The unashamedly Christian “Duck Dynasty” reality TV show may have come to a close after 11 seasons, but family patriarch Phil Robertson now has his own show — “In the Woods with Phil” — and takes time outside his filming and hunting schedule to share his faith with America. Known for speaking his mind, Phil recently recounted comments that got him temporarily suspended from the “Duck Dynasty” show by A&E executives.
In 2013, Phil cited the Bible when asked about sin in America and pointed to homosexuality, among other sins, according to The Gospel Herald.
"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,” Phil said at the time, quoting from 1 Corinthians 6:9-10.
But in response to what he said, Phil explained to “The Joe Pags Show” host, “I quoted a Bible verse, and you would've thought I was one of the meanest men on the face of the earth. [You've got to hear] the bad news that we're all sinners and we've got a 6-foot hole waiting on us before you can appreciate the good news of Jesus removing our sins and raising us from the dead."
Now Phil is explaining that today’s society is on a downward spiral, and to understand it, you have to realized that "On one side, you've got Romans 1, the [people] who don't think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, God gives them over, and the list is rather long,” and on the other side you’ve got people who are "loving, they have joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control."
In addressing America’s problems, Phil didn’t point to particular events or people in the news but drove down to the heart of the matter — people’s hearts — adding that the U.S. is seeing more and more “mass shootings, thuggery, drugs. It's just ongoing."
"You gotta remember, two forces are behind both of the groups,” he said. “You have God and His work through His Spirit in one group, and you have the Evil One, who works in people to do what he wants done.”
Phil pointed to the hippies of the 1960s as the catalyst of big downward turn in America’s moral decay, explaining that they “migrated and they became your judges, they migrated into the institutions of higher learning and to your government and to your news media and to Hollywood. They're still espousing that God is dead, and they ran him out of the courthouses, the schools, and now we are paying the price.”
“You forget God and the trouble starts, every empire that's fallen, that pretty well was their problem,” he concluded, having earlier point out that "Our founding fathers, they warned us repeatedly, when you forget God, tyrants forge your chains. We're there, my man."
Phil was a very promising college football player at Louisiana Tech before he fell into drug abuse and alcoholism, among other vices. He hit rock-bottom before he accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior and saw a massive turnaround in his life.
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