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According to religious broadcaster and former Presidential candidate Pat Robertson, there's a battle being waged for America's soul. He says that power-hungry courts have run amok, fueled by secular allies, together eroding the spiritual foundation of America. As a consequence, the Ten Commandments are losing their moral weight--are even an offense--in our religiously diverse culture.

Beliefnet senior producer Deborah Caldwell recently interviewed Dr. Robertson.


What do you pray about?

I pray that I might be in the center of God's will. I pray for wisdom that He might lead me and give me wisdom in the tasks that I have ahead of me. I think that's the most important. I also pray for favor and His anointing on my life and ministry that I might have spiritual blessing when I minister to people. They're my principal prayers; I don't have a prayer list that I go down.

Do you pray for anything specific?

Not really. I sort of leave that in God's hands. I just pray that I might be part of his plan. That He'll lead me and that I might serve Him as I should. I think that's the principal prayer.

What's your favorite Bible verse?

I like Romans 8:28. The literal Greek is "God saves every circumstancetogether for good to those who love Him." That's the one that I likebest. Actually the literal Greek says, "God shapes everything..."

"All things work together for good for them that love the Lord"--that's the King James version. But the verse is basically saying that God Himself is an actor shaping the circumstances for good. And it's a very comforting thing to know.

It's interesting you would say that because you've been so criticized for saying that events have worked together for bad because of God. You were blasted for the post-9/11 comment, right?

My friend Jerry Falwell was the one who said it, and he was a guest on my show, and it's hard to take the blame for everybody who shows up on your show. But I felt that in a sense the terrorist attacks showed that God had lifted his hand of protection. I think 9/11 at least in part showed that God hadn't been invited to the party. That our nation had scorned Him. Then we say God Bless America, but it's like, "How is He going to bless us?"

So you're saying God can lift His hand of protection from us?

Well, of course he can. Romans 8:28 says, "God shapes everything to work together for them that love Him." It didn't say, "He makes everything work together for the United States of America" just because we're nice guys. That [is reserved] for those that are called according to his purpose.

In 1999 you said that God wouldn't permit "Gay Days" at Disney World and that terrorist bombs, hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes and possibly a meteor would be God's punishment.

They were waving flags down there proclaiming Gay Pride week, and I said, if I were you I would be cautious because bad things can happen. And in truth bad things did happen; fire fell from heaven all over central Florida. There were some of the worst fires all up that interstate--just continuous lightning strikes over and over and over again setting off wildfires.

I said if I were you living where you live, I don't think I would be so bold to wave flags announcing Gay Pride Week in the city of Orlando.

So you're saying God lifted His hand because those people weren't Christian believers?

No. What I was saying back in the days of 9/11 was that this nation had never been attacked in its homeland since the War of 1812. This was the first time, and theologically speaking, you might say that God did not protect us. People say, "Where's God?" Well, maybe God wasn't invited to the party. If God wasn't invited to the party, then we can't blame Him for what's happening.

Why are the Ten Commandments causing such controversy at this moment in history?

There are times in history where a particular doctrine becomes a symbol of a greater problem. The problem we have in America is the systematic erosion of our religious values in an attempt by certain liberal groups to expunge our Christian heritage from the public square. The Ten Commandments are the most visible symbol because these commandments are recognized by Christians and Jews alike as being the foundation of our system of public morality.

Do you think that because of the controversy around Judge Roy Moore he's achieved iconic status?

It's not so much Judge Moore...there's an all-out attack by the ACLU to remove these Commandments. Stone vs. Graham was decided in 1980 in Kentucky, way before Judge Moore. Judge Moore was actually just reacting to a couple of these decisions. There was also one in Elkhart, Indiana, in which the Supreme Court ruled that these Ten Commandments didn't have any public use in a school---that's what they said. They said that there's no educational value that can be derived from posting these Commandments on the walls because students might obey them.

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