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Pat Robertson: A Failed Prophet

By January 15, 2006

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Some religious leaders seem to experience an overwhelming urge to make predictions about the future. I don't know why this is so, but perhaps they think that such predictions gives the appearance of a close relationship with God. Indeed, maybe they believe that they have such a relationship and really do have insight on the future. Why, though, don't they learn from their mistakes?

Americans United reported on all the predications which Pat Robertson made for 2005 and which didn’t come true:

After spending “a wonderful time of prayer,” the Christian Coalition founder said, “The Lord had some very encouraging news for George Bush. What I heard [from God] was that Bush is now positioned to have victory after victory and that his second term is going to be one of triumph, which is pretty strong stuff.”

Well, if all the problems that came to light during 2005 are “victories,” I’d hate to see what happens to American when George W. Bush “fails.” We should keep reminding Pat Robertson that, according to his god, breaking the law to spy on Americans is a “victory” for God.

According to Robertson, God even went into specifics. God reportedly said Bush will “also have Social Security reform passed, that he’ll have tax reform passed, that he’ll have conservative judges on the courts and that basically he is positioned for a series of dramatic victories, which I hope will hearten him and his advisors. They don’t have to be timid in this matter because the winds are blowing in his back and he can move forward boldly and get results.” ...

Perhaps Pat Robertson misunderstood God: he meant some other Bush in 50 years will have Social Security reform passed, meaning that the program will expand the guaranteed benefits for everyone.

“The vendetta against religion in America is about to end,” Robertson said God told him. In what Robertson portrayed as a direct quote, God reportedly said, “I will remove judges from the Supreme Court quickly and their successors will refuse to sanction the attacks on religious faith.”...

It’s no wonder that Pat Robertson made threats about the Venezualen president — after all, he’s just taking after God making threats about Supreme Court justices.

Robertson, a multi-millionaire, also predicted an upsurge in the stock market, “extraordinary prosperity” for the nation and for his Christian Broadcasting Network, a tremendous incidence of miracles in the United States, a lessening of the terrorist threat and widespread conversions to Christianity among Muslims “that will amaze the world.”

What would really be amazing is if Pat Robertson made any predictions that came anywhere close to being true. In 1980, he predicted that the USSR would invade the Middle East. In 1981, he predicted a global economic collapse. He predicted that the USSR would invade Israel. In 2004, he predicted that George W. Bush would “easily” win the election in a “blowout.”

He’s so bad, I’m not sure that even the tabloid supermarket newspapers would hire him on as an astrologist to do their yearly predictions.

Robertson also announced that the appearance of the Antichrist and the second coming of Jesus are not on the calendar this year. Although the Christian scriptures say no one knows the “day and hour” of Christ’s second coming, Robertson insisted, “The end is not yet, because God has many more things to do. So people that say that Jesus is going to come tonight or that the Antichrist is going to be revealed tomorrow and so forth, that just isn’t going to happen.”

Well, OK, that prediction came true: neither the Antichrist nor Jesus appeared in 2005. He could make that prediction every year and be right every time. Perhaps he knows that, too.


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November 1, 2007 at 10:47 pm
(1) Joe says:

I’m a Christian, yet I agree with much of what is said here. Pat Robertson makes a mockery of his own faith with his hairbrained predictions. In Deuteronomy 18:20 God commanded Israel to stone anyone who made false prophesies in God’s name. Ironically, Pat Robertson is the fulfillment of a New Testament prediction, that “in the last days the way of truth will be brought into disrepute.”, unfortunately and in large part by Christ’s own ‘followers’. And one more thing from the Bible regarding Pat, from Proverbs: “as a dog returns to his own vomit, so a fool repeats his folly”.

Please take note of the greatness of Jesus and his teachings, love, kindness, forgiveness, and then treat Pat Robertson and his kind as those who totally delighted in nailing Jesus to a cross.

January 3, 2008 at 11:30 pm
(2) Daddio says:

Curiously enough, some of them did seem to work out. Bush sort of has triumphed, beating the Democrats many times even though they have majorities in both the House and Senate. He ordered the surge in Iraq and it worked; it’s so peaceful now you barely hear about the deaths, compared to the constant mantra in the past. And the stock market was up 6.7% for 2007 as I recall. I think he’s a little dumb to do this every year, and he’s often wrong (thank God) but the overall slam on him by an atheist is far from completely correct, and the reasons for the article are completely understandable.

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