Living in Australia I have never seen . However, I do read the news and Duck Dynasty’s Phil has really stirred a hornet’s nest in the USA with his paraphrasing of One Corinthians 6. Here are those words from 1Corinthians 6:9 – 10 which Phil paraphrased. “Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind (these are the sodomite, the present day gays or homosexuals), 10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.”
Matthew Henry (18 October 1662 – 22 June 1714) said of all these people in those verses as “The scum of the earth are no ways fit to fill the heavenly mansions.” Now, these “abusers of themselves with mankind” of whom Paul speaks are what used to be known as sodomites but today have labelled themselves as “gay”. Gay is certainly is not the appropriate word to use for two men performing an act that God created only for a man and woman! Aside from the fact that there are health consequences to homosexual sex the main purpose of sex is reproduction. There is absolutely no reproduction between two men or two women!
Paul also said to Timothy in his first epistle that “the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, 10 For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind (these are Sodomites, homosexuals), for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine” 1 Timothy 1: 9 – 10. NOTE, the law was given for the people described here, of which the homosexual is included, and they are said to be “the ungodly’ and “sinners”. It is said here that it was for these that Christ died, Roman 5:6 “For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.”
The reality is that unless a person admits they are a sinner and repents of their sins, they will not enter the kingdom of God! That is a simple fact of Scripture. Yes, the homosexual is included in this! This is not being unkind or unloving but it is being truthful as to what the Scriptures teach.
The churches need to wake up and begin to preach that Christ died for the all the ungodly before laws are passed prohibiting such preaching! The homosexual crowd have brought this issue into the public forum and the churches MUST reply in the public forum by stating what God’s Word says and not what is politically correct.
Yes, abortion is sin, adultery is sin, stealing is sin, lying is sin and so is homosexuality!!!! Sadly, many of us will probably be affected in someway someday by homosexuality via one of our children or grandchildren. When and if that does occur the Bible hasn’t changed and neither should we. As we love our children and grandchildren no matter what, so God so much more loves the sinner. Yes John 3:16 is still in the Bible; “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” and so is Romans 5:6 “For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.” We were all in that group called the “ungodly” before we were born again.
If I was answering the GQ magazine’s question I may not have stated it the way Phil did but he had (and as far as I know he still has) the freedom to state his beliefs even though they are not politically correct. Some Christians have stated the subject of one’s sexuality is a matter that should not be discussed in a public forum. Well, Phil is a public figure doing an interview with a public magazine that would be read by the public. He was asked a question and he answered the question. So be it. Does he not have the right as an American citizen to answer a question with what he truly believes? Or do only those who agree with the homosexuals have that right?
There is a lot more that could be said and perhaps should be said here but REMEMBER, when Duck Dynasty has run its course (and it will) the world will turn to another programme but God’s Word will remain the same and the homosexual along with all unrepentant sinners will not “inherit the kingdom of God”.