Russell Moore Rightly Skewers Pat Robertson

Russell Moore’s take on Pat Robertson’s most recent abomination is a must-read. Moore writes:

Let me just say this bluntly. This is not just a statement we ought to disagree with. This is of the devil…

The issue here isn’t just that Robertson is, with cruel and callous language, dismissing the Christian mandate to care for the widows and orphans in their distress. The issue is that his disregard is part of a larger worldview. The prosperity and power gospel Robertson has preached fits perfectly well with the kind of counsel he’s giving in recent years. Give China a pass on their murderous policies; we’ve got business interests there. Divorce your weak wife; she can’t do anything for you anymore. Those adopted kids might have brain damage; they’re “weird.” What matters is health and wealth and power. But that’s not the gospel of Jesus Christ. For too long, we’ve let our leaders replace the cross with an Asherah pole. Enough is enough.

Read the rest here. Robertson’s offensive remarks are below.


  • Derek Taylor

    I don’t agree with the reasoning Robertson gave at all. But should we encourage single women to adopt children if they have to work full time in order to support their children and there won’t be a father in the home? Should a man feel guilty if he doesn’t want to step into this situation? We have friends and family who have adopted special needs children and overseas children with difficult problems and I believe it is an amazing testimony to God’s heart of adoption, physically and spiritually. But these can be very, very difficult situations and I do question the wisdom of encouraging a single woman – at least one that has to work outside of the home – from adopting children with these kinds of needs.

    • Jake Thielen


      I think you assume too much. Neither you nor I know what marital position she was in, nor what her own story is and why it would be important to her to adopt children from overseas. We should give her the benefit of the doubt because that’s what Jesus would have done. Let’s stop judging and just help, including how we talk about it. You specifically point to gender-specific roles (ie a “single woman” and a “man” suitor) but let’s try and be open to the possibility that a man could be in the same predicament and that Jesus would respond in the same way.

  • donsands

    Pat! Pat!

    He is one for putting his foot into his health and wealth mouth. He does try to cover himself though, when he says he love orphans, we have helped thousands of them all over the world.

    But his words to this question is ridiculous for a so-called believer in Christ, pastor, teacher, and whatever else he is considered to be.

    Russell really does speak out well in this. Thanks for posting this.

    have a joyous Lord’s Day in our Savior’s love and sovereign hand.

  • Conster326

    Pat Robertson’s comments are so totally out of line!! As and adoptee, and the older sister of several siblings who were also placed for adoption, I can tell you that NONE of us grew up any more “weird” than most people’s biological children!!! He last comment just as the clip ends “I’m in trouble” is the only intelligent thing he said!!

  • ED Schneider

    My first reaction was to be taken back by your article! Then after thinking about it, I realized That though I enjoy some of their stories, that I wasn’t a big fan of Pats! I never liked that ” I see someone” type of thing where you can cure Over the TV! Or how about, You see all these cards and letters we have piled up? Why, we are about to pray over them now! So make sure you send your prayer request in, so that we might pray all over you someday? Blah!

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