(CNSNews.com) – Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson, who has been criticized for his Bible-based views on homosexuality, is releasing The Duck Commander Faith and Family Bible in October, which is co-edited with his oldest son, Pastor Al Robertson.
The Duck Commander Bible uses the King James Version of the Bible and, according to publisher Thomas Nelson, will focus on the Robertsons’ five core values: Faith, Family, Fellowship, Forgiveness and Freedom. The Faith and Family Bible will include 30 life-changing testimonials and 125 “Set Your Sights” features from the father and son editing team.
“This is just one more way that we can present, as ministers, the message of Jesus to the world around us,” said Phil Robertson in a statement from the publisher.
Al Robertson, who is pastor at White’s Ferry Road Church in West Monroe, La., and who appears on the highly popular Duck Dynasty program on the A&E network, said, “One of the things Dad and I are excited about for this Bible project, is that it’s timeless because it’s connected to the Word of God.”
According to the publisher, the 30 testimonials “are stories from Al and Phil on how they’ve seen God transform lives and accomplish His plans for people, while the 125 Set Your Sights features unwrap the five core values of Faith, Family, Fellowship, Forgiveness and Freedom as they related to the most crucial topics people are asking about today, such as suffering, fear, wisdom, money, hope, and many others.”
The The Duck Commander Faith and Family Bible also includes a “reading plan for a ‘personal time’ of 52 plans with Phil and 52 plans with Al,” said the publisher.
“The Robertson family members are well-known for living out their core values in their everyday lives, so the insights and stories from Phil and Al show how God works in the lives of people regardless of the situation or circumstance,” said Thomas Nelson.
Duck Dynasty is the most popular reality-TV program in cable history with an average 10.5 million viewers per episode.
Last December, Phil Robertson was suspended “indefinitely” from Duck Dynasty by A&E officials because he criticized homosexual behavior in an interview for GQ magazine. Robertson said it was illogical and sinful for a man to prefer another man’s anus over a woman’s vagina.
When asked what was sinful, he said, “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.” Robertson then paraphrased Corinthians (I,6:9-10), “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.”
A&E’s suspension of Phil Robertson sparked a national debate over free speech and religious liberty, and caused a massive backlash from supporters of the program. In reaction, A&E ended the suspension after 10 days.
Earlier this year, in April, Phil Robertson repeated his views on homosexual behavior, explaining that it was sinful because God Himself said so in the New Testament. Speaking at the White’s Ferry Road Church in April, the senior Robertson said, “They were mad at me. Because of instead of acknowledging their sin, like you had better do, they railed against me for giving them the truth about their sin."
“Don’t deceive yourselves,” he said. “You want the verse? 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.”
“Neither the sexually immoral, nor the idolaters, nor adulterers, nor male prostitutes, nor homosexual predators, nor thieves, nor greedy, nor drunkards, nor slanderers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God,” said Robertson. “I gave you the rest of the story.”
“I gave you the bad news and then I gave you the good news,” he said. “I said the Apostle Paul then said, ‘and that’s what some of you were.’ I was in that camp. I’ve been in that camp. That list of sins covered me in my past life. Does it cover you?”