The best part of any 700 Club is the part where Pat Robertson dispenses advice to people who are even more deluded than himself.
Case in point: the lady who recently asked him about praying over secondhand clothing:
I buy a lot of clothes and other items at Goodwill and other secondhand shops. Recently my mom told me that I need to pray over the items, bind familiar spirits, and bless the items before I bring them into the house.
Is my mother correct? Can demons attach themselves to material items?
Just to be clear, the viewer is essentially asking Robertson to describe the colors of a unicorn’s horn. The only acceptable answers are 1) No, and 2) That question doesn’t make any sense to begin with.
Which is why Robertson went with option 3:
Can demonic spirits attach themselves to inanimate objects? The answer is yes. But I don’t think every sweater you get from Goodwill has demons in it. [Laughs]… It isn’t going to hurt you to rebuke any spirits that happen to have attached themselves to those clothes.
Don’t you love how Robertson laughs there, as if the viewer is the crazy one for asking a question like that? Only to follow his own laughter with a response that confirms her paranoid ideas.
(Side note: I wonder if clothing from the Salvation Army has demons… or do those two things contradict each other?)
Anyway, if Robertson wanted to take the more sensible route — which he rarely does — he could have just advised the viewer to wash the clothes before wearing them. That usually does the trick.