Is Pat Robertson speaking a prophetic word? Or is he making a deduction based on an interpretation of events? Referencing the Haitian revolution, Robertson appears to be saying that tens of thousands died because they were cursed for their grandfathers’ sins. This is a provocative thought, but what purpose does it serve? Every time there is a disaster, is it because of sin? Every time a person falls ill, or is injured, or suffers the loss of his property, is it because of sin?
Jesus was asked such a question after he healed a blind man. His disciples asked who caused the man’s blindness. Jesus replied, “It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in him” (John 9:2). Jesus does not invite speculation. He does not seek the disciples’ input. Nor does he ask questions. He simply states the man was blind so “that the works of God might be displayed…”
If Robertson is speaking a prophetic word, should he not add, “Thus says the Lord”? Should not his word be subject to the prophets? But if he is simply speculating, does that glorify the Lord?
Rachel Maddow- Haitian ambassador shames Pat Robertson:
Pastor Rick Warren offered the following comment at Twitter: “Labeling any natural disaster as God’s judgment is nonsense. True ‘judgment begins with God’s family’ 1Peter4:17, not others.”
Update from CBN:
Statement Regarding Pat Robertson’s Comments on Haiti
CBN.com – VIRGINIA BEACH, Va., January 13, 2010 –On today’s The 700 Club, during a segment about the devastation, suffering and humanitarian effort that is needed in Haiti, Dr. Robertson also spoke about Haiti’s history. His comments were based on the widely-discussed 1791 slave rebellion led by Boukman Dutty at Bois Caiman, where the slaves allegedly made a famous pact with the devil in exchange for victory over the French. This history, combined with the horrible state of the country, has led countless scholars and religious figures over the centuries to believe the country is cursed. Dr. Robertson never stated that the earthquake was God’s wrath. If you watch the entire video segment, Dr. Robertson’s compassion for the people of Haiti is clear. He called for prayer for them. His humanitarian arm has been working to help thousands of people in Haiti over the last year, and they are currently launching a major relief and recovery effort to help the victims of this disaster. They have sent a shipment of millions of dollars worth of medications that is now in Haiti, and their disaster team leaders are expected to arrive tomorrow and begin operations to ease the suffering.
Spokesman for CBN
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