Pat Robertson Uses Familiar Con on Faith Healing

Pat Robertson Uses Familiar Con on Faith Healing February 19, 2012

I grew up watching the 700 Club. During my early and middle teen years, when I was a Christian, I watched the show often. One of the things Pat Robertson has always done on the show is offer long distance shout outs to people he claims are being healed. “There’s a woman with lumbago and God is healing you right now.” It’s all quite absurd, of course, but his credulous followers — and I was one of them, but only before I was old enough to give it much thought — lap it up. So what happens when someone says they were healed but the problem returned? Pat blames it on them — or on Satan.

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This is one of the standard cons of the faith healing business — you have to have enough faith to make it work. And if it doesn’t work, that proves that you didn’t have enough faith. God always wants to heal you if only you’d prove your faith a little bit more, usually by sending more money to the charlatan telling you so.

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  • I remember an anecdote of an attempted faith healing. Guy in a wheelchair asking to be healed. Preacher does the magic handwave and tells the man to stand up. So he tries to stand up. He really tries, but he can’t quite get up out of the wheelchair. The preacher decides to help physically, and removes the blanket that was covering the man’s lap.

    The reason he couldn’t stand up was because he was an amputee. Turns out he didn’t have enough faith, despite his visible trust that there’d be a pair of feet to support his weight.

  • raven

    Pat Robertson also used to be a end times Rapturist.

    He predicted the coming of jesus in that happy event known as The Second Worldwide Genocide when jesus kills 7 billion people and destroys the earth.

    Like all of them, he was wrong.

    In the Old Testament, false prophets are supposed to be stoned to death. If the fundies would follow their magic book, that would be the end of our fundie problem. All their leaders would be dead under a pile of rocks.

  • You’d think Satan would have better things to do with his time than make some random person sick, like convince Iran to start a war with someone.

  • raven

    I’m always amused and sometimes appalled how fundie xians spend their money.

    A lot of it is sent to frauds like Pat Robertson, Hagee, Haggard, Parsley, Cindy Jacobs, Ken Ham and the hordes of mega church pastors and televangelists.

    AFAICT, much of that money is spent on fine wines, luxurious vacations, private plains, mansions and the other trappings of enormous wealth.

    Oh well, fools and their money are soon parted. And money spent on booze, cocaine, and yachts is money that won’t be used to overthrow the government and set up a theocracy.

  • Trebuchet

    I’m always amused and sometimes appalled how fundie xians spend their money.

    It’s more appalling than amusing. My wife’s cousin was living in a tent in a state park with her two kids, begging for food from campers, while sending every cent she got from public assistance and child support to some evangelist. It was really sad.

  • raven

    My wife’s cousin was living in a tent in a state park with her two kids, begging for food from campers, while sending every cent she got from public assistance and child support to some evangelist. It was really sad.

    That doesn’t make any sense. She is lucky if CPS didn’t grab her kids.

    I would suspect mental illness. Or some sort of attempt at magic. According to the Wizards of the Prosperity gospel, if you send them money, you will get rich yourself. This makes no sense and as usual, there is no proof that it works.

    It’s known that several people, at least and probably more, sent most or all of their life savings to Harold Camping. Who was wrong about the End Times three prophecies in a row. One of his followers got violent afterwords and shot a coworker after accusing him of being a satanist.

  • grumpyoldfart

    Mrs Razvan must have donated heaps of cash to Robertson, or he wouldn’t have bothered to answer her question.

    Or…

    Mrs Razvan doesn’t even exist, and the story was designed as an excuse (in advance) for healings that go wrong.

  • Trebuchet

    That doesn’t make any sense. She is lucky if CPS didn’t grab her kids.

    I would suspect mental illness.

    Yes, and yes. The kids did eventually get taken away and custody went to her ex-husband. I don’t know if she ever got the help she so desperately needed. None of which excuses the “evangelist” taking advantage of her.

  • TCC

    Oddly, I was having a conversation yesterday with my father (an evangelical and sometime Baptist preacher) about a local mega-church-emulating charismatic congregation that does faith healing, and even he made a sarcastic comment to the effect of people who couldn’t be healed not having sufficient faith. When my incredibly credulous father – who once thought that Target supported homosexuality because of their logo (I shit you not) – can even see through your con, you are waaay out there.

  • raven

    My wife’s cousin was living in a tent in a state park with her two kids, begging for food from campers, while sending every cent she got from public assistance and child support to some evangelist. It was really sad.

    It is sad.

    My friend was once working in the ER of a small coastal town hospital. The police brought in a woman who had been living under a bridge with her two small kids in the winter for a long time.

    There wasn’t really much wrong with the kids. They took them down to the cafeteria and they promptly demolished three plates full of food.

    I’m not sure how she ended up in that position. But some people do fall through the wide mesh of the social safety net.