A&E is already benefitting off of the suspension of Phil Robertson and his comments about homosexuality during a GQ Magazine interview. As the media frenzy continues to heighten, A&E has been adding more and more past episodes of Duck Dynasty to its nightly line-up. Viewership and ad sales are up.
As Rahm Emanuel, former Obama chief of staff once said, “Never Let a good crisis go to waste”. A&E hasn’t.
But just remember this. The whole Duck Dynasty debacle has nothing to do with Phil Robertson. It has everything to do with the word of God. Phil Robertson spoke scripture and Bible based principles that homosexuality is a sin. The world was offended by the word.
“The Jesus that men want to see is not the Jesus they really need to see.” G. Campbell Morgan
Martin Luther, who inspired the entire Christian reformation in the 16th century said, “The first duty of the gospel preacher is to declare God’s law and to show the nature of sin.” That’s exactly what Phil Robertson has done and the world was offended by it.
The Word On Homosexuality
The scriptures Phil Robertson quoted (actually paraphrased) during the magazine interview come from 1 Corinthians 6:9-11.
“Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.”
Other scripture Phil Robertson has quoted in the past showing that homosexuality is a sin include Romans 1:25-32.
Phil Robertson is not the offense. If he had been then he would have never been on the program to start with. What he said was the offense to the world and what he said was God and his Word. But we have another example of this already in the Bible.
“And the Lord said unto Samuel, Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto thee: for they have not rejected thee, but they have rejected me, that I should not reign over them”. (1 Samuel 8:7)
This current flap about homosexuality being a sin is not about Phil, although the world is attempting to crucify him right now. It is all about the world and its hatred for God.
Many news outlets like MSNBC have attempted to deconstruct Phil Robertson and the Word of God. They state that the Bible isn’t against homosexuality and that Phil and others have misinterpreted what scriptures say. Still others claim that the Old Testament ban on homosexuality is old, archaic and no longer applies.
“If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.” (Leviticus 20:13)
But Jesus Christ made it very clear. The Old Testament was not done away with.
“Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.” (Matthew 5:17)
It is also a mistake to think that we can all get along when it comes to the Word of God. The mistake most commonly made is to try to smooth things over, avoid confrontation which inevitable leads to comprise. In this scenario, the only thing man comprises is the Word of God.
“Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven. Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.
For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household.
He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me. He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.” (Matthew 10:32-39)
Phil Robertson spoke the word of God and the world was offended. This is a spiritual battle being played out before our very eyes. We all need to pray for Phil, his family and for the word of God.
I pray that Phil Robertson remembers the words of John the Baptist when he said about Jesus, “He must increase, but I must decrease” (John 3:30). Before all of this Phil placed himself firmly second. In fact, there was a half hour documentary on him and his life titled, “I Am Second”.
Pray that Phil is never first.
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