Greg Laurie to Gay Activists: “I Won’t Back Down”

greg-laurieOur dear brother, Greg Laurie needs our prayer.  As is expected, he has come under fire because of his views on homosexuality.

“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…

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.”  read more…

Are we not to call homosexuality sin?  Are we not to pray for the conversion to Christ and his teachings of those in our midst who are homosexuals?  Isn’t our belief that their choice of sexual preference is sin, and that they need to repent and come to Christ in genuine faith, not the great gesture of love we can display as Christ followers?

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6 Responses to Greg Laurie to Gay Activists: “I Won’t Back Down”

  1. R. Mansfield says:

    This is all reminiscent of Louie Giglio uninviting himself to the the president’s inauguration ceremony where he had been slated to give the benediction. He said that he didn’t want to add any more division to an already divided country. I admire that sentiment, but at what point is not participating equivalent to completely admitting defeat in the culture war?

    Greg Laurie is certainly taking a high road and not getting involved in any kind of debate and simply asking for prayer. I hope that he will be able to participate in these events. The gay and lesbian activist groups have become cultural bullies and are every bit as prejudiced as they claim Christians are.

    Of course, I don’t think Christians are actually prejudiced (well, some probably are). But every Christian is going to face a day where we are called to either stand with the Bible or stand with the culture. I believe this issue is the greatest test of its kind in our generation.

    • TC says:

      Rick, thanks for this. Yes, Giglio had his reasons, but Laurie’s request for our prayers, as he stands up to these “cultural bullies,” is to be much admired.

      I sure hope that we’re ready for what’s taking place and will not doubt multiply.

  2. David Beirne says:

    Wed night this week, our study was on the last 3 of the beatitudes (I count Matt 5:10-11 as one). Pure in heart, peacemakers, and persecuted. We talked about how often the NT speaks to the persecuted and soon to be persecuted and that if we take the sermon on the mount as “kingdom norms”, persecution is part of it. Nobody is ever persecuted for ambiguity, nor should we seek to be persecuted a la Westboro Baptist. Persecution is part and parcel of Christian identity in the NT. The elevation of homosexuality to civil rights status has resulted in many being ‘reviled…and people saying all manner of false things against you” (Matt. 5:11). Let us make sure it is always because of His name’s sake and not our own agendas.

    • TC says:

      Dave, right on. And according to Peter, neither should we think it strange when we’re faced with fiery trials for opposing empire (1 Pet. 4:12).

  3. Jon Hughes says:


    I thoroughly agree about the bullying tactics of gay activists. But what I struggle with is the ‘machismo’ of Greg Laurie quoting a rock and roll song. It’s all very heterosexual male, but is it wise, and is it Christlike? Or will it merely reinforce the impression of prejudice for those on the outside?

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