How the Holy Spirit Prompted Elisabeth Hasselbeck to Confront Joy Behar

U.S. President Barack Obama appears on the daytime TV talk show "The View" in New York City July 28, 2010. From left are Barbara Walters, Obama, Joy Behar, Sherri Shepherd and Elisabeth Hasselbeck.
U.S. President Barack Obama appears on the daytime TV talk show "The View" in New York City July 28, 2010. From left are Barbara Walters, Obama, Joy Behar, Sherri Shepherd and Elisabeth Hasselbeck. (REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque)

Elisabeth Hasselbeck says the Holy Spirit prompted her to confront former colleague Joy Behar after Behar's remarks that hearing from the Lord was a mental illness.

"What came after laughter and a quick catch up was a conversation without condemnation. She heard why I 'hear God' in prayer, in quiet time, through a friend's discernment, through the power of the Holy Spirit in the nudges that I feel each day, in the longings of my heart, in the questions in my heart. And I heard her questions. And I want to hear her doubts. I love that we are in a country that was founded on freedom in faith," Hasselbeck posted in an Instagram video.

Behar and her fellow The View hosts were discussing Vice President Mike Pence's faith in a debate that ignited quite the firestorm of responses.

"When you have a Mike Pence who now puts this religious veneer on things and who calls people values voters, I think we're this a dangerous situation. Look I'm Catholic. I'm a faithful person, but I don't know that I want my vice president, um—speaking in tongues and having Jesus speak to him," host Sunny Hostin said.

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Behar responded, "Like I said before, it's one thing to talk to Jesus. It's another thing when Jesus talks to you," and called hearing from God a "mental illness."

These comments enraged Hasselbeck, who served as a co-host on The View until 2016.

"When my flesh wanted to react and defend my God, and those that were mocked for believing and hearing him," Hasselbeck says. "And with that truth- I heard God remind me that He is the Defender, that He cares for us. He cares for Joy too. For 10 years she and I debated, and reacting in those situations perhaps I could have offered a more tender witness to this awesome God- instead many times- I reacted. Did I always show grace...sometimes not. And sometimes I felt the need to stand firm and be bold... For now, I pray to always be able to have grace filled #Godversations like this, and I know for sure God wants us to love one another above all. Even when we disagree."

 

A #Godversation happened. Matthew 18 tells us to go direct. So... I called up @joyvbehar . This is how the call started. But it's not anywhere near being finished . What came after laughter and a quick catch up was a conversation without condemnation. She heard why I "hear God" in prayer, in quiet time, through a friend's discernment, through the power of the Holy Spirit in the nudges that I feel each day, in the longings of my heart, in the questions in my heart. And I heard her questions. And I want to hear her doubts. I love that we are in a country that was founded on freedom in faith. When my flesh wanted to react and defend my God, and those that were mocked for believing and hearing him. And with that truth- I heard God remind me that He is the Defender that He cares for us.He cares for Joy too. For 10 years she and I debated, and reacting in those situations perhaps I could have offered a more tender witness to this awesome God- instead many times- I reacted. Did I always show grace...sometimes not. And sometimes I felt the need to stand firm and be bold... For now, I pray to always be able to have grace filled #Godversations like this, and I know for sure God wants us to love one another above all. Even when we disagree. #Godversation

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