An Open Letter from Steve Schultz on Pat Robertson
Pat Robertson: "I Hope I'm Wrong ... And People Will Pray This Won't Happen"
From the desk of Steve Shultz:
CBN (The Christian Broadcasting Network) gave THE ELIJAH LIST special permission to post this. I purposely used--as the title--one of the most significant lines in this whole 2007 prophecy by Pat Robertson.
Portions of Pat Robertson's words (you should read it all in context of course) say--with great humility, the following:
Pat: "Sometimes I've missed it ... I hope I'm wrong, and I hope people will pray and that it won't happen. But nevertheless, that seems to be what's coming up."
Pat Robertson has always been a prophetic voice and a forerunner regarding things to come. What a blessing this man of God has been to the Body. In fact, through the organization Pat founded, "Operation Blessing," he's given millions of dollars in food and aid to the poor.
He's earned the right to speak to God's people.
As for myself--As a prophetic publisher, teacher, and even as a prophetic person, I like to point out the tapestry of how God's many prophetic people hear. John 10:27 says that all God's sheep hear HIM and follow HIM (God and Jesus and the Holy Spirit, that is). This is true no matter what our Christian denomination is. The variety in which we hear is far-reaching...
Some hear what will be and herald it!
Others hear from God what the enemy's plans are, and they call for prayer to avert those plans.
The trickiest part of hearing God's Voice seems to be this--Sometimes, even among the highest level prophets, it's difficult to know, the "IF" factor. If what is seen, heard, or perceived is catastrophic, can we, the Church, prevent or lessen it through prayer? Or--is what we are seeing, hearing, or perceiving, something that will be--BECAUSE GOD SAID IT WILL BE?
When I figure it all out, I'll let you know.
For this reason, I have a simple rule that is first found in the Old Testament (so it's really God's rule, not mine, of course). No matter how Godly and accurate the prophet of God is -- God said, "If My people, which are called by My name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from Heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land." (2 Chronicles 7:14)
This means we have nothing to lose and everything to gain by getting in God's face and asking HIM not to allow the very thing HE has shown us.
Abraham did this. So did Moses. So should we.
The God of "Great Grace" does, in fact, often relent from sending or allowing calamity if we are a repentant people. So let's be repentant.
I would read this word by Pat Robertson with a complete sense of soberness. Pat is, after all, a Godly man who has spent years hearing God speak. Then, get in God's face, seek repentance in your own life, and in the life of your particular nation. Ask God to relent from sending calamity. The worst that could happen is that God could say, "No," and if that were the case, He would still have a purpose of great mercy and outreach, as seen in past catastrophes.
So in this case, as in all others, perhaps God will relent and leave behind a blessing instead! Our job is to be humble and repentant.
God makes the final call.
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.