Oral Roberts, the legendary televangelist and founder of a multimillion dollar ministry died
Tuesday at 91. He passed away in Newport Beach, California due to
complications from pneumonia. From humble roots, Roberts built up an
enormous ministry and founded Oral Roberts University in Tulsa. Here's
how Roberts is being remembered in the media:
- A Multi-Platform Media Giant, observes the Associated Press: "By the 1960s and '70s, he was reaching millions around the world
through radio, television, publications and personal appearances. He
remained on TV into the new century, co-hosting the program, 'Miracles
Now,' with son Richard. He published dozens of books and conducted
hundreds of crusades."
- A Household Name, writes Mitchell Hadley
at Our World: "He was arguably, next to Billy Graham, the most famous
television. Millions of people watched his weekly program and his
holiday entertainment specials. His most famous phrases, such as
'Expect a miracle!' were, if not nationwide catchphrases, at least
fairly familiar ones... I would imagine that a lot of people owe their
faith in some degree to Oral Roberts."
- No Stranger to Controversy, writes Bill Sherman at Tulsa World: "Early in 1987, Roberts
touched off another controversy by announcing on television that if he
did not raise $8 million for medical students’ scholarships so they
could become missionaries, he would die by the end of March.
After the announcement, a few television stations refused to air the broadcasts.
Roberts received the needed money, including $1.3 million from
a dog track owner in Florida, before the March 31 deadline, and he
proclaimed victory in the campaign."
- Global in Scope, writes Glenn Johnson at Canwest News Service: "Roberts established the Oral Roberts Evangelistic Association in
Oklahoma in 1947 and conducted healing crusades across America and
around the world in a great 'tent cathedral.' Each night, thousands who
were sick and dying came for healing prayer. Through the years,
he conducted more than 300 healing crusades in more than 35 countries
on six continents. It's estimated that Roberts personally laid hands on
more than two million people for healing prayer."
- A Faithful Leader, writes his son, Richard Roberts:
“Oral Roberts was the greatest man of God I’ve ever known... His name
is synonymous with miracles. He came along when many in Christendom did
not believe in the power of God and His goodness."
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