Phil was suspended briefly from the show after giving an interview to GQ Magazine that homosexuality is a sin, a principle that all stripes of mainstream Christianity agree on.
During the controversy, Robertson was YouTubed while giving an Easter Sunday sermon at Whites Ferry Road Church in his hometown of West Monroe, Louisiana on April 20. In the footage, the 68-year-old expressed his anger at the outcry over his interview.
“They were mad at me,” he told the congregation in the tape. “You say, ‘why’d they get mad at you?’ Because 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.”
He continued his thought: “The news media didn’t even know it was a verse! They thought I was just mouthing off. “Is homosexual behavior a sin?” The guy asked me. I said, ‘Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Don’t be deceived.'”
Paraphrasing a verse from Corinthians, Robertson continued: ‘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.’
‘That list of sins covered me in my past life,’ he added. ‘We’ve all been there. The reason we’re here today is to remind us of the gospel that’s preached.’
It is nice to see Phil will never back down from his loving, charitable philosophy based on Biblical principles.
(Video via TMZ)