of course, the Lord spake upon his Holiness, the good Reverend Robertson
telling him, “George Bush will win in a walk”, referring to our
upcoming presidential election.
Posted February 12, 2004 thepeoplesvoice.org
Norma Sherry firstname.lastname@example.org
It would appear that
the messages Pat Robertson has been hearing from God are not from God at
all, but a cruel, conniving imposter.
It’s sad, but true. But, he’s in very good company. For instance, my
4-year-old neighbor predicted that if she kissed a raindrop she’d become a
fairy princess. Clearly, she’s no prophet, either.
There have been many self-proclaimed prophets in our history. In the year
960 A.D., European scholar, Bernard of Thuringia, confidently announced that the world
would only exist for thirty-two more days. John Toledo, in 1179, predicted
the demise of the world based on the alignment of the planets.
The Flagallents, who would viciously
beat themselves in bloody repentance, announced that the end of the world
could be delayed no longer in 1349; in 1603, Govan Domenico Campanella,
prophesized the Earth would collide with the sun.
Christopher Columbus, of bold New World fame, configured that the world was
created in 5343 B.C., that 7,000 years hence would be 1658. Therefore, he
forewarned the end was near.
popularized his calculations in, “The Book of Prophesies”, which he
published in 1505.
Pentecostal Reverend John Mason had a vision of Christ in 1694, which
prompted his revelation that the Second Coming of Christ would take place on
the Pentecost of that year, in his rectory in Water Strafford,
Buckinghamshire. 1736 brought a British theologian who predicted a flood
likened to Noah’s…and the band played on.
There is no shortage of God-fearing men and women who commune with God and
as such, are privy to His private utterances.
The founder of the Mormon Church, Joseph Smith, said a meeting of the Mormon
religious leaders was called because God had commanded it. At that same
meeting, in February 1835, Smith also proclaimed that Jesus would return
within fifty-six years. The Watchtower Society has been quite prolific in
their predictions for Armageddon: 1914,
1915, 1918, 1920, 1925, 1941, 1975, and 1994, were some of their dates.
Their current portent is 6,000 years after the creation of Eve. The
question; however, remains, when was that?The Pat Robertson’s, the Jerry Falwell’s, The Benny Hinn’s, and who can forget past evangelist’s Jimmy
Swaggart, and Jimmy and Tammy Faye Bakker. They preach to their
minions’ half-truths, falsities, and destructive examples that inflate
egos, separate people of differing beliefs and life-styles, and they do so
with a high and mighty commanding declaration that their mutterings are the
truths that their congregation was heretofore denied.
Today’s preachers rarely dabble in such folly. Nay, their assertions are
harangues intended to incite and divide. Their pulpit is used to bully and
harass. The notion of love and brotherhood are far removed from their public
Lest you think I categorize all men and women of God as such, let me please
proclaim that is not so. I am writing of those few whose congregation’s
are in the multitudes. The tele-evangelist’s who demonstrate miracles on
television with a wave of their hand or a touch on the head - to those who
proclaim to do God’s work as they don their six-thousand dollar Armani
suits, board their private jets, and flaunt their superiority while they sit
upon their golden-gilded chairs in front of the cameras of their
church-owned television stations.
When Rev. Falwell said, "I really believe
that the pagans, and the abortionists, and the feminists, and the gays and
the lesbians who are actively trying to make that an alternative lifestyle,
the ACLU, People For the American Way, all of them who have tried to
secularize America. I point the finger in their face and say 'you helped
this happen,'" before a 700-Club television audience, was he acting
pastoral? Was he walking in the shadow of Christ? Or was he preaching
separatism, bigotry, and filling his congregation with hatred?In 1980, to a throng at a Jesus rally, Pat Robertson shouted, “We
have enough votes to run the country. And when the people say, ‘We've had
enough,’ we are going to take over.” In a fund-raising letter to his
constituency, Rev. Robertson wrote, “We at the Christian Coalition are
raising an army who cares. We are training people to be effective -- to be
elected to school boards, to city councils, to state legislatures, and to
key positions in political parties.... By the end of this decade, if we work
and give and organize and train, The Christian Coalition will be the most
powerful political organization in
.” Now, that was prophetic.
In an earlier preaching, the good reverend told his flock that the cause of
9/11 was “the throwing God out of the public square, out of the schools.
The abortionists have got to bear some burden for this because God will not
be mocked." In a prayer before his television congregants, he
reinforced his position by proclaiming that the ills of our country are a
direct result of “taking the Bible away from schools” and “forbidding
little children from praying”.
Today, as we find ourselves shaking our heads and our hearts are beating an
unfamiliar rhythm over the demise of the separation of church and state, we
should remember, we were warned. As far back as 1993, Rev. Robertson, said,
“There is no such thing as separation of church and state in the
Constitution. It is a lie of the Left and we are not going to take it
Rev. Robertson from his on-high pulpit has preached on every important topic
facing our country and our citizens; his opinions on the Supreme Court and
the court system in general borders on lawlessness and irresponsibility. He
has instructed his followers, “Why should you and I be bound because of
the ineptitude, if you will, or the skill of one or more defense lawyers, or
the plaintiffs in any particular lawsuit?”
And, of course, the Lord spake upon his Holiness, the good Reverend
Robertson telling him, “George Bush will win in a walk”, referring to
our upcoming presidential election. What a man he must be for God Almighty
to speak unto him – and to him alone.
Regarding our Constitution, Rev. Robertson said to his television ministry,
“…[it] is a marvelous document for self-government by the Christian
people. But the minute you turn the document into the hands of non-Christian
people and atheistic people they can use it to destroy the very foundation
of our society. And that's what's been happening.”
This man of God, this preacher of the Word, has told his followers, “You
say you're supposed to be nice to the Episcopalians and the Presbyterians
and the Methodists and this, that, and the other thing. Nonsense.” In
1986, he told New York Magazine, “…The termites are in charge now, and
that is not the way it ought to be, and the time has arrived for a godly
In another fund-raising letter dated 1992, the reverend wrote, “The
feminist agenda is not about equal rights for women. It is about a
socialist, anti-family political movement that encourages women to leave
their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy
capitalism, and become lesbians.”
He told his viewing audience that Planned Parenthood, “...is teaching kids
to fornicate, teaching people to have adultery, every kind of bestiality,
homosexuality, lesbianism -- everything that the Bible condemns.”
In his Christian love he instructed that we need to stop giving money to
welfare mothers. He said, “…if they'll stop paying them, they'll stop
having babies. It's that simple. It's not heartless, it's not cruel, it's an
intelligent use of money.” In that same tone of compassion, he made this
comparison: “Many of those people involved with Adolph Hitler were
Satanists, many of them were homosexuals -- the two things seem to go
His exclusive right of non-cult distinction leaves out any non-Christian:
“…A cult is any group that has a form of godliness, but does not
recognize Jesus Christ as the unique son of God.... One test of a cult is
that it often does not strictly teach that Jesus is the only begotten Son of
God who Himself is God manifested in the flesh...."
The Reverend Jerry Falwell fares no better. On a myriad of topics his
intolerance and bigotry are glaring:
"If you're not
a born-again Christian, you're a failure as a human being."
hope I live to see the day when, as in the early days of our country, we
won't have any public schools. The churches will have taken them over
again and Christians will be running them. What a happy day that will
is not just God's punishment for homosexuals; it is God's punishment for
the society that tolerates homosexuals."
"The idea that
religion and politics don't mix was invented by the Devil to keep
Christians from running their own country."
"There is no
separation of church and state. Modern U.S. Supreme Courts have raped
the Constitution and raped the Christian faith and raped the churches by
misinterpreting what the Founders had in mind in the First Amendment to
"The Jews are
returning to their land of unbelief. They are spiritually blind and
desperately in need of their Messiah and Savior.”
My favorite, if one can
justly refer to anything Jerry Falwell says, as a favorite, was a remark he
said on Crossfire in 1997:
And, probably one of
his most despicable remarks was:
undeniable king of prophesy; however, is Benny Hinn. He’s the preacher and
healer that's on television in the wee hours of the night. If you’re a
troubled sleeper, you’ve seen him. On
April 2, 2000
, on a TBN Praise-a-thon, he said, “Now hear this - I'm
prophesying this: Jesus
Christ, the Son of God, is about to appear physically in some churches
and some meetings and to many of His people, for one reason - to tell you
He's about to show up."
January 1st, 1990
, the self-proclaimed oracle, shared not one, but two divinations:
“The Lord also tells me to tell
you in the mid-90's, about '94, '95, no later than that; God will
destroy the homosexual community of
America. [Round of applause] But He will not destroy it with what many
minds have thought Him to be. He will destroy it with fire. And many will
turn and be saved, and many will rebel and be destroyed.”
His second foretelling was, “The Spirit tells me Fidel Castro will die in
the '90s.” He elucidates that it will be a very horrible death!
Benny Hinn’s proclamations are so extravagant, so unbelievable, yet hordes
of followers assemble to hear him in churches, stadiums, and fields in lands
all over the world. According to Hinn, he has been in the presence of the
Archangel Michael and he has seen the dead raised; sickness, he says, comes
from individuals attacking preachers; and he’s been covered in gold dust
as a result of his prayers.
Lastly, Hinn claims he “is a
‘little messiah’ walking on earth.”
These are not my words. I haven’t edited one single syllable. The
proclamations should speak for themselves. If these are true, God-fearing
men, leaders of men, women, and children, and their word is taken as gospel,
then our fears are not fearful enough. For in these words of these
supposedly good men, righteous men, freedom-loving men, are the words of
hate, and slander, and disgust - vile, depraved, and immoral rantings
reminiscent of words spoken as truth not so very long ago in lands not so
With a million Jerry Falwell television crusaders in over 168 markets,
Trinity Network nearing a million viewers, Adventist Communication Network (ACN),
the fastest growing network with eight-million church members, and TBN, CBN
– in contributions alone, The Worldwide Church of God rakes in $75-million
in contributions, Oral Roberts Evangelistic Association, $60-million, Pat
Robertson’s 700 Club on CBN, $58-million, Jerry Falwell’s Old Time
Gospel Hour, $48-million – and calculate a growth of no less than 25% a
year, there’s no denying there is big money in TV evangelism.
Pray tell, is it prophesy, as in portending the future, or is it profit, as
in lining one’s pocket? The truth rests in the biblical defining of
Norma Sherry 2004 All rights reserved. Norma Sherry is co-founder of
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to our diminishing civil liberties. She is also an award-winning
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