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Controversial televangelist Pat Robertson recently told a viewer that he has cured deafness through prayer in the past and that he did not know what she was "doing wrong" in her effort to do the same.
On a Wednesday episode of the Christian Broadcasting Network program "The 700 Club," Robertson received a letter during the "Bring it on" segment from the mother of a deaf child.
"My son is hearing impaired and cannot hear at all. I have prayed for his healing; it seems as if God is hearing-impaired. What am I doing wrong?" read the letter, signed by a person identified as "Debbie."
Robertson responded that the issue the mother's child was facing might be a "spirit of deafness," which he had experience dealing with in other people in the past.
"I have dealt with people who are deaf and you rebuke the spirit of deafness and they get healed and so I don't know what you're doing wrong," said Robertson.
"I don't know your son, I don't know you, I don't know what the situation is, but why don't you try that and if it doesn't work try something else."
Robertson has long been a proponent of faith-healing, having led events and spoken about miraculous incidents of cures falling upon people due to prayer.
Last month, the televangelist defended the merits of faith-healing on "The 700 Club" by comparing the practice to Santa Claus.
"Listen, when we're praying together, the word of knowledge, the Lord just shows us what he's doing at some point of time. [It's] not what we're doing, it's His do," said Robertson.
"It's like Santa Claus. He's got a pack on his back and he has gifts and he's passing these gifts out but they come from God. Only God can heal people."
In another "Bring it on" question and answer session, available on the Christian Broadcasting Network's website, Robertson explained the process further.
"How do you get it? You have to empty yourself and ask Him. Sometimes it is spontaneous," said Robertson.
"Jesus went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed of the devil and all who were sick. Everyone who came to Him for healing got healed."