Oral Roberts dead at 91
    December 15 2009 by Press release

    TULSA, Okla. – Legendary evangelist Oral Roberts died Dec. 15 in Newport Beach, Calif., due to complications from pneumonia. The founder of Oral Roberts Evangelistic Association and Oral Roberts University was 91.

    “Oral Roberts was the greatest man of God I’ve ever known,” said his son, Richard Roberts, in a press release from the organization. “A modern-day apostle of the healing ministry, an author, educator, evangelist, prophet, and innovator, he was the only man of his generation to build a worldwide ministry, an accredited university, and a medical school. 

    “His name is synonymous with miracles. He came along when many in Christendom did not believe in the power of God and His goodness. Oral Roberts was known for sayings such as ‘God Is a Good God,’ ‘Expect a Miracle,’ ‘Release Your Faith,’ and ‘Plant Your Seed for a Harvest.’”

    Granville Oral Roberts was born into poverty in Bebee, Okla., Jan. 24, 1918. He began stuttering as a young child and then, as a teenager, contracted a potentially deadly case of tuberculosis. Bedfast at 17, he was carried to a revival meeting by his older brother, where a healing evangelist was praying for the sick.

    On the way, he clearly heard God speak to him, saying, “Son, I am going to heal you, and you are to take My healing power to your generation. You are to build Me a university based on My authority and on the Holy Spirit.”

    Roberts was miraculously healed of tuberculosis and stuttering at the revival meeting. His healing ministry was born several years later.

    “If a former stuttering, tuberculosis-ridden young Indian boy in an obscure county in Oklahoma can see the invisible and do the impossible — and still do it — so can you!” Roberts once said.

    After his healing at age 17, Roberts spent a dozen years pastoring churches in Oklahoma and Georgia, and preaching at revivals around the country, while also studying at Oklahoma Baptist University and Phillips (Okla.) University.

    Then, in 1947, he founded Oral Roberts Evangelistic Association (OREA) and began conducting crusades across America and around the world, attracting crowds of thousands — many who were sick and dying, and in search of healing. Through the years, he conducted more than 300 crusades on six continents. OREA officials estimate that he personally laid hands in prayer on more than 2 million people. The ministry continues under the leadership of Roberts’ son, Richard, who has ministered in the U.S. and around the world for almost 30 years.

    In 1954, Oral Roberts revolutionized evangelism by bringing television cameras into services, providing what he liked to call a “front-row seat to miracles” for millions of viewers. Years later, he began a television program, “Oral Roberts Presents.” 

    In 1958, Roberts founded the Abundant Life Prayer Group to address the around-the-clock needs of those suffering and requesting prayer. More than 50 years later, prayer partners continue to receive calls from around the world seven days a week, 24 hours a day. 

    Roberts answered God’s call to build an institute of higher learning in 1963, founding Oral Roberts University on 500 acres in Tulsa, Okla. Longtime friend Billy Graham officially dedicated ORU four years later. In the 1970s graduate schools, including medicine, nursing, dentistry, law, education, and theology, were added. Roberts served as school president until 1993, when he became chancellor.

    In 1981, Roberts founded the City of Faith Medical and Research Center amidst controversy that there was no need for such medical capacity in Tulsa.. The facility closed after eight years.

    Roberts wrote more than 130 books.

    Roberts was preceded in death by his wife, Evelyn. He is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Richard and Lindsay Roberts; a daughter and son-in-law, Roberta and Ronald Potts, all of Tulsa; as well as 12 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.      
    12/15/2009 9:46:00 AM by Press release | with 1 comments




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Gene Scarborough
All I can say is: "The great faith-healer-for-money just ran out of steam and now God will be his judge!"

I hope he passes muster because the "love of money" was an issue.
12/16/2009 2:20:27 PM

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