Everyone Thinks Like Pat Robertson

By Justin Johnson

When Pat Robertson reveals a new transcribed conversation with God I am reminded that there are a lot of people listening to him who think the same way.

They may not be telling national press about God’s supposed words of assassination, presidential picks, or natural tragedies as punishment, but it is just as familiar for them to say:

“God spoke to me”
“God told me”
“God gave me a vision”, or
“I felt God telling me”

What is the difference between the farcical misrepresentations of God that Pat Robertson produces a couple of times every year, and the neighbor who says, “God told me to take that job.”

The truth is that God has not spoken in audible voices for thousands of years, because he has a recorded preserved testimony of his last instructions to the church: the Bible. God speaks to us today through the Bible alone.

“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: that the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.” – 2 Tim 3:16-17

There is nothing else you need God to tell you that is not found in the scripture, rightly divided, of course.

Every other “God told me” is really just gut feelings, strong opinions, the latest Christian book, or mysticism. The Bible is the only place God tells us anything. If this is not true of Christianity, then we need to seriously reconsider Joseph Smith, Muhammad, Ellen G. White, and Gautama Buddha.

Perhaps Christians claim God told them thus and so because they have trouble making significant evaluations and decisions on their own. Instead, they want to pass the responsibility on to God to tell them what to do.

What’s wrong with making a Biblically informed prayerful decision and saying, “God does not tell me in the Bible which job to take, but since he has given me responsibility, I think this is the best choice.”

Why does God have to verbally endorse every life altering decision we make? Can we not gather wisdom from the Bible to make choices on our own?

God would have us be Biblically wise and to study to show ourselves approved unto God (2 Tim 2:15). With this foundation we can make wise choices as men of God, not in the name of God.

When people turn out to be wrong, their lying about God speaking to them only tarnishes God’s reputation and gets in the way of good gospel work. Christians make mistakes; Pat Robertson makes mistakes, as does everyone else on the planet. We would do well to leave God out of them.

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Published: January 14, 2012
Last Modified: May 24, 2017
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