Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Pat Robertson's "Prophecy"?

Well, you'll have to excuse me for being a bit of a skeptic, since Pat Robertson has been know to make outlandish (or at least dubious)statements from time to time. Now he's really outdone himself. He says God told him that a terrorist attack on the United States would cause a "mass killing" late in 2007, sometime after September. Interesting.

I can't say he didnt hear from God on this, and cant say he did. But I guess we'll just keep an eye on this and see. If we dont get hit in late 2007 then Pat should go away. I have felt for a while that this man is an embarrasment to the Church and his statements to often just give ammunition to those who hate the Church.

The Bible says "prove all things" (I Thessalonians 5:21) , and that when someone propesies the other saints should judge (that is, to use discernment and weigh what is being said)(1 Corinthians 14:29).

And of course theres is Deuteronomy 18, vs. 21-22: "And if you say in your heart, ‘How shall we know the word which the LORD has not spoken?’— when a prophet speaks in the name of the LORD, if the thing does not happen or come to pass, that is the thing which the LORD has not spoken; the prophet has spoken it presumptuously; you shall not be afraid of him.

This is the test Pat Robertson and all who claim to have a prophetic "word from God" must be held to.

VIRGINIA BEACH, Virginia (AP) -- Evangelical broadcaster Pat Robertson said Tuesday that God has told him that a terrorist attack on the United States would cause a "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."

Robertson said God told him about the impending tragedy during a recent prayer retreat.

God also said, he claims, that major cities and possibly millions of people will be affected by the attack, which should take place sometime after September.

Robertson suggested in January 2006 that God punished then-Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon with a stroke for ceding Israeli-controlled land to the Palestinians.

The broadcaster predicted in January 2004 that President Bush would easily win re-election.

Bush won 51 percent of the vote that fall, beating Democratic Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts.

In 2005, Robertson predicted that Bush would have victory after victory in his second term. He said Social Security reform proposals would be approved and Bush would nominate conservative judges to federal courts.

Lawmakers confirmed Bush's 2005 nominations of John Roberts and Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court. But the president's Social Security initiative was stalled.

"I have a relatively good track record," he said. "Sometimes I miss."

In May, 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.

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