FORT WORTH, Texas -- Evangelist James Robison and millionaire T. Cullen Davis last October smashed $1 million worth of jade, ivory and gold art objects relating to Eastern religions because they were 'graven images' which do not 'please the Lord.'
Robison, whose ministry is based in suburban Euless, Monday confirmed the destruction of the objects.
Davis, exonerated in sensational trials in the 1970s of murdering his stepdaughter and wife's lover and plotting to have his divorce court judge murdered, refused to comment.
After the trials, Davis -- a onetime flamboyant playboy industrialist -- became a born-again Christian under the guidance of Robison and it was because of this conversion that the destruction of the objects took place, Robison said.
Davis had donated the rare pieces, including a four-foot jade pagoda carving valued at more than $500,000, to Robison's ministry.
They were taken to Dallas for auction, and Robison said he was reading the Bible as an aide was driving him to view the objects.
He said he focused on Deuteronomy 7:25, which says: 'The graven images of their gods shall ye burn with fire. Thou shalt not desire the silver or gold that is on them, nor take it unto thee, lest thou be snared therein; for it is an abomination to the Lordthy God.'
'It was so clear that the Lord didn't want me to receive them,' said Robison. 'It was not biblical, and as far as I was concerned it represented a false religion.'
Robison and the aide loaded the objects into a truck and took them to Davis' mansion. Upon being shown the Bible verse, Robison quoted Davis as saying, 'If you can't have it, I can't have it. We're going to destroy them. I don't want to do anything that does not please the Lord.'
Davis brought a hammer from the mansion and he and Robison smashed the objects in the driveway.
'I spoke to him (Davis) today and he told me he doesn't want attention about this,' Robison said Monday. 'He said he knows why he did it. Those were objects he had collected all his life, and when he thought they might be displeasing to the Lord, he destroyed them.'