(CNSNews.com) – Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson, who sports a long beard, lives off the land, and boldly shares the Gospel is, in a way, a prophet like John the Baptist, said his son, Alan Robertson, adding that John the Baptist “lost his head for speaking the truth,” and though today’s culture doesn’t want to hear the truth, a prophet will “speak what God gives them to speak, and that’s what my dad does.”
Phil Robertson “has the heart and mindset of a prophet” and “he’s most compared, of course, to John the Baptist,” said Alan Robertson, a Christian minister, who further said that he is “always amazed how many people will make their way out” to the Robertson home to speak with his father about Christianity.
“Of course, we had to put up a gate ‘cause we had too many people coming out with the success of the show,” said Alan Robertson, speaking at the “Watchmen on the Wall” ministry gathering, sponsored by the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. “But how many people make their way out just to talk to my dad about the good news of Jesus Christ? And so he was a lot like John the Baptist. He is that guy.”
“Now I’m often reminded when I tell people John the Baptist that he also lost his head, for speaking the truth, right? In a culture that really wasn’t prepared to hear truth,” said Robertson. “And yet, you know what, that doesn’t change my dad’s view at all. Prophets tend to not care about their public image, 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,” said Alan Robertson, the oldest son in the family. “What’s interesting is how it came to be is phenomenal. It really was just one prayer on a television show.”
At the end of every episode of Duck Dynasty, the family gathers together for a meal and a Christian prayer of thanksgiving is said, often by Phil Robertson.
In his remarks to the “Watchmen on the Wall” attendees, Alan Robertson showed slides of artists’ depictions of John the Baptist alongside some photographs of his father, who grew up in a log cabin, and who for decades hunted and fished to help feed his family. Before the success of the Duck Commander duck-call business, the Robertsons commercially fished the Ouachita River in West Monroe, La.
Showing the slides, Alan Robertson said, “These are a couple of renderings I found of John. Of course, we don’t have a picture of him but this is kind of what they, people, have imagined him to look like -- and it looks sort of familiar, does it, to dad? Long hair, long beard, naturally camouflage, he ate off the land and he pointed people to Christ. He was a voice of one calling in the wilderness: Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for Him. John’s clothes were made of camel’s hair. He had a leather belt around his waist, his food was locusts and honey, people went out to him. And he said, I am the voice of one calling in the wilderness, make straight the way for the Lord.”
Alan Robertson, a cast member of Duck Dynasty, also is a minister at the White's Ferry Road Church in West Monroe, La.
Phil Robertson was suspended “indefinitely” from Duck Dynasty by the A&E network in December 2013 because of remarks he made in a GQ interview, saying that homosexual behavior was sinful and unnatural, citing Corinthians I (6:9-10) from the New Testament.
That suspension, however, sparked a national debate about free speech and religious liberty and caused a massive backlash, compelling A&E to end the suspension on Dec. 28. Duck Dynasty reportedly is the highest rated reality-TV show in cable history, with an average 10.5 million viewers per episode.When asked if he was surprised about the reaction to his remarks about sinful behavior, Phil Robertson told Fox’s Sean Hannity on May 30, “Surprised? Not at all. Blessed are you when men hate you, when they exclude you, when they insult you and reject your name as evil, Jesus said, because of the Son of Man. Leap for joy because great is your reward in Heaven. It goes with the territory, spiritual warfare. There is a Satan out there, an evil one, and if anyone that looks at our culture doesn't believe it, I would simply say, what, are you blind? It's pretty rough out there.”