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Phil Robertson, the Duck Dynasty patriarch, was condemned by some for his remarks in a recent interview.   He was labeled as ignorant and backward for his statements.  "Phil's decision to push vile and extreme stereotypes is a stain on A&E and his sponsors who now need to re-examine their ties to someone with such public disdain for LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) people and families," Wilson Cruz, a spokesman for the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) said.  Robertson was characterized as being intolerant and unloving for what he said.
Just what did Mr. Robertson say that was so bad?  “Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there,” Robertson began. “Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men.”  Then he proceeded straight to Corinthians: “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.”  
That’s what he said.  What does the Bible say?  The scripture he paraphrased is I Corinthians 6:9-10.        “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.  His above paraphrase put what the Bible says pretty succinctly, don’t you think?
Homosexuality is a sin no matter how one slices it or dices it.  It is a quibble to say such a word is not in the Greek text.  Any Greek scholar worth his salt will readily admit that the Greek word conveys the idea of homosexuality even if the word, homosexuality itself, did not exist at the time of the initial translation.  Even most modern translations which sometimes vacillate on translating other doctrinal matters stand together on this point.  
Homosexuality has been recognized as a sin at least since the time of Sodom and Gomorrah.  Gen 19:5 And they called unto Lot, and said unto him, Where are the men which came in to thee this night? bring them out unto us, that we may know them.  (The men of Sodom were not talking about shaking their hands.)    Homosexuality was so rampant that the sin of sodomy and those who practice it, sodomites (Deut. 23:17, I Kings. 14:24, 15;12, 22:46, II Kings 23:7), take their name from the city of Sodom.  Ham’s sin may not have been homosexuality but he was punished for something akin to it, seeing the nakedness of another man, his father.  Gen. 9: 22 And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brethren without.   23 And Shem and Japheth took a garment, and laid it upon both their shoulders, and went backward, and covered the nakedness of their father; and their faces were backward, and they saw not their father's nakedness.   24  And Noah awoke from his wine, and knew what his younger son had done unto him.   25 And he said, Cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants shall he be unto his brethren.
Moses condemned homosexuality in the Law of Moses that God gave to him.  Lev. 18:22 Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.   23 Neither shalt thou lie with any beast to defile thyself therewith: neither shall any woman stand before a beast to lie down thereto: it is confusion.  Mr. Robertson was criticized for speaking of homosexuality and bestiality in the same breath and implying that the former could lead to the latter, but again, he is only repeating what the Bible says.  When we practice sin, we are seldom content with the status quo.  We tend to degenerate to even worse behavior.  Marijuana and other drugs are bad but they are only considered gateway drugs that lead to even more harmful and more addictive drugs.  The same is true of sexual perversions. 2Ti 3:13 But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.  Men are not content with being bad, they only become worse unless converted.
Does Mr. Robertson in stating what the Bible says make him a hater of those who practice the things he is trying to warn us about?  Paul found himself caught in the same predicament when he told people they were in sin.  They hated him for it and considered him unloving and unkind for what he said.  Gal 4:16 Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth?
Does telling someone that what they are doing is not right mean we hate them?  It would be a lot simpler not to tell them and not upset them.  If the bridge were out, would you not warn those travelling toward the bridge to save their physical life?  There’s a lot more at stake spiritually speaking.  Should we not warn those on the road to destruction?  Jude 1:23 And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.  In fact our own salvation depends on us doing exactly what Mr. Robertson did.  Eze 3:18 When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; and thou givest him not warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life; the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand. 19 Yet if thou warn the wicked, and he turn not from his wickedness, nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul. (Then God proceeds to give the same warning again in Eze. 33;8-9.) We could say a lot more about the matter:  how A&E initially censored Robertson in order to be politically correct, how then they reversed themselves because of the almighty dollar not because it was the right thing to do, how long it will be before speaking against sin in the pulpit or in a conversation to anyone becomes a ”hate crime”, and how we are allowing a few people to take away any morals our country stands for.  
In the Rose Bowl parade this year, a gay couple was “married” during the parade on one of the floats.  It’s OK for the gay community to cram their way of life down America’s throat and to demand not only that it be tolerated but that it be embraced with open arms.  Mr. Robertson comes along and only reiterates what the Lord God Almighty Himself says about the matter and he’s the one who is guilty of bigoted, prejudiced behavior?  What about Mr. Robertson’s freedom of speech? What about what God says about the matter?  Are we going to censor God and His Word for what He/it says?  When the apostles of old were forbidden to preach God’s truth, their freedom threatened and bodily harm promised for so doing, “Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.” (Acts 5:29)  Can we do any less?

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