April 7, 1989
Criticism of a lavish life style by Oklahoma-based evangelists Oral and Richard Roberts has prompted the sale of their two Southern California vacation homes, valued at more than $1 million, Richard Roberts said. The younger Roberts said the criticism resurfaced since his father asked followers to sell unneeded valuables to help raise $11 million by May 6 to keep his 41-year-old ministry afloat. Richard Roberts said he and his father sold their homes in Rancho Mirage in the last year.
June 28, 1987 |
Television evangelist Oral Roberts says he has raised people from the dead and that God told him Roberts will return with Jesus to reign over the Earth. "All of us in the ministry could talk about that--of certain dead ones raised--died right while I was preaching," Roberts told more than 5,000 people Thursday at the closing of the Charismatic Bible Ministries conference. "I had to stop and go back in the crowd and raise the dead person so I could go ahead with the service.
July 28, 1987 |
The problem with TV and print journalists, said Richard Roberts (televangelist Oral's son), is that they have no faith--which is why Roberts fils thinks the media have mixed his father's message. "Many in the media do not know Jesus as their personal savior, and how can the secular press understand the Holy Spirit when they haven't experienced it themselves?" Roberts said.
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July 11, 1987 |
The Methodist University Senate has removed Oral Roberts University's School of Theology from its list of approved seminaries, Oral Roberts' son says. Richard Roberts said the Methodist body had so notified Paul Chappel, associate dean of Oral Roberts University's School of Theology. Chappel said the loss of certification was "somewhat of a surprise, since the school has a very strong Methodist ethos."
January 28, 1993 |
Evangelist Oral Roberts retired Wednesday as president of the university he founded in 1965, and the Oral Roberts University regents elected his 44-year-old son, Richard Roberts, to take his place. The elder Roberts, who has said God called him to build the university, was named chancellor by the board of regents. He said he would hold that post "for as long as I live."
January 17, 1991
Evangelist Richard Roberts was willing to turn the other cheek when a man hit him in the face during a television rehearsal. Police were less forgiving and cited Steven W. Rogers for trespassing. Roberts, son of televangelist Oral Roberts, was rehearsing a song for his show Tuesday morning when Rogers demanded to see him, said Gwen Culver, Roberts' secretary. "The fellow started coming toward him," Culver said Wednesday.