Gordon Robertson’s Quasi Insensitive or Lacking Advice to Cancer Patient
Gordon Robertson is Pat Robertson’s son. He sometimes hosts “The 700 Club” program, or its partner program, “700 Club Interactive.”
I usually find Gordon to be more sensitive than his father when answering viewer questions, but I was sort of rubbed the wrong way today by some advice he gave to a cancer patient.
A cancer patient wrote to “The 700 Club Interactive” show to say he has bone cancer.
He says in spite of the fact he has prayed numerous times for a healing and has confessed every known sin of his to God, his doctor has told him there is no change with his medical condition. This guy wanted to know what he was doing wrong, how could he get God to heal him.
Gordon told the guy he was looking at it the wrong way.
Gordon told him he needed to stop thinking in terms of unconfessed sin, because under Christ, all his sins, even future ones not yet committed, are already forgiven.
Not that I am totally put off by that answer, and I can see how to a point it might be true, but yet – the Bible still has verses (in the New Testament) that say things like you have to confess your sins to others, if you are holding grudges or unforgiveness against others, God will not answer your prayers.
There is some kind of tension going on in the New Testament (and maybe the rest of the Bible) on several topics, this being one of them.
On the one hand, the Bible does say, yes, you are forgiven of all your sins when you come to Christ, yet, there are still verses that say you won’t get your petitions to God answered in your favor if you don’t do X, Y, or Z.
So I’m not sure if the Bible teaches wholly one way or another in this matter.
But what sort of bugged me is that Gordon was not acknowledging or getting to the heart of the problem.
First of all, Gordon was somewhat victim-blaming. He was putting the onus on the guy by telling the guy to put the onus on God.
He was telling the guy, essentially, that he has stinking thinking and needs to change how he views this whole topic of prayer and unconfessed sin.
Secondly, Gordon’s response did not wrestle with the “No” of God.
This is a subject I have discussed on my blog only two or three times before. It’s not one I write about a lot, but it does bother me.
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