“About 9, maybe 10, in the last three days,” said Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson.
“They’ve come all the way down here, it’s that way every day or two, they just keep coming.”
Thousands have shown up so far, and the reason will surprise you.
Since starting his popular “Unashamed” podcast, Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson has become like a modern-day John the Baptist, sharing the gospel of Jesus to his growing audience.
And it’s having a surprising impact. Robertson says he’s baptized thousands of people who have traveled to Louisiana to hear the gospel and be baptized by him.
“We have converted them by the thousands,” Robertson said recently on the “Edifi With Billy Hallowell” podcast.
Since starting his podcast in April of 2019, “Unashamed” has soared to the top of the charts among Christian and spiritual podcasts.
With sons Jace and Al, Robertson shares funny stories about his family and life in their small, rural hometown, comments on political and current events, and shares the gospel.
“All I’m doing is reaching out to our neighbor and we’re telling them to love God, repent and return to God,” Robertson told Hallowell.
“Walk like Jesus did, love God and love your neighbor. I do not see the downside to that.”
Robertson has written a new book called Jesus Politics: How to Win Back the Souls of America and his mission is somewhat like that of John the Baptist.
With his long hair, wild beard, and scruffy appearance, he may even favor the Biblical prophet in looks!
In dozens of YouTube videos, he is shown baptizing new believers in camouflage waders and his familiar camo bandana.
“My message is exactly the same,” he said. “I’m telling people, put your faith in Jesus, man. … And we are baptizing one after the other, thousands of them.”
“So we are not without hope. … I’m just showing people, why don’t we try Jesus politics, for crying out loud. Love God, love your neighbor. If we do that, you would see a different country and it would all calm down.”
Robertson says that if more people would accept Jesus, it would heal the nation.
“Just think of the difference you would see. You wouldn’t see this mischief and mayhem, robbing and looting and shooting,” he said.
“It’s lawlessness,” Robertson said of the violent protests. “Everyone who sins breaks the law. In fact, sin is lawlessness.”
But Robertson also cautions that Christians should be patient with dissidents who get caught up in political conflict and references Corinthians 13.
“Love is patient. That’s what we are to be with all kinds of mischief going on,” he said.
Robertson, an elder at White’s Ferry Road Church of Christ in West Monroe, says the coronavirus has made baptizing new believers tricky, forcing him to sometimes defy state and local restrictions.
“The government edict says you can’t get within six feet, so what am I going to do, tie a rope around them and then baptize them?”
He believes, however, that prayer and turning to God can help the nation battle the deadly pandemic.
“We know that Christ was raised from the dead … I think he can trump the coronavirus.”
Robertson also continues to be adamant in his support for President Donald Trump, with whom he shared the gospel during the 2016 election.
Robertson was invited to meet Trump during one of his campaign rallies.
“About 30 seconds into the conversation, I showed him what Jesus has done for him and all the rest of the world,” he said on a recent episode of “Unashamed.”
“I said, ‘Jesus died for you, Trump.’”
“I said, ‘you do have sins.’ He said, ‘Oh yeah.’ I knew he was honest.”
“Faith comes from hearing the message, and he listened intently when I talked about Jesus dying on the cross for Donald Trump.”
Robertson said he offered to baptize Trump, and the President called him twice after the initial meeting. He believes the President of the United States accepted Christ.
“He was interested. I’m convinced he’s put his faith in Jesus, and I’m convinced he’s a brother.”
Roberts says critics and detractors often challenge that belief because of Trump’s controversial past and sometimes offensive and divisive public comments.
But on a recent episode of “Unashamed,” Robertson compared Trump to the Apostle Paul.
“[Paul] was a blasphemer, persecutor, and a violent man,” he said. “But he said, ‘I was shown mercy because I acted in ignorance and unbelief.’”
“Well, that’s where Donald Trump was in his past life. … He’s a sinful man. … [But] Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, Donald Trump and myself.”
“We are all sinners. We just point people to Jesus, whether it’s the president of the United States or a homeless guy sleeping under a bridge. They are all the same to us.”
Please pray for Robertson and his “Unashamed” podcast.
And check out his new book, Jesus Politics: How to Win Back the Souls of America, on Amazon.