Category: Pat Robertson

Pat Robertson says God told him that storms will lash U.S. coastline this year

VIRGINIA BEACH (AP) — In another in a series of notable pronouncements, religious broadcaster Pat Robertson says God told him storms and possibly a tsunami will hit America’s coastline this year. Robertson has made the predictions at least four times in the past two weeks on his news-and-talk television show “The 700 Club” on the Christian Broadcasting Network, which he founded. Robertson said the revelations about this year’s weather came to him during his annual personal prayer retreat in January. “If I heard the Lord right about 2006, the coasts of America will be lashed by storms,” Robertson said May

Pat Robertson not re-elected to broadcasters’ board

He’s a pioneer and heavyweight in evangelical television, but Pat Robertson lost re-election to the National Religious Broadcasters’ board of directors last month. Robertson, who founded the Christian Broadcasting Network, was one of 38 candidates for the 33 board seats during the NRB’s convention Feb. 15-22 . The organization principally represents evangelical radio and television broadcasters. Robertson has had a close relationship with the NRB, which named him Christian broadcaster of the year in 1989. The network’s latest tax statement shows that CBN donated $161,300 to the NRB in 2004-05. Some evangelicals were critical of Robertson in recent months after

A Wholly Controversial Holy Man

Televangelist Pat Robertson’s incendiary remarks raise concerns, even within the religious right movement he helped found. VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — Pat Robertson is lunching this sunny afternoon at his four-star hotel, where the waitresses have committed his favorite meal to memory: grilled chicken over field greens, berries in season, iced tea no lemon. Just across the campus of the sprawling Christian Broadcast Network complex, pledges are pouring in to the “The 700 Club” telethon that Robertson has spent the morning hosting, demonstrating once again the famous fundraising prowess that has made him one of the world’s most recognizable and influential

Pat Robertson Explains On-Air Statements

Television evangelist Pat Robertson, who has rattled the religious and political establishment with recent controversial declarations, acknowledged Thursday “my passion runs ahead of me” on some occasions. “I’ve been doing TV for years and years,” Robertson said. “And the problem is, I ad lib.” Interviewed on ABC’s “Good Morning America” on the morning of the annual National Prayer Breakfast, Robertson was asked about statements suggesting that the United States assassinate President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela and intimating that Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s stroke was God’s punishment for giving up the Gaza strip. Robertson sent a letter to Sharon’s family

Pat Robertson, a prophet to his believers

Pat Robertson fires off controversial statements with a regularity that seems downright reckless not only to a big chunk of the public but also to an increasing number of evangelical leaders who say the Christian broadcaster doesn’t speak for them. Yet to those who share Robertson’s conservative and “charismatic” Christian beliefs, his comments are less a sign of arrogance than of modern-day prophecy and a vivid sense that Bible-based forecasts are playing out in modern times. “I think his views originate in his theology,” said Vinson Synan , dean of the divinity school at Regent University, which Robertson founded. Synan

Israel reconsiders decision to cut ties with Robertson after apology

Israel is reconsidering its decision to break off contacts with Pat Robertson over the construction of a Christian heritage park after the U.S. evangelist apologized for saying Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s massive stroke was divine retribution, a spokesman said Saturday. Israel and Robertson had been close to finalizing a deal to build the multimillion dollar tourist attraction when the broadcaster said last week that Sharon had been punished by God for pulling Israel out of the Gaza Strip in September. The comments prompted Israel to call off talks with Robertson over the deal. Robertson issued an apology, which Israel accepted

Robertson apologizes for saying PM’s stroke was punishment

American evangelist Pat Robertson apologized on Thursday for calling Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s stroke divine punishment for withdrawing from the Gaza Strip. Israel said on Wednesday that it had suspended contact with the evangelist – casting doubt on plans for a Christian tourism center that would showcase the growing flow of money and influence from U.S. church groups. The decision, announced by Israeli officials, does not spill over to other Christian groups that also consider it their spiritual duty to support Israel as fulfillment of biblical prophecy and for some as an essential step to bring Judgment Day. Robertson apologized

Israel punishes US TV evangelist

Israel is pulling out of a $50 million deal with US TV evangelist Pat Robertson after he said Ariel Sharon’s stroke was divine retribution. Tourism Ministry spokesman Ido Hartuv said Israel would not sign a contract with Mr Robertson to build a biblical theme park by the Sea of Galilee. Mr Robertson suggested on his popular TV show the stroke was a punishment for Israel’s withdrawal from Gaza. His remarks were condemned by the US government and American Jewish groups. Mr Robertson was leading a group of evangelical Christians hoping to build the Galilee World Heritage Park. The centre was

Robertson Links Sharon Stroke, God’s Wrath

Christian broadcaster Pat Robertson suggested Thursday that Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s stroke was divine punishment for “dividing God’s land.” “God considers this land to be his,” Robertson said on his TV program “The 700 Club.””You read the Bible and he says `This is my land,’ and for any prime minister of Israel who decides he is going to carve it up and give it away, God says, `No, this is mine.’” Sharon, who ordered Israel’s withdrawal from Gaza last year, suffered a severe stroke on Wednesday. In Robertson’s broadcast from his Christian Broadcasting Network in Virginia Beach, the evangelist

Plans for Holy Land theme park on Galilee shore where Jesus fed the 5,000

The Israeli government is planning to give up a large slice of land to American Christian evangelicals to build a biblical theme park by the Sea of Galilee where Jesus is said to have walked on water and fed 5,000 with five loaves and two fish. A consortium of Christian groups, led by the television evangelist Pat Robertson, is in negotiation with the Israeli ministry of tourism and a deal is expected in the coming months. The project is expected to bring up to 1 million extra tourists a year but an undeclared benefit will be the cementing of a