Televangelist Oral Roberts, Dead

Or floating forever on a giant pile of money in the Kingdom of Heaven. You decide.

from the NY Times:

Oral Roberts, the charismatic Pentecostal evangelist whose televised ministry attracted millions of followers worldwide and made him one of the most recognizable and controversial religious leaders of the 20th century, died Tuesday in Newport Beach, Calif. He was 91.

The cause was complications of pneumonia, said Melany Ethridge, a spokeswoman for Mr. Roberts.

At the height of his influence, Mr. Roberts sat at the head of a religious, educational and communications enterprise based in Tulsa, Okla., that managed a university, conducted healing “crusades” on five continents, preached the gospel on prime-time national television and published dozens of books and magazines.

By 1985, the Oral Roberts Evangelistic Association and the university that bore his name employed more than 2,300 people and earned $110 million in revenue. The expanse of Mr. Roberts’s ministry, coupled with his fiery preaching, tycoonlike vision and jet-set lifestyle, also attracted persistent questions throughout his career about his theology and his unorthodox fund-raising techniques, although no credible evidence of malfeasance was ever produced. Some of the harshest criticism was generated by former members of his staff.

14 Comments on "Televangelist Oral Roberts, Dead"

  1. minTphresh | Dec 15, 2009 at 7:17 pm |

    so long, screwy. see you in st. louie!

  2. Good riddance!

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  5. It's about effin' time. 90 years too late, in my opinion.

  6. Dennis In SoCal | Dec 15, 2009 at 9:48 pm |

    “Forgive me father for I have sinned” And stolen millions in monies that wasn't mine.

  7. tonyviner | Dec 15, 2009 at 11:28 pm |

    Good Riddance to a Horrible Human Piece of Garbage. We Are Considerably Better Off Without Him. I Do Not Wish Him to Rest In Peace, Instead I Wish For Him To Come Back To Life So He Can Be Murdered And Quite Possibly Raped by All of Those Unlucky Enough to Have Any Sense About Them That They Fell Were Suckered Into Giving To Him Money That Could Have Undoubtedly Been Better Spent.

  8. Bed of money for sure. Back in the '80s ol' Oral told his flock “God would call him home” unless he raised $8 million dollars. Guess how that one turned out…

  9. Venus Summers | Dec 16, 2009 at 8:21 am |

    If they all Died today, the world would be a better place…….They only preach hate and division!

  10. tawnyBrynn | Jan 27, 2010 at 2:49 am |

    So sad he was my uncle. I loved him and he will be missed.

  11. Anonymous | Feb 28, 2010 at 6:26 pm |

    His name is more like that of a gay porn star. Oral Roberts indeed…

  12. GoodDoktorBad | Feb 28, 2010 at 1:26 pm |

    His name is more like that of a gay porn star. Oral Roberts indeed…

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