Cast The First Stone, Pat?
A Rebuttal by James Neff
Robertson spews his venom from a low place in the dirt, preying on the fear and ignorance of people he knows are angry and dissatisfied with life and frustrated with society. In the name of Christ, Robertson advocates a dismissal of everything taught by Jesus, and opts for the heaving of stones; murder for missionaries; blood for baptisms. Like McCarthy who came before him, Pat Robertson is a parasite who relies on preaching a condemnative suspicion of everyone outside of his narrow mindset. Now he targets people in the UFO community, labeling them as worshipers of the demonic and stating plainly that God's law requires a death sentence for such activity. In as much as it is frightening to remember that this man ran for President and garnished a large block of voters, It is equally reassuring to realize that it was God's will that he not have his hateful finger on the nuclear trigger. Instead, God entrusted that to a man considered by most to be a philandering, adulterous, liar.
Pat Robertson's comments offend me, as both a Christian and a human being. A man like Robertson understands all too well the effects of his voice, and his choice of words is rarely off the cuff. When a man of his notoriety makes such visceral comments to millions via satellite, one has to wonder about his ultimate agenda. Anyone who has read a Robertson book can see he is not capable of viewing any moment as 'mundane,' so this is not likely a slip of the tongue or a misplaced or misunderstood conjecture related to theology.
As a Christian, I am taught we are to judge our own within the church, as we have no right to judge those outside of the faith (something Pat easily forgets). As Paul opposed Peter to his face, publicly, I also oppose Robertson to his face and call for him to ask forgiveness from God and man. He brings reproach and shame upon the church of Jesus Christ with his depraved dictates. Any Christian with a heart after the Lord should abandon Robertson immediately. Cease listening to him and pray for him. Something is terribly wrong in him.
The very idea of 'stoning' ufo-enthusiasts, believers or 'researchers' is utterly 'anti-christian'. Jesus said, "Let him who is without sin cast the first stone," and left us with a clear mandate regarding such practices. Robertson knows very well, as an astute theologian, that the teachings of the Law as shown in the Old Testament were specific to Israel and only during the time of punishment. Robertson draws from elements in the Law unrelated to the Ten Commandments, dipping into unique civil ordinances utterly static in our modern world. From a purely theo-political perspective, one cannot impose the Old Testament ordinances and statues upon a free society, and by no means were these laws, then or now, intended for the world at large.
Christ came in mortal flesh and, as he read openly from the scroll of Isaiah at the beginning of his ministry, said plainly, "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to preach the GOOD NEWS to the poor; he has sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind; to set at liberty them that are afflicted, and to proclaim the favorable year of the Lord." This began the administration of a merciful outreach from the Creator of all things to mankind through Jesus Christ. Robertson has but one duty as an evangelist, and that is to preach the 'good news' and to 'proclaim the favorable year of the Lord,' to ALL. To call for stoning is absolutely the height of madness. To even hint at it is blasphemous. What's next? Concentration camps? A 'Final Solution' to the problem of non-Christians in Pat's twisted view of the world?
Pat Robertson knows the bounds of his ministry. He is not ignorant of his calling and purpose. This is a man violating the laws of God himself, openly, deviously and seemingly attempting to spark heinous behavior from the weak and disturbed in his flock. He, like the Pharisees and Saducees of Jesus' day, desires to take "the kingdom by violence" (Matthew 11:12), here and now, by human agency and by political force, instead of waiting for the mustard seed of faith of which Jesus spoke to bloom into a mighty tree filling the whole earth. He cannot wait for God's kingdom and righteousness to come in its own time, according to God's will. Robertson seeks to conduct the justice of God by his own fleshly medium and like his ancient counterparts in the San Hedrin, will pass judgment upon those around him, even to the extreme of suggesting the death penalty for involvement in UFO interest! He reveals himself to be unworthy of the mantle he possesses as a leader of fundamentalist Christians in this nation. With these words, he reveals his inmost self, for "out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks" (Matthew 12:34).
He does not speak for Christ, Christianity or the Church universal, mystical or organized.
Christ said, "Judge a tree by its fruits. A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot produce good fruits." By this we have a means of understanding true quality, both spiritually and practically. The fruits of such words as Rev. Robertson's lead to nothing but division, factions, enmity, strife, anger and resentment. Is it possible that Robertson desires his words to lead to violence? Is his aim to ignite discord and further shame the name of Christ and His true people? And these things, according to scripture, are not fruits of the Holy Spirit, but of the flesh; born is sin and activated in the very demonic evil Robertson claims is the sole profession of aliens from space. Our worst enemy is here on earth, and is quite mortal. The Antichrist himself will be mortal. The Apostle Paul taught, "Do no be surprised that Satan comes as an angel of light, or his ministers as ministers of righteousness."

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