Televangelist Pat Robertson took part in a special moment of prayer on his Christian Broadcasting Network on Monday, declaring a “shield of protection” over his properties in Virginia, and demanding that God turn Hurricane Florence away from landfall.
“We declare in the name of the Lord that you shall go no farther, you shall do no damage in this area,” said Robertson during the broadcast. “We declare a shield of protection all over Tidewater and we declare a shield of protection over those innocent people in the path of this hurricane. In Jesus’ holy name, be out to sea!”
Earlier in the broadcast, Robertson spoke of a much earlier storm, Hurricane Esther, that threatened CBN back in 1961. He claimed that he and his staff turned that storm away with the power of prayer, and is doing the same with Florence.
“I don’t want that thing to come in,” he said. “I don’t want it to hurt Regent, I don’t wait it to hurt CBN, I don’t want it to tear up the beautiful campus, I don’t want it to tear these trees down, I don’t want to see any damage, I don’t want a bunch of glass flowing, and I don’t want (damage) all over this area that is counting on us to pray for them.”
Robertson founded CBN in 1960 in Virginia after buying a local UHF station, turning it into a Christian broadcasting powerhouse seen in 180 countries.
He is probably best known not for his broadcasting acumen or his 1988 presidential run, but for his controversies. This, of course, includes the infamous moment on his CBN show, the 700 Club, where he and Jerry Falwell blamed the 9/11 terrorist attack on “the pagans and the abortionists and the feminists and the gays and the lesbians who are actively trying to make that an alternative lifestyle.”
Watch the broadcast below.