|Televangelist and 1988 presidential|
candidate Pat Robertson
Robertson said God showed him a vison regarding President George Bush’s 2004 reelection prospects. He revealed this news, hot off of The Heavenly News Gazette: "God told me President Bush will be re-elected in a landslide. I think George Bush is going to win in a walk. 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. The Lord has just blessed him. I mean, he could make terrible mistakes and come out of it. It doesn't make any difference what he does, good or bad, God picked him up because he's a man of prayer and God's blessing him".
Let the church say Amen! Glory hallelujah!
Robertson’s latest gaff was heard September 14 during the advice segment of his show. A female caller wanted to know how to deal with a male friend who was dating another woman. The problem is her friend is married, and his wife has Alzheimer’s disease. The caller said her friend knows that his wife is gone.
“Gone” or here, I would have advised the caller that her friend is still married, and he should honor his marriage vows as best he could, which includes staying with his wife. Because he is a televangelist, a man of God, I expected Robertson to recite verses from the Bible, explaining reasons the man should stay with his “gone” wife.
Robertson did not go there. He went in a completely different direction.
"That is a terribly hard thing," Robertson said. "I hate Alzheimer's. It is one of the most awful things because here is a loved one—this is the woman or man that you have loved for 20, 30, 40 years. And suddenly that person is gone. They're gone. They are gone. So, what he says basically is correct. But I know it sounds cruel, but if he's going to do something he should divorce her and start all over again. But make sure she has custodial care and somebody looking after her".
Co-host Terry Meeuwsen asked Robertson, "But isn't that the vow that we take when we marry someone? That it’s for better or for worse. For richer or poorer"?
Robertson said the viewer's friend could obey this vow of "death till you part" because the disease was a "kind of death." Robertson said he would understand if someone started another relationship out of a need for companionship.
I am assuming that because Robertson has such a solid relationship with God, he is implying that God will understand if a married man abandons his sick wife, his vows to her, so long as he pays the bill for her care in a convalescent home.
In the Bible of televangelist Pat Roberston: Man cannot be happy with a sick, dependent wife. He must have a healthy, outgoing woman to make him happy. No adulterous sin is committed if your mate is no longer capable of being a wife. God will understand "this friend" disregarding his vows.
The real Bible states very clearly the meaning of marriage vows in Matthews 19:3-9:
3). The Pharisees also came to Him, testing Him, and saying to Him, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for just any reason"?