T.F. Torrance Scolds Pat Robertson on Haiti

“The church of the risen Lord has no right to be a prophet of gloom or despair, for this world has been redeemed and sanctified by Christ and he will not let it go. The corruptible clay of our poor earth has been taken up in Jesus, is consecrated through his sacrifice and resurrection, and he will not allow it to sink back into corruption. Hence the whole creation groans and travails waiting for the manifestation of the sons of God, looking forward with eager expectation to the hour of final liberation and renewal in the advent of its risen saviour.”

Thomas F. Torrance, Atonement: The Person and Work of Christ (Robert T. walker, ed.; Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic and Paternoster, 2009): 263,

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11 Replies to “T.F. Torrance Scolds Pat Robertson on Haiti”

  1. I’m in no way defending Robertson’s comments, but I think Jeremiah would disagree with Torrance:

    “But hear now this word which I am about to speak in your hearing and in the hearing of all the people: The prophets who were before me and before you from ancient times prophesied against many lands and against great kingdoms, of war and of calamity and of pestilence; the prophet who prophesies of well-being will only be known as one whom the LORD has truly sent when the word of the prophet comes to pass” (Jer 28:7–9).

  2. The argument is so Salem-silly. There is no historical evidence of a Haitian “pact with the devil.” For that matter, there is no scientific evidence, or any other evidence, of the existence of a cosmic bogeyman. The vodun religion in Haiti itself more closely resembles Christianity than any form of Satan worship. Indeed, most Haitians are Christian.

  3. A absolute blessing to read, wonderful truths, and at the centre the recognition and understanding of the amazing saving act of the Cross. By Our Lord’s passion our world is redeemed, For Him, Through Him and To Him.

  4. Torrance is right, and Joel is right about Jeremiah, and… and before I forget – Mr. Pat Robertson is besides himself, to presume on God and his affairs. Thanks for this quote, my friend.

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