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May it never be! Let God be true, and every man a liar. As it is written: “So that you may be proved right when you speak and prevail when you judge.” (Ro 3:4)

What is Sin? A La Duck Dynasty

Phil Robertson was asked that question and because of his answer people have been criticizing him for giving an inappropriate answer because he is not a theologian. Which made me think, do you have to be a theologian to answer that question?

Are we to presuppose that only theologians are qualified to answer that question, and if so who qualifies as a theologian? The Pope? Brian McLaren? Joel Osteen? And what if they disagree on what sin is, and they do? Are the rest of us Christians just suppose to bump along in the dark and do what is right in our own eyes and not judge anything or anyone because we are not theologians therefore we just don’t know what sin is?

Kelly Wright on Fox News didn’t think Robertson should be so judgmental and should just leave it up to God to do the judging. Wright thinks we should emulate people like Joel Osteen and Joyce Meyer. I strenuously disagree with Wright. I will not get into the sins of Osteen and Meyer in this post but suffice to say that they are far from what any Christians should emulate.

Here are a couple of priests and a reporter on Fox News’s Sean Hannity program, with Father Jonathan Morris disparaging Robertson as just a Duck Caller and not a theologian.

While I agree with Morris trying to make the distinction between inclination and the act of homosexuality, he is just taking a cheap shot at Robertson. It is a cheap shot because although Robertson didn’t make that distinction but he didn’t need to in the context of that interview. He was clearly speaking of sin and not inclinations. Here is the quote from GQ.

“Start with homosexual behavior and just morph out from there. Bestiality, sleeping around with this woman and that woman and that woman and those men,” he says. Then he paraphrases Corinthians: “Don’t be deceived. Neither the adulterers, the idolaters, the male prostitutes, the homosexual offenders, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlers—they won’t inherit the kingdom of God. Don’t deceive yourself. It’s not right.”

Is Morris really saying that all the other sins that Robertson listed is fine as long as it is an inclination? Isn’t it clear, at the very least, in Robertson’s mind this was about the acting out of these behaviors? Of course it is.

What lesson should we learn from this whole conflict? Not only do Christians have to draw the line socially on what it means to be tolerant and push back for our constitutional right to speak freely about our beliefs without fear of being punished. It is high time that Christians must draw the line on what is judgmental and offensive. There are certainly gentle ways of telling people what sin is. But to merely state what is sin as Robertson did in answer to a question is not being offensive. If in the proper context we can’t even tell someone they are in sin then we have lost our saltiness and failed in our duty to proclaim the Gospel. We must push back not only on the culture that constantly seeks to marginalize and reduce Christianity to a benign do good philosophy, even more so we must push back on the so called Christians who for the sake of appeasing the culture and fail to proclaim what God has clearly declared as sin.

Let’s not forget the message of the Cross is offensive to those who are unrepentant. (Galatians 5:11 ESV) But if I, brothers, still preach circumcision, why am I still being persecuted? In that case the offense of the cross has been removed. (1 Peter 2:8 ESV) and “A stone of stumbling, and a rock of offense.” They stumble because they disobey the word, as they were destined to do.
Both Apostles told us that the Gospel and the Lord is an offense because it is contrary to what the hearts of sinners want to obey. And remember what the Lord told us before hand? (John 15:18-21 ESV) “If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. Remember the word that I said to you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will also keep yours. But all these things they will do to you on account of my name, because they do not know him who sent me. Why are we so eager to not to offend the world by hesitating to declare plainly the Gospel “what sin is”? Are we to please Men or God?

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One Response to “What is Sin? A La Duck Dynasty”

  • teleologist says:

    Randy Alcorn just tweeted this out. “An unholy world will never be won to Christ by an unholy church.”
    (James 4:4 ESV) You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.

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