By Thaddeus M. Baklinski
April 14, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Rev. Albert Mohler, president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, said he was stunned by Rev. Rick Warren’s apparent about-face on homosexual “marriage,” after the famous California mega-church pastor claimed last week on Larry King that he was not a proponent of California’s Proposition 8.
Rev. Mohler told the Washington Times, “I was extremely troubled by the way he [Rich Warren] appeared to be so anxious to distance himself from the same-sex issue and to make clear he was not an ‘activist’ and that he’d only addressed the issue in a very minor way.”
Rev. Warren told CNN’s Larry King on April 6 that he “never once went to a meeting, never once issued a statement, never once even gave an endorsement” of Proposition 8, which said that marriage in the state could only be between one man and one woman.
However, Warren had in fact issued a videotaped message two weeks before the November 4, 2008 Prop. 8 vote, which was an explicit endorsement of the marriage amendment.
In the message Warren said, in part, “The election’s coming just in a couple of weeks, and I hope you’re praying about your vote. One of the propositions, of course, that I want to mention is Proposition 8, which is the proposition that had to be instituted because the courts threw out the will of the people. And a court of four guys actually voted to change a definition of marriage that has been going for 5,000 years.
“Now let me say this really clearly: we support Proposition 8 – and if you believe what the Bible says about marriage, you need to support Proposition 8. I never support a candidate, but on moral issues I come out very clear.”
During the Larry King Live program, Warren expressed regret that what he claimed were only minor remarks in favor of Proposition 8, including a “note” in a newsletter had been blown out of proportion. “I am not an anti-gay or an anti-gay marriage activist,” he claimed. “Never have been, never will be. There were a number of things that were put out. I wrote to all my gay friends – the leaders that I knew – and actually apologized to them. That never got out.”
Warren also said that he was “oblivious” to the Iowa Supreme Court decision to legalize same-sex ‘marriage’, explaining, “that’s not even my agenda.”
LifeSiteNews also contacted both Dr. James Dobson of Focus on the Family, and prominent Evangelical leader Chuck Colson for a statement on Rev. Warren’s Larry King remarks, but they said that they did not wish to comment.
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Pastor Warren, Like Peter, Denies Christ (at least His teachings) During Holy Week