Louie Giglio Withdraws from Inauguration over Past Sermon on Homosexuality

(UPDATED) Following uproar over sermon from mid-1990s, the Passion founder and pastor announced he will not deliver benediction at Obama's public swearing in.

Update (Jan. 21): Louie Giglio, the initial pick to give the benediction at the presidential inauguration, indicated on the morning of the big event that he wouldn't be voicing criticism or holding hard feelings over the controversy.

He simply tweeted, "The word benediction literally means 'good + to speak.' Seeking to do this today."

His message was retweeted hundreds of times by followers, including LifeWay president Ed Stetzer, who said Giglio's words were "good advice for all."

The controversy over Giglio's appointment to pray for the president and decision to withdraw from participating has raised questions about how Christians preach the gospel in today's culture.

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Update (Jan. 15): CNN reports that Episcopal pastor Luis Leon, whose Saint John's Church neighbors the White House (just across Lafayette Park) and is known as the "Church of the Presidents," has been picked to replace Giglio.

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Update: In a statement on the Passion City Church website (full text at bottom of this post), ...

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