Wednesday, January 03, 2007

One Day He'll Get Lucky

He did it again.
In what has become an annual tradition of prognostications, religious broadcaster Pat Robertson predicted Tuesday that a terrorist attack on the United States would result in "mass killing" late in 2007.

"I'm not necessarily saying it's going to be nuclear," he said during his news-and-talk television show "The 700 Club" on the Christian Broadcasting Network. "The Lord didn't say nuclear. But I do believe it will be something like that."
Let us not forget that "In May [of 2006], Robertson said God told him that storms and possibly a tsunami were to crash into America's coastline in 2006. Even though the U.S. was not hit with a tsunami, Robertson on Tuesday cited last spring's heavy rains and flooding in New England as partly fulfilling the prediction."

I seem to recall something from God about prophets whose words do not come to pass.

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. Do not be afraid of him (Deut 18:21-22)

How long will people like this continue to pull the wool over the eyes of weak, untaught believers, along with scores of people who think they are following God because they listen to this kind of nonsense?

One day, Robertson will be right. And it will not be because God told him ahead of time. It will be because he talks too much.

The worst thing is that he uses the name of God in making these silly predictions. This is a direct violation of the third commandment, "Do not take the name of the Lord your God in vain." Robertson, in invoking God's name and using God's name for something God would not use it for, has violated the third commandment. It is good for Robertson that God has more grace than Robertson has theology.

Let this serve as a warning to us all. When you use the name of God, make sure you use it only for what He would use it for. Anything else is false prophecy, vain use, and quite frankly, stupid.

Whether in the pulpit or in the workplace, on TV or in front of the TV, treat the Word of God and the name of God with the utmost sobriety. To do less is to invite the judgment of God and the ridicule of the world on the God you claim to serve.


Chris Anderson said...

Plop, plop. Fizz, fizz.

"Sometimes I miss," he says. Do ya think?!

"Sometimes I miss." What does he think: that prophesying the death of millions is like throwing horseshoes?


Joel Tetreau said...


This is why the OT stipulation of a true prophet was 100% accuracy. Anything less and it's clearly not prophecy of the Heavenly kind.

Straigh Ahead!


Derek Makri said...

It is people like Robertson that give believers a bad name amongst unbelievers. He gives the lost an occasion to mock God.