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”?