"Pat Robertson demons" is trending on the Internet today and is causing a bit of stir among Christians, Evangelicals and even non-believers. On Monday's "700 Club," Evangelist Robertson responded to an email about demonic spirits on second-hand clothes from places like Goodwill. He said that while not all second-hand clothing have demonic spirits, it doesn't hurt to use prayer as a precaution. Imagine that?
On Feb. 26 report, the Huffington Post ran a headline that suggested, based on Pat Robertson's words, that Goodwill sweaters could have demons. Therefore, it is perfectly fine to pray over any thrift clothing before it's brought into one's home.
Carrie, a viewer of the "700 Club," wrote an email to the evangelist seeking his advice over sweaters. It read:
"I buy a lot of clothes and other items at Goodwill and other secondhand shops. Recently my mom told me that I need to pray over the items, bind familiar spirits and bless the items before I bring them into the house. Is my mother correct? Can demons attach themselves to material items?"
Robertson, as he usually does, responded to the email with a story.
In his response, he said there was a witch who prayed for a spirit to come into a ring. Later, when a girl bought the ring after she thought she really needed to have it. However, as Robertson said, "all hell broke loose" when the girl realized what the ring was all about.
"Can demonic spirits attach themselves to inanimate objects, the answer is yes," Robertson said in rounding out his answer to the girl's email, according to Right Wing Watch.
While Pat Robertson's demons advice to pray for clothing from thrift stores sounds shocking, it is another example of his Evangelistic philosophy. Like Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck, the controversial pastor is known for saying things that ruffle the public's feathers.
To his credit, he does advise prayer for even the most mundane decisions in daily life. For faith-based believers, it bodes well. However, for many others, it's a bit radical.
What say you?