Dr. Pat Robertson (March 22, 1930 – June 8, 2023) Homegoing Honored

Pastor Benny Hinn Joins Believers Worldwide in Tribute to Christian Broadcasting Network Founder and Media Trailblazer

Dr. Pat Robertson’s earthly journey is now complete. Though I grieve such a deep loss of my longtime personal friend, I am also rejoicing at his great homegoing in heaven.

As I write these words through tear-filled eyes, I can’t begin to describe the impact of this amazing man, his family, and his ministry on my life, nor can I imagine what life here on earth will be like from this point forward without my dear friend.

I can only imagine the reunion with his precious wife Dede, as well as all of the souls who are already there because of his monumental ministry. And wouldn’t all of us love to see Pat’s welcome into the loving arms of Jesus, whom my brother in Christ served so faithfully!

Psalm 37:23 declares that a person’s steps are “ordered by the LORD.” Certainly, this was true of Pat’s well-spent 93 years. Through his faithfulness as he sought to preach it from the housetops (Matthew 10:27), many generations saw firsthand a model of faithfulness, integrity, compassion, godliness, and an unending passion of reaching souls for Christ.

I never got tired of talking with him, especially when he spoke so fondly of his younger days. By his own account, the son of the popular U.S. Senator A. Willis Robertson, he originally planned on a career with a major Wall Street corporation. After graduation near the top of his class at Yale Law School in 1955, however, Pat’s life changed forever when he accepted Jesus Christ into his life and increasingly felt led into the world of broadcasting.

Over the next seven decades, he founded numerous major organizations, including the Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN), Regent University, Operation Blessing International Relief and Development Corporation, the International Family Entertainment Inc. (ABC Family Channel/Freeform), the American Center for Law & Justice (ACLJ), the Founders Inn and Conference Center, and the Christian Coalition.

I loved spending time with Pat and his dear wife, Dede, who were married for 67 years before she passed away last April.

And what a family legacy they have, including four children (Tim, Elizabeth, Gordon, and Anne), 14 grandchildren, and 23 great-grandchildren.

He often said, “My heart’s desire, first and foremost, is that all people everywhere receive Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.” That desire came through loud and clear every time I was honored to appear on The 700 Club or to travel and spend time with him.

Psalm 116:15 declares, “Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.” Certainly the words are true for my friend, Dr. Marion Gordon “Pat” Robertson.

Until we meet again, may God bless the memory of this faithful, godly pioneer who blazed worldwide trails as CBN founder, broadcaster, educator, author, and ministry leader.

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