Bishop Robinson at Inaugural Prayer

January 19, 2009 by Paul Chappell

President-elect Barack Obama selected Bishop Robinson, the Episcopal Bishop of New Hampshire, to open the inaugural ceremonies with a special prayer at the Lincoln Memorial yesterday. Bishop Robinson is an openly practicing homosexual. There were singers at the ceremony, including Stevie Wonder and a gay men’s chorus from Washington. Some see this move on Barack Obama’s part as a way to counteract the anger of the homosexual activists over his choice of Rick Warren to say a prayer at the inauguration.

According to a New York Times article, Bishop Robinson said that he had been reading previous inaugural prayers throughout history and was “horrified” at how “specifically and aggressively Christian they were.” Robinson said that his prayer “will not be a Christian prayer and I will not be quoting Scripture or anything like that.”

The Bishop stated that he would pray to “the god of our many understandings.” This seems to be the god that America wants now more than ever—a god of many understandings. Not the God of the Bible, not the God of truth, not the God Who has blessed America, but a god that will allow men to live however they want to live without consequence. “The god of our many understandings” is a post-modern idol that must be put away if revival will ever return to this country.

May Christians everywhere walk with great discernment in these days and stand unapologetically for the truth of the Gospel.


  1. Pastor Chappell,
    Keep preaching the truth!

    Comment by Neil — January 20, 2009 @ 10:33 pm

  2. Nice…

    Comment by Joe Philipson — January 20, 2009 @ 11:34 pm

  3. Amen!

    Pastor Chappell – Thank you for standing up for righteousness in this ungodly day. The homosexual agenda may be loud and in our faces, yet in His Word our God has clearly spoken! He just needs a voice to let people know about it.

    God’s dictates trump man’s opinions everytime.

    Praying for America…

    Comment by Damien Jordan — January 21, 2009 @ 3:24 am

  4. I wonder what outcry there would be if there was an all Christian choir on inauguration day?
    Thank you, Pastor Chappell, for swimming against the modern current, even as so many preacher’s around you are allowing their influence to be swept away in that same current.

    Comment by Jeff — January 21, 2009 @ 6:36 am

  5. Thank you Pastor Chappell for standing on the word of God and being a witness to our country.

    Comment by Larry Thornton — January 21, 2009 @ 7:41 am

  6. It is a sad state of affairs, spiritually, that we live in. As the Bible states “truth is falling in the streets”. This is a time where Christians need to “Stand up, stand up for Jesus ye soldiers of the cross, lift high His royal banner,it must not suffer loss.”

    Comment by James Washburn — January 21, 2009 @ 7:48 am

  7. I am “horrified” that the thought of a Christian prayer is so
    horrifying in a Christian nation at the inauguration of
    presidents who all claimed to be Christians.

    Comment by Jon — January 21, 2009 @ 9:39 am

  8. We still love our Pastor!!! We truly appreciate all your many labors of love. Thanks for continually taking a stand.

    Comment by Dionna Baggaley — January 21, 2009 @ 1:50 pm

  9. Pastor Chappell,

    Thank you for the stand you take! Preach the Word!

    Comment by Hyundoe — January 21, 2009 @ 3:43 pm

  10. Dear Pastor,
    You speak the truth of God. We are blessed and thank God for your leadership and stance on the moral issues that plaque our day.
    Through Christ Jesus blood we pray for you and your family.

    Comment by Janet B. — January 22, 2009 @ 1:03 pm

  11. Clear, unwavering, Pastor Chappell thank you for your stand.

    Comment by Jason — January 22, 2009 @ 1:48 pm

  12. Just another sign of the times.

    Comment by T.N. Gibson — January 22, 2009 @ 5:48 pm

  13. Pastor I just want to say thank you and your family, for being such a blessing to mine and for your walk with the lord and not trying to twist the bible to make us feel good but for preaching the bible word for word so that we may recognize our short comings and ask God for forgiveness and make him #1 in our lives. I thank God for leading me to L.B.C. We love you and keep the pulpit on fire.

    Comment by Mickey Price — January 24, 2009 @ 7:22 pm

  14. I am thankful that when the Lord comes back, He will wipe all of these wicked, worldly, sick acts out of His way! He is on His throne now, but when He comes again the world will KNOW He is the ruler of all the universe!

    Thank you Bro. Chappell for your stand on the Bible!!!

    Comment by Victoria Vaughn — January 26, 2009 @ 9:23 am

  15. Thank you Pastor Chappell for standing up for what is right!

    Comment by Kim — January 27, 2009 @ 2:48 pm

  16. I’m glad my kids are listening to the truth being preached by you from the bible. Thank you Pastor for taking a stand and helping me teach the truth to my kids.

    Comment by tony — January 31, 2009 @ 10:59 pm

  17. On that Sunday, my very first visit to LBC, I found a spiritual home and made a decision to accept Jesus as my saviour. Thank you, Brother Chappell, for taking an unapologetic stand. God bless you.

    Comment by David Payne — February 3, 2009 @ 8:41 am

  18. Thanks so much for that little article.
    I have no idea what is going to happen, but I do know that I am not going to back down! I will stand on the Bible as my foundation and will only serve the true GOD! Thank you again,

    Comment by taylor — February 3, 2009 @ 9:45 am

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