If there is a hell, and I don’t believe there is, but IF there is one, at the lowest levels of hell are preachers who have preached the prosperity gospel even though – even though they know Jesus said “the rain falls on the just and the unjust.” (Mathew 5:45) To be the sure the prosperity gospel is in the Bible but anybody with any ethics and semi-intelligence should be able to know the prosperity gospel is a figment of people’s imaginations, including preachers living the good life at the expense of poor people sending them money.
If there is a hell Joel Osteen will be in it.
If there is a hell Pat Robertson will be in it.
If there is a hell every preacher who has preached tithing to the poor and put pressure on poor people to give will be in hell.
Just as Dan Qualye is no John Kennedy (Lloyd Bensten quote from VP debate in 1988), Pat Robertson is no Chris Ayers.
Earlier this week I revealed God had revealed to me that I would win the 2012 Wedgewood annual chili contest. No if’s and’s and but’s about it. Me, the clear winner.
Pat Robertson, as reported by David Edwards, says God has told him who the next president will be — but it’s a secret.
Pat, what good is a revelation if you don’t share it?
The televangelist revealed on Tuesday he had spent nearly a week in prayer, asking God to “show me something.”
Unfortunately, Robertson didn’t realize God was showing him the door.
“I think He showed me the next president, but I’m not supposed to talk about that,” Robertson explained. “So I’ll leave you in the dark — probably just as well — I think I’ll know who it will be.” [David Edwards, The Raw Story, Pat Robertson: God revealed the next president, but it’s a secret, January 3, 2012
I repeat, Pat Robertson is no Chris Ayers. I revealed my revelation. I didn’t keep it a secret. Pat says he “thinks” God showed him the next president. No thinking required with my revelation.
Pat is as self-absorbed as Narcissus on steroids. Pat, it isn’t about you, buddy. We can see right through your big lies, like the one where God supposedly told you God was going to kill you unless viewers donated $500 so you could reach your goal of 1.2 million this hour or “God will take me home.” Pat, we are aware your personal worth is somewhere between 2 million and a billion, much of it made off prophetic lies.
Carolyn Sharp, Old Testament professor at Yale Divinity School, in Old Testament Prophets for Today observes that in Samuel and Kings, the prophetic word is always fulfilled. In the Latter Prophets, however, the prophetic word is not something that is inevitably fulfilled. “To the contrary, it is resisted and ignored for generations by those who hear it. Thus we are left with a paradox: Scripture presents the prophetic word as irresistibly powerful, and yet prophecy is an urgent invitation that the people can reject.”
Regardless of prophesy fulfilled or prophesy with delayed fulfillment, Israel’s prophets engage in truth-telling, “truth-telling [which] seems rarer and rarer these days.”
With that in mind, I better tell the truth. God didn’t tell me I would win the 2012 Wedgewood annual chili contest.