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Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Pat Robertson does not represent me!

I recently read the story where Pat Robertson spoke for God about the stroke that Israel's Prime Minister Ariel Sharon recently had. He had the audacity to say,


 


He also said, however, that in the Bible, the prophet Joel "makes it very clear that God has enmity against those who 'divide my land."'



Sharon "was dividing God's land and I would say woe unto any prime minister of Israel who takes a similar course to appease the EU (European Union), the United Nations, or the United States of America," Robertson said. 


 


Now perhaps there are readers of mine that believe what Pat Robertson said to be true. I know that many Christians think that Israel still plays an important role to Christians today and in end times prophecy.  I know that many believe exactly what Pat Robertson's spokesperson says below:


 


Robertson spokeswoman Angell Watts said of critics who challenged his remarks, "What they're basically saying is, `How dare Pat Robertson quote the Bible?"'


 


"This is what the word of God says," Watts said. "This is nothing new to the Christian community."


 


I would beg to differ with her. I do not believe that Pat Robertson knows what goes on in the heart and mind of God let alone that he has interpreted God's word correctly here. I find it appalling that he would publicly call Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's stroke a judgment of God. How can Pat Robertson possibly know that? I also find it appalling that people in the world think that Pat Robertson speaks for all Christians! He does not speak for me, and actually I think he does a great deal of damage to Christians.


 


When I was a new Christian I struggled with passages in scripture that talked about Christ's coming, and I struggled with the role Israel was said to play in God's plan. I was not satisfied with the answers my Dispensational church was giving me to scriptures like this:


 


Matthew 16:27-28 (New American Standard Bible)


"For the Son of Man is going to come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and will then repay every man according to his deeds. Truly I say to you, there are some of those who are standing here who will not taste death until they see the Son of Man coming in His kingdom."


 


What did it mean - "those who are standing here who will not taste death" - how can that be explained in the future sense when it so clearly speaks of something soon without compromising God's word? Well it CAN be explained and I was thrilled to find out that the Bible was living and accurate and made sense. God did not leave us without the truth, but those to whom I was turning for theological clarity had a different worldview and saw the Bible through a Dispensational lense.


 


There is another lense and I found the help I needed in some of the books below. I read with fascination as RC Sproul explained things to me in a whole new way. I cannot recommend his book highly enough. Gary DeMar also dives deeply into God's word and explains passages like these and much more. God is still our holy God, Jesus is still His majestic and perfect son - our sacrifice, nothing is compromised of what is true, but scripture makes SENSE now! 


 


The Last Days According to Jesus, R.C. Sproul


and


Last Days Madness, Gary DeMar


and a book recommended by both Mr. DeMar and Mr. Sproul,


The Parousia, by J. Stuart Russell


 


I plan on getting The Parousia soon and I can't wait!


 


Kate

7 comments:

ChildsGeography said...

Excellent Insights regarding Pat Robertson's comments....and thank you for the book recommendations.

Warmly,

Ann V. HolyExperience/ACG

Anonymous said...

Yeah, Pat Robertson is a NUT JOB. At least, that's how *I* feel. He does so much harm when he opens his mouth! Bleah.


~Jo

sparrow said...

Me either!


It's so sad that he "speaks" for Christians. Would someone please fire him!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the book recommendations. I'll look for them soon.

We are in the process of learning more about Reform faith/ideas. I certainly like the more "Reformational" Reform-types -- they seem to be the movers and shakers in getting Christians back to following God's words -- and we've met enough of them to make us at least curious about Reform theology.

I do think the Bible has lots to say about Israel, though, and that God still has a soft spot in His heart for the people He chose to reveal His glory through so long ago.

Perhaps the truth won't end up looking exactly like anything any of us can figure out. Perhaps hindsight will be 20/20, as up in heaven we read over scripture and say, "Oh, that's what You meant by that!"

Anyway, thanks for the book ideas. We'll find them soon.

Deborah

www.onebeggarsbread.blogspot.com


thewestiecrew said...

Kate,

I can't thank you enough for posting these! I am about to be back in the book of Revelation during my quiet time and have sat through many studies on it (from a *non-reformed* viewpoint). I have always come away with more questions than answers which is frustrating. I was just about to start asking around for some good quality books for my own personal study, and here are some suggestions!! I will certainly look into them. Thanks again. :)

Gayle

esperanzavallero said...

Wow, you sure got an earful about Sharon.

Why any Christian would say someone deserves calamity is foolish. God judged the people in the book of Obadiah for rejoicing in the calamity of their enemies.

All Pat Robertson does is make Christians look like the hateful people many would like to imagine us. Too bad the media doesn't however pick up more of the stories of all the good works Christians are doing in various impoverished places. And too bad Pat Robertson can't use his platform for God's glory.

Miss you lots

Love,

Jennifer

Anonymous said...

Jen P. - I agree completely! It makes me sad as well as upset that he speaks the way he does.


And to my new reader, thanks for your thoughts. I was not posting in favor of Sharon, or even saying I liked the guy, but in reference to the foolishness of Pat Robertson. Thanks for all the information!


Warmly,

Kate



Edited by UndertheSky on Jan. 16, 2006 at 3:23 PM