Duck Dynasty's Phil Robertson Defends Anti-Gay Comments in Easter Sermon

( [email protected] ) May 22, 2014 03:11 PM EDT
In a sermon preached over Easter weekend, "Duck Dynasty" patriarch Phil Robertson defends the comments he made to GQ Magazine in which he stated that homosexuality was a sin.
The Duck Dynasty star says he meant what he said

Duck Dynasty's patriarch Phil Robertson recently preached a sermon in which he discussed the controversy surrounding the anti-gay comments he made to GQ magazine.

Robertson was filmed giving an Easter Sunday sermon at Whites Ferry Road Church in his hometown of West Monroe, Louisiana on April 20, according to the video on YouTube.

'They were mad at me,' he tells the congregation in the video. 'You say, "why'd they get mad at you?" 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.'

The 68 year old born again Christian went on to say that "'The news media didn't even know it was a verse! They thought I was just mouthing off. "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".'

He then quotes 1rst Corinthians 6:9, where the apostle Paul states, "'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 concluded by reminding the congregation that all of humanity has sinned in some way, but are covered by the grace of God.

'That list of sins covered me in my past life,' he said. 'We've all been there. The reason we're here today is to remind us of the gospel that's preached.'

The "Duck Dynasty" star's speech comes five months following his controversial interview with GQ magazine, in which he said that homosexuality is a sin.

'Everything is blurred on what's right and what's wrong. Sin becomes fine,' he said in the interview. 'Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there.

'Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men... 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.'

Following his comments, Robertson was briefly suspended from Duck Dynasty.

A&E initially said his views were 'disappointing' but two weeks later, they announced that Robertson would be included when they began filming again.

'After discussions with the Robertson family, as well as consulting with numerous advocacy groups, A&E has decided to resume filming Duck Dynasty later this spring with the entire Robertson family,' the network said in a statement.

Robertson clarified his statements by saying that although he does not agree with the homosexual lifestyle, he still views gays with love and compassion.

"'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.'

Season six of "Duck Dynasty" will return June 11th on A&E.