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Pat Robertson

Compiled by Carol Brooks

 But evil men and impostors shall wax worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived.
2 Timothy 3:13

Introduction
Estimates of Pat Robertson’s net worth vary between 140 million and a billion dollars. While the exact figure is not known, there is little doubt that he is a wealthy man... An extremely wealthy man... with a “mammoth media, educational, and legal empire”.

    “Robertson lives on the top of a Virginia mountain, in a huge mansion with a private airstrip. He owns the Ice Capades [Pat Robertson's International Family Entertainment Inc bought Ice Capades In Tele-PatRobertsonFebruary 1995 from Dorothy Hamill for $10 million], a small hotel, diamond mines (in Zaire), a vitamin company (Kalo Vita) involved in a multi-level marketing scheme along the lines of Amway, and until recently, International Family Entertainment, parent company of the Family Channel … all estimated to be worth between $150-200 million”. How does a televangelist, who is supposedly involved in non-profit work, manage to create such a fortune for himself? One thing is known for sure, Robertson's numerous private business interests have at times pushed their expenses onto the tax-exempt, religious interests of CBN. For example, Robertson was caught using CBN money and equipment to aid his diamond mining operation -- a double good deal for Pat, seeing as he employed people in Zaire for ridiculously low wages, and managed to use CBN's infrastructure to cut costs even more. In looking at Robertson's businesses, one is struck by the constant use of non-profit, donor money to fund his schemes. (For documentation of this and more, see Rob Boston's book entitled The Most Dangerous Man in America?: Pat Robertson and the Rise of the Christian Coalition.) [1]

Pat Robertson has taken the word ‘Christian’ leader to new lows, partially lining his pockets by getting involved with diamond-mining operations and brutal dictators and dealing with peddlers of porn… all the while peddling his version of the truth to millions. Please note that the following is far from a comprehensive report on Pat Robertson, but a summary of major issues in his checkered career.

Shady Practices
Mining Controversy
Ecumenism
The New Age
Name It / Claim It
The Prosperity Doctrine
Eastern Worldviews
False Prophecy
Racial Discrimination?
Rupert Murdoch
Diet Shake
Political Endorsements

Shady Practices

    “The "700 Club," founded by CBN (1977), was funded substantially with monies contributed by CBN donors. Robertson, who piously touts the importance of moral integrity, has yet to answer for the millions that found their way into his pockets in early May of 1992, when he and his son sold public shares in TFC. The network changed its name to the Family Channel in 1989. To protect the tax-exempt status of CBN, Pat Robertson and his son, Tim, spun off the Family Channel in 1990, legally separating it from CBN. In 1992, the Robertsons sold shares of stock for the Family Channel, which resulted in a payoff of over $500 million for CBN. The Robertsons also owned a block of stock. Regeant University, founded by Robertson, has on its sprawling campus a journalism school and law school. Regeant receives funding from Coors beer through the Coors Foundation”.  [1]

Mining Controversy

    “He founded Operation Blessing, a charity that was alleged to have allowed its planes and pilots to be used to shuttle gold-mining equipment around Zaire for another Robertson enterprise, African Development Company (ADC), a diamond-mining operation. Robertson was ADC's founder and sole stockholder, and he had a close working relationship with Zaire's brutal dictator, Mobutu Sese Seko. While Mobutu was embezzling $6-billion from his nation's coffers, Robertson established a huge farming operation outside Zaire's capitol city, and he was granted extensive lumber and mining permissions along the upper Zaire River. Robertson socialized with Mobutu on the dictator's yacht, and publicly referred to him as America's ally in the war on communism. The US State Department charged that Mobutu's regime had committed massive violations of human rights including torture, murder, censorship, and religious persecution.

    Robertson's diamond business also involved Charles Taylor, the Liberian leader who seized power in a violent coup in 1996, and became president after an election, widely considered tainted, held the following year. Robertson refers to Taylor as a Christian, a good Baptist, and a friend. To the rest of the world, however, Taylor is a man indicted for war crimes, including much of the bloodshed and atrocities that have afflicted Liberia and its neighbor nations for years”. [2]

On September 7, 2005 The Nation published an article by Max Blumenthal entitled

    “Far from the media's gaze, Robertson has used the tax-exempt, nonprofit Operation Blessing as a front for his shadowy financial schemes, while exerting his influence within the GOP to cover his tracks. In 1994 he made an emotional plea on The 700 Club for cash donations to Operation Blessing to support airlifts of refugees from the Rwandan civil war to Zaire (now Congo). Reporter Bill Sizemore of The Virginian Pilot later discovered that Operation Blessing's planes were transporting diamond-mining equipment for the African Development Corporation, a Robertson-owned venture initiated with the cooperation of Zaire's then-dictator Mobutu Sese Seko.

    Far from the media's gaze, Robertson has used the tax-exempt, nonprofit Operation Blessing as a front for his shadowy financial schemes, while exerting his influence within the GOP to cover his tracks. In 1994 he made an emotional plea on The 700 Club for cash donations to Operation Blessing to support airlifts of refugees from the Rwandan civil war to Zaire (now Congo). Reporter Bill Sizemore of The Virginian Pilot later discovered that Operation Blessing's planes were transporting diamond-mining equipment for the African Development Corporation, a Robertson-owned venture initiated with the cooperation of Zaire's then-dictator Mobutu Sese Seko.

    After a lengthy investigation, Virginia's Office of Consumer Affairs determined that Robertson "willfully induced contributions from the public through the use of misleading statements and other implications." Yet when the office called for legal action against Robertson in 1999, Virginia Attorney General Mark Earley, a Republican, intervened with his own report, agreeing that Robertson had made deceptive appeals but overruling the recommendation for his prosecution. Two years earlier, while Virginia's investigation was gathering steam, Robertson donated $35,000 to Earley's campaign--Earley's largest contribution”. [3]

February 4, 2002 Christianity Today ran an article that said in part…

    “When televangelist M. G. "Pat" Robertson tried to buy into a Scottish bank in 1999, a public outcry forced the bank to cancel the deal. Now Robertson is taking flak for another business deal. In 1998, Robertson formed a $15 million company, Freedom Gold Limited, to look for gold in Liberia. In 1999, the company signed an agreement with the government of Liberia to begin gold-mining operations.

    Freedom Gold has not yet mined much of the precious metal, but it is already producing critical media attention for its founder and principal investor.

    The first and loudest denunciations have come from The Washington Post. Colbert King, the Post's deputy editorial page editor, has published a series of articles excoriating Robertson for the deal, and especially for the involvement of Liberian President Charles Taylor. King noted that the agreement gives a 10 percent equity to the Liberian government.

    In a letter to the editor, Robertson denied that the Liberian government owned part of the company. Robertson wrote that Freedom Gold has hired 130 Liberians "and is assisting Liberians in gaining a better life." In "Christian Liberia," he added, "Freedom Gold has found freedom of religion, freedom of movement, freedom of expression, and what appears to be a judiciary dedicated to the rule of law."

    James Mathews, Freedom Gold's manager, says the company has built a free medical clinic serving 1,000 families.

    King derided as "bunkum" Robertson's upbeat description of conditions in Liberia, and noted that the United Nations has placed an arms embargo on Liberia. King quoted a State Department official who said the U.S. government "has not encouraged either trade or investment in Liberia due to the absence of the rule of law and President Taylor's ...” [4]


Ecumenism
All the following quotes are from an article on Pat Robertson by Bible Discernment Ministries.

Robertson and Mother Theresa

 "Mother" Teresa was featured, together with other famous professing Christians, in an award-winning television special entitled "Don't ask me, ask God." Hosted in 1984 by Pat Robertson, and broadcast on 150 television outlets as well as CBN, the first airing had more than 15 million viewers and ranked as one of the top five television specials of the season. [5]

Robertson and ECT

Pat Robertson was also a signer of the now infamous ecumenical declaration titled "Evangelicals and Catholics Together: The Christian Mission in the Third Millennium" (ECT), which said "All who accept Christ as Lord and Savior are brothers and sisters in Christ.". Other signers included J.I. Packer, John White (of NAE), Bill Bright (of Campus Crusade), Os Guinness, and Mark Noll (a historian at Wheaton College)

The negotiations toward the declaration were initiated in 9/92 by Chuck Colson and Richard Neuhaus (former Lutheran clergyman turned Catholic priest) under the auspices of the ecumenical and theologically liberal Institute on Religion and Public Life (headed by Neuhaus). The declaration starts with "We are Evangelical Protestants and Roman Catholics who have been led through prayer, study, and discussion to common convictions about Christian faith and mission." It goes down-hill from there. The coalition specifically called for an end to aggressive proselytizing of each other's flocks (in effect, a mutual non-aggression pact), and even confessed their past sins against unity. 

In 1992 Pat told his 700 Club audience: "It's high time the 50 million evangelicals and the 40 million Roman Catholics get together and say 'Look, Christian bashing is over. We're not going to put up with it in America'" (11/19/92). [See Section on Catholicism]

Robertson and The Pope

Robertson also had a seat of honor at the Mass during Pope John Paul II's 10/7/95 visit to New York. He also marched at the head of an ecumenical procession to the papal altar and was seated with Protestant, Orthodox, and evangelical leaders . He said his meeting with the Pontiff was "very warm" and, through a personal letter hand-delivered to the pope, pledged to work for Christian unity between evangelicals and Catholics. Robertson called the pope "a humble and caring servant of the Lord." He said: "I believe the time has come where he must lay aside minor differences and focus on the common ground of our faith in the lord Jesus Christ." Robertson said of the pope: "He's got great humility and spirituality …" The New York Times reported Robertson saying: "We all admire the Holy Father tremendously. We all want to build bridges with the Catholic Church." (Source: 12/1/95, Calvary Contender.) In his 1993 book, The Turning Tide, Robertson said (p. 279): "Pope John Paul II stands like a rock against all opposition in his clear enunciation of the foundational principles of the Christian faith." [See Section on Catholicism]

Pat Robertson and Lourdes

In the 2/27/86 issue of the Catholic publication Wanderer was an interview with Robertson. When asked about the supposed miracles that have occurred at the Mary shrine at Lourdes, Robertson gave this amazing reply: "I understand there have been some tremendous healings. ... Again, the nice thing is that so many Roman Catholics believe in miracles. They believe in a God who answers prayer. Miracles are part of the warp and woof of the Church." [See Apparitions of The Virgin Mary]


The New Age
“The 700 Club has often given New Age interests a significant platform. (Robertson himself sometimes calls God "The Initiator" and teaches the doctrines of "God Immanent" and "God Transcendent," all common New Age terminology).

Some of the prominent New Agers and/or New Age organizations that have appeared on the 700 Club include Norman Cousins, Jeremy Rifkin, Herbert Benson, John Naisbitt, Alvin Toffler, Amory and Hunter Lovins, Curtis Sliwa, the Buckminster Fuller Institute, and Mother Earth News. [Also appearing have been promoters of questionable, even obviously New Age-oriented theologies, including Richard Foster (of Renovaré), Bruce Larson (who claims Carl Jung, an occultist and anti-Christian, is one of his heroes), Robert Schuller, and Denis Waitley.] Holistic health doctors have been featured. They in turn promoted "Wellness Centers." A 7/82 program gave advice on what one could do until he or she could reach the "Wellness Center" -- "adopt a technique of visualization."

See Section on the New Age.  Also See Robert Schuller.. the epitome of the wolf that Paul spoke about in Acts 20:29-30

One wonders how many people became involved with Amory and Hunter Lovins or with Jeremy Rifkin as a result of their favorable treatment on Robertson's programs? (Rifkin has boasted to interviewers that Robertson's program has been one of his chief entry points to the Evangelicals.) How many people adopted a "visualization technique"? How many became involved with Holistic Health through "Wellness Centers" because the 700 Club promoted them? How many young people joined Sliwa's Guardian Angels? (More shocking still, the 700 Club celebrated "International Forgiveness Week" in 1985 an old time Lucis Trust project! What a spectacle -- the Lucis Trust, Tara Center, and the 700 Club all celebrating International Forgiveness Week, all at the same time!) [5]
 

See Alice Bailey and The Lucis Trust:
Alice Bailey, under the guidance of an ectoplasmic apparition from hell, who called himself Djwhal Khul ("The Tibetan"), wrote some 24 books and founded the Lucis Trust (formerly Lucifer Publishing Co.) which enjoys "Consultative Status" with the United Nations and has not only spawned several other organization… the Arcane School, Triangles, World Goodwill, Lucis Publishing, Lucis Productions, Lucis Trust Libraries, the New Group of World Servers, but also maintain the UN meditation room. And the purpose of these groups? At their core ALL of them exist for one purpose ..in their words “the helping of the Great Ones and the rendering to Them of that intelligent assistance which will make their plans for humanity materialize”. A plan that is centered around making conditions suitable (By occult meditation and reciting of the Great Invocation) for what they call “The Reappearance of The Christ. Except that this Christ has nothing to do with Jesus Christ of the Bible.
 


Name It / Claim It
“Robertson also has bought into the name it and claim it/Word-Faith movement, which sees faith as an immutable, impersonal "law" that, like gravity or the laws of thermodynamics, rules the universe -- a principle that works regardless of who is exercising it, or for what purpose it is exercised. When asked if the laws of the Kingdom work, even for non-Christians, Robertson wrote: "Yes. These are not just Christian and Jewish ... The laws of God work for anybody who will follow them. The principles of the Kingdom apply to all of creation." (Emphasis added.) Applied to the "law" of faith, that reasoning means all who claim a blessing without doubting can have whatever they claim -- whether they are Christians or not! (Pat Robertson, Answers to 200 of Life's Most Probing Questions [Nashville: Nelson, 1984], p. 271.)” [1]
 

The Prosperity Doctrine
“Going one step further than your average Word-Faith charismatic, Robertson also said that, "Spirit controls matter ... The mind is the ultimate conduit of the spirit. In other words, when you confess blessing, favor, victory, and success, those things will come to you." Further, those who remain ill or poverty-stricken demonstrate they have "failed to grasp the points we have been making" or are "not living according to the major principles," which Robertson refers to as "laws of prosperity." Robertson teaches that just as surely as scientific laws, these spiritual laws govern good or ill-fortune. God's name is "like a blank check ... Use the water in the reservoir. Remember that faith is the title deed to that pool of power. It is all ours if we know the rules of miracles."  [1]

    It is deeply alarming that most Christians seem to be blissfully unaware of the fact that the principles of the Word-Faith movement being trumpeted from pulpits across the land, stems from the same occult sources as the spiritual movement known as New Thought.

    The non-believing world claims that there are spiritual “laws” which people can learn to use on their behalf. These laws, which will work for anyone regardless of their religious beliefs (or even lack of) are referred to in different terms, but but both sides use exactly the same techniques. [See Comparing The Methodology/Technique]. Make absolutely NO mistake.. the secular world, by learning and applying certain principles, can and does match, or even exceed, the gain that "Christian" ministers promise. And we are to believe that this is from God?

    However the Word Faith group, claiming to be Christian, have to somehow “Christianize” the concepts and add God into the mixture.  This in spite of the fact that a) there are no clear examples of Positive Confession in the Scriptures, b) The texts quoted over and over again by the Word of Faith teachers are usually taken way out of context and therefore do not prove their point, c) The Scriptures refute the general principles behind the beliefs and teachings of the Prosperity Doctrine camp and d) The teaching that believers are to confess rather than to pray for things which God has promised is contradicted by the Bible. [Also See The Prosperity Doctrine ..Does God Want Us To Be Rich?]
     

Eastern Worldviews
“Robertson not only embraces this "mind over matter" philosophy of Transcendentalism, but also appears to deny the reality of matter altogether: "Matter is merely a form of energy. The great paradox is that what we perceive as real and tangible is actually an illusion. The reality is energy." All this is in keeping with the emerging worldview of what has been called "the new paganism." (Reported in Made in America, pp. 123-126.) (Emphasis added.) [Robertson seems to have a strange affinity to Eastern mystical religions. In his book, Beyond Reason (p. 108), Robertson makes this metaphysical statement: "The great paradox is that what we perceive as real and tangible is actually an illusion." This is the Eastern worldview, specifically Hinduism. Hindus believe in non-reality. They call it "maya." To them, everything is an illusion.]” [1]
 

False Prophecy
Robertson predicts 'mass killing' by terrorists in U.S. this year
By Hannah Elliott. Published January 3, 2007

    VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (ABP) -- In the latest of a long-but-unsuccessful line of predictions and prophecies, Pat Robertson said Jan. 2 the United States will face a massive terrorist attack in late 2007.

    The 76-year-old religious broadcaster uttered his prediction during the Jan. 2 broadcast of The 700 Club, his news-and-commentary show on the Christian Broadcasting Network. Robertson said that, during a recent time of prayer, God revealed to him an attack on the United States would result in "mass killing," according to news reports.

    "I'm not necessarily saying it's going to be nuclear," Robertson said. "The Lord didn't say nuclear. But I do believe it will be something like that."

    An Associated Press story quoted Robertson as saying major cities will be affected by the attack, which he said will happen after September.

    Several Baptist theologians and ethicists condemned the televangelist's latest remarks.

    Robertson's prediction of doom plays on an already-established fear among Americans: In a Dec. 31 poll reported by the Associated Press, six in 10 people think the U.S. will fall victim to a terrorist attack this year.

    This is not the first prediction of national calamity Robertson has made. In May 2006, he claimed American coastlines would be "lashed by storms" and the Pacific Northwest hit by "something as bad as a tsunami." No such disasters occurred that year. [5b]


Racial Discrimination?
In 2001, ten black women who worked at the Christian Coalition sued over racial discrimination, complaining that they had been denied health benefits and overtime pay available to white workers. They alleged that they had been instructed to enter the group's offices only through the back door, to eat their lunches in a segregated area, and to avoid being seen in the office's VIP area. A white employee later joined the lawsuit, alleging that he was fired for refusing to spy on the black employees. In preliminary court hearings, the judge ruled that the employees had shown they were likely to prevail in the case, and after several of the plaintiffs had their work hours reduced, the judge issued an injunction ordering the coalition not to retaliate further. The case was subsequently settled out of court, on condition that details of the settlement remain secret. [6]


Rupert Murdoch

    “On 6/11/97, Pat Robertson announced his departure as president of the Christian Coalition and the Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN). On the same day, Robertson, along with his son, Tim, struck a megadeal with media baron Rupert Murdoch for the sale of International Family Entertainment (IFE), parent company of the Family Channel, for $1.9 billion. In addition, CBN agreed to sell its more than 3.8 million shares of stock in IFE to Murdoch for $136.1 million. (Robertson remains active in both organizations.) The deal enabled Murdoch to take over the Family Channel's cable television audience for his subsidiary, Fox Kids Worldwide”. [1]

Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation owns UK based tabloid The Sun which has been peddling soft porn. on ‘Page 3’ for years .

Additionally an article called “Revealed: Murdoch’s growing adult television empire” by Rupert Steiner in the online magazine The Business states…

    RUPERT Murdoch, the born-again Christian who chairs media giant News Corporation, has been secretly building a stable of wholly-owned pornographic channels for his BSkyB subsidiary. The Business has learnt that BSkyB now owns and operates its own pornographic channels – the 18+ Movies selection – after years of hosting third-party content only.

    Historically BSkyB, under its licence agreement, had no choice but to host every channel that won permission from the industry regulator Ofcom. The regulator agrees a fixed fee for the use of the platform by third parties. But BSkyB has been secretly expanding its activities in the growing business of pornographic television with its wholly owned 18+ Movies offering. The company has also been entering into partnerships with companies that broadcast pornographic television channels on BSkyB, such as Sport XXX Babes, XXX Housewive and Playboy.

    BSkYB has agreed retail distribution agreements with these companies. With Playboy, for instance, BSkyB now not only hosts the channel but sells its service, and collects and shares in the revenues from Playboy customers. [7]

Additionally

    “… in December of 2006 Agape Press ran an Feature article by Ed Vitagliano called “Porn Profits Surge on Main Street” where he quotes Gail Dines, professor of American Studies at Boston's Wheelock College, who tells us:

    “[Rupert Murdoch’s] News Corp. is a major owner of DirecTV, which sells more pornographic films than [Hustler magazine founder and porn film producer Larry] Flynt,” Dines explained. “In 2000, the New York Times reported that nearly $200 million a year is spent by the 8.7 million subscribers to DirecTV. Among News Corp.'s other media holdings are the Fox broadcasting and cable TV networks, Twentieth Century Fox, the New York Post, and TV Guide. Welcome to synergy: Murdoch also owns HarperCollins, which published pornography star Jenna Jameson’s best-selling book How To Make Love Like A Porn Star.”” [8]

What is truly mind boggling is not only does a so called Christian leader do business with this man who is supposed to be a born-again Christian, but also that Rick Warren claims to be his pastor. [Details]


Diet Shake
The shake isn't new; Robertson has been touting its benefits on his nonprofit Christian Broadcasting Network and giving away the recipe free for years. But Robertson recently teamed up with General Nutrition Corp., a Pittsburgh-based health-food chain, to distribute the shake nationally. Which caused Trinity Foundation’s president, Ole Anthony, to claim Robertson improperly used his tax-exempt, nonprofit ministry to market his shake on his show and CBN's Web site.  


Political Endorsements
In November 2007, Robertson endorsed Rudy Giuliani for President, describing him as 'more than acceptable to people of faith'. [See Section
Our Country, Our Children]


End Notes

[1] http://www.rapidnet.com/~jbeard/bdm/exposes/robertson/general.htm

[2] http://www.nndb.com/people/552/000022486/

[3] http://www.thenation.com/doc/20050919/Blumenthal

[4] http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2002/february4/14.18.html

[5] Reported in Is Mother Teresa a True Christian?, by David W. Cloud, pp. 5-6.

[5b] http://www.abpnews.com/1591.article

From "Special Report on Pat Robertson," Constance Cumby's New Age Monitor, 1987”. 
http://www.rapidnet.com/~jbeard/bdm/exposes/robertson/general.htm

[6]http://www.nndb.com/people/552/000022486/

[7] http://news.infoshop.org/article.php?story=20060214105640578

[8] Ken Silva of Apprising Ministries. Purpose Driven Pornography: Why Rick Warren Must Publicly Rebuke Rupert Murdoch. http://headlines.agapepress.org:80/archive/12/52006c.asp.

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