Pat Robertson Fails the Marriage Commitment Test

Matthew 19:9 (NLT) – “And I tell you this, whoever divorces his wife and marries someone else commits adultery – unless his wife has been unfaithful.”

Television evangelist Pat Robertson raised more than eyebrows last week when he gave spouses of Alzheimer’s patients an “out” in their marriages. Robertson raised the ire of many Christians who quickly criticized him for stating that having the disease is a “kind of death,” offering instruction on how the healthy spouse could quietly divorce their ailing, but very much alive spouse and remarry. Provided that they still took care of their sick loved one, of course.

God’s Sex Manual

We live in a generation where men think that with Viagra, Cialis or Levitra, they can and should maintain their sex lives until they die. There is nothing wrong with having sex – read the Song of Solomon for God’s instruction manual. There is everything wrong with sex outside of marriage which the Bible clearly shows is between one man and one woman. If you have another agenda, you’re wrong.

If you’re an unmarried couple and are having sex, then you’re committing a sin – the Bible calls that fornication. If you’re married and having sex with someone else, then you’re committing adultery. Just for the record, the Bible doesn’t grade sins although we sometimes do. And that is wrong.

Weighing Sins

The list of unrepented sins that will keep you out of heaven includes fornication, adultery, homosexuality, covetousness, murder, thievery and more – see 1 Corinthians 6:9-10. Unfortunately, some in the church weigh sins, minimizing or dismissing some while elevating others. That’s a problem we need to confess while also admitting that God’s word is inerrant.

Today, we have a number of silly preachers who twist and shape the Bible to read as they want. That’s because they do what many false teachers do – they pull out a nugget of scripture to shape their agenda, leaving to the side context and misapplying what God says.

Skeptics Respond

Which is why you’ll always have skeptics who may point to a verse in the Old Testament and utter something like, “how can a loving God approve such bad behavior?” He doesn’t – the Bible never whitewashes man’s actions — this book reveals it. And we’re always shown a path of repentance which goes only through Jesus Christ. God’s people are not sinless, but we know that redemption for our sins was made at Calvary and, therefore, we cling to that truth as we confess our sins and move on. We’re in a process of being perfected — we sin less even though we’re not sinless.

That is what the church is all about – it isn’t a showplace for people to demonstrate their fine clothes or supposed superior morality. “Church” is a hospital for sinners and we’ve all sinned and have fallen short – see Romans 3.

Critical Response

It isn’t just people who are in the church that are astounded by Robertson’s comments, but includes those in the medical community. New Jersey Newsroom quoted Sandra Weintraub, professor of neurology and psychiatry at the Northwestern University school of medicine, who said that Robertson’s viewpoint “strikes me as ludicrous.” Robertson attempted to backpedal a bit when he said that a professional ethicist should weigh in.

Ummm…that is why we have the Bible, Pat. God’s word has served mankind for thousands of years. Or don’t you read His book?

Forgive me if I seem as if I’m casting stones at Robertson. I am not. What I am saying is that Pat Robertson is one in a long line of silly preachers whose babbling is held up by many who don’t follow Jesus Christ as an example of their supposed Christian wisdom.

If you’re looking for the truth, then ask God to show you that and He will. Also know that God warns us in Matthew 7:15-20 that many false teachers will seek to lead you astray.

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