Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Pat, Pat, Pat, Pat, Pat!

In May, Robertson said God told him that storms and possibly a tsunami were to crash into America's coastline in 2006. Even though the U.S. was not hit with a tsunami, Robertson on Tuesday cited last spring's heavy rains and flooding in New England as partly fulfilling the prediction. My local newspaper reported today that this year there will be a major terrorist attack on US soil. "God didn't say 'nuclear' but it will be something like that." At times, Pat's like your crazy uncle from Alabama or West Virginia. (If you're a Southerner, you'll know what I mean). But recently, he's gotten even nuttier, and this needs to stop now. It's time to have the crazy uncle institutionalized, so to speak.

This needs to stop. And, you know, this is one of those times that I find myself siding with Roman Catholics and atheists alike. Sorry, Brother Steve Camp, you know I love you, but I'm doing some reverse "ECB" here. ;).

Now, I realize that this probably won't really have any result, because, well, we're all just cogs in the wheel as far as Robertson is concerned. However, Frank Turk, aka, "Centurion," has started an online petitition calling Robertson to stop, because he is, for all intents and purposes, dragging Christians as a whole down and making himself and the nation look foolish. If you're a Christian, I urge you to sign it and pass along the link to others.

It reads:

Whereas the Bible is God's word to all people in all places at all times, and points to the Son of God, Jesus Christ; in that, it is the final arbiter of God's revelation, and is given that men may believe and be saved, and not to advance anyone human being’s personal agenda,


Whereas we, the undersigned, take the Gospel of Jesus Christ seriously, for the sake of those who have not yet believed,


Whereas we, the undersigned, also take the word of God seriously, as it is God's word and not the result of some man's imagination,


Whereas we, the undersigned, also have a concern for the integrity of the whole church, regardless of denomination, to be a credible witness for the Gospel of Jesus Christ by proclaiming the whole word of God,


Whereas Pat Robertson has, in the last several years, abused the authority of Scripture, abused the license of a minister of God to expound of what "God has said" to him regarding prophecies and signs, and abused the position of high visibility to the public he possesses in those ways while representing himself as a minister of the Gospel,

Therefore, we respectfully and earnestly exhort him to stand down from his self-appointed position as "prophet" -- that is, one who receives God's own words and speaks them to the world apart from established Scripture -- and apologize to the church, and on behalf of the church to those who have witnessed his abuses, for his on-going representation of himself as a mouthpiece for God Almighty.

Because Mr. Robertson has made his errors publicly, we call for his apology publicly. His mistaken representation of his imagination as the word of God is a stumbling block to unbelievers, and discredits the Gospel, which is the only power to save.

If you agree with this, then please, take a moment and sign it. See here:

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