POSTED: Thursday, September 15, 2011 - 10:15pm
UPDATED: Monday, December 3, 2012 - 8:57pm
During an episode of the 700 Club this week, a viewer wrote in telling Robertson a friend of his has a wife with Alzheimer's Disease.
That friend is seeing another woman -- and feels it's justified because his wife as he knew her -- is gone.
"I know it sounds cruel...but if he's going to do something he should divorce her and start all over again," Robertson said.
Those comments have created a firestorm.
East Texan Sandra Benson lost her mother to Alzheimer's 4 years ago.
She never once thought about deserting her...and doesn't feel anyone should desert their loved ones.
"You can still love the person...you can still give them that gracious loving feeling that you have toward them and they respond to that when they can't respond to anything else...when they don't even know you," Benson said.
Doug Anderson, pastor of Rose Heights Church in Tyler says the Bible speaks plainly about divorce.
"You know, Jesus gave a biblical reason for divorce...adultery...Paul gave a biblical reason for divorce...it's desertion...there is no biblical reason for divorce called Alzheimer's," Anderson said.
Benson feels Robertson sometimes lets his mouth get ahead of his mind...and his heart.
"I think he needs to...get on his knees...and think about what he's said...and how he's impacting our people," Benson said.
Robertson did add the viewer should get an ethicist besides him to give him an answer -- but he says the last thing he would do is condemn the man for getting a divorce.