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May 23rd, 2014 by Joel Watts

is #duckdynasty’s Phil Robertson a United Methodist?

Harvest Crusade 8/25/2013 #9

Harvest Crusade 8/25/2013 #9 (Photo credit: jus10h)

I guess Phil Robertson has preached a new sermon that references the controversy and makes fun of the reporters who didn’t understand he was simply quoting a verse or two. Honestly, the lack of religious knowledge reporters who report on religion astounds me. Anyone with a lick of ‘bible learning knew he was quoting Romans 1. Because he affirms his previous stance, the “controversy” is starting up again.

Personally, I think liberals need to understand people don’t always change their opinions based on polls or what others think about them. Some people actually believe what they say and say what they believe. I don’t get why this is controversial. It’s not like he is calling for their deaths en masse.

You know my positions on all of these issues, but recently I’ve been thinking. There are two statements that I think needs repeating from his earlier interview:

“You put in your article that the Robertson family really believes strongly that if the human race loved each other and they loved God, we would just be better off. We ought to just be repentant, turn to God, and let’s get on with it, and everything will turn around.”

And….

“We never, ever judge someone on who’s going to heaven, hell. That’s the Almighty’s job. We just love ’em, give ’em the good news about Jesus—whether they’re homosexuals, drunks, terrorists. We let God sort ’em out later, you see what I’m saying?”

Now, compare this from the Book of Discipline:

We affirm that all persons are individuals of sacred worth, created in the image of God. All persons need the ministry of the Church in their struggles for human fulfillment, as well as the spiritual and emotional care of a fellowship that enables reconciling relationships with God, with others, and with self. The United Methodist Church does not condone the practice of homosexuality and considers this practice incompatible with Christian teaching. We affirm that God’s grace is available to all. We will seek to live together in Christian community, welcoming, forgiving, and loving one another, as Christ has loved and accepted us.  We implore families and churches not to reject or condemn lesbian and gay members and friends. We commit ourselves to be in ministry for and with all persons.

via Human Sexuality – UMC.org.

I dunno… they say the same thing… one is covered in committeed-to-death nice words while the other is what that guy learned in Sunday School.

Basically – yup, sinners. Vile, disgusting sinners. But God loves them and we don’t want to judge them. But they are sinners.

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Joel Watts
Watts holds a MA in Theological Studies from United Theological Seminary. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of the Free State, analyzing Paul’s model of atonement in Galatians, as well as seeking an MA in Clinical Mental Health at Adams State University. He is the author of Mimetic Criticism of the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary (Wipf and Stock, 2013), a co-editor and contributor to From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls (Energion, 2013), and Praying in God's Theater, Meditations on the Book of Revelation (Wipf and Stock, 2014).

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2 Responses to “is #duckdynasty’s Phil Robertson a United Methodist?”
  1. Steve Kell says

    Perhaps in deference to the desire of our Lord (Jn 17) instead of identifying denominations, a better question might be: is Phil Robertson’s perspective in line with the church that Jesus built? Is he a member of that church? I would think so… although admittedly the body is so fractured and at times so contradictory in perspectives, it’s amazing our Lord even recognizes His body today, let alone the world, for whom unity is suppose to an apologetic.

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