The False Prophecies of Pat Robertson

True Prophet of God or a False Prophet?

Pat Robertson provides his listeners with words form God based on a retreat where he spends several days between Christmas and New Year’s Day in a special time of prayer and Bible study. He has been doing this for over 20 years.

Robertson says the following concerning his time with God:

For the past decades, I have enjoyed the opportunity to spend several days between Christmas and New Year’s Day in a special time of prayer and Bible study. During these periods, I have earnestly asked the Lord for any insight or direction He wishes to give me for the year ahead. At some times, His word to me has been remarkably precise and the subsequent fulfillment amazing. At other times, either my spiritual perception was lacking or else subsequent prayer or actions by others caused a different result than what I anticipated. Therefore, I must speak with great humility recognizing that I “see through a glass darkly.”[1]

Near New Year, Robertson has announced that God told him several truths or events that would happen in the following year. Pat Robertson himself claims he has a relative good track, and sometimes misses. He has also added a convenient disclamier (At other times, either my spiritual perception was lacking or else subsequent prayer or actions by others caused a different result than what I anticipated. Therefore, I must speak with great humility recognizing that I “see through a glass darkly.”)[1]

 Yet the Bible claims that God never misses and if the thing spoken about by one claiming to prophesy by the spirit of God doesn't come to pass the prophet has spoken it presumptuously, as recorded in Deuteronomy 18:22-22.

Deut 18:22-22
21     “You may say in your heart, ‘How will we know the word which the Lord has not spoken?’
22     “When a prophet speaks in the name of the Lord, if the thing does not come about or come true, that is the thing which the Lord has not spoken. The prophet has spoken it presumptuously; you shall not be afraid of him.

In the Old Testament any prophet prophesying falsely would be put to death.(Deut 18:20) It is clear from the false prophecies that Pat Robertson has given over the years, he only qualifies for one thing and that is a false prophet ,when the biblical standard of assessment is used.

Pat Robertson himself claims he has a relative good track, and sometimes misses. Pat seems to have convinced many that his criteria is to be accepted and in line of what God says about those would claim that, "God told him" rather than what  God as said about those who would speak for him Deut 18:21-22. 

Pat Robertson is on record for the following false prophecies: Not meant to be exhaustive list only trying to demonstrate the trend.

Year Prophecy
2013

 

Pat Robertson incriminates himself as false Prophet. Pat Robertson himself claims he has a relative good track, and sometimes misses.

2013

Robertson claimed God told him that Mit Romney would win the 2012 elections and have a two term presidency  During his term a great economic boom would occur with trillions pouring into the economy

2007

Pat Robertson warns of terrorist attack in 2007

Evangelist makes forecast as part of annual predictions

"VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — In what has become an annual tradition of prognostications, religious broadcaster Pat Robertson predicted Tuesday that a terrorist attack on the United States would result in “mass killing” late in 2007.
“I’m not necessarily saying it’s going to be nuclear,” he said during his news-and-talk television show “The 700 Club” on the Christian Broadcasting Network. “The Lord didn’t say nuclear. But I do believe it will be something like that.”
Robertson said God told him during a recent prayer retreat that major cities and possibly millions of people will be affected by the attack, which should take place sometime after September..." [4]

2004

Robertson: God says it's Bush in a 'blowout' in November

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Religious broadcaster Pat Robertson said Friday he believes God has told him President Bush will be re-elected in a "blowout" in November.

"I think George Bush is going to win in a walk," Robertson said on his 700 Club program on the Virginia Beach-based Christian Broadcasting Network, which he founded. "I really believe I'm hearing from the Lord it's going to be like a blowout election in 2004. It's shaping up that way."

Robertson told viewers he spent several days in prayer at the end of 2003.

"The Lord has just blessed him," Robertson said of Bush. "I mean, he could make terrible mistakes and comes out of it. It doesn't make any difference what he does, good or bad, God picks him up because he's a man of prayer and God's blessing him."[2]

Fall 1982

In the late '70s, Pat Robertson predicted the end of the world would occur in the fall of 1982. "I guarantee you by the end of 1982 there is going to be a judgment on the world," he said in a May, 1980 broadcast of the 700 Club. (Boyer p.138) [3]

Conclusion

Either Robertson is prophesying by demonic spirit, or his own. Robertson current record can only qualify him as a false prophet if the Biblical criteria  of prophet is used.

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References   

[1]http://www.patrobertson.com/pressreleases/2007PrayerRetreat_PatRobertson.asp

[2] http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/politicselections/nation/2004-01-02-god-bush_x.htm

[3] http://www.abhota.info/end3.htm

[4] http://www.nbcnews.com/id/16442877/#.UgBgB5JhC3M