Talk about open your mouth and stick your foot in it. In yet another shocking statement, Pat Robertson, the televangelist who runs the 700 Club advised a mother to cure her son of stomach pains by having an exorcism.
It is one thing to have faith in the power of God and in miracles but to advise a mother who’s son has been suffering from severe stomach pains to seek help from an exorcist is not only unconscionable but also potentially dangerous.
In an email to Robertson, the mother wrote that her son “felt like something hit him very hard in the stomach. I know this is not of God,” she noted adding that her son is a Christian. She then asked him if Christians could be “attacked by demons.” She also told Robertson that she had sought help from Jesus but it did not help. I
Instead of advising the woman to seek medical help, Robertson told her to call someone “who understands the spiritual dimension and doing spiritual warfare.” He told her that her son “could be attacked by demons and he might be oppressed or possessed by demons.” He then suggested that someone in her family’s past might have been into the occult… “somebody in witchcraft or tarot cards or psychic things…”
Stating that her son’s symptoms did not sound normal, Robertson add, “Get some people in there and cast this stuff out…”
To not even consider any of the numerous physical causes for stomach pains could have cost the boy his life. They could be a sign of anything from gas build-up or over eating to more serious ailments such as appendicitis, which is common in childhood. If left untreated for too long, appendicitis can cause the organ to bursts and result in peritonitis. According to Web MD, “peritonitis can rapidly spread into the blood (sepsis) and to other organs, resulting in multiple organ failure and death.”
Other serious disorders that can cause severe stomach pains include an intestinal obstruction, pancreatitis, kidney stones, Crone’s Disease and more. To see a full list of causes, go to the Mayo Clinic site.
Robertson considers himself a man of God. Has he forgotten that God also brought doctors into this world for the sole purpose of helping people overcome their health problems?