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Emphasizing Forgiveness, Not Damnation

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Mainstream media have badly distorted the central issues in the controversy surrounding Phil Robertson, bearded patriarch of TV’s Duck Dynasty. The Washington Post, for instance, wrote that Robertson had been suspended “for telling GQ magazine, among other things, that gays are headed to hell…”

Actually, Robertson never even mentioned hell in his much-discussed interview. He did, however, paraphrase 1 Corinthians, providing a long list of sinners—including homosexuals—who “will not inherit the kingdom of God.” But neither the Washington Post, nor the original interviewer, ever cited the New Testament  lines that follow immediately: “And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ…”

In other words, Robertson emphasized forgiveness and salvation, not damnation, with his Biblical citation and throughout his interview.

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  1. Bruce Zittlow  •  Dec 27, 2013 at 4:46 pm

    Thank you for noting this forgotten aspect of Robertson’s remarks.

  2. mark  •  Jan 4, 2014 at 9:10 am

    Its not what is said, its who says it. Must of us have to pay the price, to have free speech. I’m glad to see it once in a while. We are not free to speak our minds (if we know what’s good for us). nope.

  3. Peter Wolff  •  Jan 5, 2014 at 10:59 am

    Regarding sin you have to remember what Jesus said to the woman caught in prostitution,
    “neither do I condemn you, go and sin no more.” The idea is not telling Jesus it’s not sin but agreeing with him what sin is and turning from it.

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