News of Note: “Phil Robertson and the Duck Dynasty Controversy” (UPDATE: The Atlantic Reveals the Real Conflict Behind Duck Dynasty Controversy; Michael Brown Appears on Piers Morgan)

Phil Robertson

1.    Duck Dynasty Controversy

“The Genuine Conflict Being Ignored in the Duck Dynasty Debate” – The Atlantic’s Larry Alex Tauton describes the real conflict being ignored in the Duck Dynasty debate. (The Atlantic)

“Missing in the controversy over A&E’s handling of its golden goose—or duck, rather—is the fact that the real conflict here is not between Robertson and A&E; it is between gay activists and a solid majority of Christians who believe homosexual acts are wrong. Again, Robertson’s views are hardly anomalous. Christians may disagree on the details, but the Bible strongly condemns homosexuality in both the Old and New Testaments; the marriage model of one man and one woman is first given by God in Genesis 2 and reiterated by Jesus in Matthew 19; and in Romans 1 the Apostle Paul denounces homosexuality as a hallmark of a degenerate culture. The point here isn’t that you have to believe any of this, but many Christians do believe it and feel morally bound to believe it. Instead of acknowledging this tension, however, A&E, GLAAD, and their supporters have responded with disingenuous expressions of shock and horror. And it matters that it’s disingenuous, because if they actually acknowledged that there is a genuine conflict between orthodox Christianity and homosexual sex (along with several forms of heterosexual sex) they would have to confront head-on the fact that calling for a boycott or pressuring for Robertson’s suspension tells orthodox Christians that their religion is no longer acceptable, and that’s not a very politically correct thing to do. Right now, they are trying to weasel out of it by characterizing Robertson as a backwoods bigot who takes his moral cues from Deliverance rather than from a straightforward reading of the Bible and the historic teachings of the Christian religion.” – Larry Alex Taunton, The Atlantic

“Dr Brown on Piers Morgan with Ben Ferguson and Marc Lamont Hill” (YouTube); Dr. Michael Brown appears in panel discussion on the Piers Morgan Show.

“Paglia: Duck Dynasty uproar ‘utterly fascist, utterly Stalinist’” – Gay atheist Professor Camille Paglia responds to Duck Dynasty controversy. (The Daily Caller)

“To express yourself in a magazine in an interview — this is the level of punitive PC, utterly fascist, utterly Stalinist, OK, that my liberal colleagues in the Democratic Party and on college campuses have supported and promoted over the last several decades,” Paglia said. “This is the whole legacy of free speech 1960’s that have been lost by my own party.” – Camile Paglia

“The Robertson Family Official Statement” – Robertson family responds to Phil Robertson’s suspension.

“We want to thank all of you for your prayers and support. The family has spent much time in prayer since learning of A&E’s decision. We want you to know that first and foremost we are a family rooted in our faith in God and our belief that the Bible is His word. While some of Phil’s unfiltered comments to the reporter were coarse, his beliefs are grounded in the teachings of the Bible. Phil is a Godly man who follows what the Bible says are the greatest commandments: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart” and “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Phil would never incite or encourage hate.We are disappointed that Phil has been placed on hiatus for expressing his faith, which is his constitutionally protected right.We have had a successful working relationship with A&E but, as a family, we cannot imagine the show going forward without our patriarch at the helm. We are in discussions with A&E to see what that means for the future of Duck Dynasty. Again, thank you for your continued support of our family.”

“Al Mohler CNN Interview on Phil Robertson controversy”

“Duck Dynasty – The Hidden Controversy” – Josh Buice on the controversy behind the Duck Dynasty controversy. (Delivered by Grace)

“I agree with much of what Phil Robertson and his family believe regarding politics, the state of our nation, gun rights, hunting rights, and more.  I laugh at their “southern style” jokes.  I watch the show.  I applaud Phil Robertson’s comments on the issues of sexual sin – after all – they originated in the Bible.  However, I must draw the line when it comes to the gospel of Christ.  When I listen to the Robertson family share the gospel I’m constantly frustrated with their language of “believe in Jesus and get in the water.”  The greater controversy to me is not that it has taken so long for America and the LGBT community to pick up on the biblical language of the Robertson family related to sexual sin.  The hidden controversy has yet to be discussed openly.  Why has it taken so long for the church to discern the language of baptismal regeneration that is continually overflowing from the gospel presentations of the Duck Dynasty family. Could it be that the church is using the Duck Dynasty phenomenon in much the same way that A&E has been using them?  We need to be clear on where we stand on human sexuality.  Even more importantly is where we stand on the issue of the gospel of Jesus Christ.” – Josh Buice

“A&E suspends ‘Duck Dynasty’s’ Phil Robertson” – Fox News reports on Duck Dynasty controversy.  (Fox News)

“You Have Been Warned—The “Duck Dynasty” Controversy” – Al Mohler  on what the Duck Dynasty controversy means.  (AlbertMohler.com)

“So the controversy over Duck Dynasty sends a clear signal to anyone who has anything to risk in public life: Say nothing about the sinfulness of homosexual acts or risk sure and certain destruction by the revolutionaries of the new morality. You have been warned.” – Al Mohler

 “Dear A&E, congratulations, you just committed suicide” – Matt Walsh on why A&E’s suspension of Duck Dynasty patriarch, Phil Robertson, may be a bad idea.  (The Matt Walsh Blog)
 
“You made your bed. You decided to stand against free speech, against open expression of ideas, against Christians, against the Bible, against the views of a majority of humanity, against the most profitable show in the history of your network, and against almost all of your viewers. But, hey, at least you put a smile on GLAAD’s face. That must make it all worth it, right?” – Matt Walsh
 
Phil Robertson Gets Suspended – ENews’ report on Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty fame’s suspension (ENews)
 
 
 
2.  Mark Driscoll
 
“RE:  Mark Driscoll” – Jared Wilson’s plea to Mark Driscoll.  (The Gospel Coalition)
 
“Pastor Mark, if you’re reading this — you are losing us. Forget about the “haters.” We ain’t them. We are the ones who love you, who want to see you succeed and prevail. And we won’t stop, no matter what tribe you’re in or which conference stage you take. But we want you to take responsibility for your actions and your attitude. It does not commend grace. We want you to walk in repentance. We want you to seek the way of Christ in more humility, to drop the image and the posturing, and remind us of what drew us to you in the first place: the fame of Christ’s name, not the protection of your own. What would the truth of the gospel have you do? What would adorn the gospel? What would make Jesus look big? I believe it would be a reversal of the trajectory of pride you have been on. I’m asking you to turn around and show us why we were so drawn to you in the beginning. I’m asking you to show us Jesus. He has become lost in your shadow.” – Jared C. Wilson
 
“Tyndale Releases Results of Mark Driscoll Plagiarism Investigation” –  Tyndale releases its findings on the Mark Driscoll plagiarism controversy. (Christianity Today)
 
 
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