Mar

18

2013

Joe Carter|6:12 AM CT

9 Things You Should Know About Duck Dynasty

Duck Dynasty is a series on A&E that shows the lives of the Robertson family, a Louisiana clan who became wealthy from their family-operated duck call business. Here are nine things you should know about reality television's most gospel-centric family.

1. Long before he appeared on the hit A&E series, patriarch Phil Robertson was considered the "Billy Graham of duck hunting." His first public-speaking opportunity came in the early 1990s when he was asked to give a duck-calling seminar at the Superdome in New Orleans before 1,000 people. After talking about duck calls and hunting, Robertson reached into his bag and pulled out his Bible. "Folks, while I'm here," he said, "I think I'm gonna preach you a little sermon." Afterwards, he received other opportunities to speak and preach and was soon booked years in advance to talk to churches and other organizations.

2. In 2012, Duck Dynasty topped Facebook's list of most mentioned television shows. When the show returned this month for season three, the premiere was the most watched show of the night, beating out ratings giants American Idol and Modern Family.

3. Although the family is often shown praying at the end of each episode, Phil Robertson says that the show's producers are frequently uncomfortable with the family's strong Christian faith. "They pretty much cut out most of the spiritual things," Robertson told The Christian Chronicle. "We say them, but they just don't run them on the show."

4. All of the members of the Robertson family, as well as series regulars John Godwin and Justin Martin, are active members of the White's Ferry Road Church of Christ. Phil and his oldest son Al (who doesn't appear on the show) serve as church elders.

5. Uncle Si says he always travels with three things: a gallon jug of iced tea, his plastic cup, and his Bible. (He probably also takes his wife. Although the show often gives the impression Si is single, he's married to Christine. They too are active members of the White's Ferry Road church.)

6. Friends and relatives estimate that Phil Robertson has baptized more than 300 people in the river near his home, the Ouachita River.

7. Jase Robertson on faith and family.

8. Willie Robertson on faith and ministry.

9. Phil Robertson's testimony.

Joe Carter is an editor for The Gospel Coalition and the co-author of How to Argue Like Jesus: Learning Persuasion from History's Greatest Communicator. You can follow him on Twitter.

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  • Ben Wright

    Do we know what White's Ferry Road Church of Christ believes about the gospel?

    • Joe Carter

      I suppose we could discern what that church believes about the gospel from what one of their elder's says about it (see above).

      • Ben Wright

        Yes, I had seen the video. I'm grateful for everything it contains. Obviously, you recognize that the video doesn't address some pivotal gospel issues—issues that Churches of Christ speak differently about. (That's no criticism of Mr. Robertson, of course.)

    • Sean

      Of course this would be the first comment.

    • http://januaryrainstorm.blogspot.com/ Mark Zellner

      Ben, I have heard that the DD clan teaches baptism unto salvation, though I'm not sure this claim is substantiated.

      • K W

        I'm fairly confident that they teach what Peter said in Acts 2:38: "Repent and be baptized everyone of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit." They are also likely telling people what Ananias said to Saul in Acts 22:16: "What are you waiting for? Get up and be baptized washing away your sins."

        • K W

          Having said that, I think they believe that the blood of Christ is what does wash away sin, and that baptism is an act of faith demonstrating one's trust in the atoning sacrifice of Christ on the cross.

          • Candace Weiss

            No, they actually believe in baptismal regeneration...that you are not saved until you are baptized. In the church of Christ, baptism is essential to being saved, not an act of faith demonstrating that you've been saved by the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. That is very different from Baptist belief concerning baptism.

    • http://www.covenantcaswell.org John Carpenter

      This is what we meant by the doubt standard last January when discussing the "9 Things" selected about MLK.

      If the Duck Dynasty family is of the type of "Church of Christ" that says baptism in their church is necessary for salvation, that's a major problem. And what's interesting is that this time the GC isn't interested in it. A couple of months ago it was keenly interested in the theological short-comings of a major civil rights leader. Why the difference?

      • http://joel.furrow.wordpress.com joel

        My wife pointed this out to me the other day. I have been wondering the same thing. I don't want to jump to conclusions - but it is interesting that bearded white guys are ok, but a civil rights leader who took Matthew 5-7 literally is suspect.

    • Shari Banning

      I have been impressed with the message on Duck Dynasty. How do we contact A&E to protest this suspension?

  • Melissa

    It is my understanding that Church of Christ typically teaches that one MUST be baptized TO BE saved. It has been pointed out to me that the guys from Duck Dynasty use the language of "baptizing one into Christ" which of course may or may not mean they believe in baptismal regeneration as (some of ?)the Church of Christ teaches. I looked at the website for the church and they do not have a doctrinal statement posted. I know Church of Christ people that give the gospel and do not say you must be baptized but then they say if you haven't been baptized then you are not saved so the belief of baptism being necessary FOR salvation is not always included in their gospel presentation.

    • Chaz

      Church of Christ doctrine is usually elusive, and, rather than fleshing out doctrine in conversation, CoCers often will just quote scripture. Baptismal regeneration is a huge gospel issue and I'm surprised TGC did this piece...

    • Candace Weiss

      You are correct in your assumption.

    • Domenick Basolo

      Ok ok well the bible teaches that each church should be autonomous this includes the church of Christ so putting a label on the church of Christ would be impossible just for starters the reason for this is so that if one makes a mistake it doesn't effect the others for instance were I am from there are tons of churches of Christ only two of witch are conservative well the rest more liberal. Also there are still yet even other churches of Christ that are of a denomination such as the church of Christ our president had gone too that taught hate and couldn't be further from the true word of God. They do believe in being baptized and I agree they also make it very well known. You must be baptized in order to be saved. I guess my point is by saying I know church of Christ people and they all say this or that or some do this and some do that is true but not in the way one might think séance we are autonomous from each other though apart of the same body if they are teaching worshiping and being baptized correctly.

  • Melody

    It's sad that producers feel the need to cut out a whole side of someone. It leaves people with an incomplete view but you know that is what is drawing them.
    Please don't let people dissect and trash their faith in this forum.

    • NikosCarcosa

      The producers gave to give the show as broad an appeal as possible, and non-Christian viewers would be turned off by preaching or even consistent praise. I think the prayer at the end of the episode is touching and goes a long way toward showing their faith. No need to show it throughout the episode to get the point across.

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  • Tyler

    This is from the Whites Ferry Road Church of Christ's mobile website about what they believe about the Gospel. Straight from the pastor's mouths they believe the Gospel is the death, burial and resurrection of Christ for the forgiveness of sins and the restoration of mans relationship to God. They do not believe in baptismal regeneration, but that baptism is an act of obedience of the new life in man.

    http://www.wfrchurch.org/gospel_1.mov

    • Ben Wright

      Tyler, that's very helpful. Thanks for digging it up. Certainly one of the things that people committed to the gospel should know about Duck Dynasty.

    • http://jaredmoore.exaltchrist.com Jared Moore

      Tyler, that video proves the opposite of what you say. They don't believe you're saved until you're "baptized into Christ." They say in the video that you don't receive the Holy Spirit until you're baptized.

      • Tyler

        Jared,I hope I do not sound argumentative it is not my intention, just trying to share my thoughts.

        I do not believe they say anywhere at all in the video "You don't receive the Holy Spirit until your baptized."

        I do believe they make a clear gospel presentation of the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ. They say "this is the gospel we are to believe and place our faith into(has not mentioned baptism yet)." He follows what the gospel is with what a changed man should do as a first act of obedience to Christ, be baptized with water. We see all through out scripture once a person has faith and believes in Christ for salvation they are saved, and then following in a symbolic act of obedience are baptized.

        What he is explaining is that water baptism is a first act of obedience and that the Holy Spirit continues to guide us in how to be obedient to Christ. He says something like:

        "It (the Gospel)changes our lives, and in fact we give Him that when we tell Him we want You to be the Lord of our lives, we want you to guide us, and we want you to lead us. And we begin that new walk (A new walk by a new person in Christ, how can any of us be on a new walk other than if we are now in a redeemed state by Christ?)by being committed to Him to also immersing ourselves in water and coming forth to live a whole new life for Him(again referring to a symbolic act of repentance, obedience and faith) to bury an old man and live as a new. The precious Holy Spirit of God then residing to walk with us and to guide us(again referring to post salvation acts of repentant obedience) in newness."

        For the other guy let us think for a second what he is saying by being "baptized into Christ." It is possible that he is not referring to the symbolic act of water baptism, but very possible the spiritual act that Paul discusses in Romans 6:1-11. Having faith in and identifying with what Christ did for us as sinners Our old selves have been crucified with Him, buried with Him, and raised to a newness of life with Him.

        At the end the man on the left explains:
        "We as a family of God believe in the Gospel and its power to save us and that's our commitment to not only live that gospel lifestyle ourselves but to guide other people as well. We would love for you to know the Gospel, obey the Gospel, and see other people see the Gospel of Christ." Again no mention of water baptism while discussing the Gospel.

        "6 What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? 2 By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? 3 Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4 We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. 5 For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. 6 We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. 7 For one who has died has been set free from sin. 8 Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. 9 We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. 10 For the death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God. 11 So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus."

        Again these are just my thoughts, it is possible I could be wrong.

        • K W

          Tyler - I appreciate your thoughts on Romans 6:1-11, however, it's difficult to imagine that Paul, having said so much about baptism in his writings, and seeing how Peter clearly connects it with water in his writings (I Peter 3:20,21), and seeing that it's water baptism primarily in view throughout Acts, suddenly uses the term to refer to some spiritual, but not literal action called "baptism." There's an old saying: "If the plain sense, makes sense, seek no other sense." That may fit here in my view.

          • Bighoss

            Well stated, RW. It is truly a stretch to assert that the "baptism" of Romans 6: 1-11 is anything other than water baptism. The reason that stretch is so often attempted is obvious: If the subject of that passage is indeed water baptism, then it becomes inescapable that water baptism is inherently a part of the lost sinner's acceptance of the salvation offered through the grace of God and purchased with the blood of Jesus Christ.

        • Bill Shumate

          Tyler Thanks for your comments. As far as I am concerned they are right on. May God bless you and strengthen you in His kingdom.

    • Matthew

      That link doesn't work

  • George

    Like others have posted, there are a few things that I would love to sit down with these guys and talk through and see what their beliefs are on them. That being said, it is not our place on a forum to question their faith, Salvation, or testimony. Bottom line, the “Baptizing into faith” comment made in one of the videos throws some red flags for me. But if you watch and listen closely it seems clear that their Salvation is not place in being baptized or anything else they can do. It seems clear to me taht their hope of Salvation comes from putting their faith in the work of Christ on the cross and in his death, burial, and resurrection. And that there is the Gospel, Jack!

  • john

    I suppose if baptismal regeneration is antithetical to the gospel, i.e., baptismal regeneration is a different gospel, then Augustine is not saved.

    Having come out of the Church of Christ, I suggest reading more deeply into beliefs on baptism before suggesting that the view is actually a "baptismal regeneration" view. While they may argue that baptism is the point of salvation, they also argue that baptism means nothing without faith - that's a far cry from ex opere operato.

    John

    • Melissa

      I apologize if I misrepresented. I specifically said "(some of ?)" and "it is my understanding" and "people from the Church of Christ that I know".

    • http://jaredmoore.exaltchrist.com Jared Moore

      John, if I'm not mistaken, Augustine affirmed something similar to the Lutheran view of baptism. Baptism is a sacrament, but not essential for salvation.

      • John

        I suppose it depends on what we mean by "baptismal regeneration." Many I run into label anything that says, "you are saved at the point of baptism" as baptismal regeneration and a false gospel. Well, by that logic then Augustine affirmed it, and even Luther affirmed it when he says in his smaller catechism that water baptism "works forgiveness of sins" and "gives eternal salvation." Although, I do readily admit that Luther argued it was not mere application of water that saved - but informed COCers would argue that as well.

        Just for my own info, can you point me to where Luther or Augustine argues that baptism is not "essential for salvation?"

        Note - I don't affirm the COC baptism doctrine I was raised on, but it would be helpful for both COCers and Protestant Evangelicals to quit simply quoting theological shorthand towards one another and actually look at the nuances in one another's views. The words "Must one be baptized in order to be saved?" is a bit like asking the question, "Must a person love their neighbor in order to be saved?" Well. . . yes. . . and well . . . no. A COCer and a Protestant Evangelical in discussion about the essentiality of baptism generally don't recognize that they are approaching the question of essentiality from opposite ends - and they generally don't recognize where the other side is coming from - my experience at least.

  • http://annearvizu.com Anne A

    It is nice to see that a tiny slice of the reality show world stars are Believers. There are so many Reality Shows out there pushing spiritual and political agendas. That or they are simply built around showcasing dysfunction. Too bad the network doesn't show more of their Faith.

    • Sue-z

      I'm with you Ann on this! I'm praying the Lord will bring this about too...only God knows and is directing what seeds are being planted and watered in the hearts of the producers....ONLY GOD can make them grow....

  • http://calltoawareness.blogspot.com/ Eric Miller

    As a member of the Christian Churches/Churches of Christ I am extra proud to see thse guys out sharing their faith, baptizing, serving in the Church, and just being light for Jesus! We need more people like them from all Christian traditions! :)

    The COC has no central governing body fom which to draw doctrinal distictives from, but in keeping with our history and the history of the Church for 1500 years, most churches of Christ teach that baptism is part of God's salvation plan.

  • Jason

    It is truly annoying to read a bunch of Christians arguing about baptism on an article about Duck Dynasty... Here are three dudes that are publicly proclaiming the Gospel and the first comment we read is about "baptismal regeneration." Maybe I am being a cynical sally but keep these kind of arguments for the seminary classroom not a comment section in an article about a duck hunting show. I digress...

    • http://januaryrainstorm.blogspot.com/ Mark

      Not trying to be annoying Jason, and certainly no one is arguing. :) Just discussing. This is the stuff of our faith, so I find it entirely appropriate to talk about in the context of a TV show featuring Christians. It's just proper discernment. And not to be cynical sally myself, but a lot of celebrities claim to be "Christian" and are way off base (not saying these guys are) but it's always worth finding out what that means.

      • Scott

        These men made very clear proclamations of the Gospel and their hope in Christ Jesus for their salvation. No talk of baptismal generation, no talk of liberal doctrines, they weren't sly about it, nor do they act like the "Hollywood folks" your are so concerned about. Why not just take them for what they proclaim with their own mouths, that they are saved by faith in Christ by the grace of God?

  • Dan

    There are other Churches of Christ beside the ones of which some of you thinking. There ARE Churches of Christ you have to be VERY weary of, don't get me wrong. That's my old church background and I know all too well about that.
    But the guys on Duck Dynasty are not involved in that. I've looked at the White's Ferry Road Church of Christ content and it doesn't use the same language or have the same feel as the dangerous ones, nor does the DD church even align with the others in name (International Churches of Christ) or in mission. ICC has a very very strong and rather dangerous over-arching central governing body for a group of churches throughout the globe, the church the Robertsons attend does not.
    As far as church alignments is concerned, it all gets very messy and there are a lot of offshoots of Churches of Christ and what not but the DD guys don't seem dangerous.

  • Linda

    These guys are not preaching that everyone should become Church of Christ members, rather, everyone should know Jesus! I can't believe believers are arguing about the letter of the law when these heroes are out there sharing the spirit of the law. Remember the leaders of the Jewish faith in Christ's time...

  • MGrace

    Duck Dynasty is awesome! The Devil LOOOOVes it when he can create dissension amongst Christians. Don't fall for it! This is a wonderful evangelical tool ~ See it for what it IS! Praise God!

  • Melody

    Sharing the gospel should be simple. God said He uses the foolish didn't He? And yet I'm scared to death of sharing it wrong because I hear all the forum voices picking it apart.

  • http://www.thinkpoint.wordpress.com Steve Cornell

    My wife loves this show. I am a little slower about entering the duck world (and doubtful that I'll ever be converted to it). But I am grateful that wholesome TV still finds a huge audience. Let's not be so fast to believe the polls about secular majorities and diminished faith in society.

  • Amy Tittle

    RIGHT ON!!!
    Keep shoutin out the good news of Gods grace and Biblical truth!!

  • K W

    What is wrong with language that suggests one is baptized into Christ? Romans 6:3 - "...don't you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ were baptized into his death." Galatians 3:27- "for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ." Seems to me that a believer ought to be able to use the language of scripture to share his faith. Perhaps it's because much of evangelicism has understated baptisms role in our faith walk.

  • Faye Swain Glover

    The A& E should be ashamed not to show all the show.

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  • http://www.bobbysparks.blogspot.com Bobby Sparks

    Phil, summed up the gospel very well!

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  • Melissa Templeton

    How refreshing that the Robertson family loves the Lord and are not ashamed of the Gospel. THAT is how you use the media for good. Spread the great news of Jesus.

  • SuzanneT

    I started watching DD a few months ago.I appreciated the overall integrity that the show seemed to maintain (as compared to the other like-shows out there) and the prayer offered each night as the family gathers `round is especially refreshing. Even so, because this IS a TV show produced by/in a world where money is ultimately king, I mostly took their "faith" with a grain of salt and just enjoyed the show.

    Now that the evangelical world has caught on in a bigger way-at least in the circles I run, and because I care deeply about the integrity of the Gospel (whether portrayed for the world to see or just between two saints) I did some digging and have found, at least in my own estimation, Phil & Co.'s "talk" to square up well. Neither did I note red flags on the church's website.

    I don't know much about the Church Of Christ faith etc... and didn't delve too deeply there, also considering that it's getting harder to 'judge' an individual church by its denomination.

    I did find this 6 part video of Phil speaking at a church sponsored wild game feed. The man and his method may be very unique but he preaches a right Gospel. I loved it. :-)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_3MwBGsj7kw

  • A.L.M.

    Forget what the Publishers think. Keep up the good work. I am from an old Southern Family who loves God and had Revolutionary War heroes and circuit riding ministers. I myself have 2 Marine Sgts. We need some decency or the whole world is going to hell in a hand basket. Love hearing you testify. I have been a Christian for 50 years since the age of 12. All 5 of my grown children are. Praise God!

  • Roxie Preescott

    God bless you all! Absolutely LOVE the show!
    Roxie
    (preacher's wife in Iowa)

  • http://seattlepianomover.com Jon C

    Duck Dynasty seems to be on of the most watchable of all the reality shows out there. I am unclear why so many shows emphasize the dysfunctional aspects of relationships, and people. Yes, the Duck Dynasty Crew is quirky and silly sometimes, but at least they are just happy people living their lives. Sit back and enjoy the show!

  • Rusty Minter

    Being raised in the Church of Christ and my wifes family being from Louisiana, I can tell you that there's nothing the Robertsons want more than for folks to follow Christ. It doesn't matter how you decide to do it, or thru a COC or Baptist, or a non denominational group....the point is to show people that they are real, true followers of the word of Jesus and that you can have a reality show...a very POPULAR reality show....without all the drama, fighting, and bad language. Good people doing good things. Everyone just sit back and enjoy a good, quality, family show.

  • Nancy Topper

    I am thankful for a show on television that is not afraid to put forth the truth. A family that still believes in God, and a family that will tell about the Christian faith, which can be offensive to some due to the message of the need of repentance, with love and courage. Our world needs this. Please, those of you who love Jesus and have accepted Him as your Savior, don't put conditions on faith. This wonderful Robertson family dosn't, and people hearing for the first time do not need deep theological discussions. There is a place for that, but God made the plan of salvation simple for a reason. So it is available just by asking and accepting the Message!

  • Tim Harvell

    I'm not to cocerned with their faith they are lifting the name of JESUS ,Thats the bottom line ,what are we all doing to reach the lost!!

  • Daisy

    I accepted Christ and was baptized at a Christian/Church of Christ church. What they teach about baptism is very simple. It is done out of obedience and a profession of your faith in Jesus. I find it interesting that people are on here discussing this as well. I think churches have gotten so far away from the early church's teaching on baptism - we have too many people who just never get baptized and sit around and make excuses for it and then argue about churches that actually teach it is important and something that every Christian should do out of obedience. The funniest thing is that I just got home - saw this article on Facebook and on the drive home had listened on Moody Radio to a sermon on baptism - the importance of it- and why every Christian should do it and it should be an important part of their conversion - not something they wait years to do - by Alistair Begg. You can listen to it hear - for anyone who is curious what Christian churches teach about baptism - this is exactly what they teach and, in my opinion, it is straight out of the Bible. onhttp://www.truthforlife.org/broadcasts/2013/03/19/the-biblical-basis-for-baptism/

  • Bill Shumate

    I believe what you see is what you get with the Robertsons. They are lifting the name of Jesus and that is what counts. The thing we should worry about is any time someone is lifting up the name of Jesus, Satan will be making plans to stop them one way or another. We should pray that they will be able to continue to praise the name of Jesus.

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    I may never meet them in this life,but I pray I will at the feet of the lord;)

  • http://buildingchristianrelationships.com Lila S

    I am pleased to see the show and cast featured here and to be recognized for their faith. What I really appreciate is that all the cast/family have good relationships between each other. Shows like one about a family who builds motorcycles (you know the one) that emphasize bad communication, disrespect, breaking stuff, and fighting normalize these types of behavior.

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  • Gail wortham

    THANK YOU for renewing my hope and faith. My family and I have not gone to mass for over 1 year because we do not enjoy it. So many changes in our church. We want to enjoy listening and get a message out of it. It saddens me that this is the way it is and we have not found an alternative. We would love to be inspired once again. My husband and I are trucker and would love to see you preach or anyone else would suggest. We are in the south quite often and could make a stop for church . PLEASE HELP.
    Peace and love,
    Gail

    • Pam James

      Gail,
      We live in Wake Forest, NC which borders Raleigh. We would love to have you worship with us if you are ever in the area. Our church is Richland Creek Community Church on Burlington Mills Rd. Right now our service times are 8 and 9 am- Traditional Worship and the 10:15 and 11:30 services are contemporary.

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  • Tonja

    Joe, thanks for this post. My family is from West Monroe, LA and I have cousins that know the Robertson family, if only in passing. When my mother started watching the show last year I thought "nope, what a bizarre show to watch" (I'm not into reality TV at all). Needless to say, after reading this, I have a new found respect for this family. I might even start watching the show. I'm very thankful today that there are Christians in "Hollywood" that are willing and able to speak openly about their beliefs.

  • julie

    Thanks...If only everyone would listen

  • Bill Shumate

    The DD show is outstanding clean entertainment. I am truly glad they are promoting knowing Christ. I thank God for people like the Robertsons. I don't have to agree with every detail of their belief to appreciate their faith. We trust Christ for salvation there is no way we can earn salvation and that is the only thing that really matters.

  • DB

    Joe CarteTr, thank you for this aticle. However, have you read this article on them in reference to them preaching a works based salvation through baptism? Your thoughts.

    http://hereiblog.com/few-more-things-should-know-duck-dynasty/

  • Sheldon Cooper

    American Idol is not a ratings hit anymore, while The Big Bang Theory was a repeat for that day. Normally The Big Bang Theory would own the night. It's the last ratings giant left, although I think The Voice will become one (even bigger than it is now).

  • Sherry Baker

    Your show is my favorite one on TV. Your family and Faith is so uplifting and honest. It encourages both. I do really appreciate it. It makes me laugh out loud, thankyou again! Maybe a different version could be made, where your religious comments are not cut out. You are a breath of fresh air, God Bless You!

  • Judy

    Gosh. This just makes me Love 'em even more. =)

  • Kay

    Good for DD! Shame on the producers. I've read through the comments and I find it a little silly how caught up in the details you guys have gotten.

    I'm quite positive God never intended for Christians, as a whole, to bicker and argue and take such offense to insignificant details. The point is, these men and their families love Jesus; they believe in His birth, life, death, burial, and ressurection. They believe God sent His son here to save the world from sin and they believe that we are called to share this Gospel.

    Sometimes the truth is in the details; in this intance, the truth is in the big picture and sometimes all the devil needs to get us tearing our fellow believers down, is the details.

    I watch the show; I see what the producers haven't edited away. And from what I see, this family leads a strong, wholesome, Christian lifestyle - there's never been one instance the producers have been able to edit around or potentially misuse to create any type of controversy, confusion, or mayhem on the show or about the cast.

    I say good for them - they are setting an example in their lives and with their 15 minutes they're taking the time to share their faith in their words and actions, and everyone here arguing it out about the details of their church, are simply taking away from what this family is trying to do for Christianity and giving those who do not believe just one more reason to point their fingers at all of us Christians who can't even agree with one another.

    • Mary Ann

      Amen, Kay! You said what I wanted to say, only so much better. As Christians, we need to accept everyone is not going to believe exactly the same; that's why there are so many Denominations. There won't be "denominations" in Heaven, so we better learn how to get along down here because we'll be together in Heaven, if we have accepted the Lord Jesus Christ into our heart and are striving to live Christ-like. All the bickering about the "isms and cisms" of things that don't amount to a hill of beans. It's about Jesus Christ and Him crucified, rising again that we might have eternal life in Heaven. Let us love one another as God has loved us, without judgement, but with prayer and Agape love.

  • Cyndi Woods

    It is my hope that the producers open their eyes and know that because the Robertson's are religious is a big part of what the viewers like. It's a good clean show and I for one am so tired of all the shows that use sex and foul language for success. I like Duck Dynasty because the Robertson's are down to earth people like a lot of Americans. And I for one also like to hunt and am religious and think their show is a breath of fresh air. I hope it stays on but if the producers ever want to cancel it, I hope with the money the Robertson's have, they will buy a t.v. station and keep on keeping on! I especially enjoy the ending of the show, where they all sit down as a family and say grace and enjoy each other's company. I think the world would be a better place if we all did that. I hope the Robertson's never let all the fame go to their heads like so many do. I enjoy the show very much as does my family.

  • Gerry Thompson

    Thanks for allowing the Robertson family to share their testimonies with the world!

  • Bill Shumate

    Christans need to support the Robertsons and not be looking for reasons for differences. A special thanks to those who believe in and support the Robertsons effort to praise Christ.

  • Janet Hiebert

    I praise God that you are so verbal about your commitment to Christ. . . .I pray that you always
    speak out for the most important thing that will ever happen to you and may you touch lives in ways you never thought possible. . . .

  • Mary Ann Steele

    I thank God for this wonderful family and their testimony, the influence they have had on my family. They're not "in your face pushing doctrine". They are about "Jesus Christ, and Him crucified, risen and coming again". Forget all the "isms and cisms" about "religion", "doctrine", "dogma". It's not about that. It's about being born again, having Jesus in your heart and then making him WELCOME. It's about loving others and leading others to Christ. The Lord has used the people on this show to touch my son who has been "following afar off" from the Lord. I credit the Robertsons with letting their lights shine for Christ. God doesn't want us bickering about differences in doctrine. The only thing required is to be born again, living for Christ and looking for His return. God bless.

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  • Cheryl Schaeffer

    Love this family & show. Wish we could have more shows with family & moral values like this one. I'm so glad this family & friends pray & are not ashamed of it.

  • Caleb

    this is better then american idol just because american idol never changes also it's getting old i can't belive people still watch it

  • http://www.graceistruth.com Chris

    I love how Phil usually sums up his prayer with this "Father we love you and we are so thankful for your love for us! Amen." I think I'll stick to that rather than get caught up in what they do/don't believe.

  • Connie Webb

    What a difference from the typical modern day TV evangelist. His life is his faith and his faith is his life.

  • http://GospelCoalition/Facebook Rebecca Smith

    Individual experiences are so profoundly different as many as grains of sand! Jase is so able to express in a relatable way that he mixes humor with Agape love. The road has not always been easy and the way clear but being grounded in God's word and love in Jesus and living and giving selflessly through his life testimony! I appreciate your family! Becky- Romance, Arkansas

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  • Rita Swindle

    I love this family and I think the best show on tv in years...

  • Dan K

    Love the fact at the end of each episode it shows you guys praying around a family meal. Don't let A&E ever take that away from the show or who you are!

  • Barbara Stehle

    Yesterday, I took your book, The Duck Commander Story, to my Christian Women's luncheon and gave it to the first person who asked for it. I'm buying more and will give them to anyone who asks. Great way to share Bible w/o thumping them on the head, so to speak. Enjoy your program .. tell everyone about it. Blessings to you all.

  • EJ Mags

    I confess. I have not heard about the DUCK DYNASTY until last week when my son came to visit me. When he was simply surfing the TV and stopped to watch the show. Well my thought was.. ' oh another dumb reality show'. How I was wrong and so glad to be wrong.
    Thank you for what you do and praise God for the ministry.
    God never stops surprising me. Amen.

  • phil j banks

    They are AESOME!!!!!!Gonna meet Them someday...maybe get married in there church if they ould have us?? Thanks for a GREAT show

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  • http://centralinspirationalagency.blogspot.com/ Misty Guye

    Great article!

  • Carlann McBroom

    My family and I enjoy this show and this family so much. What a blessing from God this show has been. God's word in being heard in homes of people who might not know him because of this family. Just a could clean show! Thank you Robertson Family!

  • Jeanne Gadd

    Just a quick comment: With so much trash on t.v. today, why are we trying to dissect "Duck Dynasty"? For some Christians this will cause them to not watch the show. People are so hung up on splitting hairs, that they miss a blessing by not watching a show that has no bad language, no filthy jokes, but always lifts up the Lord at the end of every episode! I personally think that these guys are a riot, even though they are like they are reading from a script sometime! No it's not an intellectual show by any means, but if you just want to have a laugh over good clean dialogue, then watch it. If not, go on your way and let others enjoy it without thinking too much!

  • Margaret Vann

    All I can say is I like the Duck Dynasty show. GOD is NOT Denominational. He is not Baptist, Catholic, Methodist, Church of Christ or any of the others. He is GOD of us all, and JESUS is our LORD. It is so nice to see something on tv that has no cursing on it...you know like the shows that use the four letter f word among all the other trash. My hats off to you Jeanne Gadd, I couldn't have said it better. If you don't like the show.....don't watch it, as for me I enjoy all the laughs and my husband does to,

    • Mary Ann

      AMEN, Margaret! I've never heard it put quite that way, "GOD is NOT Denominational". How true! He is the God of "whosoever will" may come to Him just as they are and accept Him as Lord and Saviour of their life!

      I recently read the producers didn't want them to pray anymore on the show, but Phil said if they couldn't pray, they wouldn't do the show. Well, Guess what? Phil stood up for God and they were signed up for another season! God is good!

  • Stacey

    I was one of those 300 people baptized in the river.

  • Perry

    It's quite obvious that some of you hardcore Southern Baptist have a problem with Duck Dynasty. However, not until you found out the Robertson family were devout members of the Church of Christ. Why such brotherly love you show toward the Robertsons. My wife and I are both members of the Church of Christ and have endured many ignorant remarks from other denominations, Baptists in particular about Church of Christ theology. First and foremost, we believe when there are any questions as to doctrine, one should consult what the New Testament Bible says on the subject. The divinely inspired words of each book of the New Testament IS the only measuring stick of the truth. Some, in other denominations believe that the Bible is an ever evolving document. A book that can be changed to accomodate one's lifestyle merely by omitting doctrine that conflicts with the political correctness or verses, particularly by the Apostle Paul, which, although divinely inspired, seem to ruffle the progressive feathers. You either believe it all or you believe nothing in the Bible. No 'cherry picking' allowed. The 5 tenents of the Bible are 1)hear the word, 2)believe what you hear, 3)repent of your sins, 4) confess that Jesus is the son of the living God and 5)be baptized into the body of Christ. One does not JOIN the Church of Christ, one is baptized into the body of Christ which is his church (people). Past that one must endeavor to live a Christian life closely adhering to New Testament teachings as closely as one honestly can. This is accomplished by bringing others to Christ, not through forceful rhetoric but by lovingly and humbly speaking the gospel to every creature (as the Apostle Mark quoting Jesus in Mark chapter 15, verse 16). Also, we believe James chapter 2 verses 14-26, which says basically that "faith without works is dead". In other words, unlike our Baptist bretheren, we believe that living a Christian life and bringing others to Christ is just as important as accepting Christ into one's heart. Notice I said, JUST as important, not more important. Living a Christian life is a beautiful thing, and is easy for Jesus said in Matthew 11:29, "Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and meek in heart, for my yoke is easy and my burden is light." Be with us Lord, even till the end. In your son's holy name. Amen.

    • Mary Ann

      Amen, Perry! Jesus died for all, and we are saved for the saving of others. (Not that *we save them) but that we introduce Him to people, witness of Him and what He's done for us. We offer to let people "taste and see that the Lord is good." I'm not "pushy", and I don't believe in trying to force Jesus on people. That's a turn off to them. Oft times all we have to do is live as Christ, and people will know that that we're different. Jesus and the Holy Spirit will lead and guide us and provide the opportunities to share Jesus with others. Jesus is sooooooooo good!

  • Bill Shumate

    My wife and I are Southern Baptist we respect and love the Robertsons and love their program. We have no problem with their beliefs. I believe that there is some room for differences in beliefs as long as the basic belief is Christ is the son of God,He is born of a virgin lived a perfect life and died for our sins. We must accept His sacrifise for forgiveness of our sins and for salvation. We must let Him be Lord and rule our life. I do not believe we must be members of a particular denomination including Baptist or Church of Christ.

  • http://gospelmuse.wordpress.com Matthew Morizio

    Hey! If the show is good-nuff for America and Prime Time...it's doubtful that the Christianity these boys hold to has much to do with its "success."

    Just what the Gospel needs...a few duck calls to make it popular.

    Folks, the Gospel alone is the 'power of God'...let's not put our hopes in mere entertainment.

    For those who watch the program...enjoy the show! But please don't go on about it being "just what America needs!"

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  • http://christiancoachinginternational.com Anne A

    Duck Dynasty is an amazing show! I remember reading that the producers actually asked the family to stop praying during filming and all the family said was then stop filming. It's an awesome show and if you are offended by the Robertson's family's beliefs then don't watch it.

  • Billy Shumate

    Glad the Robertsons stand up for their faith. I read that some anti gun group was trying to get their show off the air. Wonder if they are trying to get the real violent shows off too. I think they were using the guns as an excuse the unstated reason was the Robertson's faith.

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  • Paul H

    These guys give me hope. Hope in Christ, & hope that I can hunt ducks this season

  • Paula Stansbury

    Great Job Joe!

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  • NikosCarcosa

    It's very telling that so many people reading the exact same text can come up with so many varied interpretations and insist that their's is absolutely the right one and everyone who interprets differently is somehow wrong.

  • Ben

    10. The Robertson family is making bank ($$$) off each episode of the show, not to mention the marketing and tons of merchandise royalties.

    "Citing sources close to the negotiation, The Hollywood Reporter said the family is asking for more than $200,000 per episode, with more for future seasons." (ABC NEWS) I've heard recently it's up to $400,000 an episode - Wow!

    p.s. I'm not discrediting their Christian faith and witness. All I'm pointing out is they made a ton of money off of their duck calls already and keep asking for more money from each new season of the show. I hope their Christian testimony extends to charity and giving with the funds they've been given. Jesus talked more about the dangers and snares of money then Heaven and Hell combined.

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  • Kevin Smythe

    Could someone please explain to me how people who profit and are entertained by killing animals are deserving of the deification they are receiving? These people throw around the word "Christian" as if they are the shining examples of what being Christian actually means. I don't think Jesus Christ would be very accepting of the Robertson's turning rivers of blood into cash.

  • Scott Ryder

    As a member of the Church of Christ for 30+ years i will let you know that we as a church are not denominational. our leaders are called Elders and each church is seperate from the other, the only one higher than the elders of each church is christ. We believe the same as the first century church did and what saved them we believe it will also save us. about Baptism, Jesus himself was Baptised and John the Baptist came before Jesus to Baptise and prepare people for Christ. John 3=3 talks about how we must be baptized to enter heaven. as it goes with Acts 2=37 and John 4 21=26 if Baptism is not necessary then why did Jesus do it, why was John the Baptist sent? its part of Gods plan for salvation washing our sins away. Romans 6 1=14 confirms this.

  • Waterdawg

    I have a close friend who has sat in Jase's home for many bible studies. They teach that baptism is no more or no less essential than hearing the gospel, believing the gospel, repenting and turning away from sin and serving God for the remainder of one's life. All of this is based on the Cross and God's love for man. Baptism is no more essential and no less essential. But...it IS essential.

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  • Bobby Payne

    Thank you Phil for saying what others are to weak and non committed to say because of the fear of the liberal media. Unfortunately it appears that GQ set you up. Additionally our inept and dysfunctional society primarily due to liberal media and the inability of those in the spot light, including our goverment and president to tell the truth have irrevocably harmed our society and future generations. I agree with statements that you have made in a few episodes there is too much Hollywood on tv, in which those that can influence people and our youth to live an immoral life remain on tv simply because of ratings. You guys and gals on DD are the salt of the earth and represent a part of the corner stone of American heritage that this country was built upon. This too will pass, the network is wrong for not recognizing that most of the DD followers feel exactly like you, but do not have the forum to express their opinion. In a world in which we are so attune to accepting sexual diversity it is ashame that a man can not state his religious beliefs without being criticized. Thank you, good luck and continued success to Duck Dynasty.

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    • Rig Harper

      Dear Phil stand your ground.Being gay is a sin. GOD said it and thats all that needs to be said! God bless you and your family.You can hate the sin but you have to love and forgive the sinner.Hang in there.JACK!

  • Sfitz123

    I personally feel that division within the body of Christ over differences in the way we believe is what is hurting our nation. I understand key salvation issues must be addressed.Do we not realize the power we would have as a united front against the immorality of this nation. We spend to much time fighting among each other, meanwhile Satan is taking over this Country while Christians argue over trivial issues. Ten years ago Phil would not have been treated this way.Little by Little we sit by and watch our rights being taken away. If all the Christians would just put their differences aside and join together based on the gospel of Jesus Christ and take back this nation, we could not be stopped!! God Bless you all!

  • Christopher Wagner

    i believe that phil Robertson is so strong in his faith and i agree 100% with what he said praise god for this man of god.

  • K

    Even though our beliefs differ greatly, I respect Phil Robertson and the recent comments that landed him in hot water with A&E. A person's faith, in whatever he chooses to believe, is a very personal thing and I do not think that a Christian person expressing his belief that homosexuality is a sin is anything to get all riled up about. In order to live in a peaceful world, most folks understand the difference between what you personally believe and how you treat and interact with the myriad of people you meet out in the world. Meaning that, although the Robertsons believe that homosexuality is a sin, they are also people of Christ, in that they love the sinner, regardless of his sin. I'm sure they are not without sin in their lives either. I think they are a great example of good Christians. They don't hate - they love. Love is what it's all about, no matter what your religion. I can get behind anyone who speaks that message.

    • Domenick Basolo

      1 Corinthians 13:2
      If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.

      Mark 12:30-31
      and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ 31 The second is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.

  • Domenick Basolo

    Here's what I think America we came along way from a country built on God a couple hundred yrs ago to being speared in the side for quoting some scriptures. The more evil the country or even the world for that matter becomes the further away from God they are the more disliked we will become for being moral.

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  • judy gutierrez

    The people from Duck Dynasty are the real deal! Thank God you are not ashamed of the Gospel.