Sunday, January 9, 2011

January 7th Show: Pat Robertson does not hear from God & other false prophets

Every January prognosticators and forecasters in the world, the church, and the occult publish their predictions for the coming year. When we look back at their track record, we're not very impressed. Some are hit & miss; others are downright off target; none are 100% accurate.

Recently the economic experts have most people's attention. They base their predictions on their understanding of the financial market. Meteorologists forecast weather patterns to expect in the coming year. Astrologers supposedly see into the future via the study of the constellations and superstitious beliefs in their influences. And self-appointed prophets in the visible church prophesy according to a supposed dream, vision, or audible voice from God.

All these voices have a common appeal: worldliness. They attract people who are afraid of the future and want to know that their comfort in this life is secure for another year. Yet that focus is contrary to the Bible. Jesus told us not to concern ourselves with those needs but to seek the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and leave the rest to Him. 

"I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? ...Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble." - Matt. 6:24b-25;34

Yet every year we are bombarded with so-called prophecies of how we need to do certain things in order to prosper and get through the year. CBN founder/president Pat Robertson hears from God, he says, every year. God just happens to keep the same calendar as the former presidential candidate. But his record for accuracy is abysmal. 
Back in 1999, for instance, he said that God told him that those who do not double their giving that year would not survive the year 2000. Benny Hinn quoted him on TBN's Praise-a-Thon in order to twist people's arms to give more than they could afford. When 2000 came and went, there was no apology from the 700 Club or TBN.

According to the Bible, that makes Pat Robertson a false prophet. And we certainly should not listen to him. 

"When a prophet speaks in the name of the LORD, if the thing does not happen or come to pass, that is the thing which the LORD has not spoken; the prophet has spoken it presumptuously; you shall not be afraid of him."  - Deut 18:22

This year, according to Robertson, God is again worried about His people's bank accounts. Pat prefaced his prophecy he gave to the 700 Club audience with a warning: "this is what I'm writing and what I'm saying this is what the Lord said." Then he pontificated about his favorite subject: the economy.

"Your country is in grave peril. The leaders have hearkened to the demands of interest groups and have led your nation into bankruptcy. In two years will come a time of reckoning - it's not now, but it's gonna be two years from now. Your creditors will demand payment and there will not be enough to satisfy their claims. Your currency will shrink in value, your bonds will lose value, people on fixed incomes will suffer, unemployment will escalate, and there will be turmoil." 

The economic forecasters could have said as much and they didn't require some audible voice from God. Since Robertson has already demonstrated his propensity to say "thus saith the Lord" when the Lord hasn't spoken to him, why should we listen to him now? And besides, he didn't say anything important at all anyway.

Elijah List, the umbrella group of false prophets, published a transcript of Pat Robertson's latest prophecy for 2011 and put in a ridiculous disclaimer to protect Pat and other false prophets for being labeled for what they are. The publisher Steve Shultz wrote:

"Some are confused because there are so many differing pieces of the puzzle as we have posted words for 2011. That is because there would not be a need for thousands of prophets unless this was a large puzzle...Keep in mind that prayer can change any negative prophecy."

 Yet Pat Robertson did not deliver his word from God with any conditions. Shultz got this unbiblical idea from the Apostolic Council of Prophetic Elders [ACPE], headed up by C. Peter Wagner and Cindy Jacobs. They put together a collective prophecy from all their false prophet underlings every year and because of their horrible record they had to change the Bible's requirement for 100% accuracy. 

Last year the ACPE prefaced their prophecies with this disclaimer:

"This is the word given through a compilation of the prophetic releases and consensus of the Apostolic Council of Prophetic Elders.  There are differing variables that can affect the timing and/or coming to pass of theses words:
  • All prophecy not contained in scripture is conditional.
  • The timing of when the prophecy comes to pass may occur over a longer period of time than one calendar year.  Some take many years to fulfill.
  • It is possible that prophetic warnings will cause either the person or nation to repent and so turn away the judgment prophesied.  Biblically, this happened when Jonah prophesied to Nineveh and the city repented, causing God to relent."
This gives a whole new definition of a prophet. There hasn't been a single failed prophecy given by any of the Elijah List or ACPE "prophets" that could be interpreted to have failed due to repentance as in Nineveh. And when they specify a time-frame to their prophecy and it does not come to pass, they have no right to say it can happen later. To say that all prophecy is conditional when no conditions were put on them is an insult to everyone's intelligence.

The true prophet Jeremiah told us what our attitude toward false prophets should be and we need to apply that to these "thousands of prophets" that have crept into our churches:

"Thus says the LORD of hosts: 'Do not listen to the words of the prophets who prophesy to you. They make you worthless; They speak a vision of their own heart, Not from the mouth of the LORD.'" -Jer. 23:16


  1. There are a lot more "false prophecies" out there than real and accurate words. God will sort out the fluff from the real soon-everybody will see the true motivation behind many of these so called prophets...

  2. Jackie,
    I commend you on your boldness to speak truth to the lies and deception which has flooded into the low salt,heavy on the sugar church today.
    Just think of all the pollution,poison,perversion,false prophets that could be avoided by no longer watching TV,especially so called Christian TV.

  3. I have a good Christian friend who maintains that it's "Okay" to make mistakes when giving prophesy because they are just practising!! This is the kind of thinking/teaching that has become the norm in some churches today and also, of course,on these many tv programs where these false prophets find a forum and a willing audience. Thanks for continuing to speak the truth Jackie..many are listening.

  4. There are extremes, some too far this way, and others, too far that way. Both extremes are wrong, though they oppose each other, and think by the mere opposing it makes them right. The Word says, Despise not prophesy, but test all things. The Word says test the spirits to see if they are of God. All prophetic words must line up with the Bible or they are false. A true prophet chosen by God only speaks when God speaks, and remains silent when God is silent. He stands in the gap for God's people. He warns of the false. He intercedes with tears. He is God's servant. He is not famous, and is mostly hated and not accepted. He is sent by God. He has learned to hear God's voice, but always prays for hearing ears and seeing eyes and an understanding heart. He walks with God. You will not see such a one in public view much if at all. He does not draw attention to himself; he just goes where God sends him. Such men do exist, but under the radar. And they are loathe to call themselves prophets by their own estimation and only know they are prophets if God has chosen them into this office. And they are not moved by mockers or nay sayers. They are chosen by God and know it. They live to please the Lord. They mourn over their sinfulness and judge themselves daily. They know that it is by the grace of God they are what they are. Much is required of them, because much has been given.

  5. This article is spot-on about prophecies, pentecostalism and
    ALL the televangelists! Pat Robertson's evaluation on Haiti
    is especially nauseating. You come away from it thinking that people with dark skin are of the devil. I am a Louisiana Creole (Kreyol Lwizyan) and share the same culture and language with Haiti (Ayiti). To say that a "pact with the devil" occurred by practicing vodou (voodoo) is sheer
    asininity. Vodou is nothing more than paganism brought by
    the African slaves to Haiti, and then to Louisiana. While I
    do not subscribe to vodou, it is what it is; another religion. I myself am an Orthodox (not Catholic) Christian who uses only the 1599 Geneva Bible; because of its accuracy. I do not even trust the Creole Bible for exactness (not that there is anything wrong translation-wise with it; quite frankly I do not really know). But for Mr.
    Robertson to kick the Haitian people while they are down is very un-Christ-like.