WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — The pastor son of “Duck Dynasty” patriarch Phil Robertson compares his father to a prophet.
Speaking before the Family Research Council’s Watchmen on the Wall conference last week, Alan Robertson compared the Duck Commander founder to John the Baptist.
“My dad, Phil Robertson, he has the heart and the mindset of a prophet,” Robertson said. “Long hair, long beard, naturally camouflaged, he ate off the land and he pointed people to Christ.”
He continued: “He was a lot like John the Baptist. He is that guy.”
Wading into the controversy that suspended Phil Robertson from the popular A&E reality television show following his comments about homosexuality, Alan Robertson stated his father doesn’t care about his public perception.
“Prophets tend to not care about their public image,” Robertson told the audience. “They tend to talk about judgment as if it’s real and they speak what God gives them to speak, and that’s what my dad does.
“So he is, in that sense, a 21st century prophet.”
Phil Robertson has come under fire once again after an Easter sermon video went viral where he defended his anti-gay comments he made to GQ last December.
“They were mad at me,’ he told the Whites Ferry Road Church congregation in West Monroe, La., on April 21. “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.”
Robertson also paraphrased the Corinthians verse of Biblical “sinners.”
“Neither the sexually immoral, nor the idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes, nor homosexual offenders, nor thieves, nor greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.”
The elder Robertson’s comments to GQ left him suspended for nine days but A&E reinstated him following a public backlash against the network.
A&E declined to comment on the newest video.
“Duck Dynasty” is scheduled to begin its sixth season on June 11.
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