Our Take: Pat Robertson says he missed God's voice. Should we be surprised?

Last week, Pat Robertson came clean.  He said that he had totally missed God’s voice in the 2012 presidential election.

How do you feel when someone tells you that they’ve heard directly from God?

Have you found that it is usually validated later, or is it usually proven to be false?

How do you know if you’ve really heard from God?

Here’s our take (and by ‘our’), I mean my Filter co-host Matt Steen and myself:

What do you think?

Have you ever THOUGHT you heard the voice of God, only to find out later, it wasn’t confirmed?

Have you ever trusted in someone that said they heard God’s voice, only to see it repudiated?

What has been your experience in this area?

Leave your comment below…




  • Steve Miller December 5, 2012 Reply

    I would hope all Christians would desire to learn to recognize God’s leading in their lives as they mature. Part of the reason we take in God’s written word is so the Spirit can bring it to mind throughout the day. This is why we also pray and “listen” for God’s response to our prayers.

    The more unusual ways he leads like “voices” is always going to be a bit of a subjective thing. I’ve heard God’s voice clearly on probably a dozen occasions, but it isn’t like an audible thing, it is more like hearing a voice which bypasses the ears and goes straight to your brain, but it is alien enough that you realize it isn’t your own thoughts. The best I can describe it is it is like an echo which resonates without a source you can pinpoint. Those are the times where it is like, “I think if I don’t obey things will go badly.” So far those occasions of hearing God’s voice have always panned out to be true.

    The problem is those occasions are few and far between for me, more often than not it is the “still small voice” of God I hear; the one you have to work at to discern if it is from God. I think people miss God’s voice because they believe it will be a booming Earth shattering experience every time, but because God is condescending to us at a level we can perceive as love, and not overpowering, often God whispers. He wants us to learn to seek Him, know Him, and love Him and obey out of thanksgiving not trembling fear.

    I tend to be less showy and not yell things like “thus sayeth the Lord,” but more likely I will say, “I think God is impressing this upon me.” For me it is an obedience thing, I realize I may be wrong, and I will look foolish if I am, but I am willing to risk it.

    I’ve also found when God speaks it is usually low-key and not showy, missional, edifying, or something so specific that you can’t find a scripture for it, like “Go to this bar, right now and wait for the person I show you.”

    I didn’t used to think God would speak to me, so I didn’t try to actively listen, but over time I realized a big part was I was uncomfortable with the super natural and I also was unwilling to be obedient to the more normative ways God had chosen to reveal Himself. I also mistakenly thought super natural gifting was like a merit badge for good behavior, once I got myself out of the way and cleared more room for God to minister I found God was speaking a lot more often than I imagined.

    • Steve Miller December 5, 2012 Reply

      hey I lost my “but” somehow!

      I’ve also found when God speaks it is usually low-key and not showy, BUT missional, edifying, or something so specific that you can’t find a scripture for it, like “Go to this bar, right now and wait for the person I show you.”

  • Dane Gressett December 6, 2012 Reply

    Oh yeah, I’ve let my own ideas and biases counterfeit God’s voice many time! I can show you in my journals! Time is the judge of these false words.

    Sneaky prophetic people find ways to make excuses for this, though, “Well, it was a conditional word. God really wanted Romney to win, but was requiring American to repent. And since America did not heed His voice, God has given us His what we deserve.”

    this is code for, “I didn’t really miss God. Somebody else did.”

    At least Pat seems to have just admitted he missed God.

  • rbud December 6, 2012 Reply

    I believe that God inspires us through the activity of the Holy Spirit. It happens. Not as often or as forcefully as I would like, but that’s just me.

    I do not believe that God speaks to us, any of us, directly. Nor, have I seen any enduring evidence that He does or has. He certainly doesn’t speak directly to me, nor does he need to since His Holy Spirit is adequate to the purposes.

    The question is interesting on its own merit, the election aside. If God did not speak directly to the virgin Mary, whyever would He deem me important enough to speak directly to me. Hardly seems likely or worthy.

    As for Robertson, over the years he seems to have heard all kinds of voices, lots of them, many of them not very attractive, and none of them credible in my view. So, even if he had heard God’s voice during the election, I’m not convinced that he could tell the difference.

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  • Rev. Don Paul Jr December 7, 2012 Reply

    rbud I feel what your saying is contradictory to the word which says God the Father God the Son and God the Holy Spirit are 3 in 1 so if as you say you heard from the Holy Spirit then Havent you also heard from God. It’s time the Body of Christ started stepping up and hearinig the voice of God rather than trying to talk about someone who may or may not be a false witness as the word points out there will be many let what you beleive is Gods voice line up with his word Line up on line precept up on precept here a little there a little. The church is so far away from God that they themselves cant know if the are hearing His voice or not

    • Steve Miller December 7, 2012 Reply

      rbud’s comments I took to mean God (the Father) doesn’t speak externally to people since He can speak to them internally by means of the Holy Spirit (who is also God.) I don’t think rbud was questioning the Trinity, just mode of communication.

    • rbud December 10, 2012 Reply

      Actually, the Scriptures do not say that, it is a doctrinal statement contrived by early church leaders to combat accusations of polytheism. But that totally aside, if what you say is both technically and practically correct, then why did Jesus have to wait until the Father bestowed the power of His position — didn’t Jesus already have that power and authority? And why did Jesus have to send the Holy Spirit in its many forms — wouldn’t that be like Jesus sending himself. To me, your argument is a cross between theological and philosophical mincing of words. Despite the unity of the Trinity, there is still, apparently, separation of authority and function.

      I don’t quite understand the remainder of your post, exept that I will agree that the church is very far from the expectations that God and Christ had when declaring its institution.

  • revrick December 10, 2012 Reply

    Pat fails the Deut. 18:22 test, he is a false prophet.

  • revrick December 10, 2012 Reply

    As far as hearing the voice of God, I’ve gotten impressions that have turned out to be important. One in particular has been a burden to me. I was sitting in my child’s voice recital near an acquaintance, and got the distinct impression that I should warn him that his time was short, to get his affairs in order. How do you tell someone that? But less than two months later, he was killed in an electrical accident. He was a professing Christian, but I wonder what might have been…May I never be guilty of such a breech again!

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