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Pat Robertson steps down from 700 Membership

(RNS) — Spiritual broadcaster Pat Robertson is retiring from his Christian Broadcasting Community’s long-running 700 Membership program.

The white-haired televangelist, pioneer Christian media mogul and one-time Republican presidential candidate made the announcement Friday (Oct. 1) on the sixtieth anniversary of CBN’s first broadcast.

Robertson, who’s 91, suffered a stroke in 2018 however appeared to rebound. His announcement mentioned he’ll deal with educating college students at Regent College, the varsity he based in 1977.

Robertson’s conservative and charismatic model of Christianity had an avuncular enchantment. Nevertheless it typically got here beneath intense criticism. Most lately, he addressed a caller’s query on his radio present saying it was OK to file for divorce from a partner struggling with Alzheimer’s illness. The remarks sparked outrage amongst non secular leaders and medical consultants.

He was fond of creating predictions, which many noticed as prophesies.

Final 12 months, Robertson mentioned God instructed him Donald Trump would prevail within the Nov. 3 presidential election. Trump misplaced.

In 1976, he predicted the world would finish in 1982. And in his 1990 guide, “The New Millennium,” he mentioned the world could be destroyed on April 29, 2007.

Robertson, a key participant within the conservative “ethical majority,” was significantly harsh on LGBTQ Individuals, opposed same-sex marriage and authorized abortion, and mentioned Islam was satanic.

In 2013, he mentioned he wished Fb had a ‘vomit’ button so he may click on on it each time he got here throughout {a photograph} of a homosexual couple kissing.

Robertson is a Yale Legislation Faculty graduate however failed the New York bar examination. He later based the American Middle for Legislation & Justice to defend Christians on non secular liberty circumstances.

Robertson’s son, Gordon, will take over as full-time host of the 700 Membership. The elder Robertson will nonetheless seem on a month-to-month interactive episode of The 700 Membership to reply viewer emails.

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