“Many are amazed that it has taken the liberal left so long to actually call the Duck Dynasty family on the carpet for their views on marriage and sexuality. Why has it taken so long to pick up on their language? That being said, I’m asking another question this morning. Why has it taken so long for the Christian community to pick up on their language of “baptismal regeneration” in their YouTube sermons and religious speaking engagements? What exactly is the Duck Dynasty gospel? Why isn’t anyone talking about the evangelistic ministry of the Robertson’s church (White’s Ferry Road Church of Christ) called – “We Care” led by Larry West? He clearly articulates baptismal regeneration in his video “Step Into The Water, Is Baptism Essential?” which can be accessed directly from the website. In fact, the mere question of baptismal regeneration and Duck Dynasty in a conversation with Christians today may cause people to turn on you for “picking on” the Robertson family or it may just result in a room full of yawns.
“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, “Duck Dynasty – The Hidden Controversy” , Delivered by Grace)
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.”
“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
1. Gay couple plans to sue British churches who refuse gay weddings (UPDATED: 8/2)
“Gay dads set to sue over church same-sex marriage opt-out” – The Essex Chronicle reports that gay couple planning to sue churches over gay marriage op-out are Christians. (The Essex Chronicle)
“We are happy for gay marriage to be recognised – in that sense it is a big step. But it is actually a small step because it is something we still cannot actually do. “We need to convince the church that it is the right thing for our community for them to recognise as practising Christians. “I am a Christian – a practising Christian – my children have all been brought up as Christians and are part of the local parish church in Danbury. “I want to go into my church and marry my husband. “If I was a Sikh I could get married at the Gurdwara, liberal Jews can marry in the Synagogue – just not the Christians. “It upsets me because I want it so much – a big lavish ceremony, the whole works, I just don’t think it is going to happen straight away. “As much as people are saying this is a good thing I am still not getting what I want.” – Barrie Drewitt-Barlow, The Essex Chronicle
“Let’s Just Sue Them Into Submission” – Bill Muehlenberg’s post on gay couple’s plan to sue British churches over gay marriage opt-out. (Culture Watch)
“Gay couple to sue church over gay marriage opt-out” – Gay couple plans to sue British churches who refuse to host gay weddings. (The Christian Institute)
“Wealthy gay dad, Barrie Drewitt-Barlow, says he and his civil partner Tony will go to court to force churches to host gay weddings. He told the Essex Chronicle that he will take legal action because “I am still not getting what I want”. A Government Bill legalising gay marriage passed Parliament recently but it included measures to protect churches from being forced to perform same-sex weddings. Mr Drewitt-Barlow said: “The only way forward for us now is to make a challenge in the courts against the church. “It is a shame that we are forced to take Christians into a court to get them to recognise us.” He added: “It upsets me because I want it so much – a big lavish ceremony, the whole works, I just don’t think it is going to happen straight away. “As much as people are saying this is a good thing I am still not getting what I want.” – The Christian Institute
2. “A Key Sign that You Are Maturing as a Preacher” – Michael J. Kruger gives a key sign to show that you are maturing as a preacher. (canon fodder)
3. “Why Millennials Are Coming to Church” – Joe Thorn interviews two couples attending his church to find out the reasons why they are coming to church. (JoeThorn)
“In my experience the millennials who have found a home at Redeemer are not interested in a Sunday spectacle, but a church. They want truth, even when it’s hard. They want to know and be known by others, even when it’s hard. They want the care and protection the church offers her people, and they want to contribute. We definitely aren’t the cool church in town. Our building is busted. Our worship space is puritan-plain. We are Southern Baptist (definitely not cool up here), complementation, Reformed. There is a lot about is that is uncool in many ways–at least to many outsiders. But Jesus is here, and his people are amazing.” – Joe Thorn
4. “Walking The Line Between Westboro Baptist and Rob Bell” – Stephen Altrogge gives some helpful suggestions on how to present the Gospel to different people. (The Blazing Center)
5. “Killing babies no different from abortion, experts say” – Article in Journal of Medical Ethics affiliated with Oxford states that ‘. . newborn babies are not “actual persons” and do not have a “moral right to life”. The academics also argue that parents should be able to have their baby killed if it turns out to be disabled when it is born.’ – Telegraph U.K. (Telegraph U.K.)
1. “No sin in being transgender?” (UPDATED 8/1)
“Pat Robertson on Sex Change Operations: ‘I Don’t Think There’s Any Sin Associated With That’” – Heather Clark’s report on Pat Robertson’s comments. (Christian News)
“Pat Robertson On Transgender Community: ‘I Don’t Think There’s Any Sin Associated With That” – No sin in being transgender? (Huffington Post); The following is Robertson’s comments on the 700 Club:
2. “Whatever happened to the wrath of God?” – Russell Moore on PCUSA, the Getty’s hymn “In Christ Alone”, and the wrath of God. (The Washington Post)
3. “Changing Hearts, Laws or Cultures?” – Politics or the gospel? Bill Muehlenberg gives his reasons why it would be wise for Christians to be involved with both. (Culture Watch)
4. “A different kind of coming out” – Three evangelical leaders in Great Britain go public about their struggles with same sex attraction after Rob Bell and Steve Chaltke affirmed same sex relationships. (Christianity)
5. “How Being Part Of A Local Church Helped Save A Young Drunk’s Life” – 20 Schemes intern, Ricky Smith, gives his testimony on how the Lord saved him from alcoholism. (20 Schemes)
1. “Martin Bashir Explains the Gospel to Bill O’Reilly” – Bill O’Reilly claims that Jesus died over taxes? Martin Bashir sets him straight. (The Gospel Coalition); Here is the Martin Bashir YouTube segment from Wretched:
2. “Our President Blesses Sin; God Help Us” – Dr. Ken Hutcherson on President Obama blessing Planned Parenthood and supporting basketball player Jason Collins. (Christian Post)
3. “Religious battle lines” – Edward Lee Pitts on the military punishing and possibly court martialing Christian soldiers who prosthelytize. (World Magazine)
4. “The World’s Muslims: Religion, Politics and Society” – The Pew Forum’s study on Muslims and their attitudes on jihad and sharia law. It’s not good. (The Pew Forum)
5. “Calls for group marriage after gay marriage legalised in NZ” – Advocates now want polygamy legalized after gay marriage legalized in New Zealand. (The Christian Institute)
“The (Kermit) Gosnell case is horrific. It ought to revolt us and to turn our stomachs and to shock our consciences. But Kermit Gosnell’s criminality is one of degree, not of kind. Left to ourselves, we would all be given over the kind of cruelty and rage he displayed. Our hope, and his, cannot be in simply evading consequences. After all, the worst consequence facing Kermit Gosnell is not that he be executed or imprisoned. The worst consequence facing Kermit Gosnell is that he be handed over to being Kermit Gosnell.
“If we minimize God’s justice, and ignore the evil here, we eclipse the gospel. But there’s another danger too. Many Christians are rightly upset that the media have ignored the Gosnell trial. Our internal media do the same thing, with our own cosmic crimes against God. Our hope isn’t in indulgence but in the kind of mercy that crucifies and resurrects.
“The Kermit Gosnell story is one of severed spines and seared consciences. A gospel of justification without justice cannot picture a holy God. A gospel of justice without justification ultimately leaves us all without hope before the tribunal of God. The gospel of Jesus Christ speaks of both justice and justification, and brings them together in a Man drowning in his own blood at the Place of the Skull.
“And on either side of him, there were thieves.”
(Russell Moore, “Kermit Gosnell and the Gospel”, Moore to the Point)