Televangelist Pat Robertson on Wednesday advised a woman to pray for her gay nephew to turn straight.

Robertson answers 700 Club viewers' questions during the show's Bring It On segment.

“My 30-year-old nephew just told the family that he's gay,” Teresa wrote. “I want to pray for him, but does he need to pray for himself in order to be helped?”

“The psychiatrists, psychologists used to say that homosexuality was a mental illness,” Robertson answered. “Now, the Supreme Court has said that it's a protected right. So, what's he going to pray about? Is he going to say something's wrong? Unless he's unhappy, and if he's unhappy, and he realizes he's doing something that makes him miserable you might help him.”

“It's a very delicate situation but they need to be shown the Bible. What does the Bible say about this? The Bible is explicit about it.”

“Now, I understand and I've mentioned on this program, people that need a sex change operation, in other words it's a woman trapped in a man's body, a man trapped in a woman's body, and they really need some hormones and surgery to get thing lined up, that's one thing. But this other, many, many people are into this lifestyle because they have been abused as a child and so forth.”

“I don't know why he's there … but I think, you say he's got to pray for himself. Yeah, but you can pray that the Lord will show him his love and his truth and out of that he will find an acceptance to where God has for him.” (The video is embedded on this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)