Well, not really, but once again the cliché comes forward. Today, we are all Passion City Evangelicals. The outing and ousting of Pastor Louie from the Presidential Inauguration makes one thing clear – There is a new State Religion and it is called “None of the Above” – and this religion has an Army, a Judiciary and its own media.
I respect and admire the works of Pastor Louie Giglio of Atlanta. It was a great coup for a him to pray at the inauguration and he has a rockin’ and active parish in Atlanta – one that we can learn much from an evangelistic standpoint.
Pastor Louie committed the only sin in the Church of “None of the Above” – he said that homosexual behavior is a sin that prevents you from entering heaven. Being an Evangelical Christian pastor, knowledgeable of Scripture, this is an expected conclusion. But once this sermon – from the 1990’s was made public, Pastor Louie was outed and ousted.
For the first time in history, no minister will give the inaugural invocation because the State Church – the Church of None of the Above does not have any ministers, reverends, pastors or Fathers. When it is impossible for one who upholds the universal religious view of non-marital and same –sexual behaviors to pray at a public event, we now have a de facto established state church – The “Church of None of the Above”.
The statement Giglio made that got him the boot was nearly a direct quotation from Scripture. Unrepentant homosexuals, Giglio said “will not inherit the kingdom of God.”
As they say in New Orleans – “true dat”.
Every Christian faith holds (1) all are sinners (2) all non-marital sexual acts are sinful (3) no sinner can enter the Kingdom without repentance. Pastor Louie, once preached this in the context of homosexual acts; branding him a heretic or untouchable of sorts in our state church.
The “Church of None of the Above” specifically excludes all conduct standards, including the natural law standards of sexual morality so this church excludes the sexual teachings of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Adherents of those sects are tolerated as long as they shut up about sexual issues.
We have seen this before, Church.
At the dawn of America, some states issued preaching licenses to Anglican and congregational churches in an effort to exclude Baptists. Most states oppressed Catholicism except two – Rhode Island and Maryland. The First Amendment corrected this but our new state church requires a “preaching license” of sorts – the embracing as a good any form of consensual sexual expression in any context and places in a ghetto the rest.
As citizens, we ought to insist that the President encourage a healthy pluralism in the public square. The problem is not that Pastor Louie wants to “impose his religion”. Nor does Pastor Louie want to exclude homosexuals from the public square or deny them their civil rights. The problem is that Pastor Louie says that sexual sinners cannot go to heaven without repentance. Making Pastor Louie’s exclusion the result of a religious test – and this is contrary to the ideals this nation was founded on.
This is why, events like the Festival for Freedom, requested by the USCCB and so well executed here in our Diocese are necessary.
The Church of None of the Above has been established by the State as a doctrine-free and leaderless religion armed with popular support and, in the fullness of time, state power to tax and jail with impunity.
Listen Church, our old understanding of church/state cooperative relations is toast. Don’t think so? The Roman Catholic Governor of New York brought his concubine to his inaugural Mass and sat in the front row. That is how irrelevant Catholicism is in the public square. First you are irrelevant, then you are isolated (see Pastor Louie above), then mocked, then licensed/taxed or regulated to the curb. Finally there is outright persecution because no one is obligated to hire a Christian bigot, 501(c )3 status goes only to those who serve the “public good” and that leads to outright schism because we all know there are those who will prostitute the Truth for “mission”.
Remember this Church – There is nothing more offensive in America today than the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Nothing. More. Offensive.
Support the Festival for Freedom. A Christian has a right to a place in the square.