After many years of providing Christian viewers his commentary on pure disasters, 9/11, AIDS, pot, divorce, diplomacy, cosmetic surgery, homosexuality, Islam, secular faculties, the top of the world, important race idea, and a variety of different ethical points, Pat Robertson has signed off as host of The 700 Membership.
On the sixtieth anniversary of the Christian Broadcasting Community (CBN), its 91-year-old founder introduced that he could be stepping down and that his son, Gordon Robertson, would take over as full-time host of its flagship discuss present.
Robertson, additionally the founding father of Regent College and the Christian Coalition, has been a pioneer in evangelical broadcasting. He launched CBN because the nation’s first Christian community in 1960, and CBN has grown to air in 174 nations and 70 languages. It added a 24-7 news channel in 2018.
On the helm of the Virginia-based community, Robertson was bold and inventive, believing that CBN may develop to a spot alongside main channels and thus have a higher impression for the dominion.
As CT reported in 1982, “CBN started changing pulpits and King James English with Johnny Carson-style sofas and soap-opera vernacular. Its anchor present, The 700 Membership, assumed an upbeat, journal format, full with information spots from Washington, D.C. Different packages resemble acquainted TV Information lineups, with a top-quality cleaning soap opera, early morning information and chatter, a miniseries on pornography, Wall Road analyses, and leisure for youngsters.”
However significantly previously couple many years, the long-running host grew to become identified for controversial declarations on politics and prophesy, which stirred even fellow evangelicals.
When Robertson known as on the US to assassinate Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez 15 years in the past, for instance, high evangelical leaders called it an “embarrassment” and “in full contradiction to the teachings of Jesus Christ.” Through the years, he’s needed to backtrack and apologize for sure feedback.
Throughout his profession in entrance of the digicam, Robertson—a Southern Baptist minister who campaigned for the Republican Social gathering presidential nomination in 1988—interviewed 5 US presidents and dozens of worldwide leaders. He was among the many Christian leaders who prophesied Donald Trump could be reelected in 2020.
Robertson responded to questions from viewers and spent a portion of every present praying for his viewers.
He noticed his function at CBN as his type of evangelism, beforehand telling CT, “I consider that Jesus Christ is a part of every thing that we do in our lives. We wish to present the full-orbed life by means of the angle of Jesus Christ. It’s important to take care of folks as they’re and never as you desire to them to be, as a result of the world will not be an enormous church service.”
Robertson suffered a stroke in 2018, however continued showing recurrently on the present. The community mentioned that after his retirement from internet hosting he’ll proceed to show at Regent and seem often on CBN broadcasts, together with a month-to-month Q&A episode.