“Duck Dynasty” patriarch Phil Robertson, who was suspended briefly from the show for making homophobic remarks in the December issue of GQ magazine, made new anti-gay remarks while defending his previous comments on homosexuality in an Easter Sunday sermon at a church, RadarOnline reported Thursday.
A 43-minute sermon video, which according to RadarOnline was filmed on April 20 at Whites Ferry Road Church in West Monroe, La., includes references to Robertson's earlier anti-gay remarks as he rants about “homosexual offenders” and criticizes the media's coverage of his remarks. A&E, which airs the reality show, reportedly declined to comment on the new video of Robertson reviving his past anti-gay remarks.
"What's [Jesus] coming back for?" Robertson asked the member of his church, in the video. "To bring salvation to those who are waiting for it. Are you waiting on Jesus? Or are you afraid to see that sky busting, you see him coming? You got two lists.
"They were mad at me," he said. "You say, 'Why'd they get mad at you?' Cause, instead of acknowledging their sin, like you had better do, they railed against me for giving them the truth about their sins. Don't deceive yourselves.
"The news media didn't even know it was a verse! ... They thought I was just mouthing off. 'Is homosexual behavior a sin?' the [GQ interview] guy asked me. I said, 'Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Don't be deceived.'
"Neither the sexually immoral, nor the idolators, nor adulterers, nor male prostitutes, nor homosexual offenders, nor thieves, nor greedy, nor drunkards, nor slanderers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God - I gave him the rest of the story," he continued, paraphrasing a verse from Corinthians. "I gave him the bad news, and then I gave him the good news."
Robertson’s previous anti-gay comments led to his brief suspension from the show and made the popular reality show lose close to half of its viewership.
A&E had addressed his remarks at the time, in a statement released by TMZ, saying: “We are extremely disappointed to have read Phil Robertson's comments in GQ, which are based on his own personal beliefs and are not reflected in the series 'Duck Dynasty'.”
“Duck Dynasty” Season 6 is scheduled to debut on June 11.
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