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What is the deal with Phil Robertson anyway? I mean, just who does he think he is spouting off about what God says?
Phil Robertson must have been absent the day they taught Political Correctness 101. Hmmm…
If you have read the GQ interview with Phil, you know he does not mince words. I have to admire the guy because he had to have known his comments would set off a firestorm. Maybe that is part of the problem today…not enough people are willing to say it like it is. This is not to say that anyone should attack others, but the truth is the truth regardless of whether or not anyone likes it or wants to hear it.
We are witnessing the modern world’s newest form (or maybe the oldest) of non-physical crucifixion…Phil Robertson is being crucified, tarred and feathered for his comments in the GQ interview. I am reminded of John 15:18-19:
“If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.”
So Phil Robertson speaks Truths from God’s Word, and is crucified in the media for doing so. Sounds rather familiar does it not? In John 10 Jesus says to the Jews that He and the Father are one, and the Jews immediately want to kill Him. Not quite the same thing as what Phil spoke of, but hey…the truth of God’s Word is still the truth is it not?
If we as Believers in Jesus speak the truth, we are labeled intolerant and hateful. Phil Robertson had the gall to call a sin…a sin. Gasp…how dare he! The reaction from some in the media and others is almost laughable.
Bill O’Reilly had this to say: Still, O’Reilly said: “Do you think Robertson made a mistake n the condemnation line? See, that’s where I think he made his mistake. Right up to there, he was okay. But once he went in and said you are not going to go to heaven,” it crossed the line.
Really Mr. O’Reilly??? Maybe you need to reread your Bible. Like this verse that is NOT Phil Robertson’s words:
1 Corinthians 6:9-10 Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. Seems pretty clear to me.
Maybe Phil could have been a little more tactful in what he said, but he did speak the truth. Of course some of what he said was largely ignored like this comment:
“If you simply put your faith in Jesus coming down in flesh, through a human being, God becoming flesh living on the earth, dying on the cross for the sins of the world, being buried, and being raised from the dead—yours and mine and everybody else’s problems will be solved. And the next time we see you, we will say: ‘You are now a brother. Our brother.’ So then we look at you totally different then. See what I’m saying?”
That statement was inclusive of ALL people by it’s wording, funny most did not mention that one. Another statement Phil made was this one:
“We never, ever judge someone on who’s going to heaven, hell. That’s the Almighty’s job. We just love ’em, give ’em the good news about Jesus—whether they’re homosexuals, drunks, terrorists. We let God sort ’em out later, you see what I’m saying?”
Phil was soundly criticized for saying this. Comparing homosexuals and drunks to terrorists. Before this comment however Phil is very open about his own past life and some things he did that were pretty low. That is not mentioned either by those quick to jump all over him. You can read the entire interview here and I hope you do.
Basically this all boils down to one thing: if you dare to stand on God’s Word and what is says, you will be soundly trashed and criticized for it. You will be labeled intolerant and hateful.
If however you are critical of Christians, espouse hateful views or any number of other negative and destructive views…well that is ok and you will likely receive a pass.
I even saw a comment that Phil’s words were “out of touch with reality”, and “revisionist in nature”. The real problem here is that the world in general does not like what the Bible has to say and wants to revise the Word of God to make it “palatable” for their liking.
Groups like GLAAD and LBGT movement are actively working to set a new agenda and a new world opinion on the views of homosexuality and related issues. Unfortunately it is working. It’s not my opinion that homosexuality and related things are wrong, it is God’s opinion and I happen to agree with God…so does Phil Robertson.
I will stand with God and Phil Robertson. God bless you Phil…
To read Phil’s latest comments after his suspension from “Duck Dynasty” go here
From the Robertson family site:
We want to thank all of you for your prayers and support. The family has spent much time in prayer since learning of A&E’s decision. We want you to know that first and foremost we are a family rooted in our faith in God and our belief that the Bible is His word. While some of Phil’s unfiltered comments to the reporter were coarse, his beliefs are grounded in the teachings of the Bible. Phil is a Godly man who follows what the Bible says are the greatest commandments: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart” and “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Phil would never incite or encourage hate. We are disappointed that Phil has been placed on hiatus for expressing his faith, which is his constitutionally protected right. We have had a successful working relationship with A&E but, as a family, we cannot imagine the show going forward without our patriarch at the helm. We are in discussions with A&E to see what that means for the future of Duck Dynasty. Again, thank you for your continued support of our family.