Pat Robertson's Million Dollar Word of Knowledge

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On a recent episode of the 700 Club Pat Robertson received a word of knowledge about a viewer that would be receiving a check for $1 million. A few days later, Robertson shared that a business man told him that BP had written him a check for $1 million. The check was related to the Gulf oil spill, and he had not been expecting it.

When you hear about things like this, how do you feel? Is this a miraculous event, or something a little less than that? Is Pat Robertson doing God’s work in sharing a “word of knowledge” or is he giving those trying to discredit our faith more ammunition? Are these types of things intended to be done in the public eye, or in private?

We have a lot of questions here, we’d love to hear your take:

Were YOU given Pat Robertson’s platform, would YOU share a “word of knowledge”?



  • Gary Ellis March 15, 2013 Reply

    Speculation is an interesting “beast.” On one hand, I wholeheartedly believe that we grow from embracing the “hard questions.” I’m honestly not trying to be critical of you Todd, but I’m not sure what healthy benefit there is on speculating of this nature. Many would probably respond with what they think they would do given their access was the same as Robertsons. However, the comments will probably be divided between those who like or “approve” him and those who don’t. At the end of the day, what does this kind of speculation really profit?

    • Pastor Tim March 16, 2013 Reply

      I agree with Gary completely! What is the point of creating division? Surely a Word of Knowledge is biblical. Pat has operated in this gift for over 50 years. There have been outstanding testimonies (many videoed) on the show that were undeniable. Your post reminds me of the opposers of Jesus in His day having a discussion about the legitimacy of His miracles. Who cared what they thought? Did any of their words discredit Jesus’ miracles? There are many in the body of Christ that don’t understand or agree with the entire Bible and every doctrine and yet that doesn’t make them right. These kinds of thoughts do more to divide, fertilize criticism and thoughtless negative comments, and display just how much the body of Christ cannot walk together in unity. I encourage you to focus on and share what you do know from Scripture that teaches, builds up, and encourages the body of Christ, than speculation of topics that will absolutely create words of division and suspect.

  • David Scammell March 15, 2013 Reply

    From their website:

    “The 700 Club can be seen in 96 percent of the homes in the U.S. and is carried on ABC Family cable network, FamilyNet, Trinity Broadcasting Network, plus numerous local U.S. television stations, and is seen daily by approximately one million viewers.

    CBN International maintains 15 television production centers around the world that create indigenous versions of The 700 Club and other Christian programs in 39 languages. CBN International programs are broadcast in 138 countries to an estimated yearly viewing audience of 360 million people.”

    tIf this is true, you will have a high probability of a certain “prophecy” coming true in at least in 1 viewer. Especially if that prophecy is very generic.

    Of course, we all know that the Bible says we’re to test every Spirit (1 John 4:1).

    How does a “prophecy” stack up against God’s Word? Is there a rule for it? When speaking of Gifts, we’re reminded that God is a God of order and not chaos. (1 Corinthians 14:33)

    And isn’t New Testament prophesying nothing more than proclaiming truth based on the revealed Will of God? Every word must have its proper bearing on the subject presented in the Bible. (Matthew 5:18)

    Personally, I believe that if a Word of Prophecy is given and if it is for a specific person, then it should probably be given one-to-one.

    Definitely a lot of different things to think of, even beyond the short list of things given above.

    Hmmm … just my two cents worth. 🙂

  • Kevin March 15, 2013 Reply

    Gary his purpose was stated clearly, “is he giving those trying to discredit our faith more ammunition?” My thoughts would be if it is a true word of knowledge then Pat would have to be 100% accurate on each one, don’t you think? But how could you verify that? What is his purpose or reason for giving words of knowledge. His erroneous comments on other matters discredit his credibility on my opinion.

    • Gary Ellis March 15, 2013 Reply

      Sure, Kevin. I understood the point because it was clearly stated. “Is he giving those trying to discredit our faith more ammunition?” My comment was based upon my opinion that speculations of this nature don’t get us any closer to the message and purpose of Jesus. Integrity is very important. I agree. But, this kind of speculation draws out arguments of people that are polarized on the positions of what is and isn’t “scriptural/biblical” regarding spiritual gifts. Spiritual gift operations is a valid discussion, but personalizing it by coming after Pat Robertson (whom I, myself disagree with many times) is not helpful or heathy in the long run. Much bigger fish to fry, IMHO of course.

      • Kevin March 15, 2013 Reply

        What part isn’t healthy if you’re having an honest, respectful discussion about it? Many non-Christians look to him as representative of Christianity, they don’t understand the issue of spiritual gifts so I agree that it’s a helpful discussion when talking about the context that has been suggested here.

        • Gary Ellis March 16, 2013 Reply

          Kevin, I responded with my opinion on the issue. May I respectfully state that I did so simply to make what I considered to be a valid point. Nothing more, nothing less. To take it to debating over my opinion vs. your opinion is beyond the scope here in this forum. I don’t think it was designed to be an extended online debate club. I added my perspective. It appears that, for one, you reject it as valid…or so it would appear. That’s fine. My observation is pretty deep seated, as is yours. I think that is enough said.

  • Gary Ellis March 15, 2013 Reply

    David, I get what you are saying here. It is spoken from your conviction of what “the spirituals” look like. And, that’s fair. I probably have a bit broader of a definition in what I have come to decide is “biblical/scriptural” but that and $2.00 will get me a cup of pour-over Java. I would agree that 1 word like “the million dollar word of knowledge” given to such a broad audience doesn’t really give it honest validity. However, it also doesn’t disprove that it was a “real word.” Again…it is fun to speculate isn’t it?

    • David Scammell March 15, 2013 Reply

      Kevin, I would agree … my understanding of a Biblical prophet is that they must be 100% correct and accurate. I feel his “word of knowledge” was inaccurate because he stated it would be a million dollars and the check was for something like 1.2 million dollars. I could understand being off by a few dollars, maybe even a hundred dollars or so, but .2 million dollars? That’s a lot of money and in my book, that is pretty inaccurate. When I read through the Bible, it seems to me that God was pretty accurate with His prophecies, as well as their fulfillment. This is part of my basis for believing that those prophecies yet to be fulfilled will be fulfilled exactly as God has stated.

      Gary, I understand your point on the broad audience issue, but the inaccuracy of the fulfillment by .2 million dollars leads me to be skeptical and lean toward it not being a “real word.” Again, I believe in God being very precise/accurate. Also, I’m not sure what you mean by “the spirituals?”

      And yes, it is fun to speculate!

      • Gary Ellis March 15, 2013 Reply

        “the spirituals” would be the accurate translation where it says “spiritual gifts”. The word gifts is added by the translators in an attempt to give clarity. I didn’t state that as a point of debate. It’s just the way I refer to spiritual gifts. Accuracy, David. I agree. But, we Paul also said we know in part and we prophecy in part. Denominations flourish over the understanding of accurate meanings of scripture. I am all for being as accurate as is possible by putting plenty of sweat equity into personal research on a wide variety of areas. But, for me the heart of the issue (as a general statement) Trust the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding (what you think you know). We need to try to understand, but we must also not put our weight there and that’s where, IMHO, divisions have come from. “What we think we know.” More fuel is given to the world over the divisions of understandings in the church than what we think is adding fuel to the flames.”

  • Fred March 16, 2013 Reply

    Like arguing over a joke the rodeo clown told. I prophesy that a home will be destroyed in Kansas by a tornado and it will be the wrath of God against homosexuality.

  • Steve Long March 16, 2013 Reply

    Didn’t Pat Robertson have a ‘Word of Knowledge’ that Mitt Romney was going to win the last presidential election against Barack Obama (And subsequently he offered a profuse apology telling us that he really thought he had God’s words right)?. He is a false prophet and this is not my personal opinion. I am thinking that this would be God’s own indictment against him considering how God instructed us to measure a prophets words. “But the prophet who speaks a word presumptuously in My name which I have not commanded him to speak, or which he speaks in the name of other gods, that prophet shall die,” Deut. 18:20 and, “When a prophet speaks in the name of the Lord, if the thing does not come about or come true, that is the thing which the Lord has not spoken. The prophet has spoken it presumptuously; you shall not be afraid of him,” Deut. 18:22. We are not to pay attention to prophets who mix baloney in with substance because that is Satan’s methodology.
    The issue is not whether a ‘Word of Knowledge’ is part of the Christian experience in our time but whether this particular guy can even claim that he is an example of it.

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