Well, the Duck Dynasty issue has certainly grabbed a hold of the interest of a lot of people. Some have called it a free speech issue, and I guess to some degree that is accurate, but far more important than free speech, this seems to me to be an issue of the credibility of the Word of God.
If you are not aware, Phil Robertson said something so shocking that the A&E Network suspended him. What was the shocking and unbelievably crass thing that Phil Robertson said that got him in so much trouble? Well this Huffington Post Headline summarizes the issue better than anything I have read on it. “’Duck Dynasty’ Star Phil Robertson Makes Anti-Gay Remarks, Says Being Gay Is A Sin.”
What is Shocking and unbelievable is that anyone who has ever read their Bible could possibly think otherwise. News flash – Adultery is a sin. Is this shocking? No. Murder is a sin. Again there is no shock and awe when the obvious is stated. Then again, adultery and murder are not sacraments of Modern American Christianity.
I have dealt with the issue in the past, but the fact that Homosexuality is a sin, is irrefutable. Is it a far worse sin than the many other sins that haunt the American Church? No. But, It is the only one that attempts to justify it and make it o.k. by creating special interest groups.
If you have a friend who is involved in the sin of adultery and you tell this friend to repent and come back to Christ are you accused of hating him? Maybe sometimes, but all Christians are aware that to call some one back from danger and to tell them to repent is not hatred, in fact it is the only loving thing a person can do.
Homosexuality, at least the way it is treated in today’s church, seems to be the exception to this rule. If you tell someone there is healing in Jesus, and that Jesus forgives even homosexuality well, that is just being a hater and being judgmental. So rather than risk offending the person we coddle them. We patronize them and contrary to all Scripture, we tell them that Homosexuality is different. God made you that way after all. Well, to say that is to run contrary to the teaching of the Word of God.
One of the quotes that people are dredging up to demonize Phil Robertson is the following: “Don’t be deceived. Neither the adulterers, the idolaters, the male prostitutes, the homosexual offenders, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlers — they won’t inherit the kingdom of God. Don’t deceive yourself. It’s not right.” Apparently this quote is so off the chain, because Phil is judging who goes to heaven and who does not. Well, l hate to shock people, but other than maybe a Louisiana slant to the passage this quote is from the Bible. It is from Paul’s letter to the Church at Corinth where he warns them to not be deceived. You see Corinth had a lot of the same problems we have in the Church today. They prided themselves on their open and accepting ways, and Paul let them know that what they were doing was practicing a wicked type of self deception.
Please note, Phil, quoting Paul, did not only condemn the homosexuals, he condemned the greedy, the idolatrous, and the adulterers. Why is it that we don’t have special interest groups clamoring around Adulterers of the World? Well I definitely have my theories, but let me say it plainly. Phil Robertson Is a Christian man who has flaws, but he also loves people enough to tell them the truth even if it costs him. The accusation that when a person speaks the Word of God without apologies is that his speech is hateful. How hateful? I saw Phil being linked with the likes of Hitler for his statements today. I know, we Americans love to engage in hyperbole. but what is amazing is so called Christian people are coming down on Phil for quoting the Bible and they are comparing him to Adolph Hitler. Be careful what you get angry at.
I guess it you are the so called victims in a society you can get away with making wicked comparisons. Well Christians, Jesus said if the world hated him they would hate you as well. Does the world swoon over your every word or are you hated for the sake of Christ’s words?
Speak up for truth and it is likely you won’t be invited to certain functions. But Jesus said if you were ashamed of Him before men, he would be ashamed of you before His Father.
I am glad that Phil Robertson is not ashamed of the Word of God. I am also pleased that he loves people enough to proclaim God’s Word without reservation. even when it is about issues that some people consider off limits. In doing this he is being accused of being a bigot and an unloving person. I say what he is doing is putting love to action. To quote the Word of God is not too hate. The most pathetic people in this contest are the ones who claim the name of Christ but are not willing to follow its commands. They are nothing more than pretenders and cowards. They claim to love, but by their actions they show themselves to be nothing more than cowards and wimps.
Revelation 21:7-8 says that “He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son. 8 But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.”
All of the sexually immoral will take part in this second death. Phil Robertson unashamedly proclaims this when he quotes Paul in 1 Corinthians. It is common today to leave the homosexuals off this list, after all, how can you judge someone for who they love? Well, if the Bible is your standard, you will realize that is not the question. The question is why are you apologizing for or “correcting” God’s Word? The answer is that you are either an unbeliever or a coward, and if you read the above passage you will realize that your fate is the same.
May we all be given a strong dose of the courage of Phil Robertson, along with the love of our fellow man to show them that Jesus Saves from all sin.