would appear that the messages Pat Robertson has been hearing from God are
not from God at all, but a cruel, conniving imposter.
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.
have been many self-proclaimed prophets in our history.
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.
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.
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.
calculations in, “The Book of Prophesies”, which he published in 1505.
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
1736 brought a British theologian who predicted a flood likened to
Noah’s…and the band played on.
is no shortage of God-fearing men and women who commune with God and as
such, are privy to His private utterances.
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.
Watchtower Society has been quite prolific in their predictions for
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?
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
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.
Pat Robertson’s, the Jerry Falwell’s, The
Benny Hinn’s, and who can forget past evangelist’s
Jimmy and Tammy Faye Bakker.
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
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?
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."
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
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.
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,
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 anymore.”
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?”
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.
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.”
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
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.”
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.”
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
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....”
Reverend Jerry Falwell fares no better. On a myriad of topics his
intolerance and bigotry are glaring:
you're not a born-again Christian, you're a failure as a human
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.”
idea that religion and politics don't mix was invented by the Devil to
keep Christians from running their own country.”
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 Constitution.”
Jews are returning to their land of unbelief. They are spiritually blind
and desperately in need of their Messiah and Savior.”
favorite, if one can justly refer to anything Jerry Falwell says, as a
favorite, was a remark he said on Crossfire
in 1997, “Grown men should not be having sex with prostitutes unless
they are married to them.”
probably one of his most despicable remarks was, “AIDS is the wrath of a
just God against homosexuals. To oppose it would be like an Israelite
jumping in the
to save one of Pharaoh’s charioteers.”
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
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."
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
[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.”
second foretelling was, “The Spirit tells me Fidel Castro will die in
the '90s.” He elucidates that it will be a very horrible death!
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.
Hinn claims he “is
‘little messiah’ walking on earth.”
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
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
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
Sherry is co-founder of www.TogetherForeverChanging.org,
an organization devoted to educating, stimulating, and igniting personal
responsibility particularly with regards to our diminishing civil
liberties. She is also an award-winning writer/producer and host of
upcoming television program, The
Norma Sherry Show on WQXT TV.