As is his custom, TV preacher Pat Robertson rang in the new year by having a one-on-one discussion with God, and this year he says the news is not good: Robertson says God told him that in 2007 there will be “mass killing” on American soil.
The attack, which Robertson claims is scheduled to occur after September, will affect major cities and millions of people. Robertson added, “The Lord didn’t say nuclear, but I do believe it’ll be something like that; that’ll be a mass killing, possibly millions of people, major cities injured.”
Robertson told his “700 Club” audience Jan. 2, “There will be some very serious terrorist attacks. The evil people will come after this country, and there’s a possibility – not a possibility, a definite certainty – that chaos is going to rule.”
Although he claims to have a direct pipeline to God, Robertson’s track record with predictions is not very good. It’s hard for him to miss with vague claims of continued world strife, but in general, the more specific he is, the more wrong he is.
In 2004, Robertson claimed God told him that President George W. Bush would be reelected in “a blowout.” The race was actually quite close. In 2006, Robertson said God warned him of devastating storms and hurricanes lashing the American coasts. In fact, no hurricanes made landfall that year. He also said the Iraq War would wrap up successfully and that the Republicans would keep control of Congress.
Critics noted that Robertson has been predicting worldwide cataclysm for years. In 1980, he claimed that God told him the Soviet Union would invade the Middle East to seize oil reserves, sparking the collapse of Western Europe and global economic instability. He later predicted a worldwide depression taking place between 1983 and 1985.
Despite many failed predictions, Robertson boasted during the Jan. 2 broadcast, “I have a relatively good track record.”
Some evangelicals have grown weary of Robertson’s attempt to play global fortune-teller.
“It’s downright embarrassing,” Pastor Todd Spitzer of Dolores Park Church in San Francisco told the San Francisco Chronicle. “When he makes these statements and ties God’s name to it, he’s like the self-proclaimed spokesman for God and evangelical Christianity. It’s an obstacle to us when we want to present a reasonable faith.”