Phil Robertson explains his journey from ‘rank heathen’ to ‘biblically correct’ believer

Never one to shy away from sharing his unvarnished opinion, Duck Dynasty patriarch Phil Robertson has lived a very interesting life. On radio this morning, Robertson joined Glenn to candidly discuss his path from “rank heathen” to “biblically correct” believer. While Robertson “ran with the wicked” for the first 28 years of his life, he found a way to “run with the Godly” for the last 40 years, and he is now trying to help others do the same.

“I was just a rank heathen… I've been an immoral heathen, [and] drunk, and I didn't even know what the Gospel of Jesus was,” Robertson admitted. “When I heard [the gospel] at 28, all I can say is… I coughed up my sins, which were many… I traveled with the wicked… So the bottom line is: I ran with the wicked for 28 years, Beck, and I've now run with the Godly for the last 40.”

As Robertson explained, the contrast between those two lifestyles is “astounding.” Glenn asked him to explain the path that led him to find Jesus. Robertson’s wife – known as “Miss Kay” on the hugely popular A&E show – played a major role.

After years of “running” his family and friends off, Miss Kay finally convinced Robertson to sit down with “the guy who came into the beer joint… with a Bible in his hand.”

“I took Miss Kay's advice and I talked to the guy,” Robertson said. “He shared Jesus with me… His death for my sins, His resurrection. I thought, ‘My goodness, how in the world did I ever miss that?’ I wasn't even aware of the one I had been counting time by, you know. It is 2014 A.D.”

What Robertson realized in retrospect is that he was essentially trapped by the life he was living. It was not until he “came into the light” that he realized the depths of where he had been.

“Once I saw and I came into the light, and I renounced darkness, and I breathed a sigh of relief, I thought, ‘My goodness, what have I been doing,’” Robertson said. “I didn't realize… what a trap I had been in until I was released from the trap. Once I was released from the trap, and I looked back at where I'd been, it scared the daylights out of me.”

Because of what he has overcome in his life, Robertson has dedicated the last few decades to helping other people overcome their own obstacles. Robertson believes that he can show a nonbeliever or someone who has lost their way the “mighty throne” the grace of God has given them.

“I'll show you a mighty throne,” Robertson concluded. “That's kind of my story on where I came from and why I'm here. I was just afraid that if I didn't get this out, someone may miss it like I had for 28 years. So the reason I'm so motivated to answer your question to tell them is because I'm afraid they'll miss it and I love them.”

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On Monday's episode of "The Glenn Beck Radio Program," Glenn opened up about the tragic death of his brother-in-law, Vincent Colonna Jr., who passed away unexpectedly on April 5. He also shared some of the important thoughts and insights he's learned through the grieving process.

"Last Monday, I was sitting in this chair ... the two-minute warning comes and Stu said to me, 'You ready for the show?'' ... And that's when my wife [Tania] came to the door of the studio here at our house and said, 'I...' and she held the phone up. And then she collapsed on the floor in tears," Glenn began. "Tania's brother had passed. To say this was a shock, is an understatement."

Glenn described his brother-in-law as having "a servant's spirit."

"He was always the guy who lit up the room. He was always the guy helping others. He would never stop, because he was always helping others," Glenn said of Vincent. "He was on the school board. He was a little league coach. He was the soccer coach. He helped build the church. He took care of the lawn of the church. He was constantly doing things, raising money for charity, working over here, helping to organize this. But he was never the guy in the spotlight. He was just the guy doing it, and you had no idea how much he had done because he never talked about it.

"We also didn't know how much mental anguish he was in because he never talked about it. And last Monday morning, after spending Easter with the family ... he killed himself. This is now the third family member of mine that has gone through this. And I keep seeing it play out over and over and over again, in exactly the same way."

Glenn described his thoughts as he, Tania, and her family struggled to come to grips with the devastating loss.

"I learned some really important things as I was watching this wake. I'm seeing these people from all walks of life ... the people that were there, were there because [Vince] made a difference in their life. He was a true servant. As I'm watching this, all that kept going through my mind was, 'by their fruits, ye shall know them.' The fruits of his labor were on display. He was a servant all the time. All the time ... he found a way to love everybody.

"There are two great commandments: Love God with all your heart and mind and soul. And love your neighbor. So those two great commandments boil down to: Love truth. Because that's what God is," Glenn said.

"Love thy neighbor. That's where joy comes from. The opposite of joy is despair, and that is the complete absence of hope ... and how do you find joy? You find joy by rooting yourself in the truth. Even if that's a truth you don't want to accept. Accept the truth," he added. "But we have to stop saying that there's nothing we can do. What are we going to do? Well, here's the first thing: stop living a lie."

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After imprisoning a pastor for refusing to follow COVID-19 restrictions, Canadian officials barricaded his church. And when some church members retaliated by tearing down part of the fence, Canadian Mounties arrived in riot gear.

Rebel News Founder Ezra Levant joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to give his insight on the crazy situation. He described the new, armed police presence surrounding GraceLife Church in Edmonton, Alberta, and how it not only encouraged hundreds of protesters to stand with the church in support but forced congregation members underground to worship as well.

What's happening is eerily similar to what occurs everyday in China, Levant says, and it must stop. Who would have thought this type of tyranny would be so close to home?

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Enough prayers? Why is supposed Catholic Joe Biden suggesting that Congress ought to stop praying for after someone commits acts of gun violence?

On Friday, Stu Burguiere and Pat Gray filled in for Glenn and discussed President Joe Biden's remarks during his speech on gun control. "Enough prayers. Time for some action," Biden said. Stu and Pat were surprised how dismissive Biden appeared to be on the idea of prayer.

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Just days after Canadian pastor James Coates was released from prison for refusing to bow to COVID-19 lockdown restrictions, several police officers showed up at another church to ensure restrictions were being followed. But Polish pastor Artur Pawlowski of the Cave of Adullam Church in Alberta, Canada, knew his rights, telling the cops not to come back until they had a warrant in hand.

Filling in for Glenn Beck on the radio program this week, Pat Gray and Stu Burguiere played a video of the interaction.

"Please get out. Please get out of this property immediately. Get out!" Pawlowski can be heard yelling at the six officers who entered his church.

"Out! Out! Out! Get out of this property immediately until you come back with a warrant," he continued. "Go out and don't come back. I don't want to talk to you. You Nazis, Gestapo is not allowed here! ... Nazis are not welcome here! Do not come back you Nazi psychopaths. Unbelievable sick, evil people. Intimidating people in a church during the Passover! You Gestapo, Nazi, communist fascists! Don't you dare come back here!"

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