Evangelical leader Pat Robertson said Friday, more than 50 years after leading a program that brought and renamed the program that brought Christian conservatism to millions of American households. He said he was stepping down as organizer of the 700 Club.
“It was a great run,” Robertson said during the show, adding that his son Gordon Robertson would take over.
Robertson, 91, announced Friday night, the 60th anniversary of the Christian television network, that Robertson began working at a small railroad station in Portsmouth, Virginia in 1961.
Club 700 grew out of a series of phones that Robertson started hosting in 1963 to keep the network out of financial trouble. At the time, Robertson said he couldn’t afford the network office added to the station.
“I got down on my knees and prayed with the staff,” Robertson said Friday. “I took $200,000 and I prayed for money.”
At that time, Mr. Robertson said that Jesus appeared to him with “the vision of the world.”
“Our job is not just to pay the bills, but to reach the world,” he said.
The network started a fundraising marathon and asked 700 viewers to pledge broadcasters $10 per month. This effort influenced the name 700 Club.
The show transformed evangelization by moving away from biblical preaching and tent-resurrection notes and turning it into a casual talk show format where Robertson discusses topics such as diet, relationships, marriage, and politics. On the phone. Honorary Professor of Political Science at Akron University.
Evangelical Christians have long used stories of selfish people saved by Jesus’ teachings to spread the gospel and attract believers. According to dr. Green presented Robertson’s performance “a very clear presentation of these testimonies” and captivated the audience.
“Thanks to the success of Club 700, it has had a real impact on politics,” he said.
Robertson interviewed President Ronald Reagan, Shimon Peres, former Prime Minister of Israel and other world leaders. In 1988, he ran for president from the Republican Party and was a strong runner-up in the premiere highlighting the potential for organizing evangelical Christians.
During the show, Robertson helped “strengthen the alliance between Conservative Christians and the Republican Party,” said Dr. Green.
The show also gave Robertson a regular platform to blame gays and Muslims. He often quoted passages from the Bible in a soft, gentle voice to justify accusations that angered Arab-American groups and homosexual rights.
In 2002 he described Islam as a violent religion that “wants to rule over it and, if necessary, destroy it”.
In 2013, viewers sent letters to the show asking what Facebook users should do when they saw a photo of two men kissing. “I would suppress ‘vomit’ instead of ‘like’,” says Robertson.
She rejected feminism as “a socialist and anti-family political movement that encourages women to leave their husbands, kill children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism and become lesbians”.
She once told the story of a “terrible looking” woman who complained to the minister that her husband had started drinking heavily. Robertson said the minister told him it was likely he was gaining weight and ignored his hair.
“We have to encourage romance, dear people,” said Robertson. He blamed natural disasters and terrorism for moral and spiritual mistakes. In 2012, after a deadly tornado swept through the South and Midwest, Robertson said God would intervene “if enough people prayed”.
He also made comments that shocked his followers and critics alike.
In 2011, Robertson said a man whose wife had Alzheimer’s should divorce her and find a new partner. The following year he called for marijuana to be legalized, saying, “The war on drugs has failed”.
“I believe in moving people, not arresting them,” he said.
During its broadcast on Friday, the show avoided divisive comments from Robertson.
Instead, I saw a video of Robertson embracing diversity. The program appointed Reverend Benkinchirov, a black minister, to co-host Mr. Robertson in 1975 when there were few black TV hosts. Another clip shows how Robertson tells President Donald J. Trump whether a woman in his office earns the same as a man.
Robertson said he told his son to return to the show from time to time.
“When I receive a revelation from the Lord, I will call you,” he said. “Sometimes I participate as a commentator and as a senior commentator.”