Skip to comments.Greg Laurie to Gay Activists: 'I Won't Back Down'
Posted on 05/03/2013 7:20:37 AM PDT by rhema
A California megachurch pastor involved in the National Day of Prayer who has recently come under fire for his views on homosexuality has declared that he will not be intimidated.
At a prayer event held Wednesday morning at the Washington, D.C., office of the Family Research Council, Pastor Greg Laurie told those gathered, "I won't back down."
"They do not want me to pray. They describe me as 'homophobic' and so forth. How can you deal with such a situation? We're in a time in our country now where I'm attacked because I believe what the Bible teaches," said Laurie, ahead of Thursday's National Day of Prayer.
"If people want to make it all about that I'm not going to back down. In the immortal words of the great theologian Tom Petty, 'I won't back down,' I won't. I'm not going to apologize."
Laurie paralleled the efforts of gay rights activists to that of the palace officials who sought to stop Daniel (in the Old Testament) from praying and passed a law that resulted in him being thrown into the Lion's Den.
"Here is something that we need to learn from that. The Devil does not want us to pray. It's been said that Satan trembles when he sees the weakest saint upon his knees," said Laurie. "I've had people try to stop me from praying this week. And we have these activist homosexual groups who have alerted their people to petition the Pentagon."
The main focus of Laurie's speech was on the subject of prayer, which was in keeping with the theme of the FRC event. Among the points made was that it does not matter where one prays, so long as it was with a sincere heart.
"God did not hear the prayer of the pharisee. Why? Because the Bible says Jesus speaking, 'he prayed thus with himself,'" said Laurie.
"Prayer is the movement of our heart towards God and the main thing is we need to pray because you could pray in any position, anytime, anywhere it does not matter where you pray, the main thing is just pray."
In recent days, LGBT organizations like the Human Rights Campaign have demanded that government officials bar Laurie from leading National Day of Prayer events in the nation's capital this week.
"Pastor Laurie's message is out of step with what the majority of people of faith across this country believe," said Dr. Sharon Groves, director of HRC's Religion & Faith Program. "In greater numbers than ever before, people of faith are feeling compelled to speak up and organize for equality because of their faith."
This is not the first time gay activists have attempted to get clergy opposed to homosexuality removed from a major national event. In January, LGBT activists successfully got the Rev. Louie Giglio of Passion City Church in Roswell, Ga., to withdraw from saying the closing prayer at President Barack Obama's second inauguration.
Laurie's remarks came at an event sponsored by FRC titled "The National Day of Prayer Task Force Men's Prayer Meeting."
Other speakers at the event included a couple Christian businessmen, FRC Vice President for Church Ministries Dr. Kenyn Cureton, and John Bornschien, Vice Chairman of the National Day of Prayer Task Force.
Beware the rage of the faggies, Reverend. These are not nice people, there’s really nothing “gay” about them.
Yep. And have, even if it's only the size of a mustard seed, your faith to back it up.
The thing we all need to remember is that the farthest fallen need the most love and patience - they don’t know how they got there, but they need us to help them out.
We Christians are all sinners and understand our lifelong battle with sin, and with that battle comes deliverance.
Love the sinner and be bold in Christ’s name.
About as "majority" as that 90% figure Obysmal keeps referencing in relation to gun control. God or
equality sodomy? I pick God.
Love the sinner, but don’t pretend sin isn’t sin. Pray for homosexuals to repent, not accept them as they are. As Jesus put it: The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.
As for America...I’m beginning to think I need to pray for its judgment. But if Nineveh could repent, maybe America can, even now.
Dr. Sharon Groves, director of HRC’s Religion & Faith Program apparently has never read the Bible. God says to love the sinner, but hate the sin. Homosexuality is sin, plain and simple.
God created Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve.
Or as another, much greater, theologian put it - "Here I stand. I can do no other. May God have mercy on me."
The demons always screech the loudest when they're being cast out.
Satan has been cast down to earth having great rage - because he knows he has but little time.
That's pretty much exactly what the people of the time told Jeremiah and Isaiah. As for me, "Let God be true and every man a liar."
Greg Laurie will NOT fold.
Excellent! I guarantee that real people of faith do not support homosexuality. Not agreeing with homosexual behavior is not bigotry or hatred it is simply commonsense. The whole idea of homosexual normalcy is counterintuitive progressive bs.
Poppycock. Where do they dream up these ridiculous stats?
Pray on, Pastor Laurie.
Misunderstood article; thought Laurie was FOR homos...lol
Yeah. That happens.
(I've been caught by "spoof" articles before. Now, I always make it a point to look at the source of the article, because sometimes the spoof is so close to the truth, it's hard to tell!)