David and Jason Benham — the twin “Flip It Forward” hosts HGTV parted ways with in May after discovering their anti-gay views — are rallying Christians to step up the fight against gay marriage, and went as far as to say those dedicated to the cause must be “willing to die” for it.
“If people remain silent, then it’s gonna to continue to get worse. But when folks step up, and speak boldly the truth, then it can actually be pushed back …You have to be willing to die,” David said during an interview with the Christian Post (above). “I mean Jason and I had to be willing to lose our show. We had to be willing to lose a book deal, I mean whatever it may be – endorsements. We had to be willing to lose it all.”
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The Benham brothers, whose father is controversial evangelical minister Flip Benham, were interviewed ahead of a speaking engagement at the Faith & Freedom Coalition’s Road to Majority Conference in June.
“We have to be willing to let go of what we have, whether it’s a job, an elected position, a big ‘ole church, whatever it may be,” David added. “We have to be willing to let it go, and when that happens, then absolutely we’re back on the right track in America.”
The real estate experts’ reality series, “Flip It Forward,” was scheduled to premiere in October, but HGTV decided not to pursue it after facing backlash from viewers who discovered the Benham’s strong views on marriage, abortion and divorce.
“If our faith costs us a television show then so be it,” the brothers said in a statement in response to HGTV’s decision to pull the plug on their show.
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David previously said he and his brother “love homosexuals,” and that “there’s a difference between the people and the agenda.”
“The real issue at hand here is there is an agenda that seeks to silence men and women of faith who, if we want to voice our beliefs or voice our views, then we shouldn’t be afraid of losing our livelihood,” David said in May during an interview on CNN’s “Erin Burnett OutFront.”