NEW ORLEANS (CBS Houston/AP) — “Duck Dynasty” star Phil Robertson calls criticism of his comments about homosexuality part of a “spiritual warfare.”
Speaking to Fox News Thursday, the Robertson patriarch said he was not surprised of the controversy his comments at an Easter sermon caused.
“With me, it’s all a spiritual warfare,” Robertson said. “I’m wanting them to give their lives to God Almighty Jesus’ son and be saved from their sin and be saved from the grave one day.”
During an Easter sermon at Whites Ferry Road Church in West Monroe, La., last month, the Duck Commander founder ridiculed media coverage “blurring” the lines between “sinners” and homosexuals.
“They were mad at me,” he said in his sermon. “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.”
In December he set off a firestorm after GQ magazine quoted him linking homosexual behavior to bestiality. He also made racist statements.
A&E suspended him for nine days. Robertson issued an apology.
Robertson said it’s not his job to judge anyone, only God can do that.
“Our job is to go out there and show them that we love them. Tell them the good news,” Robertson explained to Fox News. “I would never judge or condemn anyone. I mean, the Almighty, that’s his job. I just give them the good news.”
Robertson also said Satan is trying to corrupt the world.
“There is a Satan out there, an evil one, and if anyone who looks at our culture who doesn’t believe it, I would simply say, ‘Are you blind?’ It’s pretty rough out there,” he told Fox News.
Robertson also spoke before the Republican Leadership Conference Thursday night, getting introduced by former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin.
He mostly stayed clear of partisan politics. He blasted separation of church and state and called abortion a “blight” on society. He drew applause and shouts of “Amen” in calling for a national Christian revival and describing himself as a “Christocrat.”
“If we don’t turn to God at a pretty rapid clip,” he said, “we’re going to lose the United States of America.”
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