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Sunday, January 17, 2010

Evangel Lies: Sufferers Need Not Apply!

Pat Robertson has done it again...unfortunately.
He stated earlier this week that the occurrence of the tragic earthquake in Haiti was due to the fact that they are an evil people ("making a pact with the Devil"), deserving of such an event.

I'm no history major, but I'm almost certain that that's not quite the way it went down. Also, he is trying to say that the other half of Hispanola is better off than the Haitians because it didn't suffer from the earthquake. Once again, Robertson has spoken in places where God has not, and in doing so has failed to rightly divide the Word of Truth in a time where it is most needed. We as Christians should not kick those who are down, but instead use the tragedies that occur in a fallen world as a means of grace to bring them the Good News of the Gospel. All of our care, aid and money should always be front loaded with our own familiar dealings with suffering - which Christians also endure (Hebrews 10:32-36); showing them how the redemption from brokenness of sin only wrought through the person and work of Christ. We shouldn't listen to Pat, but to the Word of God. Tragedy is indeed tragedy, but the hope above all of that is that Christ is indeed Christ. And since he overcame suffering and death, so shall all those who believe in him (Psalm 79:11; Isaiah 53:5; Romans 1:18, 3:23, 8:18-25; Luke 13:1-5; 2 Corinthians 4:7-18; Philippians 4:11-13; James 1:2-4; Revelation 6:9-11, 21:5).
Whether recessions,earthquakes and everything in between...the answer remains the same.


Soli Deo Gloria,
Shon
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