giglio had said homosexual practice... is sin:

That's God's voice. If you want to hear God's voice, that is his voice to this issue of homosexuality. It is not ambiguous and unclear. It is very clear. If you look at the counsel of the Word of God, Old Testament, New Testament, you come quickly to the conclusion that homosexuality is not an alternate lifestyle... homosexuality is not just a sexual preference, homosexuality is not gay, but homosexuality is sin. It is sin in the eyes of God, and it is sin according to the Word of God.

...The only way out of a homosexual lifestyle, the only way out of a relationship that has been ingrained over years of time, is through the healing power of Jesus. We've got to say (to) the homosexuals the same thing that I say to you and that you would say to me... it's not easy to change, but it is possible to change...

The President was not pleased. CNN reports:

A spokeswoman for the Presidential Inaugural Committee said the committee was "not aware of Pastor Giglio's past comments at the time of his selection 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..."

Mr. Giglio did his duty and walked the plank, issuing this statement earlier today:

Due to a message of mine that has surfaced from 15-20 years ago, it is likely that my participation, and the prayer I would offer, will be dwarfed by those seeking to make their agenda a focal point of the inauguration. Clearly, speaking on this issue has not been in the range of my priorities in the past fifteen years. Instead, my aim has been to call people to ultimate significance as we make much of Jesus Christ.

Which is to say Mr. Giglio has long been dispassionate concerning the souls of sodomites. Calling them to repentance "has not been in the range of (his) priorities for the past fifteen years."

His passion is now reserved for "call(ing) people to ultimate significance" and "mak(ing) much of Jesus Christ."

Is this quibbling over words? I think not.

Calling people "to ultimate significance" is the closest we get to preaching faith today, and there is no preaching of repentance. Or I should say there is no preaching of repentance of any sin other than elder brotherhood, which is to say self-righteousness. And even this preaching of repentance is really not. It's a bait-and-switch routine whereby the man calling sinners to repent is condemned for his self-righteousness. Thus the only man who's called to repent is the man who calls others to repent.

So now Mr. Giglio has learned what he may and may not say in polite society. Sadly, although he'd already repented of saying it some fifteen years ago, it was no use. He'd set off Secularism's thought crime meter and has now been banished to wandering outside the Beltway crying, "Unclean! Unclean!"

Which apparently he's quite willing to do.

Poor Mr. Giglio.

Poor passionate ralliers who have had to watch this humiliation of their great leader.

Poor shepherds who have now learned the truths they must never utter if they ever hope to ascend to any tall-steeple church outside the deep South.

Poor white collar men who have learned the sort of pastors and sermons they must never allow their names to be associated with.

Poor sinners—particularly of the gay variety—who will now suffer the consequences of God's prophets being banished to solitary confinement.

One observation, one suggestion, and one question:

  • Note that the 50-100 million babies slaughtered each year are not the trafficked humans Passion is passionate about.
  • I think most men would find Beth Moore very attractive. I suggest other large-venue Christian rallies consider inviting her to preach to their men, too.
  • Is there any talk of Passion doing an IPO?
Tim Bayly

Tim serves Clearnote Church, Bloomington, Indiana. He and Mary Lee have five children and fifteen grandchildren.

Comments

It's not just that they are silent on abortion, they also support abortion (which actually enables sex trafficking!) through their partnerships with groups connected to the Half the Sky movement. 

Shame piles upon shame. 

>>they also support abortion (which actually enables sex trafficking!) through their partnerships with groups connected to the Half the Sky movement. 

Wasn't aware, dear sister.

Love,

It's getting harder to find groups who are NOT in bed (so to speak) with the Half the Sky Movement and their major financial backers, Bill and Melinda Gates. 

Passion supports to groups primarily. IJM, which partners with Half the Sky and Not for Sale (for which I've not seen partnership info).

Kamilla, do you know of any anti-trafficking Christian organizations you could recommend? I have been supporting IJM for a long time and would like to change.

Kamilla, do you know of any anti-trafficking Christian organizations you could recommend? I have been supporting IJM for a long time and would like to change.

A really unique one operating here in the US is Truckers against Trafficking.  So many of them partner with Half the Sky, it's hard to say any longer. 

I think Not for Sale is worth looking into. Related are the anti abortion groups led by Steven Mosher and Reggie Littlejohn. Protection Project out of Johns Hopkins Univ provides a lot of good information, but its not the sort of group to sponsor projects or be involved with. 

I'm re-evaluating my giving right now myself. For now, I'm supporting:

http://www.cbc-network.org/

Jennifer Lahl is a friend and their newest documentary will focus on "gestational surrogates" and how these women are exploited by others in their search for a baby. Jennifer and I agree that commercial surrogacy is nothing other than the newest form of sex trafficking.

I'm not sure who seems more embarrassed by what was said by Pastor Giglio, the president or the pastor.

It's hard to expect anyone else to take seriously the faith and witness of Christians when so many well-known ones don't take themselves seriously. Apparently this man doesn't know who he is at all. If he did, he would have told the people in charge of the inauguration something along these lines: "I stand by what I said. It was a public proclamation. I will likely say it again. I did not apply to offer a prayer at the inauguration; you invited me. If you now want to withdraw that invitation, it is certainly within your power, but I am not going to do it for you."

Instead of that, we have a man who is ashamed that once he told the truth--a mistake he doesn't intend to repeat.

Hey, 

Rachel: there is actually a project just being jump-started in El-Salvador that I think you would appreciate. A family I know is starting up an orphanage for the children who's mothers have been forced into prostitution. 

A lot of the times when a victim of sex trafficking gets pregnant, she is made to continue working (a lot of men have a fetish for pregnant women) and when she has the baby, it is abandoned. This is not *normal* but it does, unfortunately, happen. The project is called "Broken" and it is just getting started up. I'd link you to the website if I could find it....

Another thing I would recommend is doing some research on local organizations (such as Catholic Charities, etc,.) that assist victims of human trafficking in your area. 

Sorry for barging in, ya'll (and my comment isn't really about the blog post so I'm sorry about that too.....)

Looks like God is at work bringing down, little by little, those who are celebrity Christian leaders/speakers. We are expecting these guys to do the right thing and stand firm in the truth, but they often seem to disappoint.

Thanks Kamilla and Gail!

I have supported IJM. I do not know much about Half the Sky except the little info I gathered from glancing at their website. Can someone explain to me how Half the Sky supports abortion and also direct me to where and how IJM has partnered with Half the Sky?

After doing some research I found where  Half the Sky movement has chosen IJM as one of their "partners". I called IJM to find out exactly what this partnership meant. Here is what I found out. IJM in no way supports the views or agenda of Half the Sky. Half the Sky is a "big picture" group that supports the goals of many smaller groups that they percieve as serving the overall objective. IJM's goal of ending sex slavery falls within the big picture of Half The Sky movement. IJM does not send any money to HAlf the Sky. The extent of the "partnership" is that Half the Sky features IJM as a group that is working towards a smaller goal that they believe falls within the scope of their larger goal. I think we need to be careful of ascribing guilt by association. John Piper has been one of the loudest voices attempting to bring an end to the legalized slaughter of babies. Just because passion is not actively passionate about these children does devalue the humans they are passionate about. It also doesn't mean John Piper is less passionate about these children. His stance on the subject is very clear to anyone who pays attention. Half the Sky is free to spread awareness about IJM and I do not believe IJM is compromising by letting them do so. Perhaps someone can show where I am wrong in this conclusion?

>>Just because passion is not actively passionate about these children does (not) devalue the humans they are passionate about.

Dear John,

Concerning the various nonprofit corporations you're talking about, I know nothing. Working against sex-slavery is a constant in the labors of any Biblical pastor or elder, today. Of course, I speak of child molestation, rape, and incest; and if we're half-awake, we rarely get a chance to stop dealing with it or its terrible consequences for more than a month or two. But it's not the sex-slavery that anyone's making a public show of opposing. Generally no one ever, ever speaks about it, publicly. Generally, people will do anything to keep it secret. Generally, victories are not broadcast.

But its numbers absolutely dwarf street-corners and brothels.

Moving past sex-slavery...

Like all of us, Passion is better known by its enemies than its friends. And what we must keep in mind is what a number of those commenting above have pointed out in one way or the other: ending human trafficking is the in-crowd charity, today. Choosing to speak and sing and give publicly against it will win you all the plaudits people who do their good deeds in public desire. And they have their reward.

Meanwhile, none of the mainline Evangelicals, let alone the pro-Obama Emergents, have the slightest interest in doing anything to end the human trafficking going on right next door to them with the blood of that trafficking coursing through their sewers and body parts in their sanitary landfills. Half a billion around the world and continuing day after day, year after year.

A Christian leader and his movement that cop a posture of being prophetic while gaining the approval of the world are not prophetic at all. If the New York Times thinks our high-profile charitable gifts are great, we have a problem.

And no, no one here thinks those oppressed by human trafficking and those in bondage as sex-slaves don't matter, nor has anyone said John isn't concerned about abortion.

Love,

Thanks Pastor Bayly for the response. The reason I mentioned Piper's very public position on abortion was in response to your original blog post mentioning John Piper as the most famous speaker for Passion then latter commenting, "Note that the 50-100 million babies slaughtered each year are not the trafficked humans Passion is passionate about."

I agree with all the points you made in your last comment. There are a few questions that arise. Because the world applauds christians for their work in attempting to end sex slavery for a focused group while the world encourages the rampant sex slavery of homosexuality, fornication, and pornography, does that mean those christians who work in the various focused charities are in sin or hypocritical for doing so? The hollywood elite loves to put thier names behind these kinds of charities. Does that mean those charities are somehow wrong for accepting that support? Should we call out womens crisis pregnancy centers for not actively working towards stopping pornography? What if it became popular for the Hollywood elite to volunteer at crisis pregnancy centers? Shouldn't we as christians rejoice at seeing people freed from slavery whether or not we are praised by the world? Even if the world that praises us hypocritically promotes other forms of slavery?

On another note, "I think most men would find Beth Moore very attractive. I suggest other large-venue Christian rallies consider inviting her to preach to their men, too."

I have seen Beth Moore speak once about 10 years ago. It was a marriage conference. Her portion of the conference was directed towards women. When she walked out and saw there were men in the audience she said, "I do not preach or teach men. This will be directed at your wives. You are welcome to stay and listen but know none of this is directed at you.". She was very modestly dressed. Of course she could have changed over the years and she may have said all of that for show but at least when I saw her she was in no way using her looks to attract men or did she in any way give the impression that she had any authority over the men present.

It's interesting to note that the two Christian pastors who have been invited to pray with President Obama and/or at his inauguration both have had a son commit suicide. Thank God Louie Giglio did not pray at the inauguration.

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