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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

The Duck Dynasty controversy isn't settling down yet. Comments made by the show's star based on his Christian faith offended a lot of people. What do south Georgia preachers think?

Pastors here in Albany are expressing their views about Robertson's statements regarding homosexuality.

The comments Duck Dynasty star Phil Robertson made to a GQ reporter have a lot of people talking.  Some Albany pastors hope they get people thinking too.

"A lot of people get bashed in the media for making their comments. So I think it's something that will encourage people to read more and to study the bible more and to get an understanding for themselves," said Bishop Freddie Williams, Gethsemane Worship Center.

Robertson spoke crudely about homosexuality and stated clearly he believes it is a sin. The A&E network decided to suspend Robertson from future filming indefinitely.

Some preachers are staying in the middle on this issue, but they feel our culture is moving in a different direction.

"30 years ago, it wouldn't be an issue we be talking about today, but because of social media and everything else that so widespread across our culture today, news travels faster and people understanding of faith and religion are in different places today," said David Blackwell, Pastor of Missions and Outreach, Providence Church.

Robertson and his sons are all ordained ministers and at the end of every show, the Robertson family closes with a prayer.

"Wherever you are across this whole issue, balance this with the gospels and why Jesus came to love each one of us," said David Blackwell.

Fans of the show are upset that they may not get to see Robertson on the show in future because of his suspension.

"No that's not punishment. He's a minister. And he's going to speak the truth if he's got any right and I think he do," said Jacquelyn Howard.

Robertson's relatives say they may not continue the show without him, so the future of Duck Dynasty may be in jeopardy.

Filming for season 5 is complete and is set to air starting January 15.  

Phil Robertson will be featured in all 10 episodes of the upcoming season. 

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