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Pat Robertson on "The 700 Club" on Oct. 2, 2017. (Video screengrab via YouTube)

Pat Robertson Steps Down from ‘The 700 Club’

By Yonat Shimron

Religious broadcaster Pat Robertson is retiring from his Christian Broadcasting Network’s long-running flagship program, “The 700 Club.”

The white-haired televangelist, pioneer Christian media mogul and one-time Republican presidential candidate made the announcement Friday on the 60th anniversary of CBN’s first broadcast.

Robertson, who is 91, suffered a stroke in 2018 but appeared to rebound. His announcement said he’ll focus on teaching students at Regent University, the school he founded in 1977.

Robertson’s conservative and charismatic brand of Christianity had an avuncular appeal. But it often came under intense criticism. Most recently, he addressed a caller’s question on his radio show saying it was OK to file for divorce from a spouse suffering with Alzheimer’s disease. The remarks sparked outrage among religious leaders and medical experts.

He was fond of making predictions, which many saw as prophesies.

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Last year, Robertson said God told him Donald Trump would prevail in the Nov. 3 presidential election. Trump lost.

In 1976, he predicted the world would end in 1982. And in his 1990 book, “The New Millennium,” he said the world would be destroyed on April 29, 2007.

Robertson, a key player in the conservative “moral majority,” has opposed same-sex marriage and legal abortion, and said Islam was satanic.

Robertson is a Yale Law School graduate but failed the New York bar exam. He later founded the American Center for Law and Justice to defend Christians on religious liberty cases.

Robertson’s son, Gordon, will take over as full-time host of “The 700 Club.” The elder Robertson will still appear on a monthly interactive episode of “The 700 Club” to answer viewer emails.

Yonat ShimronYonat Shimron is a national reporter and senior editor for Religion News Service.

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19 thoughts on “Pat Robertson Steps Down from ‘The 700 Club’”

  1. I am at a complete loss as to why any follower of Jesus of Nazareth would spend even a quarter second paying attention to this oft-times false prophet and blow-hard…. ???

    But that is the state of religion in American.

    1. Matthew 15:14 “Leave them; they are blind guides. If the blind lead the blind, both will fall into a pit.”

  2. “His announcement said he’ll focus on teaching students at Regent University …”

    What does it cost to take classes from a 91-year-old stroke victim?
    *google google*

    In the range of $35,000 per year for tuition, fees, room and board.

    1. 35k a year and states on the regent site only 27% graduation rate. Trade school young people trade schools are the future for you. Having a non STEM degree doesn’t carry a lot of weight anymore.

      1. Ive been telling the young people to go to trade schools not college for years…I totally agree, in seeing how Colleges are annhilating the fragile faith of these weak, ungrounded spiritually, young adults.

      2. “only 27% graduation rate”

        That leaves a lot of former students with a lot of sunk cost and no credential.

    2. As a Regent University grad with two graduate level degrees from this institution, I can assure you the quality of education there is top notch, some of the professors there when I attended were world renown, the quality of education and accreditation was taken very seriously. Back then (30+ years ago) it was over $10K in tuition alone per year, I am thankful that I had an academic scholarship that covered it 100%! Yes CBN is a major contributor and influence on campus, but at an arm’s length to maintain educational integrity. I would love to sit in on lectures from Pat, yes he had some “odd” views and perspectives, but certainly a wise man who has accomplished much. Given his advanced age, I would think that he would be more of a guest lecturer/artist in residence than one to take on the workload of administrating a class.

      Traditional university/college is certainly not for everyone, and perhaps if I had gotten better advice earlier in life I might have pursued a different route, but nevertheless it is what it is, and I’m grateful for the opportunity. Everyone needs to find the right path/career that suits their abilities.

      1. Arthur please stop it. No college degree has any value unless it’s a STEM degree in today’s world And top notch quality is subjective and has no actual value. Define top notch. The first two years of college is nothing more than a repeat of HS.

        1. Gary you can continue with your STEM/trade school generalizations (and yes, I am a big Michael Rowe fan), however I know many classmates of mine who have graduated from Regent University from the Divinity, Education, Counseling, Communication, Law, Government, and Business schools who are currently leading very successful careers in non-STEM related fields. And yes, top notch, Regent University has been a leader for many years as a private educational institution in the many college rankings out there. Back when I attended, they started as a graduate level only school focused on the liberal arts, but since then have also added undergraduate offerings as well, and programs that include STEM fields of study.

          Maybe you should educate yourself more before embarrassing yourself in public forums?

  3. This is a super sloppy article from a reporter that didn’t do her homework. Robertson had nothing to do with the “Moral Majority”. That was Jerry Falwell, Sr. Robertson founded the Christian Coalition. She also might have mentioned he ran for President in 1988, founded CBN, etc… Just lazy journalism here.

  4. If you’re claiming God is telling you about future events, you’re claiming to be prophesying, not making predictions.

  5. I watched Pat when I was much younger but stopped with Pat’s fully-throated support of Trump. Trump is an abusive foul-mouthed person that has been the same for decades. However evangelicals changed and started saying that character is not important and fully support him, even now evangelicals support his leading of the Republican party and will support is candidacy in 2024.

    Pat along with the evangelical movement has lost its way over the years.

    I mean seriously…. are evangelical leaders going to start saying that “character” is now important… sorry that ship has sailed.

    1. Amen Gordon and I still can’t believe the evangelical industrial complex can’t admit they backed evil. From day one I thought that these evangelicals are missing something or I’m missing something. I’m not missing anything. Gods discernment told me from the Beginning of 2016 that the evangelicals are NOT messaging for God. But for there own glory (on religious committees) and making excuses for his disgusting behavior. All they wanted was access and glory.

    2. Gordon Jansma,

      I was never a Trump supporter, not even in 2020, but the guy was utterly spot-on with everything he said and his opponents were all proved liars. I don’t know why God used him, but our nation and world are in a world of hurt without him. None of the people who complain of his past had a cross word to say of Bill Clinton.

      1. @Brian – Classic “whataboutism” here. This isn’t about Bill Clinton. Trump was a proven liar who bragged about his sins, yet his evangelical supporters did not budge, justifying it with “whataboutisms” that are mere worldly excuses and deflections of sin. The church needs to back another candidate. Should’ve done it in 2016, 2020, and needs to do it NOW.

        1. Marin Heiskell,

          I was one of those who was constantly outraged at Trump–even here on Julie’s page. It was cold, hard facts that brought me around. I don’t know all of what Trump did before taking office–I would have preferred a “cleaner” guy, but this was what we had and who (for whatever reason) God chose. It’s not my place to judge his heart before he came around to conservatism and possibly real salvation.

          1. Brian,

            For starters, Trump is not conservative by any means. His is a populist, pure and simple. And populism is NOT conservatism. PERIOD. Exhibit A is when Trump and his allies went after the tech companies with the same vigor as Bernie Sanders and Elisabeth Warren. Same thing with his protectionism and trade policies, which is right out of the Democrat / Union playbook with all the rhetoric of Dick Gephardt and John Edwards.

            Even worse, you have all this so-called “common good conservatism”, which appeals to all the populist Trump fans, but is nothing more than social justice for right-wingers (to quote David French – a principled Conservative unlike most of the pundits who got their 30 pieces of silver for selling out conservatism to follow Trump).

            And what did Trump say recently?

            ““Nobody has done more for Christianity or for evangelicals or for religion itself than I have.”

            The sad thing is you and many others seem to believe it.

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