Robertson Got It Wrong (Again)

January 02, 2008

Last January, televangelist Pat Robertson claimed that he had a prophesy from God. He said God told him that for 2007 there will be "mass killing" from a terrorist attack against America sometime after September. Robertson went on to suggest that it might even be nuclear, even though he said he did not hear God say that word. With 2008 now here, it is clear that Robertson was wrong. Thus, perhaps he should be worried about the warning in Deuteronomy 18:20-22:

"But a prophet who presumes to speak in my name anything I have not commanded, or a prophet who speaks in the name of other gods, is to be put to death."

You may say to yourselves, "How can we know when a message has not been spoken by the LORD?" If what a prophet proclaims in the name of the LORD does not take place or come true, that is a message the LORD has not spoken. That prophet has spoken presumptuously. No one should be alarmed.
This is sadly not the first time that Robertson has claimed that God told him something that later did not come true. He once claimed that God told him he would be president (thank God that one was wrong!). In 2006, he claimed that God told him large ocean storms would hit America (he must have been a year behind on that one). And in 2005, he claimed it would be a good year for George W. Bush (that worked unless you count Hurricane Katrina, Harriet Miers, Tom DeLay, and Jack Abramoff). That does not sound like a true prophet. Thus, it is time for everyone to recognize Robertson as a false prophet. Christians need to look elsewhere for leadership and guidance and the media needs to finally realize that he is not a credible Christian leader.

On The 700 Club today, Robertson admitted that his prophesy for 2007 was wrong but shrugged it off and offered new ones for 2008. He argued that "possibly" he did not mess up but that "the people of God prayed, and God in his mercy spared us" (maybe God should have offered an update). He then went on to claim that God told him who would win the presidential election but that he was not going to say. Other prophesies he claimed came from God was that oil would continue to rise and the dollar will continue decline, that there would be more violence around the world, and that by 2009 or "maybe 2010" there will be a major stock market crash (you would think God could narrow the date down a little better for Pat). Sadly it seems that Robertson has still not learned from his past failures.