Oral Robert`s did deceive million`s of people to believe in the false prosperity gospel. This week he died of a lung infection at the age of 91.
What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul?
Oral Roberts’ told people that that God wants all believers to be wealthy, healthy and happy, and he ordered believers to support him. His spiritual children are TV-preachers like Benny Hinn, Kenneth Copeland, Joel Osteen, Creflo Dollar and Joyce Meyer,.
He was a teacher of the doctrine of «seed faith», which which he originated, also known as the doctrine of «Giving and Receiving». Robert`s promised his students that God will return a multiplication of money to a person who gives money in faith, believing that they will receive a monetary reward, primarily for donating to the ministry of Oral Roberts.
He taught and embraces many and various charismatic doctrines and practices that are not Biblical, including support for the «Toronto Blessing» and its high guru and spokesman the «Holy Spirit Bartender», Rodney Howard-Browne.
Oral Robert´s have also been presented as a true prophet. Here are some of his false prophecies and outrageous claims:
Oral Roberts claimed that he received a vision, or revelation, from God. In the vision he claimed that God told him to build the City of Faith Medical Center. He also claimed that he saw a 900 foot tall Jesus, who said that the City of Faith would be successful. Four years later, in 1981, he opened the City of Faith.
Oral Roberts: said that Jesus Christ appeared to him in person (not a vision) and told him to find a cure for cancer. He did not find that cure.
Oral Roberts said that God told him the following:
«I want you to use the ORU medical school to put My medical presence in the earth. I want you to get this going in one year or I will call you home. It will cost USD 8 million and I want you to believe you can raise it».
In January Oral Roberts said that God spoke to him and told him that he had not sent out any medical missionaries from the university or City of Faith. God instructed him to raise USD 8 million by March of the same year or God would take him home (presumably God would kill Oral Roberts or translate him to heaven like Enoch).
The money raised was to provide full scholastic scholarships for medical missionaries who would be sent to other countries.
He claimed that USD 3.5 million had already been raised, but he needed USD 4.5 million more by March 1, in order to get the full USD 8 million and prevent God from taking him home.
On April 1 Oral Roberts said that he had received USD 9.1 million which was USD 1.1 million more that was required by God.
In November, Oral Roberts announced that the City of Faith would be closing down.
In January, Oral Roberts discontinued the medical scholarships. Apparently he was no longer afraid that God was going to take him home.
In March, the medical scholarship fund went bankrupt. If any students wished to transfer to any other institution, they were required to repay their scholarships at 18 per cent interest.
In September, Oral Roberts closed the City of Faith.
The tragic end to the city of Faith
How did Oral Roberts claim that God would kill him if he failed to raise 8 million dollars for the City of Faith, which at the time was failing because of a lack of funding.
Since when is failure to raise a specific amount of money part of a capital offense in the law of God?
That is not found in the Scripture.
How convenient is it to receive a revelation just when the funds were needed the most?
In his original claims, Oral Roberts said that God wanted the 8 million dollars to be used in order to send medical missionaries throughout the world. The money was used to keep the City of Faith operational in the face of failure, instead of being used as God had wished.
But the real question is in relation to Oral & Richard Roberts’ support of the City of Faith and the claims that were made about it.
Oral Roberts stated that he received a revelation from God (when he claimed to have seen the 900 foot tall Jesus Christ), and that Jesus Christ specifically told him to build the City of Faith and that it would be successful.
The revelation was received in 1977 and by 1989 the City of Faith was closed as a financial failure. Employees and students were dismissed and the entire facility (never completed or completely occupied) was abandoned.
Oral Roberts claims to serve the God and Jesus Christ of the Bible, but if he received a revelation from God and Jesus Christ that the City of Faith would be successful, then his claims about Them make them out to be liars.
Since it is impossible for God or Jesus Christ to lie (Numbers 23:19; Titus 1:2; Hebrews 6:18), then either Oral Roberts lied about receiving a revelation or he was mentally impaired or deceived by a vision from Satan and did not know the difference. In any case, he is denied credibility as a prophet or revelator.
Oral Roberts also said that God told him to find a cure for cancer, through the research facilities of the City of Faith, but the cure was never found before the City of Faith failed and was abandoned.
How is it that God told Oral Roberts to find a cure for cancer when He knew that the cure would not be found?
In the face of the failure of the City of Faith, Oral Roberts had to find a reason to explain the result, and far from the failure being the fault of Oral Roberts, amazingly he received a revelation from God, in which God stated that He had precipitated the failure as a testimony to all people of the world, that«this concept of merging My healing streams [is] to be known to all people and to go into all future generations».
«I had you build the City of Faith large enough to capture the imagination of the entire world, about the merging of My healing streams of prayer and medicine. I did not want this revelation localized in Tulsa, however, and the time has come when I want this concept of merging My healing streams to be known to all people and to go into all future generations».
— Claimed words of God given to Oral Roberts in a revelation
«It is clearly in my spirit, as I have ever heard Him, the Lord gave me an impression, ‘You and your partners have merged prayer and medicine for the entire world, for the church world and for all generations.’ And then He said, ‘It is done.’ And then I asked, ‘Is that why after eight years you are having us close the hospital and after eleven years the medical school?’ And God said, ‘Yes, the mission has been accomplished in the same way that after three years of public ministry, my Son said on the cross, “”Father, it is finished!””‘”
— Oral Roberts
Oral Roberts claimed that God told him that the demise of the City of Faith is equated to be on the same level of importance as the finish of the ministry of Jesus Christ and his statement on the cross, «It is finished»
That is simply an outrageous statement to make by Oral Roberts, because it equates his buildings and medical training center as being of the same value as the atonement accomplished on the cross by the death of Jesus Christ.
If someone comes to your ministry from Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, or from the «Toronto Movement», keep on love them by by telling them the truth about the outpouring of deceptive Spirits. But do not let them teach your flock, neither let them place their hand and anoint people with their false anointing.