Greg Laurie Urges Christians to ‘Hold the Bible High’ After Billboard Controversy

Billboards advertising Pastor Greg Laurie’s SoCal Harvest crusade were removed from two Southern California malls following complaints they were offensive.
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After promotional materials for the SoCal Harvest crusade were taken down from two Southern California malls because they showed pastor Greg Laurie holding a Bible, Laurie is asking attendees of the event to hold up their Bibles in a show of support for God’s Word.

“Apparently, in our intolerant culture, we no longer can display the Bible in public,” Laurie, pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside, Calif., wrote in an Aug. 17 op-ed for the Los Angeles Times. “The art in question was a tribute to my hero and mentor, the late Rev. Billy Graham, who often lifted the Bible high over his head as he preached to stadiums full of people. We hold the Bible high, just like Billy did, because it has changed our lives.

“The same is true for millions of other people; and it has been true for centuries…. And yet, here we are, having to tiptoe around some who find it offensive,” Laurie wrote.

Laurie has asked SoCal Harvest attendees to bring their Bibles to the Aug. 17-19 event as part of the #StandWithTheBible social media campaign in response to the Irvine Company’s decision earlier this month to pull billboards promoting SoCal Harvest from its malls in Irvine, Calif., and Orange County, Calif. The billboards provoked complaints, according to media reports, including a “serious threat.”

Harvest redesigned the billboards’ artwork to exclude the Bible — which did not have any writing or religious symbols on it in the first place — but that did not resolve Irvine Company’s objections, CBN News reported. Laurie’s Harvest organization was refunded its money when the billboards were taken down.

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SOURCE: Baptist Press, David Roach