Oral Roberts died yesterday at 91, which just goes to show that God might be slow but eventually gets around to it:
At the time of his death, however, Mr. Roberts' ministry and celebrity had been in decline for years, a drop accelerated by a prophecy the preacher made 22 years ago that "God will call me home" unless $8 million was raised for scholarships to Oral Roberts University by March 31, 1987.
The money was raised, but by then, Mr. Roberts had become a laughingstock to many in and out of Christian world.
I don't mind that Roberts got his start with faith-healing charlatanism. But it's hard to forgive him
for his part in the rise of televangelism. If, as is being said, he was "revered by millions," that doesn't say much for metaphu