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Lying for Jesus: Pat Robertson

February 22, 2012

Remember: if you take the step of faith, plant the seed (i.e., give money to God’s great man of faith and power), then God will heal you! God doesn’t want you to be poor or sick. He wants you to live in His glorious abundance and health now! All you have to do is take one small step of faith (i.e., give money to God’s great man of faith and power) and you can access all of God’s amazing gifts. Now! Every time!

Unless he doesn’t heal you: then it’s your fault.

One of the most sad and telling claims of so-called ‘faith healers’ from Benny Hinn to Todd Bentley is that the reason people are not healed at their healing conferences or through their television ministries is not because the faith healer wasn’t able to cure the ailment or sickness but because of the lack of faith of the person (and often the inadequate size of their financial gifts) who sought the healing. If only the person had genuine faith, so it goes, then the healing would’ve worked, so don’t blame the healer!

Today on the 700 Club, we saw an example of that when a viewer called in wondering why it is that when he prayed with Pat Robertson during his show for a healing of his knee pain the pain came back the next day. Robertson responded that people can “give up” his healings because “you don’t believe that it’s real” and never claimed the healing, “this is mine.” He also maintained that the return of the pain “may be Satanic and the things come back on you, they come back and you need to rebuke it and command it to leave you, permanently.”

“It’s like the healing was nothing more than a wonderful dream.”

Yes, something like that…

7 Comments leave one →
  1. February 22, 2012 9:25 am

    I don’t like Pat Robertson. At. All.

    However, when I watched this video via Right Wing Watch, I felt the title was slightly misleading. I grew up in this type of theology, and what Pat appears to be saying to me is that the Devil can steal your healing, and if you want to keep it / regain it, you need to continue to battle the devil for it.

    I think it’s shoddy theology. But I don’t think it’s an obvious blame the victim. To me, it felt like a blame the devil then encourage the believe to keep fighting.

    • February 22, 2012 9:32 am

      True… but the two ‘theologies’ are closely related. Let’s remember in this type of ‘theology’ you have to give the devil a foothold, or there has to be some sort of unconfessed sin in your life for him to have a ‘legal’ right to attack you.

      I’m sure if we had to suffer through pat fully explaining his ‘ideas’ on this it would be pretty close to that.

      • February 22, 2012 9:34 am

        I agree that it’s close, but there is still a distinction.

        It’s not your fault if your house gets broken into, but there are things you can do to give yourself additional protection and/or to get your stolen goods back.

        That, to me, is what Pat’s saying.

    • Paul D. permalink
      February 22, 2012 6:04 pm

      Is it really better theology if Pat thinks the devil is more powerful than Jesus than fully blaming the victim? 🙂

      (Leaving aside for a moment the fact that the devil is a fictional invention.)

      • Headless Unicorn Guy permalink
        February 26, 2012 1:20 pm

        Is it really better theology if Pat thinks the devil is more powerful than Jesus…

        That WOULD explain why the Spiritual Warfare types are so shrill — either God would lose without their help or they’re secretly afraid they chose the losing side.

  2. Tracey Sheneman permalink
    February 22, 2012 9:40 am

    Suffer Uncle Pat explaining his half-baked theology? Haven’t we suffered enough already? Is there no healing from the pain of televangelism and consumer Christianity? I believe! Lord help my unbelief.

  3. 4xi0m permalink
    February 22, 2012 1:47 pm

    “Recently, I prayed with you for pain in my knees–and, praise God, my knees were healed! However, I woke up the next day and the pain had returned. It’s like the healing was nothing more than a wonderful dream.”

    Looks like the endorphins wore off. I wonder how often this happens with faith healings.

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