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Televangelist Pat Robertson commands Hurricane Florence: ‘You will do no damage’ here

Ralph Nelson, right, and David Gillespie prepare to cover windows of a home Tuesday in Emerald Isle, N.C., as they prepare for Hurricane Florence.
Ralph Nelson, right, and David Gillespie prepare to cover windows of a home Tuesday in Emerald Isle, N.C., as they prepare for Hurricane Florence. AP

Televangelist Pat Robertson has commanded Hurricane Florence to stay away from land.

In particular, Robertson said at a Monday prayer service, he doesn’t want what is now a Category 4 hurricane still at sea to “hurt” Regent University and the Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) — both founded by Robertson in the Virginia Beach area.

“We declare in the name of the Lord that you shall go no farther, that you will do no damage in this area,” said the 88-year-old host of “The 700 Club” on CBN. “We declare a shield of protection all over the Tidewater (in Virginia) and ... over those innocent people in the path of this hurricane. In Jesus’ holy name, be out to sea!”

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Robertson told his congregation that his prayers have stopped a hurricane before.

He claimed it was prayers by him and a group of Christian businessmen that halted Hurricane Esther in its path in September 1961.

Robertson has a history of making comments that have brought him scorn. He tied the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, for example, to what he called a “pact with the devil” made by Haitians in the 18th century to get rid of their French colonizers.

On Monday, Robertson predicted to those who prayed with him from church pews at CBN that “we will live to mark this day and say, ‘I remember, I was there when we saw that Hurricane Florence averted.’”

Tim Funk: 704-358-5703; @timfunk
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