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Sunday, January 04, 2009

"Hey let's watch that Johnny Robertson nut!"

This post will dovetail nicely with the update from earlier today about cult leader Johnny Robertson and his "Religious Review Multimedia". Which after tonight I have to ask aloud: has anybody heard Robertson or Oldfield mention this ever before the last two months? Because I've been keeping my eye on the "Church of Christ in Name Only" cult for a few years now, but "Religious Review" didn't enter into Robertson's public vernacular until November 2008. And from hearing him use it now, you'd think that it was always a part of his operation.

In comic book terminology, that is what is called a "retcon". Who'da thought that we'd see it play out in real life (apart from pro wrestling)?

Tonight two friends were over at the Knight Casa. Let's call them Friend #1 and Friend #2. One of them had read the post earlier today and just before 8:30 p.m. he suggested "Hey let's watch that Johnny Robertson nut!"

So that's what we did for the next hour and a half. Neither one of 'em had seen it before. And both of them asked a number of times during the show "What kind of a station lets someone that evil on television?"


Tonight's What Does the Bible Say? (which would be called What Does Johnny Robertson Demand? if there were "truth in titling" laws) started off with Robertson "recapping" quickly all the action that happened in 2008. He mentioned Larry Surber's appearance. He mentioned "The Sheik". He mentioned the Nation of Islam guys (that a few days later Robertson tried to frame for painting a bomb threat on the side of the Danville Church of Christ), he mentioned quite a few other folks...

...but he dared not name me.

Oh, he referred to the "Jedi Knight", referring to when I dressed in my Jedi costume to address the Rockingham County Board of Education in July 2007 on the issue of school uniforms, but as Friend #2 was quick to point out: "Yeah but you won!" The implication almost seemed that if one is not wearing what is apparently "Church of Christ" approved attire - namely cheap polyester suits and cowboy hats - then one is not "serious" enough. But I digress...

Robertson referred to a "hate site" that was out to "destroy" him. I don't know if "hate" is the right word but at last count there are no less than four blogs that have taken it upon themselves to document Robertson and Oldfield's spite-filled jihad against decent and sincere Christians in this area. There is Answering the Church of Christ, WalkingInLove's blog, the legitimate Religious Review blog, and the one you're reading now (which is devoted to pretty much everything in existence).

And then Robertson brought up "Religious Review Multimedia" again, which as was reported earlier he claimed went all the way back to 2002. Tonight Robertson pushed it back even further, claiming that "Religious Review" had been around for ten years. Sorta like how in the novel Nineteen Eighty-Four that the Party kept pushing Big Brother's exploits back more and more.

(Friend #1: "I don't think even Johnny knows what Religious Review is...")

It wasn't long afterward that Robertson made a very startling admission, and I have to wonder if he understands how big of a goof this might have been. He said that in the years since he came to this area, first operating out of Collinsville, Virginia (which is a story for another time) that he had baptized "two hundred and fifty to three hundred individuals" into his Church of Christ (which is nothing like the real Churches of Christ that most people know and admire). Then he confessed that of those 250-300, that "only" 75 were currently attending worship services! What happened to all the rest? Robertson could not have been more clear in stating his belief: that they were "unfaithful" and thus were damned to Hell.

Let's study that for a sec: if Johnny Robertson had brought, on average, about 280 people into the "Church of Christ" and only 75 were still "faithful" enough, then that is an attrition rate of 75%, give or take. If we went with the most liberal estimate, then at one point 300 people were saved and going to Heaven, but then 225 of them fell away from Robertson's cult and now there are only 75 people, more or less, that are going to Heaven today.

A caller late in the show pounced on this and got Robertson flustered about how out of all the people in the Martinsville and Henry County area, that only those 75 members of the Church of Christ were going to Heaven. At one point Robertson even compared himself to Noah and how he and his family out of millions were spared by God.

The caller kept pressing the issue. And my friends at last got to see a glimpse of the real Johnny Robertson: the ecclesiastical bully who, in the words of the caller, has to "scare people" into accepting his way or no way at all. The Johnny Robertson who has taken it upon himself to declare whether others are "faithful" enough for God.

The caller - a gentleman - told Robertson that he only took the name "Church of Christ" but that neither Robertson or his group had anything to do with the real body of Christ at all.

And the gentleman is right.

That is all that Robertson has to pin his claim of spiritual authority on: that there's a shingle outside his building in Martinsville which happens to say "Church of Christ".

Heck, any congregation of followers of Christ can call themselves "Church of Christ" and they would be right. Just as any cult could call itself "Church of Christ" but if it is not seeking after Christ in love and sharing His mercy and grace with others, then it is worthless and doesn't matter what it calls itself.

Robertson also made quite a lot of goofs tonight that we caught. He claimed that Lydia was "raised from the dead" by Peter (she wasn't, see Acts 16) and he totally mangled the Catholic perspective on the role of the pope.

(Friend #2: "He plays on emotion... he's manipulative but not very intellectual." To which I replied: "Amen to that!")

With at least four blogs now documenting his lies and misdeeds, and a few others that I know of who have taken up some activism in the past several months against the cult, it was brought up "Why isn't Robertson fighting and debating in the blogosphere?" The thoughts of my friends? That Robertson can't. When he posts on Answering the Church of Christ, Robertson becomes a very crude, uncouth and unlettered man. He writes from his mouth instead of his mind. Which if he did stop to think about matters, he would at least have enough sense to realize that what is chronicled on the Internet will last much longer than anything he does on WGSR Star 39 out of Reidsville and Martinsville.

Why won't Robertson take me on again, either here in the online realm or in a televised debate (which I did give him the opporunity for after he asked for it): "You're better than him and he knows it," Friend #1 said.

"Yeah your name was like radioactive tonight" Friend #2 chortled.

Friend #1: "I noticed that he never prayed. Don't most preachers on television do that?"

Me: "Does he really have a God to pray to?"

Friend #2: "If God is for Johnny Robertson then why doesn't God let him be on WFMY or WGHP or any other of the much better stations?"

Friend #1: "Probably because none of the other stations wants him."

Me: "Yeah, there's only one station in the area that has management that is that desperate."

I'll close this post out by making one last remark about Johnny Robertson's show tonight. At one point he got into an extended argument with a caller about miracles in the modern age. Johnny Robertson does not believe that miraculous healing takes place anymore. He completely denies that there is such a thing as the greater spiritual realm which can and does interact with our physical world.

All three of us watching his show tonight knew, without even having to tell each other, that Robertson could not be more wrong. Because each of us has seen, on our own, a miracle take place. And in some cases, many more than one miracle.

We know who we put our confidence in. And it is not in the mad babblings of a man who demands that God be very, very small.


Anonymous said...

Like any other performer, Johnny was just glad you guys were watching.

Chris Knight said...

We certainly thought it was funny enough.

Johnny Robertson is the Edward D. Wood Jr. of religious broadcasters.

Anonymous said...

"Johnny Robertson is the Edward D. Wood Jr. of religious broadcasters."

What does that make Charles Roark?

Chris Knight said...

"Johnny Robertson is the Edward D. Wood Jr. of religious broadcasters."

What does that make Charles Roark?

Only one name possibly comes to mind: Bunny Breckenridge.

Anonymous said...

It was hilarious when Johnny said his lawyer who was supposed to be getting his tape back from the Danville Church told him it would be in conflict of interest for him to confront those Baptist. Could it be maybe Johnny’s lawyer is getting wise to him not wanting to represent him?

Johnny continues to mention the Jedi Knight costume I really think he likes it.

Heck I’ve always thought Johnny was wearing some type of costume with him in that big white hat. He really don’t look like a real cowboy so what is it?

Johnny reminds me of that cartoon character Yosemite Sam

Anonymous said...

Johnny called these websites misrepresentation. He should tell us what misrepresentation is on this site because I haven't seen any.

Johnny also called them HATE sites. Why would it be hate exposing Johnny, I don’t understand. It seems Johnny is the one that misrepresents.

Johnny said the man at the Danville church cursed him in front of the police officer when he was at the church. The only word I heard the man say was ass. I didn’t think that was a curse word.

Johnny never told who owned that land he was standing on at that church. The guy said he owned the land and Johnny said the guy did not own it. He seemed very combative on this the man did not own it.

Chris Knight said...

Did his lawyer also advise Johnny Robertson that he was legally way in the clear to accuse the young ladies of an area church, on broadcast television, that they were committing acts of indecency and pornography?

Of all the things that Robertson has done - and they have been myriad - that is the one that makes the little "id" creature within me seethe with utter rage.

In another day and age that believed in things like common decency, he would have been strung up by a lynch mob for doing that. He should get down on his knees and thank God every day that he DOESN'T live in a time like that anymore!

Anonymous said...

I think broadcasting those girls the way Johnny did is despicable.

Especially placing those big blue circles on them making it look as if they were showing something they should not be which is ridiculous.

It makes me shiver when I think there are men out there when they see girls in ballerina outfits they have the thoughts and comments that Johnny has about these girls.

I will never understand how he got by with that. I really think that church and the parents of those girls should confront Johnny more about this.

Those girls are innocent and I think they should be protected from this type of thing.

Anonymous said...

"Johnny reminds me of that cartoon character Yosemite Sam"

That makes Chris, Bugs Bunny!

Anonymous said...

Bugs Bunny is sooooooo
much more cuter.

Chris Knight said...

I don't care if he is. That's still a very high compliment in my book, and I am sincerely honored.

And the correct grammar is "much more cute", without the "r".

Anonymous said...

Hey I found that comment on another website and I liked it and meant it as a compliment. Bugs Bunny was compared to Mickey Mouse.

Actually the statement was Bugs Bunny is more funnier, cuter, and smarter.

Funnier and smarter also seem to fit so what the heck.

Chris Knight said...

Bugs is the master of funnier, cuter and smarter. I don't got nothing on him :-)

Anonymous said...

If Johnny Robertson comes to my house and bothers my family, can I shoot him?

Chris Knight said...

"If Johnny Robertson comes to my house and bothers my family, can I shoot him?"

Hey, you gotta do what you must to protect your loved ones.

And the way I see it, you owe THEM more love than you owe Johnny Robertson.

Probably would be wise to call law enforcement and have him removed if he or any other cult member persists but if they keep harassing your children and your property as they have been known to do...

"Aim small, miss small."

Anonymous said...

Chris isn't Bugs Bunny.

Chris is someone better.

Chris is Batman.

Look at it like this:

Johnny Robertson won't debate Chris.


Because he can't understand Chris. Chris is not a denominational Christian. He is a Christian though. Robertson does not understand.

And you always fear what you do not understand.

Johnny Robertson is a superstitious, cowardly man.

Chris Knight is the Dark Knight who is fighting the Joker (Johnny Robertson) and the Penguin (James Oldfield).

Reidsville (Gotham City) is safe while its Dark Knight is fighting evildoers.