“Duck Dynasty” patriarch Phil Robertson is likely experiencing a case of déjà vu as he faces renewed media attention following comments he made about “homosexual offenders” and sin during an Easter Sunday sermon just weeks ago.
Robertson ridiculed his critics for “blurring” the lines between “sinners” and homosexuals during a fiery speech at Whites Ferry Road Church in his hometown of West Monroe, Louisiana, on April 20.
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“The reason we’re here today is to remind us of the gospel that’s preached,” declared Robertson.
Just in time for the sixth-season debut of “Duck Dynasty,” a video of the sermon posted on YouTube has now gone viral, and the national media are once again seizing upon Robertson’s remarks.
As WND reported, A&E Network briefly suspended Robertson from the wildly popular “Duck Dynasty” amid protests over a December 2013 interview with GQ magazine in which he discussed the “sin” of homosexuality.
Robertson touched on the GQ interview during the Easter sermon.
“‘Is homosexual behavior a sin?’ the guy asked me. I said, ‘Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Don’t be deceived.'”
Robertson told the congregation he refuses to back down from his beliefs and called the media coverage of the controversy “absurd.”
“They were mad at me,” Robertson said. “Cuz instead of acknowledging their sin, like you had better do, they railed against me for giving them the truth about their sins. Don’t deceive yourselves.”
“Neither the sexually immoral, nor the idolators nor adulterers nor male prostitutes, nor homosexual offenders, nor thieves, nor greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God,” Robertson blasted, paraphrasing a verse from 1 Corinthians in the Bible.
“The news media didn’t even know it was a verse! They thought I was just mouthing off.”
Robertson released a public apology after his suspension from the show that read in part, “I would never treat anyone with disrespect just because they are different from me. We are all created by the Almighty and like Him, I love all of humanity. We would all be better off if we loved God and loved each other.”
The new season of “Duck Dynasty” is scheduled to begin June 11.