In a recent broadcast of the “700 Club,” Robertson advises a viewer to become a Muslim so that he can beat his wife (see above). After a viewer writes-in asking advice on how to deal with a rebellious wife, Robertson responds:
“Well, you could become a Muslim and you could beat her… This man’s got to stand up to her and he can’t let her get away with this stuff.”
At first it comes out like a really bad joke, and his co-host brushes it off. But then he comes back to it again as if what this wayward wife really needs is a good beating from her husband. Robertson almost sounds remorseful that wife-beating is not a legal option, saying “I don’t think we condone wife-beating these days but something has got to be done.”
It would be almost impossible to believe that he said such a thing were there not video evidence. It just seems so implausible that someone could possibly say such a thing on national television, but there it is.
This is but the latest episode now in a long line of horrendous blunders. Last year, he has advised a man to divorce his invalid wife. Just weeks ago, he stigmatized adopted children as “weird.” When you add to that the fact that he is proponent of the prosperity gospel, it is plain that this man is not operating from a biblical worldview. Wisdom cries out in the streets (Proverbs 1:21), and it ought to be plain to everyone at this point that this man is a false teacher, not a spokesman for evangelical Christianity.
What is equally shocking as his answers is that people still seek his advice.
Not only did he make a really bad joke, he also went on and on speculating about this woman’s conduct, knowing absolutely nothing about the man or woman. This kind of call in format, making Robertson a (really bad) Ann Landers is really not biblical counsel at all.
What is equally-equally shocking is that presidential candidates still allow him to be associated with their platform.
Denny, it was your post last year that prompted me to write on my own blog about his Alzheimer’s disease comment. You’ll see that topic is especially close to home for me. I’m actually more hopeful today to hear news that Robertson will finally step down than I am anxious for tomorrow’s iPhone 5 event – and that’s saying something. http://www.fencepostblog.com/2011/09/why-robertson-is-wrong-about-marriage/
Amen, Denny. Well-said, and glad that you are saying it clearly and have said it for a good long time.
But then, as a Charismatic, Robertson has said that the Bible has “probably 95 per cent” of what we need to know as Christians.
This stuff must come from that crucial 5 per cent that the Charismatic must divine from hints and whispers within his own heart.
I wonder if he might not have some kind of disease affecting his brain… I say that in all seriousness. These kinds of comments seem to be coming more and more frequently and they are not only bad from a Christian perspective, but from a normal, thinking human perspective. I’m no fan of Robertson, but it’s even hard for me to believe he’d say some of this stuff.
Paula Bolyard (@pbolyard)
Robertson needs to be marginalized. Period. His time of relevance has come to a close. I hope Christians of all stripes will denounce this and demand his “retirement” from public ministry. I hope, for the sake of his soul, that the views he’s exhibited recently are signs of senility rather than what’s truly in his heart.
And Adam, I agree with you. Robertson should be considered political napalm at this point. Any candidate dumb enough to seek his approval probably deserves the scorn that will be heaped upon him.
Whenever Pat starts talking someone at CBN should just pull the plug. “I’m sorry Pat I don’t know what went wrong your audio just turned off.” When will this guy just retire already.