|Certain topics. While it isn't necessarily the position of the church as a whole I do want you to
know what I'm thinking on some of the relevant topics of the day in which we live.
I will try to update this on a weekly basis and keep the posts up as long as possible. If you
have a topic that you would like to see addressed, just send me a note on email Pastor Chuck ,
and I'll see what I can do.
|Duck, The World Wants to Silence You!
The Recent controversy over Phil Robertson (patriarch) of “Duck Dynasty) has caused me to think about
the Christians responsibility to speak out in a culture that is definitely opposed to the Gospel. Some have
wanted to place blame on Robertson for how he said certain things, some have accused him of being
unloving and mean spirited and some have even said that he mis-characterized Scripture.
The Bible is pretty clear (in both the Old and New Testaments) concerning sexual immorality, of which
homosexuality is listed. The Bible clearly states that these actions on the part of mankind are sin. Cp. 1
Corinthians 6:9, Romans 1:26-28 The root of the problem is that Sin was identified and named and we are
uncomfortable with that, we don't like it when we are called to account for our actions we would rather do
out own thing! In attacking what Robertson said they are really attacking the Bible (God's) stand on the
issue of immorality, but it is always easier to shoot the messenger!
In response some very vocal groups, in the gay community, took the company who hired Robertson to
task and demanded that he be silenced. That Company (the A&E Network) promptly took him off the
program. This act of hypocrisy (after all they hired the Robertson's knowing and profiting from their beliefs
to do a reality show about themselves) was clearly an attempt to promote those that they agree with and
silence the Christian testimony of the Robertson's. Clearly those who want Christians to tolerate their
point of view can't allow themselves to tolerate and competing view if it is declared to be God's view. Why
you may ask? I believe the answer is simple, they could accept you personally disagreeing with their
lifestyle, you have no authority over them. But when one brings God into the picture they cannot accept
the idea of a Sovereign who can and will judge them for their lifestyle. Thus they must break they own
stand on tolerance and be intolerant concerning that position.
So, should Phil Robertson have just been quiet? Should he have said it differently, in a unoffensive way?
Or should he simply stand on his Biblical belief and allow whatever the outcome, to be the outcome. The
Bible instructs us as believers to never be ashamed of the Gospel of Christ, an assures us that we will
always be cared for by Him who loves us, so taking a stand for righteousness is essential. This is where I
see the biggest problem for Christians, we desperately want to have the acceptance of the world and to
have it we must be silent. We must never claim the truth and authority of the Word of God, we must allow
anything and never say that the actions of others are sin. Then and only then will we be accepted by the
world in which we live. But beware, that is also the place where we become completely impotent in
declaring the Gospel to the World. Because without the reality of sin there is no reality of the need for a
I want to leave you with a few words of Scripture ( yes I still believe in the absolute Authority and
accuracy of the Bible) please consider them carefully if you claim to be a believer, and then ask yourself
“Will I be Silenced?”
Romans 10:9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart
that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10 For with the heart man believeth unto
righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 11 For the scripture saith,
Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.
Pastor Chuck Richardson