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The "700 Club" television program is co-hosted by Pat Robertson, Terry Meeuwsen, and Robertson’s son, Gordon. Here are excerpts from the "700 Club" telecast that aired on January 2, 2002:
PAT ROBERTSON: As you know, ladies and gentlemen, I spend the last several days of each year in a time of prayer to seek what guidance I can receive from the Lord. And, I always say, uh, with some sense of humility I think I’m hearing from the Lord, but I would certainly ask for confirmation or ask for somebody to disagree with me, but nevertheless, I’ll share it. We’ve got some more…
TERRY MEEUWSEN: Well, I guess that is our human nature, as you talked about at the beginning of your message yesterday that we want to move on when something is difficult, we want to go back to the way things were before and we’re seeing that I think…
PAT ROBERTSON: Well, you know it’s just business as usual… The truth is people are right back where they were before. And although there’s a small remnant who are really praying and seeking God and turning from sin, there hasn’t been a sense of national repentance. We just haven’t had that. We had a day of reconciliation, whatever that means, but we didn’t have a day of repentance. Here’s a few other things that the Lord said, and I think this is important, if I’m hearing from him, and again, I put that out with a caveat. "A time certain is set for God’s judgment on the Earth" — and this is the first person – "I will punish men and women for" — get these things – "idolatry, sorcery, immorality, murder, violence, blasphemy, and indifference to me. What is coming will be too horrible for you to contemplate. Know that the Day of Judgment is very near, and warn people to be ready". And that was the message over and over the Lord spoke to me is that tell people to turn from the way they’re going and turn to God and warn them, warn them over and over again to get ready for what’s happening….
Take this for what it’s worth and no more than that, but I do believe that San Francisco is going to be a target of these people, and I think that Detroit is going to be a target. We had one person at a prayer meeting say that he had a dream so vivid about Dallas, that he woke up and turned the TV on because he thought he was seeing a newscast. But, I think something through ship is going to be the one. But this is what I think the Lord told me….
The Lord also said he’s going to put his mantle over George Bush to protect him. He said "He talks to me and I will lead him." This is a man who prays and God’s going to put his mantle on him. And we’re going to see– we thank God for a good leader in this nation, and God’s going to bless him. And, the next thing is America will survive what is coming, but it won’t survive in its present form. The proud will be humbled and then the time will come that they will turn to the Lord. In this country, God will lift us up. So, that’s the good news. And, there’s one last thing that the Lord led me to in Isaiah. And this is Isaiah, the fifth chapter and it’s the eleventh verse following, and it comes out of the Living Bible and I want to read this to you because I think it’s very- this is the Living Bible, "Destruction is certain for you who get up early to begin long drinking bouts that last late into the night"–the big carousing and the parties. The second is, "Destruction is certain for those who drag their sins behind them tied with cords of falsehood." There’s all kinds of sin going on and people lying about it and covering it up, but this next one is more significant than any. Now this is Isaiah speaking. This isn’t Pat Robertson. This is Isaiah the prophet, "Destruction is certain for those who say evil is good and good is evil that dark is light and light is dark, that bitter is sweet and sweet is bitter." Those who say evil is good and good is evil, and that’s what’s happening in this country. Certain perversions, sexual perversions for an example, are being touted as a privileged activity, and those who oppose it are being called evil. We’ve reversed the equation. God said that destruction is– we used to think that the slaughter of an unborn child was wrong. It was banned in the laws of all of our states, banned in the United States. It was an abhorrent thing for a woman to kill her child. Now, people brag on the fact that they’re pro-choice, and that they applaud abortion and that pro-choice and, uh, it’s called "anti-abortion" is bad.
GORDON ROBERTSON: They flipped it so Christianity is the religion of intolerance, and if you speak what the Bible says, that’s hate speech. We’ve gotten into a brave new world, if you were, where black is white.
PAT ROBERTSON: Well, again, this is the word of God. This is the prophet
Isaiah. I want to say over and over again to all those nice people at People For
the American Way who like to twist our speech here that this is not me. This is
Isaiah, and I quote further from Isaiah, "That is why the anger of the Lord
burns against his people. That is why he raised his fist to crush them. He will
send a signal to the nations far away to come and do them damage". Now,
that’s what we’ve got.
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On the February 21, 2002 edition of The 700 Club, Robertson had the following to say about the Islamic religion:
"[Islam] is not
a peaceful religion that wants to coexist. They want to coexist until they can
control, dominate and then if need be destroy."
"[L]adies and gentlemen, I have taken issue with our esteemed president in regard to his stand in saying Islam is a peaceful religion. It’s just not. And the Koran makes it very clear, if you see an infidel, you are to kill him. That’s what it says. Now that doesn’t sound very peaceful to me."
fact is that our immigration policies are now so skewed to the Middle East and
away from Europe that we have introduced these people into our midst and
undoubtedly there are terrorist cells all over them."
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VATICAN CITY: The Vatican said on Tuesday the September
11 attacks in the United States were the product of a society that engaged in
abortion, euthanasia and genetic experiments on humans.
"The right to life is threatened precisely by today’s highly advanced technology… creating a culture of death, in which abortion, euthanasia and genetic experiments on human life itself have already obtained or are on the way to obtaining legal recognition," Nigerian cardinal Francis Arinze said in a letter to Buddhists posted on the Vatican web site.
"How can we not make a correlation between this culture of death — in which the most innocent, defenceless and critically ill human lives are threatened with death — and terrorist attacks such as those of September 11, in which thousands of innocent people were slaughtered?"
Arinze, who presides over the Vatican council for dialogue between religions, wrote the letter to Buddhists around the world to mark the Vesah 2002 celebrations of the anniversary of the birth of Buddha.
Arinze invited Buddhists to work with Catholics to protect human life and reject what he called today’s "culture of death."
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