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?