Freedom Writer - December 1995
Robertson on God's love
Virginia Beach, Virginia — Throughout history, from
Biblical times until this day, every extremist movement
has attempted to annihilate its enemies. Are the Bible-believing
adherents of the Radical Religious Right any different?
Where does Pat Robertson, for instance, founder and
president of the Christian Coalition, stand on exterminating
"the enemies of God"?
The Bible's Book of Numbers, chapter 31, provides an
account of the destruction of the Midianites in Palestine
by the ancient tribes of Israel, whose leaders claimed
to act up on God's orders. A scarce few attempt to
find any justification whatsoever in acts of genocide.
Even when the world united against the Third Reich,
the goal was to simply stop Hitler, not wipe out the
entire German people.
Robertson made his position clear on "The 700 Club"
television program of May 6, 1985.
"The wars of extermination have given a lot of people
trouble unless they know what was going on. The people
in the land of Palestine were very wicked. They were
given over to idolatry; they sacrificed their children;
they had all kinds of abominable sex practices; they
were having sex, apparently, with animals; they were
having sex men with men, and women with women; they
were committing adultery, fornication; they were worshipping
idols, offering their children up; and they were forsaking
"God told the Israelites to kill them all — men, women
and children, to destroy them. And that seems to be
a terrible thing to do. Is it? Or isn't it?
"Well, let us assume there were 2,000 of them, or 10,000
of them living in the land, or whatever number there
was of them. I don't have the exact number. Pick a
number. God said, 'Kill them all.'
"Well, that would seem hard, wouldn't it? That would
be 10,000 people who would probably go to Hell. But,
if they stayed and reproduced, in 30 or 40 or 50 or
60 or 100 more years, they could conceivably be — 10,000
would go to a 100,000 — 100,000 could conceivably go
to a million. And then, there would be a million people
who would have to spend eternity in Hell! And it's
far more merciful to take away a few than to see in
the future a 100 years down the road, and say, 'Well,
I have to take away a million people that would forever
be apart from God,' because the abomination was there
like a contagium. God saw that there was no cure for
it. It wasn't going to change; their hearts weren't
going to change; and all they would do is cause trouble
for the Israelites, and pull the Israelites away from
God, and prevent the truth of God from reaching the
"So, God, in love, took away a small number that he
might not have to take away a large number."
If this is Robertson's view of God's love, one wonders
what he thinks about others who err to a lesser degree.
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