From: Christian News
A well-known creationist is blasting televangelist Pat Robertson for remarks he made this week on his television broadcast, in which Robertson explicitly denied that the Bible supports a young earth. “We don’t need enemies from without the church when we have such destructive teaching within the church,” states Ken Ham, founder and CEO of Answers in Genesis, which operates a creation museum in Petersburg, Kentucky.
Earlier this week, on Robertson’s The 700 Club, a question from a viewer was fielded to the televangelist, in which a woman named Michelle expressed concern that her husband and teenage sons were doubting the authority of the Bible. “They tell me if the Bible is truth, then I should be able to reasonably explain the existence of dinosaurs. This is just one of many things they question,” she wrote. “How do I explain things to them that the Bible doesn’t cover? I am so afraid that they are walking away from God.”
Robertson’s reply was immediately picked up by outlets worldwide as a declaration that even Robertson doesn’t believe in a young earth.
“Look, I know people will probably try to lynch me when I say this, but Bishop [James] Ussher—God bless him—wasn’t inspired by the Lord when he said it all took 6,000 years. It just didn’t, and you go back in time, you’ve got radiocarbon dating, you’ve got all these things, and you’ve got the carcasses of dinosaurs frozen in time out in the Dakotas,” Robertson continued. “And so there was a time that these giant reptiles were on the earth, and it was before the time of the Bible.”
“So don’t try to cover it up and make like everything was 6,000 years. That’s not the Bible. That’s Bishop Ussher,” he exclaimed. “And so if you fight revealed science you’re going to lose your children, and I believe in telling them the way it was.”
Ham and his ministry released statements following the broadcast, both on Facebook and the Answers in Genesis website. “Not only do we have to work hard to not let our kids be led astray by the anti-God teaching of the secularists, we have to work hard to not let them be led astray by compromising church leaders like Pat Robertson,” Ham wrote. “Pat Robertson gives more fodder to our enemies. “Mr. Robertson is saying that we should hold the ideas and opinions of man above the very word of God itself,” concurred Dr. Tommy Mitchell in an article entitled Pat Robertson’s Word or God’s Word: Which Will You Believe?, which was posted yesterday on the Answers in Genesis website. “It is precisely this type of compromise within the church that has caused such an erosion of people’s faith in the word of God and a mass exodus of young people from the church.”
Robertson is no stranger to controversy, however, as for years many have questioned both his associations with disreputable Republican candidates and his statements on a variety of societal and spiritual topics. In 2011, the televangelist came under fire for advising a man to divorce his debilitated wife, who was suffering with Alzheimer’s Disease.