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December 19th, 2013
01:49 PM ET

CNN Exclusive: Family pastor defends 'Duck Dynasty' star

By Daniel Burke, CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor
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(CNN) - While controversy swirled around Phil Robertson Wednesday evening, the "Duck Dynasty" patriarch was at his longtime church, praying for a young woman who suffers from cancer, the TV star's pastor told CNN in an exclusive interview.

"Phil led us in prayer," said Mike Kellett, senior pastor of White's Ferry Road Church of Christ in West Monroe, Louisiana. "There were greater things on our minds than the firestorm of controversy about this article."

Asked how Robertson is taking the fierce criticism of his remarks on homosexuality, Kellett said, "He's very calm, and very confident that if he serves the Lord, God will take care of everything."

Robertson, 67, was suspended by the A&E network on Wednesday after the publication of comments in GQ magazine. Citing the Bible, the outspoken Christian called homosexuality sinful and compared it to bestiality and drunkenness.

Robertson's remarks were a rough paraphrase of the New Testament, in which Paul catalogs a list of vices, including, in many Bible translations, homosexuality. Scholars and pastors disagree, however, about whether Paul's remarks should apply to modern gay and lesbian relationships.

Gay rights groups were outraged, calling Robertson's remarks "homophobic" and "hateful." A&E said it was "disappointed" by the comments, "which are based on his own beliefs and are not reflected in the series 'Duck Dynasty.' "

But Robertson, who looks a bit like an Old Testament prophet,  says conservative Christian beliefs and values have permeated every corner of his life ever he gave up his self-described heathen lifestyle as a honky-tonk operator in the 1970s.

"I myself am a product of the '60s; I centered my life around sex, drugs and rock and roll until I hit rock bottom Savior," Robertson said in a statement on Thursday. "My mission today is to go forth and tell people about why I follow Christ and also what the Bible teaches, and part of that teaching is that women and men are meant to be together."

‘Duck Dynasty’ reactions debate: Free speech or bigotry?

Robertson is an elder at White's Ferry Road Church of Christ, a nondenominational church that gathers around 1,200 worshippers on Sunday mornings. That means he offers spiritual counsel, helps teach the faith, hosts Bible studies and offers charity to the poor, Kellett said.

"He has literally helped bring hundreds of people to the Lord," the pastor added.

Robertson's son, Alan, co-pastored White Ferry with Kellet for eight years before joining the cast of "Duck Dynasty."

The show, which A&E says drew nearly 12 million viewers to the premiere of its fourth season in August, is enormously popular among conservative Christians, many of whom defended Robertson on social media Thursday. A online petition called "I Stand With Phil," garnered nearly 10,000 signatures by midday.

Opinion: ‘Duck Dynasty’ suspension doesn’t violate First Amendment

As Robertson's fame has grown, so has the size of his pulpit. He has preached at megachurch Pastor Rick Warren's Saddleback Church in California. Publishers peddle "The Duck Commander Devotional" and churches clamor for guest appearances by the Robertson family.

“We’re kind of the John the Baptists of the 21st century," Alan Robertson has said. "It’s how you imagine, with the wild hair and the locusts."

Kellett said his church backs Robertson, whose family is nearly royalty in West Monroe, a city of 13,000 in northern Louisiana. "We support the Robertson family, and strongly believe in our Bibles and in Jesus Christ as lord."

The pastor said he agrees with Phil Robertson's comments about homosexuality and is concerned about his critics' treatment of Christianity.

"I think it's unfortunate that when you quote the Bible people get upset about one particular sin that always seems to get a lot of attention," Kellett said. "But sometimes the Bible is going to rub folks the wrong way."

Palin and Jindal weigh in

- CNN Religion Editor

Filed under: Belief • Bible • Celebrity • Christianity • Culture wars • Discrimination • evangelicals • Faith & Health • Gay marriage • Gay rights • gender issues

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  1. Grumpster

    Derp Dynasty....extends into the church.

    December 23, 2013 at 9:29 am |
  2. Askmehow

    Incredible the amount of pedophiles that support this sick man.
    A man who tells other men to marry girls when they're ABOUT 15 or 16.
    Last time I checked that's pedophilia. Sounds just like David Koresh or Jeff Warren. Sick!

    December 23, 2013 at 8:50 am |
  3. Barry Obama, community organizer

    You folks that still cling to your guns and religion have no place in Obamanation.

    December 23, 2013 at 8:14 am |
    • obamahavardlaw

      community college dropout, who thinks being white means being smart.

      December 23, 2013 at 8:33 am |
      • lol??

        King Herod didn't have the proper birth certificate either.

        December 23, 2013 at 9:07 am |
    • ellid

      Hate to tell you this, old sport, but I belong to a church. As for guns, I am exercising my 10th Amendment right NOT to own one since I neither hunt, live in a dangerous area, own a farm, nor target shoot.

      Deal with it.

      December 23, 2013 at 9:42 am |
  4. Lucky

    People need to read the Bible and study

    December 23, 2013 at 7:49 am |
    • igaftr

      No...people certainly do not need the bible.

      December 23, 2013 at 8:28 am |
    • WASP

      i agree, it's the fastest way to become ATHEIST. lmao

      December 23, 2013 at 8:32 am |
      • John Sharp

        exactly, those who actually do "read" this book are sure to see the psychopathic god they worship.

        December 23, 2013 at 8:47 am |
    • spudnik56

      Only if you have the IQ of a walnut...

      December 23, 2013 at 8:50 am |
    • Grumpster

      NO, they absolutely do not need a bible. They need some science books, history books, physics books and some teachers that don't push this fiction of religion as factual or possible. The simple fact that there are SO many religions shows that it is not possible for any of them to be real. People have the same need to reduce the unknown, and instead replace it with mythos. Prayer is worthless.

      December 23, 2013 at 9:29 am |
    • sonny chapman

      Need to separate what JESUS said in the Four Gospels from what the Hebrews said in the Old Testament & what the Early Christians( St. Paul), mostly Hebrews, said in the New Testament. When asking WWJD ? Read fro yourself what JESUS actually said.

      December 23, 2013 at 11:15 am |
      • doobzz

        Like when he called a Canaanite woman a dog?

        December 23, 2013 at 11:20 am |
        • sonny chapman

          What passage & what edition of the Bible are you referring to ?

          December 23, 2013 at 11:26 am |
        • doobzz

          The same passage that Christians typically ignore in favor of the prettier, more easily rationalized verses.

          As far as editions go, why does that matter? I thought the bible is the word of god, eternal and unchanging.

          December 23, 2013 at 11:31 am |
        • sonny chapman

          I just asked for a passage & edition citing. Not all Bibles read the same. King James is very stern English. New American is closer to the exact Greek w/explanations of different interpretations of words & meaning. Quite scholarly.

          December 23, 2013 at 12:06 pm |
        • doobzz

          I've studied the bible in English, Latin, Greek, Hebrew, Aramaic, and Koine, so you can pick any version you like.

          December 23, 2013 at 12:10 pm |
        • sonny chapman

          Just tell me the verse so I can look it up for myself.

          December 23, 2013 at 12:31 pm |
        • doobzz

          Look it up yourself, I'm not here to do your work for you.

          December 23, 2013 at 12:35 pm |
        • sonny chapman

          Wonderful answer. Good to know you're sooo sure of what you say that you refuse to let others check your homework.

          December 23, 2013 at 12:55 pm |
        • doobzz

          Your inability to use Google doesn't invalidate my question.

          Look it up yourself and come up with a response on your own.

          December 23, 2013 at 1:00 pm |
        • sonny chapman

          Forget it. This was a waste of time.

          December 23, 2013 at 1:17 pm |
        • doobzz

          The story I'm referring to is in every version of the bible, so I don't know why the version should make a difference. If the bible is the word of god, all versions should be equally valid.

          Seems that you should be able to google "Jesus" and "Canaanite woman", and formulate a response to my question. Unless you don't know the bible as well as you portray. Or you want to pin me to a particular version so you can argue "translational error".

          Do you deny that Jesus called a Canaanite woman a dog?

          December 23, 2013 at 1:34 pm |
        • sonny chapman

          Matthew 15,21. It was still a waste of time with this dumb "look it up yourself". Calling her a dog, like Hebrews did to those not their own (even today), was crass. But he did follow it up by granting her request. A Preliminary to the Message that his Message was for all, Jew & Gentile.

          December 23, 2013 at 2:27 pm |
        • doobzz

          It shouldn't have even been an issue – you should have looked it up and formulated a response first if time is of such essence to you.

          He granted her request only after ignoring her several attempts and debasing her by forcing her to admit that she was a dog only deserving crumbs from the master's table. He was being a dick for no other reason but that he could.

          So crass is putting it mildly, he was bigoted and a bully. Thanks for finally answering my question about WWJD.

          December 23, 2013 at 3:59 pm |
        • sonny chapman

          Kinda like you were when you wanted to play ping pong instead just giving me the Passage so that we MIGHT then try to have a discussion.

          December 23, 2013 at 4:45 pm |
        • doobzz

          You could have avoided the whole thing by coming into the conversation prepared. The whole what version are you using is such an obvious dodge.

          Still, you answered the question and admitted that Jesus was a bigot and a bully.

          December 23, 2013 at 5:10 pm |
      • sonny chapman

        I didn't say Jesus was being a bully. You said that. What I said was that he used the crass language of his people & then granted her request because she had Faith in the CREATOR. A lesson down the line to his followers that the LOVE of the Creator is for ALL Mankind, not just those who feel that they are the Chosen Folks. P.S.-You coulda saved me time & effort by just giving me the Passage if you had it handy. I would have looked it up myself. I wasn't trying to play some "version" game.

        December 24, 2013 at 10:35 am |
  5. lol??

    The A&A's that insist Hitler was a representative Christian now have their own chaplain, rabbi, father, and leader amongst men. Congrats on yer assimilation and the possibility of developing more coherent doctrine and dogma. Send your offerings to Chris Stedman, Assistant Humanist Chaplain at Harvard University. Honorary degrees are on the horizon.
    A&A's are now,
    HAHA's.
    Humanist Atheists Harvard Agnostics

    December 23, 2013 at 7:27 am |
    • truthprevails1

      Hitler was a christian. Now go and seek out your nurse and gets your morning injection, the delusions you suffer from are bad today.

      December 23, 2013 at 7:34 am |
      • lol??

        Obey the leaders in yer movement.

        December 23, 2013 at 8:01 am |
        • truthprevails1

          What leaders? What movement? What is 'yer'...care to define that?

          December 23, 2013 at 8:02 am |
  6. religion; a way to control the weak minded

    LOL @ all of the bible thumpers here trying to quote bible verses as the word of god when in actuality, those words are nothing but the words of many men......shame

    December 23, 2013 at 6:38 am |
    • Dr. Mark Lynch

      You do not know what you are talking about. For "All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works." Furthermore "We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts: Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost." Take that you non believing pagan!

      December 23, 2013 at 7:10 am |
      • Robert Constant

        The book of Genesis makes clear that the Earth is flat and the sun, planets and stars move above it. What di you think about that?

        December 23, 2013 at 7:13 am |
        • Dr. Mark Lynch

          Well my friend there again you do not know what you are talking about! "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day. And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters. And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so. And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day. And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so. And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good. And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so.And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
          And the evening and the morning were the third day. And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years: And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so. And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also. And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth, And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good. And the evening and the morning were the fourth day. And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven. And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good. And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth. And the evening and the morning were the fifth day. And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so. And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good. And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat. And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so. And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day." Show me where God said the world was flat when He created it.

          December 23, 2013 at 7:22 am |
        • bacbik

          @"Dr." Mark Lynch

          too long... too boring... too much unnecessary capitalization... too much BS...

          December 23, 2013 at 9:20 am |
        • doobzz

          I love it when people cut and paste pages and pages of the bible instead of a well thought out, reasonable response.

          December 23, 2013 at 11:27 am |
      • Science Works

        Dr. Mark Lynch

        And there is a new tool/app that creates ghosts. (not for general public yet)

        December 23, 2013 at 7:18 am |
      • religion; a way to control the weak minded

        LOL I find it very hard that you are a doctor, yet are so gullible to believe a human when they say they are inspired by god to write a book...........

        December 23, 2013 at 7:45 am |
        • Dr. Mark Lynch

          Hey fellow I simply believe the Bible not what man says. However since all the Bible writers were moved and inspired to write the Bible by God the Holy Spirit I believe it because it is the WORD OF GOD.

          December 23, 2013 at 8:10 am |
        • igaftr

          Dr. Mark.

          What sort of "doctor" are you. I would have figured you would have had to study some science, but you blindly accept withourt ANY evidence that the bible had anything to do with any deities.

          Which god, how do you know it was "inspired" by any gods?. Why , if it was inspired, why is it so wrong in so many places.
          There is no logic nor reason that one can use to make a conclusion that any gods had anything to do with the bible, and LOTS of evidence showing that men created the bible with all it of its flaws, including the parts that have been proven wrong by various sciences.

          December 23, 2013 at 8:38 am |
        • Dr. Mark Lynch

          First of all I Have Doctorate Degrees in Theology, Ministry and Divinity all Christian education. Secondly there is only One God and His name is Jehovah, he eternally exist as God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. There are no other gods, there are many false gods. Furthermore I do not blindly accept anything. I accept the fact that the Bible is true and contains no mistakes or errors. I know the Bible was inspired by God because it tells us it was, "All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works." Furthermore the Bible is not "wrong" in any area, the problem is that many people try to prove things that the Bible state are false but it has never been proven inaccurate. As a matter of fact if you will check many scientific papers today you will find that more and more scientist are realizing that the accounts found in scripture are very accurate based on their recent findings. Furthermore, if you want to believe some scientist over the Bible go right ahead but the Bible is truth and never changes but scientific findings change everyday. I don't know where you got your information but the Bible has never been proven inaccurate but more and more evidence is being unearthed everyday to prove its validity. Scripture will always interpret scripture you simply have to study it fully, Old Testament and New Testament.

          December 23, 2013 at 9:01 am |
        • religion; a way to control the weak minded

          "Hey fellow I simply believe the Bible not what man says. However since all the Bible writers were moved and inspired to write the Bible by God the Holy Spirit I believe it because it is the WORD OF GOD."

          lol and again, you believe a bunch of men when they said they were inspired...you have no idea if that is true or not and chances are its not. AGAIN, that book was written and edited by many men over many years....no god required.

          Now please feel free to use sources other than the bible to prove your claims....you cannot. At least be humble and admit you dont know, you speculate.

          December 23, 2013 at 8:46 am |
        • igaftr

          AHHH, so a "doctor". Like a doctor of harry potter, or a doctor of The silmarillian.

          That's why you don't apply science to your thinking, you aren't a valid doctor. That explains it.

          December 23, 2013 at 9:13 am |
        • Dr. Mark Lynch

          I am a valid Doctor in God's eyes and that is all that matters.

          December 23, 2013 at 9:24 am |
        • Pop quiz!

          Doc Lynch, can you give us any of the names of the 500 witnesses that Paul spoke of?

          December 23, 2013 at 9:30 am |
        • igaftr

          That's funny.. a doctor in gods eyes....

          There are none so blind as those who think an often proven wrong book helps them see. Your mind is too far closed for you to be able to see reality.

          Good luck "doctor"....(which by the way, is an affront to actual doctors.)

          December 23, 2013 at 9:33 am |
        • jj

          "I am a valid Doctor in God's eyes and that is all that matters."

          One of the scariest quotes of all time.

          December 23, 2013 at 9:34 am |
        • Cpt. Obvious

          Any book that contradicts itself, in even some very minor way, is demonstrably not "true" and cannot be "completely" believed, because of the cognitive dissonance brought about by the contradiction. The believer must choose one of the passages to be believed and the other to be disbelieved. Sure, they'll use some mechanism of interpretation or whatever to "explain" why they feel it is important to ignore one passage and believe the other, but the fact remains, they must provide some explanation, and THAT is the proof.

          December 23, 2013 at 12:05 pm |
        • Cpt. Obvious

          I am a god in the eyes of hebrew god, and that's all that matters. (Psalm 82; John 10). Who needs a doctorate when you're a god?

          December 23, 2013 at 12:09 pm |
      • truthprevails1

        "Take that you non believing pagan!"

        Awesome, just keep burying your belief system. Didn't your god preach tolerance and love? You're not showing that by making such a rude statement. Being a bible scholar is not something to be proud of, it's like saying you're a scholar of Harry Potter or Santa or unicorns. Stop claiming your interpretation is the only correct one, I could point you to many who would disagree and who are much better christians than you come across as.

        December 23, 2013 at 7:50 am |
        • Dr. Mark Lynch

          Don't send out such rude comments unless you expect to get them in return.

          December 23, 2013 at 8:06 am |
        • truthprevails1

          I quoted your words. I also gave my opinion of what you have claimed and stated.
          I'm sure you're a good person but snide remarks like the one you made, don't help your side. Pagans obviously don't think you're correct and if they turned that statement around on you, you'd be greatly offended. The ability to put the shoe on the other foot is usually not a bad thing.

          December 23, 2013 at 8:46 am |
      • drjehr

        Prove that is isn't just made up nonsense.

        December 23, 2013 at 9:19 am |
        • Dr. Mark Lynch

          I do not have to God proved it and proves it every day. You would not believe it if Jesus himself came to earth and told you it was God's word so what;s the point.

          December 23, 2013 at 9:21 am |
        • shawnna

          Jesus is not on the earth? Someone told me he dwells within each of us. Maybe that's what's wrong – he went away. Is he on another planet somewhere?

          December 23, 2013 at 9:33 am |
      • Douglas

        Are you some kind of a nut? Go put your head back in the sand and stop pushing your baloney on the rest of the world. I suppose you believe in Santa, the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy as well.

        December 23, 2013 at 9:48 am |
  7. mary

    All this guy did was repeat what the bible says sin is..
    And the wages of "sin" according to the bible..
    So
    He simply repeated what is in the bible..
    So how is it, that by repeating what is written. And believes..
    That he deserves wrath for what he believes?
    Can't he believe what he wants?? The gays do~!! 🙁

    December 23, 2013 at 3:59 am |
    • What part of the Bible is this in?

      "They are insolent, arrogant, God-haters. They are heartless, they are faithless, they are senseless, they are ruthless. They invent ways to do evil.”

      Share with us the Biblical passage.

      December 23, 2013 at 4:01 am |
      • Observer

        NO atheist ever hated God. ONLY believers can do that.

        December 23, 2013 at 4:03 am |
      • What part of the Bible is this in?

        Mary, that quote refutes your claim that he was only stating what's in the Bible. Care to admit your error?

        December 23, 2013 at 4:27 am |
    • Observer

      mary,

      Do you support EVERTHING in the Bible (slavery, etc.) or are you a HYPOCRITE who picks and chooses like he does?

      December 23, 2013 at 4:02 am |
      • mary

        Well, if a person were to actually study the bible as a text..You might understand how things changed over time, and why life was as it was at the time those things existed.. God's opinion on it..
        Many things in the bible were not "facts", but were actually examples and condemnations over certain held beliefs.. They were not condoned..
        So spend years studying the bible as a text..
        Then get back to me… Cause the bible is complex. There is no single verse that stands alone..
        Would you read a few paragraphs out of a book and think you can come away understanding the story at all?
        Well, the bible is the same..

        December 23, 2013 at 4:13 am |
        • Observer

          mary,

          Get serious. Skip the STALLING.

          Do you support slavery and beating children with rods LIKE the Bible does? Yes or no?

          December 23, 2013 at 4:15 am |
        • mary

          Observer..
          You are no quite as smart as you think you are..
          YOu are snarky and argumentative.. But not smart..
          I'm not going to get into a pi–ing fight with you.. Your young and silly..

          December 23, 2013 at 4:23 am |
        • Observer

          mary,

          HIDING from answering questions actually does answer them. But we BOTH knew what the answers would be anyway.

          Your failure to answer only fooled yourself.

          December 23, 2013 at 4:28 am |
        • Divdar

          It looks like Observer has taken his/her own interpretation of the Bible and believes that is how everyone interprets it. That's shallow thinking. I have never found anything in the Bible that says slavery or child abuse is right. Have chapter and verse of what you are using for your basis? I probably gain a different meaning. And, no, I'm not cherry picking out of the Bible just because I don't believe the same as you.

          December 23, 2013 at 9:33 am |
    • truthprevails1

      What he believes is not true or based on any evidence, just a faint understanding of how primitive man thought. Gays are not harming anyone and don't deserve discriminated against by hillbillies who are hypocrites and don't follow the book themselves, it speaks of greed and yet he is worth millions. A&E has done themselves and the viewers great justice by not tolerating people like him, I only hope more stations take a stand against this sort of harmful nonsense.

      December 23, 2013 at 5:36 am |
    • religion; a way to control the weak minded

      LOL someone really needs to learn something outside the bible. No one is say8ing he cant have a belief or state that belief. But he doesn't have the right to keep his job after spouting such ignorance.

      December 23, 2013 at 7:47 am |
  8. mary

    Repeating what is written in the bible as it pertains to "sin"..Is not judging anyone.
    It is simply stating what the bible says "sin" is and how "sinners" will be judged by God..
    So in reality this guy is getting all this hate for believing in Gods word and having the nerve to repeat it???
    Wow..
    What is that they say about "shooting the messenger"???

    December 23, 2013 at 3:52 am |
    • Observer

      mary,

      Since there's little chance that he (and you) believe and support all of the Bible, why should he be such a HYPOCRITE and pick on people for not believing it all?

      December 23, 2013 at 3:56 am |
      • mary

        Thats not much of a argument for thinking someone should "think" your way is it???

        December 23, 2013 at 4:01 am |
        • Observer

          mary,

          So are you a PICK and CHOOSE HYPOCRITE?

          December 23, 2013 at 4:08 am |
        • mary

          Observer…

          You are name calling and clearly not open for discussion of any kind.

          December 23, 2013 at 4:17 am |
        • Observer

          mary,

          I didn't call you ANY names.

          Your stalling has actually ANSWERED my question. Thank you.

          December 23, 2013 at 4:21 am |
        • mary

          Observer..
          You are just an argumentative child.. With one agenda..And that is trying to be "right"..
          You are not open for discussion..
          Name calling makes talking to you . Pointless..
          YOu do not know the bible.. And can't speak on the subject because of that FACT..
          So name call all you want.. You do NOT know what you are talking about..

          December 23, 2013 at 4:27 am |
        • Observer

          mary

          "With one agenda..And that is trying to be "right".."

          Yes. Exactly. Sorry you aren't interested in truth.

          "Name calling makes talking to you . Pointless.." I NEVER called you a name. Is reading comprehension a MAJOR problem for you?

          December 23, 2013 at 4:31 am |
      • Dr. Mark Lynch

        I've got news for you my friend I am no hypocrite! I only state fact found in God's word! Just because you do not believe it does not make me a hypocrite! I live what I preach and I do not pick and chose scripture to live by but to illustrate points to you illiterate people who do not know the Bible or the truths therein. Nor do you know anything about interpreting scripture correctly! Does that make me a hypocrite or do you even know the meaning of the word hypocrite.

        December 23, 2013 at 4:15 am |
      • Dr. Mark Lynch

        And bty the way I do believe the whole Bible I simply know how to interpret it and evidently you do not!

        December 23, 2013 at 4:17 am |
        • Observer

          Dr. Mark Lynch,

          Do you support slavery like the Bible does? Yes or no?
          Do you support beating helpless children with rods like the Bible does? Yes or no?
          Do you support discrimination against the handicapped like God did in the Bible? Yes or no?

          December 23, 2013 at 4:24 am |
        • Dr. Mark Lynch

          No I do not support slavery of any king but once again you are not understanding dispensational time periods the Bible was written in. No I do not believe in beating children but I do believe in punishing them when they misbehave, but once again you do not understand dispensational time periods scripture was written in. No I do not support discrimination of any kind but once again you are taking scripture out of context and not understanding when it was written or who it was addressing at that time.

          December 23, 2013 at 4:30 am |
        • Observer

          Dr. Mark Lynch,

          You are trying to make excuses for the Bible PRETENDING that God's "morals" had to be politically correct for the time. Pitiful.

          Read a Bible someday so you can see what it says. Beating slaves is okay. Beating children is GOOD.

          Ooops!

          December 23, 2013 at 4:34 am |
        • Dr. Mark Lynch

          Well my friend as usual you do not know what you are talking about! I do not have to make excuses for what the Bible teaches. I simply teach the truth as it is printed in the pages of God's word. And for your information I have read the Bible several times and went through over 3000 hours of Seminary training along with 25 years of preaching the gospel. If you would actually open your eyes and read what I wrote you would see that I fully explained that there are different dispensational time periods in the Bible and God dealt with different people in different ways in every time period. You simply want to argue and it is pointless to argue with someone who knows as little as you do.

          December 23, 2013 at 4:49 am |
        • WASP

          @"DR" " once again you are taking scripture out of context and not understanding when it was written or who it was addressing at that time."

          so if the bible was written for the people of the corresponding time periods, then where is our "godly-inspired prophet" to write our "holy chapter in that book?"

          December 23, 2013 at 8:08 am |
        • Dr. Mark Lynch

          I did not say that the Bible was just written "for those people," I said what was written at that time was for them. Scripture tells us "All ( not just some) scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works." This proves that everything found written in the Holy Bible, Old and Mew Testaments, are useful for every age although it does not all apply directly to each generation. Paul stated that the Old Testament was written "for our examples in living a godly life, remembering how God judged His people for their sin, and to reveal our sin to us."

          December 23, 2013 at 8:19 am |
        • WASP

          @"DR": so slavery, child abuse and letting a whole village have their way with your daughters " are useful for every age although it does not all apply directly to each generation."

          now seeing jesus stated "“For truly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass the law until all is accomplished. Whoever then relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but he who does them and teaches them shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 5:18-19 RSV)

          so all the old laws still apply.

          December 23, 2013 at 8:30 am |
        • Dr. Mark Lynch

          No not necessarily. Jesus came to fulfill many of the Laws of the Old Testament one being the Law of blood sacrifice for remission of sin. Various Old Testament laws are still in effect such as most of the 10 commandments such as Thou shalt not kill, killing is still illegal, Thou shalt not steal, stealing is still illegal.However there are many of the Old Testament laws that were phased out during the New Testament. This is an intense study to lengthy to cover on here.

          December 23, 2013 at 8:41 am |
        • WASP

          @"DR": so out of the 613 orginal commandments, only ten are still relavent according to christians? hmmm that's odd seeing jews still follow all 613 because according to them JESUS failed to fullfill the prophecies laid before him to be able to have the name "christ"; thus to them JESUS was simply another prophet, not the chosen "son".

          so which of you is correct?
          god's chosen people: the jews or those that adapted their teachings?

          December 23, 2013 at 9:04 am |
        • Dr. Mark Lynch

          I did not say only ten were still in effect, I simply gave you an example of "some laws" still in effect. Furthermore the Orthodox Jew in Israel believe that Christ was never born and came to earth and died for the worlds sin, they are still waiting for Him. That is why they still hold many of the New Testament Festivals and many rituals that were done in Jesus; day.

          December 23, 2013 at 9:19 am |
        • igaftr

          Dr. Mark
          You have been misled. There are MANY places where Jesus syas that EVERY WORD of the OT is still the law of god. Nothing was phased out at all, Jesus just added new stuff...creating many contradictory rules.

          It is not that complicated.
          Look...they had the OT, but they started losing followers to their religion...influences from many places especially asia eroded the beliefs. They reacted by creating the NT, in it they created the Jesus character...the living embodiment of all the potential "good" a person is capable of, set against "satan" the living embodiment of all the potential "evil"...they are metaphors, nothing more....now take a heaping helping of the Buddha's teachings, re-affirm an attachemnet to god, by having the mmetaphoric character Jesus be the "son of god and god incarnate" and voila...The new testamant...ready for propogation to the people.

          December 23, 2013 at 9:09 am |
        • Dr. Mark Lynch

          No you are the one being mislead. If the Law of blood sacrifice had not been phased out and replaced by forgiveness by Christ shed blood we would all be bound for hell today.

          December 23, 2013 at 9:12 am |
        • WASP

          @"DR" " If the Law of blood sacrifice had not been phased out and replaced by forgiveness by Christ shed blood."

          now you have my attention, what verse does it say that "blood sacrifice" was negected/ fullfilled by jesus dying?

          December 23, 2013 at 9:27 am |
        • Dr. Mark Lynch

          Read the Book of Hebrews the whole Book deals with the two covenants. This will be my last post on any subject on here since most of those responding are non believers and it is pointless to argue back and forth with you forever. When you finally stand before Jesus at Judgment then you will know the truth.

          December 23, 2013 at 9:31 am |
        • Science Works

          So Dr Mark

          The doctrine of – fear of HELL is good fro children ?

          December 23, 2013 at 9:29 am |
        • igaftr

          No, I am not being misled, because I am not so gullible that I believe the bible considering it is wrong in so many places. You think it is real, and you don't see the MULTIPLE times Jesus allegedly says that every word of the OT is still the word of god, and that has not changed.

          Once you realize the whole story was created from other previous myths, and you see the politics of the region, then consider the phsychology ( oh sorry, that's an actual science, so you wouldn't understand it) of humanity as individuals and as groups, you can see the whole picture....the bible is no more valid than ANY other religious doc.ument, they were all created by men, and the first written propoganda...literally meaning it was created to propogate to the people to get them on the same page, to control them.

          It is unfortunate when I hear of such a "doctor"....such a waste of neurons to study a myth so fervently.

          December 23, 2013 at 9:46 am |
      • truthprevails1

        They all tend to forget what the bible says of greed also. Hypocrisy at its best.

        Before Dr Lynch tried to claim a misinterpretation of the bible, I'm curious as to what makes him the expert opposed to any of the other numerous interpretations of the book and why exactly should we accept his word over the word of people who have truly studied it-Matt Dillahunty, Hitchens, etc?

        December 23, 2013 at 5:30 am |
        • Dr. Mark Lynch

          Friend I never said I have all knowledge of the Bible only God is Omniscient or having all knowledge, However I have been a student of the Bible for over 40 years and have over 3000 hours of Seminary training and preaching for over 25 years so when I say I know my Bible I simply mean I have knowledge the Holy Spirit has given me and He can teach you all things. To that end I do know my Bible and I only speak the truth that God's Spirit shares with me, you may not believe it but that does not mean it is not true.

          December 23, 2013 at 5:43 am |
        • truthprevails1

          Numerous others would disagree with you.
          Why should we accept your interpretation over that of others who have also studied it extensively-Matt Dillahunty, Hitchens; Sam Harris?
          There is nothing to justify believing in your god or any other god.
          You speak what the bible says not the truth as you claim, in fact the bible contradicts itself greatly but I don't expect someone like you to see it that way. It is what you live by and as long as it is not used to justify denial of equal rights to others (gays, women, etc) all is good but the second it crosses that line it merits ridicule.Just because you believe it, doesn't make it true either.
          Have a wonderful holiday.

          December 23, 2013 at 5:53 am |
        • igaftr

          Funny again "doc"....just because you have spent countless hours studying a myth, does not make it real, and you would need proof in order to verify that it is truth. The fact that you call it truth, shows your bias, that you don't want ACTUAL truth, you just call truth that which you WANT to believe.

          December 23, 2013 at 10:22 am |
  9. Liz MCcall

    I have a question for Dr. Mark Lynch, who has told us of that terrible accident that left his wife so badly injured. I am sure everyone here was glad to learn that she recovered from what was obviously a "touch and go" situation. However, I am curious: Dr. Lynch, did you ask any of the emergency personnel who worked frantically to free your wife from the wreckage and get her to the hospital if they were gay before you allowed them to help her? Did you ask anyone at the hospital who rushed to treat her if they were gay? Or were you simply so thankful to God for giving so many the gift of caring and dedication to saving lives that it never crossed your mind? When my son was born prematurely and very ill, I prayed to God every second to save him, and I also thanked God at the same time for bestowing the gift of healing on those remarkable people who cared for, and about, both of us. I couldn't have cared less if the surgeon who performed a long and delicate operation, and then waited by my child's incubator for close to 14 hours afterward, had been wearing a tutu. God sent him on a path that sent him to us at a time of desperate need, and I will be forever thankful to both.

    December 23, 2013 at 3:19 am |
    • midwest rail

      I hope you don't expect a reply from "Dr" Lynch. Much can be learned about a poster by observing the questions they refuse to answer.

      December 23, 2013 at 8:22 am |
      • Dr. Mark Lynch

        I never refuse to answer a question. You may however not like the biblical answer but I am willing to answer any question you have.

        December 23, 2013 at 8:32 am |
        • Science Works

          The bone and was it from Adam ?

          Micro-Biomechanics of the Kebara 2 Hyoid and Its Implications for Speech in Neanderthals

          http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0082261

          December 23, 2013 at 8:57 am |
        • Science Works

          It is an easy question Dr Mark but looks like it is to hard for you – yes or no ?

          December 23, 2013 at 10:45 am |
        • midwest rail

          Then why have you thus far ignored the O.P.'s question ?

          December 23, 2013 at 12:22 pm |
  10. Atul C

    He was only talking about the sins, not the sinners and I didn't see him criticizing sinners.

    December 23, 2013 at 12:54 am |
    • Zippy

      "They are insolent, arrogant, God-haters. They are heartless, they are faithless, they are senseless, they are ruthless. They invent ways to do evil.” Phil Robertson

      Still want to stand by your cop-out?

      December 23, 2013 at 2:55 am |
      • Liz MCcall

        My first thought was that he was talking about Congress.

        December 23, 2013 at 3:31 am |
  11. Someone

    Duck Dynasty was promoted by A + E as a kind of realty show Beverly Hillbillies. As such, I really have no desire to watch it. Regardless of this man's faith, at the end of the day, he is still someone whose family made a bunch of money making duck calls from what I can tell from the ads.....I see no reason to listen to or respect his opinion any more than a common working man or woman who slaves away every day at a job.

    December 23, 2013 at 12:05 am |
  12. Concrete

    Those who judge will be judged.

    December 22, 2013 at 11:34 pm |
    • Reality # 2

      o The citizens of the USA judge every day as noted by the US Supreme Court, State Supreme courts and analogous judicial/jury venues across this great land.

      And there is some question as to whether Jesus even uttered Matt 7:1. For example, see http://www.faithfutures.org/JDB/jdb118.html

      December 23, 2013 at 12:20 am |
  13. butterflymia

    Right on Dr. Mark Lynch! I hope Phil preaches more than ever now! Then, when their contract with A&E is up, Phil takes his family "SHOPPING."

    December 22, 2013 at 11:33 pm |
  14. Rob McQueary

    Enjoy a unique vantage point... The Gospel According to Phil at http://rethinkxian.com/.../20/the-gospel-according-to-phil/.

    December 22, 2013 at 11:30 pm |
  15. calvin

    I really don't care.

    December 22, 2013 at 10:51 pm |
    • Really?

      You cared enough to leave a comment here though.

      December 23, 2013 at 2:26 am |
  16. BJ

    I'm proud of him too! We need more Christians to stand up for truth and righteousness. That's part of what we are here to do. To be salt and light.

    Matt 5:6 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. ESV

    December 22, 2013 at 10:45 pm |
    • Just Me & Nobody Else

      "They are insolent, arrogant, God-haters. They are heartless, they are faithless, they are senseless, they are ruthless. They invent ways to do evil.”
      ~Phil Robertson, 2010
      .
      [sarcasm]
      Yeah, that pretty much sums up every gay or lesbian I have ever known. They're just inventing ways to do evil.
      [/sarcasm]

      December 22, 2013 at 11:23 pm |
    • Free Holiday Nuts

      So BJ, I notice that you and several others here keep speaking generically about "truth". Maybe you can do better than the doctor below in demonstrating such a truth. I assume that when you are speaking of such truth that you mean an absolute divine truth – you know, directly from God. So can you demonstrate such a truth so that we will know that it is, in fact, directly from God? I'm really looking for some kind of evidence of such a truth that doesn't not involve subjective means or consensus because that really throws out the whold "absolute" or objective aspect of it. So what do you say, BJ?

      December 23, 2013 at 12:21 am |
    • edocol

      god is imaginary and the bible is fiction. LOL at your sad life.

      December 23, 2013 at 1:29 am |
      • Dr. Mark Lynch

        "The fool hath said in his heart that there is no God" so says scripture and all those who deny His existence will burn in the Lake of fire for all eternity so you just go on not believing and one day you will wish you had believed because every knee shall bow to Christ and every tongue shall confess to God and those who have denied His existence will pay the ultimate price, everlasting life burning in the lake of fire where the fire is never quenched and the worm dieth not. Satan will love to have you as his quest down there so he can watch you suffer for all eternity like he will one day.

        December 23, 2013 at 1:47 am |
        • Observer

          Dr. Mark Lynch,

          Do you believe EVERY word of the Bible (support for slavery, beating children, etc.) or are you just another HYPOCRITE who picks and chooses from it?

          December 23, 2013 at 1:53 am |
        • Dr. Mark Lynch

          I believe what the Bible teaches for scripture reveals "All scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable for rebuke, reproof, correction and instruction in righteousness so the man of God may be thoroughly furnished unto all good works." Furthermore you must fully understand that there are different dispensational time periods within the Bible and God dealt with people differently in each time period so what was used in the Old Testament concerning things such as God's wrath on whole nations because of their sin does not apply for today because of Christ and the period of grace we live in today. So when you try to say a person must believe the whole Bible in a vacuum is not correct. You have to evaluate the different time periods you are talking about to apply the teaching of scripture. But yes, I believe the whole Bible and I fully believe that it is inerrant or without mistakes or errors because it;s pages are fully inspired by the Holy Spirit. You may deny it, mock it, even refuse to believe it but that does not change the fact that it is truth.

          December 23, 2013 at 2:04 am |
        • Observer

          Dr. Mark Lynch,

          "You have to evaluate the different time periods you are talking about to apply the teaching of scripture. But yes, I believe the whole Bible and I fully believe that it is inerrant or without mistakes or errors because it;s pages are fully inspired by the Holy Spirit."

          So you must view the Bible as politically correct for the period? Forget about what is right, just go along with the times, right?

          Get serious. Tell me you support slavery and beating helpless children with rods for discipline. Skip the hypocrisy.

          December 23, 2013 at 2:20 am |
        • RobS

          Jesus was concerned about our (your) ability to be compassionate, merciful, forgiving and understanding of others. Jesus was definitely NOT interested in people judging other people. God will not judge you, you will be your own judge – that's the secret to this "judgement" thing. Remember the story of Jesus writing in the dust at the stoning of that woman? When you are face to face with the Truth of God and of yourself, then you'll see how well you fit into that Truth. It may descend on you like a hammer that you were not a loving, compassionate, understanding person. So, long story made short – before you accuse – first look in a mirror. Jesus essentially forced those self-righteous guys to look into the mirror, and yes, those guys were actually doing things (stoning) in accordance with their religious laws. So, don't be tossing folks into any "lake of fire" you will end up wishing you hadn't. God's Truth is forgiveness and mercy, NOT judgement and condemnation.

          December 23, 2013 at 3:15 am |
        • Dr. Mark Lynch

          Read Revelation Chapter 20 if you think God judges no one. No you are right God the Father will not judge anyone because scripture teaches that "All judgment will be dealt out by Christ the Son of God." However He is God the Son and I can assure you He will judge the saved for their works at the Bema Seat Judgement and the lost for their sin of rejecting Him as Saviour and Lord at the Great White Throne Judgment.

          December 23, 2013 at 4:38 am |
        • Free Holiday Nuts

          LOL – Revelation. Oh there's a piece of work. John of Patmos must have crashed his camel into a lake of bath salts on that island to come up with that mess.

          December 23, 2013 at 9:24 am |
  17. cwiz

    I'm proud of this man for standing up for his faith.

    December 22, 2013 at 10:08 pm |
    • BJ

      Me too.

      December 22, 2013 at 10:41 pm |
  18. Matt

    Sinners don't like to hear the truth. It's that simple.

    December 22, 2013 at 9:24 pm |
    • BeBoppin

      But aren't we all sinners? Judge not lest ye be judged.

      December 22, 2013 at 9:28 pm |
    • Free Holiday Nuts

      "truth"? what truth? The kind of truth that no one has ever been able to demonstrate to me an absolute truth objectively? That kind of "truth"?

      December 22, 2013 at 9:42 pm |
      • Dr. Mark Lynch

        My dear friend there is only ONE TRUTH and that is God's Holy Word. People have differing opinions, different ideas, and different views on everything in this life but there is only "one truth" and that is found in the pages of Holy Scriptures we know as the 1611 King James Bible translated from the Hebrew and Greek text that were written by men of God as they were moved by the Holy Spirit to write it. .People may deny the truth, they may reject the truth, they may even try to change the truth, but that will never change the truth. God's truth never changes because it is settled in Heaven. Opinions change but God is the same yesterday, today and forever and He never changes nor does His Word.

        December 22, 2013 at 10:01 pm |
        • Free Holiday Nuts

          Well gee Dr. Lynch, then can you demonstrate such "Truth" objectively so that we know you are not tainting things with subjectivity or consensus?

          December 22, 2013 at 10:32 pm |
        • Dr. Mark Lynch

          Sure I can! I never taint things I simply speak the truth found in scripture. When I teach, preach or witness to others I simply tell them what God's Word says, I never give my opinion about things. I have experienced so many things in my own life that prove to me that God's word is true. Such as when my wife and I were ran over by a train in 1981 and lost everything we had, our car, our home and even our health.She lay in the car pinned between the center console of my car and the front of the train. When they cut her out of the car, with the jaws of life, after prying it from the front of the train, her lungs were punctured, her pelvic was broken, she had 8 broke ribs, and her stomach was punctured and when she got to the hospital the Doctors gave her family no hope at all she would live due to her massive internal injuries, she was bleeding so bad they could not stop it, however when they left the operating room after giving up on her, God miraculously healed her and the blood stopped flowing. When we finally left the hospital I had to teach her how to walk all over again because of her injuries. During this time we fully trusted what God's word promised when Paul wrote, "All things work together for the good to those who love God and to those who are called according to His purpose." Though the present things did not look good at the time of the wreck, when we were suffering in the hospital and my wife literally died due to her internal injuries, we knew God would bring us through this and restore us once again. Now we are prosperous and healthy once again with no needs at all. I could go on and on telling you about story after story when I saw God work and His word proved to be truth but if you refuse to believe it any way it would be a waste of my time. Truth never changes, opinions, views and ideas do!

          December 22, 2013 at 10:55 pm |
        • Free Holiday Nuts

          Well I'm glad you got better. But how did you know it was God that healed you?

          December 23, 2013 at 12:14 am |
        • Free Holiday Nuts

          I mean your wife. How did you know it was God that healed her? Did he speak to you?

          December 23, 2013 at 12:36 am |
        • Dr. Mark Lynch

          Just as Jesus said to His disciples "f you have seen me you have seen the Father" the word of God speaks to us because it is the very Word of God given to man. Therefore when I read my bible and study it the Holy Spirit speaks to me in an inner voice which lets me know God is there. Scripture teaches us that God lives within every believer in the person of the Holy Spirit and that is how God speaks to us. When all human Doctors fail to heal and give up and a person is still healed miraculously without any earthly explanation it is well known that God, who is the "Great Physician" according to scripture, takes care of the inner healing. How else could you explain, if no one else is in the room, and a person who is literally bleeding to death, but a bunch of people start to pray to God and the bleeding stops immediately, that it was anyone else but God. He is Sovereign over the Universe and hears every prayer a believer prays, so when you are facing something and what you see is a miracle or unexplainable by human standards, it has to be God. There is no other rational explanation!

          December 23, 2013 at 12:50 am |
        • Michael

          I find the your attachment to the King James Bible rather amusing in this context. You do realize that King James I was gay, right? And although he didn't himself participate in the translation, he certainly left his stamp on what the translation. I hope you also realize that theologians, as well as scholars of Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek, have come a long way since the 16th century. I don't quite get why you assume the KJB of 1611 is the absolute truth when you can learn Greek and Hebrew and read 'the truth" in the original languages, where, presumably it ought to be even truer. 😉 I can read the NT in the original Greek. One thing that bit of education brought home to me is how difficult it is to figure out what the writers meant and how laughable is any claim to "biblical inerrancy." Do I believe? Yes. Do I believe any translation of the bible is absolute truth? Absolutely not.

          December 23, 2013 at 12:52 am |
        • Dr. Mark Lynch

          Well you can deny that the Bible is true but that does not change the fact that it is. For your information King James had no part in the translations he was the one who had it translated. Furthermore you have little grasp of the history of the bible as a whole. Originally 70 scholars took every old sea scroll they found into separate rooms and translated them from their original languages and when they were done all the translations matched exactly. When they were all put together in order of writing they assembled them in scrolls. After they had been put into the organized scrolls they were then all translated into English . It is far to long of an explanation to tell you every translation that came down from the Greek and Hebrew to the King James 1611 version but it was the first true interpretation from the Greek and Hebrew. Now people like you are those that would argue with a stump with little to no knowledge of real facts so I am not going to waste my time trying to explain things to you.

          December 23, 2013 at 1:02 am |
        • Free Holiday Nuts

          Sorry, but you are simply using the Bible as a demonstration of absolute truth. While you most likely think these go hand in hand to support one another, it doesn't really provide any kind of evidence of a divine truth. Of course, I could also say that you are using an ancient writing in an attempt to provide an objective demonstration, but a writing would be subjective (and may very well also involve consensus). I realize everything we read and write to each other here will involve subjectivity, but I was hoping you could at least describe what would be an objective demonstration.

          December 23, 2013 at 1:04 am |
        • Dr. Mark Lynch

          If my last answer did not prove to you that God's Word is truth it would do me no good to continue to try to teach you anything because you have already got in your mind that God's word is not truth but my friend one day you will find out what I was saying is true for Jesus says "every man will be judged by His truth found in scripture." Have a blessed day and a Merry Christmas.

          December 23, 2013 at 1:09 am |
        • Zippy

          I don't see anything but the circular logic of "The Bible is true because the Bible says it is true" in Mark's posts.

          December 23, 2013 at 2:57 am |
        • Dr. Mark Lynch

          There is no circular reasoning in "Truth." Truth stands all alone because it is the only thing you can really trust to be accurate. As I have already stated for you non believers "opinions change, ideas change, peoples views change, and people's thoughts in general change but God's truth found in scripture will never change. That is not saying that the original Bible will not be diluted down by the newer versions of the Bible such as the NIV Bible but what I am saying is the original truth of God's word will never change.

          December 23, 2013 at 3:13 am |
        • Observer

          Dr. Mark Lynch,

          While you are thoughtlessly telling people they deserve to go to hell, are you also informing all of your family and friends of their fate who are committing adultery through divorce and remarriage?.

          December 23, 2013 at 3:16 am |
        • Dr. Mark Lynch

          Than I guess Jesus was also thoughtless because He spoke the truth as well hum!

          December 23, 2013 at 4:24 am |
        • Zippy

          Huckleberry Finn's word will never change either. That's how books are.

          December 23, 2013 at 4:04 am |
        • Dr. Mark Lynch

          You're a moron and an idiot!

          December 23, 2013 at 4:07 am |
        • Observer

          Dr. Mark Lynch

          "You're a moron and an idiot!"

          A real doctor should know that they are synonyms. What is your "degree" in?

          December 23, 2013 at 4:19 am |
        • Dr. Mark Lynch

          Doctorate in Theology, Doctorate in Ministry, Doctorate in Divinity, Bachelor Degree in Christian and Grief Counseling, Bachelor of Arts in Marriage Counseling and a Bachelor in Christian Science.

          December 23, 2013 at 4:22 am |
        • Zippy

          Your logic is still circular and fallacious, and you are abusive for no reason.

          December 23, 2013 at 4:32 am |
        • Observer

          Dr. Mark Lynch

          "Doctorate in Theology, etc"

          Not surprising. A medical doctorate would have been far more impressive, including psychology or psychiatry.

          December 23, 2013 at 4:38 am |
        • Dr. Mark Lynch

          Ya but a degree in psychology or psychiatry.can't prepare you for preaching the Word of God. My Degrees were meant to help people get saved not physically well or mentally well.

          December 23, 2013 at 4:42 am |
        • Observer

          Dr. Mark Lynch

          "My Degrees were meant to help people get saved not physically well or mentally well."

          Yep. You have ZERO proof that you have succeeded, unlike medical doctors.

          December 23, 2013 at 4:45 am |
        • Dr. Mark Lynch

          I'm not on this planet to succeed in man's eyes like yours, I am here to please God not man and that is exactly what I do preaching the truth to people found in God;s word. Your opinion of me is irrelevant at best and pointless at worst and it simply does not matter to me what you think of me because I know God loves me and appreciates what I am doing for Him.

          December 23, 2013 at 4:53 am |
        • WASP

          @"DR" : so let me get this correct?
          in 1981, you and your wife were hit by a train...........and survived? why didn't you just tell the ambulance "take my wife home, i'll pray over her bleeding body and my all powerful god will heal her" since this isn't obviously a job any mere human can do.

          lmao, i guess ignorance is bliss, huh?
          so did he heal your wife in one night? or did it take time for her to heal?
          was she left with nightmares, or maybe scaring? if god can heal her from almost dying i'm certain her scars disappeared as well?

          December 23, 2013 at 8:52 am |
        • Award Notification Dept

          Dr. Mark Lynch, you have earned one of today's first awards for The Fundy Method of Inquiry and Verification. Congratulations!

          For others who may not understand the Fundy Method of Inquiry and Verification, it can be easily graphically explained as follows:

          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4YIj4rLYo0c

          December 23, 2013 at 9:14 am |
      • Mike Maxwell

        Pontius Pilate once asked Jesus that question, more or less.

        December 22, 2013 at 11:19 pm |
        • Free Holiday Nuts

          and . . .

          December 23, 2013 at 12:22 am |
      • Zippy

        At the bottom of everything, all you have is a presumption that it is true. There is not a shred of evidence that the presumption is true. You are asserting it is, but that is not proof either. It's pretty naive.

        Oh, and God's "truth" did change, didn't it? If it didn't, there would only be the Old Testament. But Jesus (supposedly) came along and changed God's unchangeabe truth. Changed all those laws. But it hasn't changed since, because it is in a book that is not allowed to be changed. Just like Huckleberry Finn.

        Think you can manage a response without abuse?

        December 23, 2013 at 4:58 am |
        • Dr. Mark Lynch

          One more person that does not know the Bible! Jesus did not come to do away with the Law but to fulfill it. If you knew anything you wold know that Jesus quoted the Old Testament many times in His life and teachings on earth. If you had lived my life you would know its truth just because you do not believe it does not mean it is not truth. Furthermore you need to read the Book of Hebrews and then you would understand why the New Testament was written. Well probably not as illiterate as you are about the Bible you probably wouldn't. However if all we had was the Old Testament Christ would have never been born into this world, man would still be living under the Law and true salvation and reconciliation with God would still not be attainable. If you had any knowledge at all about the Bible then you might possibly understand why the Old Testament was and why the New Testament was written but since you don;t you will probably never understand it. I have found it to be pointless to chat with you since all you want to do is argue and send smart remarks back. If you ever want to discuss things like a reasonable person then contact me at mlynch481@yahoo.com and I would love to share some real truth with you but if you simply want to argue and deny the truth then what is the point.

          December 23, 2013 at 5:27 am |
        • WASP

          @"DR": sure here is a reasonible discussion on the bible.
          1 KINGS VERSE 30-40.
          you can do whatever you like, gather as many "believers" as you want to attempt to summon your god to set fire to a water drenched pile of wood.
          if he does so then he is real and we can discuss your god more.
          if he fails to prove himself, then either;
          A) you and your followers are worthy, unlike elijah vs 400 BAAL followers
          B) HE ISN'T REAL, however unlike the end of that verse you will walk away alive, unlike the followers of BAAL.

          December 23, 2013 at 9:20 am |
  19. Juergen

    Robertson conveniently forgot the environment he grew up in re: how blacks were treated. He doesn't remember the "White Only" signs or the signs on the bathroom doors that said "No Neg(roes".

    He's also forgotten about segregation and the need for the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

    At best, he's an idi(ot.

    December 22, 2013 at 8:49 pm |
    • BeBoppin

      Everybody keeps quoting his remarks about gays but I personally think what he said about blacks in the segregated south was way more off base.

      December 22, 2013 at 9:18 pm |
  20. Get Real!

    This man was right on! Period!!

    December 22, 2013 at 7:51 pm |
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