Citizens of Character Must Get Involved
In this speech, Pat chronicles the
undermining of integrity and of confidence in absolutes in America
and urges people of faith to get involved. He concludes that
Evangelical Christians have a "date with destiny."
National Religious Broadcasters, Feb. 5, 1986
Bible says despise not the day of small things (Zechariah 4:9-10). How could we
have imagined that tiny voice which barely reached around the
community we lived in would one day be a signal that would one
day take us all around the world by satellite and we would have
all these millions of people on cable? How could we have dreamed
25 years ago that it would grow into what we see now?
Some of you right now in this organization are just starting
out. We had initial capital of 70 dollars. Our first year's
operating expenses for our TV station was $8,000 for the year.
The second year we added the radio we had $20,000 total income.
In the old days you made due with what you had, and you believed
God, and it just seemed that there would never be anything else.
While we were
growing, you were growing. We were all adding a voice around
this nation. It was a quiet voice. It wasn't taken very seriously.
But back then, they didn't have organizations like People for
the American Way saying what a danger we were to America. The
fact is, nobody could hear us so they didn't think we were a
danger to anybody.
While we were
growing we were just like children, and this nation was going
through some growth of its own. It wasn't very healthy growth.
It was in the early '60s that the Supreme Court determined that
prayer couldn't be dictated. A year later they said you couldn't
read the Bible anymore in schools. Not too long after that I
learned of the horrifying news that our President had been shot
in Dallas, and I began to broadcast that across our radio station
to tell the shocked audience that there had been an assassination.
Then I sat
by and watched, as you did, as we saw this nation plunge into
a terrible war that drained our energies and our finances:
$150 billion spent and 45- 50,000 of our men died in a no-win
war. It didn't just take the lives and the treasures of this
nation, it took the will and the resolve of this nation away
and let us go into a battle that left scars that we are still
having to deal with.
Suddenly, the young were pitted against the old and the husbands
against the wives; the women against the men. The authority
of the educators was pitted against the students. The blacks
were pitted against the whites. There was rioting, revolution,
revolts, anarchy in our streets, as people were protesting what
seemed to be a foolish war. I want to tell you something about
war, ladies and gentlemen, war is hell. There is one thing you
don't do with war -- if you are going to get into war, get in
to win, and if you are not going to win, don't play with the
lives of American boys.
as you watched, as Watergate unfolded -- the terrible scandal that
brought down a president that was elected by almost the largest
landslide in history. We watched at the same time the Supreme
Court begin to run wild with the liberties of our people. When
the American Civil Liberties Union linked up with liberal judges,
they decided they would usurp the role of the legislature to
the fifty states and would do for the people what the people
refused to do for themselves.
that, they began to legitimatize the sexual revolution we had
and said, "Well, you are free, sexually, now of the bondage of
Christianity and the bondage of the strictures of religious
beliefs." Now, if you are going to do that, what you will have
is the product of conception. It's not a baby, it's a fetus.
It's a blob of tissue and it can be done away with. Despite
reason, despite law, despite common sense, and despite the legislative
acts of all 50 states, the Supreme Court determined that the
slaughter of the innocent in America was now law and there could
be no voice against it in the land.
Over the decade of the '70s, we saw a breakdown of the family
like we have never seen in this century. You might be interested
to know that divorces have gone up 700 percent in our century and the
majority of that divorce rate went up during the 1970s. Before
it was over it was said that this country was ungovernable.
It was said
that we could not hold on because we did not have the will and
the resolve any longer because of Vietnam. Then we surrendered
to Communists in Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Yemen, Angola, and Nicaragua.
Everywhere we looked the enemies of the United States and those
who claimed to be atheists were on the attack.
as if this nation was being fragmented by indecision, lack of
resolve and moral decay. Suddenly those of us who had been broadcasting
began to do something. We said "Enough!" Some of the other Evangelicals,
some of our Catholic friends, and those from every walk of life
from all 50 states came to Washington in 1985 -- 100,000 people.
We fasted and we prayed and we said, "God Almighty, we must
have revival in America lest we perish."
heard and God Almighty answered. He sent a change in government.
He sent a change in perception. He sent a change in attitude.
But I want you to know something; it isn't finished yet. We
still have crime. We still have a million babies a year slaughtered
since Roe vs. Wade. By the end of this century, we will have
40 million children slaughtered. And we talk about the butchery
of the Communists, the Nazis, Genghis Khan, and other savages
in history. We've exceeded them all here in a civilized Christian
Not only are
we turning on the unborn, we are turning on the born. I served
on the President's Commission on Victim's Rights. According
to the Attorney General, one out of every four children in America
is a victim of sexual abuse before he or she reaches 10 or 12
In this country, the educational level is so appalling that
our schools have become jungles. The Attorney General says there
are 250,000 violent crimes in our schools every single month.
Our schools are the most dangerous place to be, besides perhaps
the mother's womb, which is now the most dangerous of all. Beyond
that, school, which is a place of learning and moral teaching,
has become an absolute zoo. Now the crimes are assault with
a deadly weapon, narcotic possession, and narcotic distribution.
About 50 percent of all our young people have tried marijuana. Twenty
to thirty percent have tried cocaine. There are about 23 million
cocaine users in the country. The price of cocaine every year
in America is $90 billion. The total handle for all drugs is
$110 billion. The price of alcohol in America, where there is
increasing incidence of teenage alcoholism, is up to probably
is broken up so badly that there are now 13 million children
who are living with only one of their parents because the divorce
rate is such that one out of every two new marriages formed
breaks up. You'll be shocked to learn, as I was, that in the black
community, 55 percent of all the births are to single women.
I was reading
in the Journal of Family and Culture an article by Armond Nicoli,
who is a distinguished professor of psychology from Harvard
University. What he had to say was so astounding that I thought
I would share a few of those words with you because it will
tell us all something. According to Professor Nicoli, he said
three decades ago the World Health Organization made this statement:
"What is believed to be essential for mental health is that
the infant and young child should experience a warm, intimate
and continuous relation with his mother." And he said the studies
taken as a whole paint an unmistakably clear picture of the
adverse effects of parental absence.
Parental Love Essential
He mentions one particular study of a number of cases from 1943
to 1946 which shows that the absence of a mother and an inadequate
mother substitute cause profound physical and psychological
retardation. That lead to these infants having an extremely
high incidence of physical and psychological morbidity. Of the
90 infants studied by this particular researcher, 37 percent died within two years because they had been deprived
of mother or father.
the mother, he said, when a child is separated from its parents
permanently, and not provided adequate substitute care, the
infant becomes visibly distressed and is subject to high risk
for both physical and psychological disturbances in development.
When a child
is separated from its mother unwillingly, even for brief periods,
the child shows distress and when placed of a strange environment
and cared for by a succession of strange people, the distress
He then goes
on to say, and this is extremely interesting, that when a father
is not present in the home, the following happens: Low motivation
for achievement, inability to defer immediate gratification
for later rewards, low self-esteem, susceptibility to group
influence and to juvenile delinquency. The absent father tends
to have passive, effeminate, dependent sons, lacking in achievement,
motivation, and independence. Dr. Nicoli says that all of these
studies are well known, but he said, and I quote, "apparently
as a society we refuse to accept findings that demand a radical
change in our lifestyle."
Ladies and gentlemen, I want to tell you that the Bible is accurate.
Educationally, psychologically, sociologically, in every way.
The doctrine that has been foisted on us by the humanists, by
those who have no knowledge of God, is flawed and is wrong and
it's sinful. And make no mistake about it, fornication is wrong
and the begetting of children out of wedlock with a father who
does not care for them will not only destroy the father who
does such a thing, but will permanently condemn an entire generation
to second class citizenship.
what we're having in our society now. There are alarming incidences
of young people with no motivation whatsoever, with no hope,
no desire. They just wander around. They hang out on the street
corners. Why? There is no proper figure. There oftentimes is
an overworked, harried mother who is trying to look after them,
or, in many cases, the mother is forced to work, and she can't
be at home with the children at all. No father figure, and the
breakup of the home is having permanent damage in our society.
Now the Bible
says it very clearly. God says, and I quote from Malachi, "I
hate divorce." God says adultery is one of the things forbidden
by the Ten Commandments. But we are laughed at these days as
"blue noses" if we tell people that. "Oh, come on, you're old-fashioned.
You're a fuddy-duddy." And we find in our schools an inculcation
of values that is totally contrary to our Judeo-Christian tradition.
I also read a study by a Professor Paul Vitz from NYU -- a rather
extensive study of 40 textbooks representing 70 percent of all
the texts that are currently in use in the public school systems
of the United States of America, social studies, grades one
through four. You will find this interesting definition of a
family -- "...the people you live with." The word "marriage," the
word "bride," the word "groom," the word "wedding" never appear
one time in all of the social studies textbooks being studied
by 70 percent of the children in the United States of America.
And on top
of that, Professor Vitz said there is not one single, primary
reference to contemporary religious experience in any of those
textbooks. There is not one instance of a person praying or
a family praying. There is not one instance of a family or a
person taking Holy Communion or celebrating any rites of either
the Christian or the Jewish faith. There is not one instance
of someone receiving religious instruction.
Vitz also said, "My only conclusion is that those who are in
charge of educational systems are so terrified by the evangelical
experience that they are expunging all religion from all the
textbooks in the United States of America."
I'm glad to know that we've got them scared, but nevertheless,
I think what they're doing is wrong. Now, is it any wonder in
an environment like this that we have in our society 27 million
functional illiterates? I have been working in the ghettos across
America. I have been working in Bedford Stuyvesant, in Watts,
in Houston, in Detroit, the Chicago South Side, all these major
cities. The dropout rate is absolutely alarming in the inner
are 27 million people in America who cannot read; they cannot
write; they cannot compute; they cannot function in an average
supermarket or in any kind of a job. And the government is forced
now to what they call "dumb down" the manuals so that these
people can even get some degree of literacy.
Sixty to seventy
percent of all the kids in the urban schools of America are
reading below their grade level, and consequently they cannot
function at the appropriate level. It's just as if they're being
taught in Greek. He doesn't understand what he is doing.
In the United
States, it is said, that if an enemy had done this to us, we
would have gone to war with them. This has happened in the black
community. For example, 50 percent of the young people are now
functionally illiterate. In 1930, only 8-10 percent of urban
blacks were illiterate. The rest, 90 percent, were totally literate,
totally able to function.
come along and decided that they were going to impose on us
a type of reading which is unnatural and wrong. It is based
on the Pavlovian reflex instincts that the Russians did with
their dogs, and it does not accord with God's way of learning
and of speech.
I heard the
ultimate absurdity about a school in England which had adopted
some of the more advanced mathematics. A teacher came in who
was an instructor in the new math and asked one of the children
in the school, "What is 9 times 9?" And a bright boy in the
front row raised his hand and said, "81." And the man said "Oh,
no, that's wrong." So he asked this guy who was a real dumbbell
in the back of the room, he said, "You tell me what it is."
"It's almost 76." He said, "That's right. We're trying to develop
your reasoning powers."
You know why
they are doing that? They do it because they despise absolutes
and the multiplication table sticks in their throats because
they don't believe in any absolutes. They're cultural, moral
relativists. And they are destroying our education system because
Been on Salvation
While I was building
CBN, I didn't think too much of some of these things. I'm sure
you didn't either. I didn't want to get involved in the political
processes particularly. I wanted to see people won to the Lord.
And so do you. I would like to say that in these last five years,
we have been relatively successful in that. We have 500,000
recorded decisions since 1980. So in a sense, we have done that.
and gentlemen, I realize that I can't stand idly by and that
you can't stand idly by and allow this country, which we love,
to be destroyed by forces that are aimed against it who are
so palpably confused and so palpably wrong and are destroying
the chance of the unborn generation and destroying the chances
of the children of this generation. Not only are they stripping
religious values from our nation, but they are seeing that our
grandchildren will be in debt to such an incredible burden that
they will never be able to come out of it. You know the Bible
says that there are those who profess themselves to be wise
but they become fools.
Some of us, a couple of years ago, tried to address some of
this and tried to get prayer back in the schools. I want you
to know, I went for it. I used to box, and my boxing coach said
when you swing from the floor and hit the other guy with everything
that you've got, and he is still standing, you ought to consider
getting out of the ring.
Well, we swung
from the floor with everything that we had. We barraged the
senators with more mail than they've gotten on any other issue,
or maybe one issue, in their lifetime. We had polls in congressional
districts indicating that 80 to 82 percent of all Americans
wanted to see little children praying again. We gave it everything
we had and we thought we had the 66 votes necessary, the 2/3's
majority we needed for a constitutional amendment.
But I didn't
know there was a particular republican senator who got together
with 18 of his friends and he said to them, "The evangelicals
are coming up on this one, and if we let them win on this one,
we won't be able to stop them, and so we've got to beat back
this prayer amendment and this prayer initiative."
I'm telling you, there were brokenhearted people all across
America, but we didn't know that in the back room this was going
on. And I might add, there was another senator from a western
state who was talking to his colleague, and the colleague said,
"I'm voting against this amendment on conscience. I don't believe
in this. I'm for prayer, but I don't believe in this amendment
that is coming down."
who now is the chairman of one of the most powerful committees
in the Senate said, "Don't worry about the evangelicals. They
have the shortest memory of any group in America." Well, Senator,
I want you to know I just grew the longest memory you ever heard
about and I'm not going to forget.
A long time
ago, my father who was a United States senator had a very dear
friend whose name was Nathan Twining. He was a four-star general
and he was the chief of staff of the Air Force. He was a good
friend of my father, and he is a good friend of mine. He was
a very distinguished general. And he said, about the Soviets
in those days, he said, "We may not realize our strength, but
the Soviets know our strength."
gentlemen, in the last few years while you've been working and
you've been broadcasting, and I've been working and I've been
broadcasting, and men of God have been proclaiming the Gospel
from off the housetops and from pulpits all across this land,
something is happening like what the Bible says when the enemy
comes in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord will raise a standard
in the Air
We are seeing juxtaposed with these problems and with these
evils, the greatest spiritual revival in the entire history
of the world. There are at least 60-70 million evangelicals
in America, and the numbers are rolling like a great flood and
a great tide. We are moving on a flood-tide of revival here
in America, and we've all been a part of it. We realize that
homosexuality, for example, is an abomination before the Lord.
We realize that things are being done to the families of our
nation that are wrong: We realize that the Constitution never
intended for five old men in black robes who never got elected
to dominate our entire political system. Never!
many of us who never thought too much of "politics," we were
more concerned about the Kingdom of Heaven, we are realizing
that the Kingdom of Heaven also encompasses the secular system
we live in and that it's an intolerable thing to have our cherished
values trampled on and millions and billions of tax dollars
going to fight the things we believe are destroying our families.
It isn't coincidental.
I don't mean
this to be political, that from 1980 to 1984, there were 6 million
evangelicals who switched party allegiance because of the activity
that took place, what Pat Buchanan calls "Sodom by the bay"
in 1984. And there were two million more registered evangelicals
--and you'd be interested to know that at this point in time
there are between 20 and 22 million evangelicals in the Republican
In the South,
there was a dramatic switch in allegiance, almost overnight,
because the people said, "We can't tolerate anti-biblical values
any longer." And we're going to be organized. We're going to
get involved because we are citizens just like everybody else
is. This was not ignored by those who write letters.
I have a letter from a gentleman named Paul G. Kirk, Jr. You
say: "Who is Paul Kirk?" He's the Chairman of the Democratic
Party. He started his letter the same way. He said, "Who is
Pat Robertson?" When you see a letter with your name starting
it out, it gives you some pause.
He said that
Pat Robertson has the most powerful political organization in
America, by far. He has more contributors, broader public outreach,
and a larger field organization than any potential candidate
of either party does. You read things like that and you wonder
why John Mitchell bothered to break into Watergate. What were
they going to find out when people are writing letters like
this? But I want to go on to show you a little something else.
This is the chairman of a major party. He quotes from Robert
Teeter who says if you have a candidate who could mobilize the
evangelical Christian vote, he would be significant. And then
he goes on to say that the Christian fundamentalist vote, 22
million Americans, shifted from a pro-democratic, 56-43 edge
in 1976 to a 81-19 Republican sweep in 1984.
from James Reichley from the Brookings Institute: "If anything
approaching this level of support is maintained in future elections
and if it eventually is translated into voting for republicans
for state and local offices, the Republican Party will be well
on the way to regaining the majority status it lost in the 1930s."
It says "that the new Republican Party will be a right-wing
Republican Party." As a matter of fact, it said "that if we
could get together and mobilize millions of our primary voters
that the evangelicals could take over the political processes
in America." That's what he said.
"Right about" Pat
Now he doesn't like what we want to do. Here's what he dislikes.
He says Pat Robertson doesn't think educators should take religion
out of the schools. He is absolutely right on the money. He
thinks that Pat Robertson would like to defeat the Equal Rights
Amendment. He's right there too. He thinks that he would like
to outlaw abortions. Right on the money, Paul. He says, and
this is the most shocking charge he makes against me, he wants
to get more Christians involved in government.
awful? The last thing he wants to see is a military buildup
to make us strong against the Soviets. Isn't that a dreadful
thing to do? And the last thing, I'll close his remarks with
this, he puts a P.S. on his letter. It's an amazing P.S. --"The
price of failure is now too high. Don't let 1985 become a year
like 1979 when we all said Ronald Reagan can't possibly win.
Because when Pat Robertson finishes his Scripture reading and
begins his televised State of the Union address, it will be
too late." Whatever happens in 1988, I hope it's too late for
guys like that, because the time has come.
Now with this,
I close. In Genesis 11:6, and this is in the Living Bible, there
is this amazing statement. This is God talking. "If they are
able to accomplish all this when they have just begun to exploit
their linguistic and political unity, just think of what they
will do later. Nothing will be unattainable for them." I want
to read that to you again. "Look, if they are able to accomplish
all this when they have just begun to exploit their linguistic
and political unity, just think of what they will do later.
Nothing will be unattainable for them."
Ladies and gentlemen, I want to challenge you tonight. We can
reverse the tide of secularism. We can bring a reformation to
America. We can see little children praying in schools. We can
stop the slaughter of abortion. We can eliminate this plague
of pornography and the organized crime that goes with it. We
can eliminate the drug addiction. We can make the government
responsible to the citizens. We can stop the incredible waste
in this government.
But it's only
going to happen if people like you and like me get involved.
Because the one thing that we've got going for us is we're not
trying to get some kind of advantage. We're not looking for
something from the federal government. I have a university,
and we don't take a dime of federal money, and I don't want any
of it. The only things we care about are our children, and our
grandchildren, and the future of this land and the glory of the
Lord. And that puts us in sort of a different perspective on
things. But we've thought for so many years as I did when I
was seeing CBN built, "Well, we'll leave it to them. That's
dirty, that's secular, we don't want to get involved in it."
Well the Bible says that the public servants are ministers of
God. Read Romans 13. They are ministers of God. We are told
to render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar's and to God
the things that are God's.
Who is Caesar
in our society? We are Caesar. We have a republic, and we are
Caesar. There is no hereditary monarch in America. We are the
people. It's time for us to say we can do a better job.
with many of the congressional people when I was growing up
as a youngster. I've seen distinguished senators at receptions
so drunken that they could hardly stand up. I watched the newspapers
and the television as the head of the tax writing Ways and Means
Committee was having an affair with a stripper in Washington
and was an acknowledged alcoholic.
by when the Chairman of the Armed Services Committee of the
house would fall drunk on a table because he too was an alcoholic.
There are many under the pressure of the life that they are
engaged in that are using drugs.
and honor the leaders, but there are some leaders that I think
would be better off in private life. And I believe that in this
body and in your audiences around the nation, there are men
and women of character, of leadership, of integrity, of intelligence,
who are far better and will see things more clearly.
says that when the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice.
And I think we should dedicate ourselves in this nation that
we are not any longer going to sit idly by and see this great
land that was given us by our forefathers destroyed by those
who are out for selfish gains and who are motivated by outmoded
concepts and ideas which are proven false and failures.
as we leave this place, we do have, as President Reagan said,
a date with destiny. We are going to see a change in this nation,
and you're going to be a part of it. And who knows, that God
has called you to the Kingdom for such a time as this.
and God bless you.