On Pat Robertson & being apalled

I don’t normally comment on current news, events, or goings-on in the Christian world on this blog, but after reading the following articles regarding some statements by a well-known Christian “leader”–and watching the accompanying videos–I feel compelled to share some thoughts.

The articles and videos can be found here and here.

Hopefully any discerning Christian with half a brain agrees with me that the time has come for dear Pat Robertson to step down, step aside, and stop opening his mouth. Men like him are just one more reason American evangelical Christianity has become such a laughingstock to the world. If we are mocked and persecuted for the sake of the gospel, that’s perfectly acceptable, but to be mocked and ridiculed because someone claiming to be one of us keeps opening his mouth and saying absolutely ludicrous, chauvinistic, and un-Christlike nonsense is totally unacceptable. This man does not represent Christ. And I wholeheartedly disagree with 99% of what came out of his mouth.

Should a woman, by the power of the Holy Spirit, forgive and love her cheating husband? Absolutely. But overlook it? Absolutely not. Diminish it, because, as Robertson says, “he’s a man” and “all men tend to wander”? Absolutely not. Take responsibility for it? Because, somehow, it must be her fault he cheated? Absolutely, unequivocally, most resoundingly not!

Why anyone listens to this man and gives him credibility is beyond me. For any so-called “man of God” that essentially says it’s ok for a man to cheat on his wife and that it’s the wife’s fault he cheats in the first place should be seen for what he truly is: absolutely deluded. And certainly not a “man of God.”

Pat Robertson just gives the perfect example, and provides one more reason, why I am so disgusted and disillusioned with so much of what passes for “Christianity” these days.

If only people out there calling themselves Christians would stop looking to mere men for advice and spiritual direction. Stop putting all these fallible, sinful men up on pedestals and expect them to tell you how to act and behave. Get out your Bible. Read it. Pray. And seek out those who do the same. Put Christ first. Not man. Christ is the only One we can really trust.

I wish the people at the megachurch I serve at would do this. Much to my disappointment, both of my fellow ESL teachers basically defended the pastor of the church, who, as I’ve mentioned in previous posts, is being accused of sexual misconduct. I also saw news interviews with some of the congregants, who defended him as well, some giving him all the praise for “saving them.” Yikes. Wake up, people. Never look to man to save you. And if you think this pastor “saved” you, you need to start reading your Bible. Only Jesus saves.

I guess all of this hullabaloo–both with Pat Robertson, and with the pastor at my local megachurch–just goes to show how biblically illiterate and undiscerning much of American Christianity is nowadays.

How incredibly, tragically sad.

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5 thoughts on “On Pat Robertson & being apalled

  1. Put Christ first. Not man. Christ is the only One we can really trust. …

    … Never look to man to save you. And if you think this pastor “saved” you, you need to start reading your Bible

    This made me think of I Timothy 4:16. I actually think the comment that Christ is the only One you can trust, is sad. Surely it is possible to find trustworthy human beings in this world. That our churches are overrun with corruption does not mean that there are no wise and trustworthy teachers.

    The last comment just struck me as an overstatement. Of course a Christian should put Christ first, put that does not mean that no one else gets any position whatsoever. Scripture tells us (as in that I Timothy passage) that we can aid one another in salvation. Otherwise, why did God appoint men to write His Word in the Scripture? Why does He bestow gifts of teaching and counsel? Of course God comes first, as He is the Author of all of these good things, but we also get by with a little help from our mortal friends, if we are lucky enough to have any.

    • Thanks so much for your input, even though you might disagree. After all I’ve been through in my life, I actually have come to the conclusion that Christ is indeed the only One I can truly trust. Sad? Maybe. Or maybe not. It just depends on how you look at it! It can also be incredibly freeing. It’s simply the way things are, living in a fallen world amongst fallen human beings. I wouldn’t ask others to completely trust me either–I know I’m just as sinful as the next person. Even Jesus Himself entrusted Himself to no man, knowing, as Scripture says, what was in the heart of man. Scripture urges us to place our trust in God, never in man. There is a reason for this.

      This is, of course, not to say that God doesn’t give us people we can trust to some degree, and those we can look to for counsel–I didn’t mean to imply we should NEVER turn to people for anything. We just need to always keep in mind that it is ultimately God we place our trust and confidence in. Never, ever in another human being, no matter how godly they may be.

      As for my last comment, I don’t think I made an overstatement. Yes, God puts people in our lives who He definitely uses to draw us to Himself and aid in our salvation, however, salvation ultimately, always comes from Him. The danger is when one starts to look to those men and women God placed in their lives as their saviors, instead of the Lord Himself. That was the point I was trying to make. I think perhaps we agree more than disagree.

  2. P.S.: I should note, in case there be any doubt amidst my disagreement above, that I agree that the counsel of those who ignore abuse, make excuses for it, or even one way or another advocate it as “Biblical” is a scourge of Christendom, an outrage. Just the same, I don’t think it’s so simple as just pick up your Bible and read it–there you will find all of the answers. A lot of these more foul preachers know (and misinterpret) their Bibles very well. A lot of ordinary and well-meaning people do the same. It’s not like Scripture is a diagnostic manual for every particular problem one encounters in this life either. So, as I said in my prior comment, good teachers and counselors, rare though they may be, are a blessing, and going it alone with just one’s Bible can easily be a path to misunderstanding, heresy, and misery.

    • Again, I think you’ve misunderstood me, and we actually agree more than disagree. I don’t disagree with any of your points. In my post, I said the following: “Get out your Bible. Read it. Pray. And seek out those who do the same.” Emphasis being on the last sentence. Obviously, we need to be in fellowship with others. But we need to be in fellowship with those who are also reading His Word and praying. If we just listen to preachers and believe every word they say, without opening the Bible ourselves and being “Berean” (as Scripture itself urges us to be), and engaging others with what we read in Scripture, then we are more vulnerable to deception. The problem I see in so many churches is that the people just sit there and take every word the pastor says as “truth,” without actually reading the Bible themselves and engaging others in discussion about what they’re being taught.

      Perhaps I will be more careful in future of “knee-jerk” reaction posts like this one. I can see how you, and others, might misunderstand much of what I wrote. However misunderstood, and poorly put, however, I stand by what I said.

      Thank you for the dialogue and I certainly welcome any additional input.

      • No need to worry about writing “knee-jerk” reaction posts. I don’t think it was all that “knee-jerk” anyway, but I should say you’re right that there is agreement between us. I could call my own comments knee-jerk too, by the way, as I struck upon a couple of ideas in your post (albeit ones I thought you intended to be salient) and reacted, but I won’t even call my own comments knee-jerk. I’ll declare a moratorium on the term instead. 😉 You wrote what you wanted to write, I responded to a bit of it, and I think our brief little exchange here has been harmless and towards the purpose of understanding.

        So please do stand by what you said (and it wasn’t as poorly put as you would have us believe). I would never insist on a retraction. 🙂

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