Pat Robertson: Haiti earthquake because of pact with devil. HUH?

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Televangelist Pat Robertson

Televangelist Pat Robertson

Televangelist Pat Robertson suggested that the horrendous earthquake in Haiti is God’s punishment on Haiti due to a pact with the devil. 

Here is what Robertson said:
“You know … something happened a long time ago in Haiti.  They got together and swore a pact to the Devil. They said, ‘We will serve you if you get us free from the French.’ True story.  And so, the Devil said, ‘OK, it’s a deal.’ And they kicked the French out.  You know, the Haitians revolted and got themselves free. But ever since, they have been cursed by one thing after another. That island of Hispaniola is one island. It’s cut down the middle. On the one side is Haiti; on the other side is the Dominican Republican. Dominican Republic is prosperous, healthy, full of resorts, etc. Haiti is in desperate poverty. Same island.”

Supposedly this has something do to with Voodoo in Haiti and legends about Voodoo’s involvement in their revolution against the French.  Did thousands of children die in a God willed earthquake because of Voodoo??

Voodoo was introduced to the New World from African slaves.  When Haiti was discovered, colonists built sugar and coffee plantations.  To work these plantations the colonists used many slaves. Voodoo was a slave’s religion, brought from Africa and practiced in secret after they were forced to convert to Christianity.  God-fearing, Bible-believing Christian slave owners were responsible for bringing Voodoo to Haiti with their slave trade, not the Haitians.

Is a Christian legacy of slavery not as serious in God’s eyes as a legacy of Voodoo?  Who really deserved that earthquake?

If we look at the behavior of some televangelists, it sure looks like they are practicing the occult to me.  Is there much difference between a Vodou hougan and a Holy Spirit preacher?  They both have Words Of Knowledge predicting the future.  They channel God directly, speaking with Him and revealing His word.  They claim to heal the sick.  Is that really far removed from Voodoo?  Is there a difference between channeling Voodoo’s Loa or the Holy Spirit to perform “miracles”?

18 Responses to “Pat Robertson: Haiti earthquake because of pact with devil. HUH?”

  1. Dr. Judy Fisher Says:

    Haiti was devastated because it was built on a serious earthquake fault! The earthquake hit just as the Cuban scientist warned. Who can stand against nature?

    God did not look down and say, let’s get the Haitians. There are tens of thousands of Christian, God-fearing Christans, and many demonic worshipers…just like in America! No difference! How insensitive and ungodly to make that assertion. Was that said when the sumnami hit Indonesia where animisn and all types of occult practicies is a way of life? Las Vegas has more demons that Haiti will ever have..the spirit of greed, murder, prostitution, crime, adultery, fornication,…you name it…the spirits are there. Now it is time to rebuild, but to rebuild with housing standards, modern infrastructures, and depopulation of the capital. Haitians need to return to an agarian society so that they can feed themselves with dignity, trade in foodstuffs, and learn appropriate technologies to free themselves of economic slavery. What are you going to contribute to her rise from the ashes, Pat Robertson?
    Will you go down and preach the gospel of love to a hurting people and take with you food, water, supplies, clothing,,,but most of all…love? Will you lerave behind resources for them to be trained in various skills and technologies that will help them to be independent of outside welfare? Will you fight to make sure that they are no longer politically, socially and economically exploited?

    Will you select an area and built and community complete with schools, stores, churches? You can do it! Or, will you continue to sit and criticize and blame God for smashing Haiti?

  2. Stephanie B Says:

    You know what I don’t understand? Why Christians don’t disavow the visible nutcases in their midst. I know plenty of decent reasonable people who would never think or say such uncharitable things about anyone – yet they stay silent while yahoos like this say the stupidest and most thoughtless nonsense.

  3. David Says:

    Hi Stephanie,
    I don’t think Mr. Robertson expressed a fringe viewpoint. Many religious-minded people would agree with what he said even if they don’t express it. The religious right is a huge and powerful force. Nearly half of the U.S. believe in biblical creationism and don’t accept evolution. That is a LOT of people open to Robertson’s rhetoric.

    http://www.gallup.com/poll/21814/evolution-creationism-intelligent-design.aspx

  4. David Says:

    Dr. Judy,
    Well said!
    As a young man I watched Robertson on his TV show the 700 Club for a short time, quickly realizing he was selling a distorted version of Christianity. It was eye opening being exposed to the religious right’s worldview. I understand their worldview and don’t accept it.
    Dave

  5. SongofCharis Says:

    Yeah, Im a Christian and Pat Robertson frequently causes me to sigh in exasperation.

    One point I would like to clarify here tho, nothing in that statement that you quoted says that God sent the earthquake, and ill advised as his comments were, “Dr. Robertson never stated that the earthquake was God’s wrath” (from CBN Statement “Regarding Pat Robertson’s Comments on Haiti”)

    A curse in New Testament theology is more like a force in the world that can come from a variety of sources- a bit like bad karma or negative energy in other religions. It is an entirely different thing than a judgment sent from God, which according to New Testament theology doesnt happen in this current day and age. Ronertson specifically said curse, and it doesnt mean the same thing so that part is being misquoted and taken out of context.

    Its a fine point, but the doctrine of love and grace that this misinterpretation obfuscates is one that is very important to a growing number of Christians in this day and age. Unfortunately its one topic that doesnt often get talked about in a public forum because there are way too many “religious right” folk willing to shoot their mouths off about things people can get mad at and we cant hear the sanity for the shouting.

    (insert exasperated sigh at Pat Robertson here:)

    Thank you for the opportunity to present a bit different viewpoint, I appreciate your blog and will stop by again.

    ~Karla

  6. C A Poteet Says:

    Consider this with an open mind. Traditional Christianity acknowledges the real presence of evil, embodied specifically in the fallen angel, Satan, and his legion of demons. He can be worshiped just as one worships God, but with what outcome? The real historical record indicates an assent of the Haitian people in the past to worship Satan in exchange for political freedom. The continual plight of this poor and beleaguered country may well be the result of their continued occultic practices through voodoo and spiritism and the continuing allegiance with evil. This is not to condemn them, but a call to prayer that they will renounce this early vow and remove these dangerous practices from among themselves. Satan is the enemy of us all and the people of Haiti need our prayers and all the help and love we can extend to them.

  7. David Says:

    Hi C A,

    Perhaps Satan exists. However, if I were Satan, what would I do to destroy Christianity? Use voodoo and alternative spiritual practices? Not very effective. The Devil would destroy Christianity from within. And so Satan has to a great extent, examples being the crusades, the inquisition, witch burning, acceptance of slavery, opposing racial equality and much more. Satan is destroying Christianity by mixing politics and religion, with a big dose of intolerance added in. A question could be, is conservative Christianity the Devil’s handiwork?

    Dave

  8. David Says:

    Hi Songofcharts,

    Love really is the answer, which is what Christianity is all about. When Christians forget it’s about love, it loses its way.

    Haiti’s lack of building standards allowed the earthquake to be so destructive; it was a random act of nature amplified by Haiti’s lack of effective social, political and economic resources. Haiti’s problems are a result of their poverty, the poorest nation in the western hemisphere. This poverty is partly a result of Haiti’s legacy of slavery. For much of its history Christianity embraced slavery and racism. Christian colonists planted those seeds in Haiti.

    And so it continues on today. Here is a story today on National Public Radio about evangelist Scott Lively and Uganda:

    U.S. Exports Cultural War to Uganda
    http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=122572951
    “The battle over the Bible and homosexuality has torn apart Christian churches and entire denominations in the United States. But what happens when that culture war is exported to other countries? Ugandans are finding out — with potentially deadly consequences. Uganda is now considering a bill that would impose the death penalty or life in prison on gay men and lesbians for some homosexual acts.”

  9. Stephanie Says:

    CA Poteet,

    “The real historical record indicates an assent of the Haitian people in the past to worship Satan in exchange for political freedom.”

    Say what?

  10. HaitiTragedy Says:

    I’ve got some Haiti earthquake tragedy news to share. God, this has been a terrible disater. I’d been keeping an eye on what’s been going on because I had family there. Since the 13th, I’d been waiting to hear when the aid and relief I knew we could offer would be released and given to the Haitian community to treat the Haiti native people and tourists there. To keep other people informed because I was lacking a good source of information rather than the same videos of reporters and 30 second videos on CNN and my local news I built a website from the ground up for it and got it fully working yesterday. For more details on the tragedy please just follow the URL attached to my comment. This really has been a tragedy in Haiti and those that want or need to know more should check it out. I’ve listed some resources whereby people can donate as well. God bless and please keep the people in Haiti in your prayers and hope for their survival or do more than hope, help them.

  11. baroc Says:

    Now you have a glimpse of those kind of spiritual Guru- Pat Robertson should be ashame of himself and stop making money of poor hysterical people around the USA and the world – Now you can see that he is so far away from god will. he will now begin to loose .oh man he seems so ugly to me right now .

  12. David Says:

    Hi Baroc,
    Gurus like Pat Robertson give Christianity a bad name. And when the Christian community is silent about Pat, it makes others wonder where Christianity stands on Robertson’s belief. For Christian believers, they need to realize that Pat is AWFUL public relations for their cause. They can’t sweep him under the rug and ignore him.
    Dave

  13. Sincere Says:

    Christianity, sadly already has had a bad name since the notion was invented to instill fear in the free will minded folks it fears into submission. It suggest man can’t be good boys and girls with out the long arm of the law telling you how to live your life (be it alive or dead) Faith in what you know to be real is true faith. Otherwise it’s like putting blind faith in a blind date, you will be sadly mistaken.

  14. David Says:

    Hi Sincere,
    The non-religious people I know have a common complaint, that organized religion is a means to control the way people think, as brainwashing. It is hard for people with open minds and their own opinions to give up their intellectual independence for the sake of a church’s viewpoint. On the bright side, I think most people pick and choose what they want to accept from any religion. Like Catholics and birth control. Anybody actually follow that doctrine? Robertson is a good reminder to NOT drink the coolaid.
    Dave

  15. abi Says:

    The only & GOOD way is for Haitians to cast off their voodoo & occult practices. For any sort of occult practices including wicca etc. however white, it is claimed, will only be a cause to damage mankind. All sorts of occult practices are the basis for man’s woes, however harmless it way seem.

  16. David Says:

    Hi Abi,
    I don’t think occult practices are necessarily anymore harmful then any spiritual practice. I know some pagans who practice ritual, and they are very peaceful people. However, organized religion has done a lot of harm over the centuries. My personal view is that when any religion gains political power it become corrupt and hurtful. When a belief is unable to impose its will on others but depends on the power of persuasion, then it thrives on its merits alone. Alternative spirituality is growing rapidly in America. As long as these new beliefs are unable to force their views on others, it’s their own business.
    Dave

  17. Steve Says:

    You wanna see VooDoo … see (saw) New (old) Orleans!! It physically sank. See Sodom-and-Gomorra/Israel (They marry animals now) at the Dead Sea. Depravity. Physically sunken.
    I suppose to God, slavery is not as bad as worship of a false god. Still bad; just not as bad.

    @ C A Poteet “He can be worshiped just as one worships God, but with what outcome?” True.

    Pat ain’t no Christian. {i.e. Pat is not Christian. Pat does not put his faith in Christ.}
    See the cover of Time (circa 1999). That is the Masonic “Lion’s claw” salute. Pat = 33rd degree Mason; allegedly.

  18. David Says:

    Hi Steve,
    I think depravity is not only about sexual morality. In my opinion, those who are without love for their neighbors are spiritually deprived too, regardless of their professed religious convictions. Religious leaders like Robertson place their theology, ideology (and ego!) as more important then love of humanity. They are in for a big surprise on judgment day.
    Dave

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