Controversial Televangelist Pat Robertson Passes Away at 93
The world bids farewell to the renowned televangelist Pat Robertson, a prominent figure in both politics and religion, who passed away at the age of 93. The Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN), which Pat founded in 1960, announced his demise on June 8. While the exact cause of death was not disclosed at the time, Robertson leaves behind a significant legacy.
A Life Devoted to Faith
Born in March 1930 to Gladys Churchill and Absalom Robertson, Pat Christian embarked on his religious journey in 1956, inspired by a meeting with bible scholar Cornelius Vanderbreggen. He described his spiritual transformation as if a curtain had lifted, connecting him with God. Over the years, Pat deepened his understanding of Christianity and pursued theological studies to delve into the teachings of Jesus Christ.
The Rise of “The 700 Club”
In 1966, six years after founding CBN, Pat started hosting “The 700 Club,” a groundbreaking show that catapulted him to national and global fame. For over six decades, he remained an integral part of the program, until his retirement in 2021. During a broadcast in October 2021, he humbly expressed his gratitude and officially passed the torch to his son, Gordon Robertson, who now permanently hosts the show.
Controversial Positions and Criticisms
Though admired by many, Pat Robertson was not without controversy during his televangelist career. His opinions on social issues often garnered criticism from various quarters. In 1992, Robertson faced backlash when he denounced the feminist movement, describing it as a socialist and anti-family plot that aimed to dismantle traditional family values. The New York Times reported his claims, which included allegations that the movement promoted witchcraft and lesbianism.
Political Endorsements and Faith
Apart from his religious endeavors, Pat Robertson was an outspoken conservative politician who frequently endorsed Republican candidates, including former President Donald Trump. Prior to the 2020 presidential election, he publicly prayed for Trump’s success, suggesting that failing to support the then-president would amount to disobedience to God’s plan for America. Robertson firmly believed that God’s design was unfolding through Trump’s presidency.
A Divisive Yet Impactful Legacy
Despite his divisive stances, Pat Robertson’s contributions to the Christian world and the creation of Regent University solidify his position as a significant figure. CNN quoted William L. Hathaway, a key official at Regent University, who stated, “Dr. Robertson was a globally renowned leader, broadcaster, and — most importantly — a faithful servant of God who dedicated his life to glorifying the Lord and sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ.”
As the world mourns the loss of this iconic televangelist, his impact on the intersection of religion and politics will be remembered for years to come. Pat Robertson leaves behind a legacy that will continue to inspire and provoke discussion for generations.