Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty is back in the news for a sermon he delivered in the Whites Ferry Road Church in West Monroe, LA on Easter Sunday. This became web news on May 22, 2014. Robertson was non-apologetic for his last encounter with the social media over his condemnation of homosexuality and his literal interpretations of the Bible.
Robertson spoke to a congregation of believers that support strict adherence to the teachings of the Bible. Robertson’s list of those that were sinners and going to hell was quoted directly from the Bible. Those that listened to his sermon appeared to be in agreement with him.
Some of the basic beliefs expressed by Robertson, and supported by a stream of amen shouts from the congregation, included the idea that Adam created sin and death, Jesus created a separation from these original sins through the sacrifice of his life for all other sinners that believed that Jesus died for their sins, and that Jesus is the only way to heaven.
When Robertson was interviewed by GQ magazine, he stated that homosexuals were going to hell, and he was quoting from the Bible. He also included a wide ranging list of other actions that would send a person to hell, but the press focused on homosexuals.
The basis of Robertson’s comments is found in a letter by Paul to the Corinthians, 1 Corinthians 6:9-10. The English Standard Version of this passage does not mention homosexuality as the first issue.
Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.
Spiritualists generally don’t believe in the biblical heaven or hell. Robertson’s inclusion of homosexuals in his list of people going to hell is therefore not a major spiritualist concern. Fundamentalist homosexuals will have to work out their own salvation solution.
It is time to let Phil Robertson express his beliefs to those in his local church and stop making him a national evangelist for fundamentalism. Under the first amendment, he has the right to express his views on any topic. It is also time to stop creating false news by inciting those that do not share his beliefs about sins, and especially homosexuality.
Spiritualists quote another statement from the Bible regarding Christianity and other religions. Jesus said in John 14:2-3 that “in my house, there are many mansions”. Spiritualists interpret this as saying that there are many ways to be a spiritual person. If you follow the key teachings of Jesus, you will be a good human being. If you follow the key teachings of nearly any religion, you will be a good human being.
Jesus said that there were only two conditions that were required to be a follower of Jesus. Jesus said that you must love God and love your neighbor as yourself. These two simple requirements replace the law and the prophets. This statement played a major role in getting Jesus executed. These statements appear in Matthew 22:37-40.
Christian Spiritualists believe in God, and that God loves everyone. Everyone includes every person of every religious faith and belief. Nobody is ever beyond redemption. Everybody suffers or enjoys the consequences of how they treat other people. Traditional Spiritualists believe in Infinite Intelligence, and personal responsibility.
Let Robertson believe what he chooses to believe. Work out your own salvation in the best way you can. You can view Robertson’s Easter Sermon in the attached video. He gets to the comments on which sinners are going to hell about minute 9 of a 45 minute sermon. If the press and news channels leave him to his own beliefs, Robertson will slowly fade away.
God blesses the fundamentalists and everyone else.