Quoting a book here:
Oral Roberts, you may recall, is the man who claimed that Jesus told him God had chosen him to find an effective treatment for cancer. In a lengthy appeal, Roberts avowed that the Lord told him “I would not have had you and your partners build the 20-storey research tower unless I was going to give you a plan that will attack cancer.” Roberts then said that Jesus instructed him to tell his partners that “this is not Oral Roberts asking but their Lord”.
(The project was completed, but has since been shut down and sold to a group of investors for commercial development. And no cure for cancer was found).
Now that project was a while ago. Roberts has had another “vision recently” concerning the future of the USA, Jews, Christians and the World. He discussed it recently with Kenneth Copeland and Richard (son of Oral) Roberts (more word of faith teachers). Apparently this link is to the transcript of that discussion but this copy of internet explorer won’t allow me to access any page that ends in pdf so I can’t comment on it.
More from the book (by Hank Hanegraaff - who overstates his case sometimes and isn’t dead even though Benny Hinn said that God was going to strike him down)
“On January 4th 1987 Roberts launched his most notorious campaign to date. Roberts told his followers that if he did not raise a total of 8 million dollars by March, God was going to take his life.” end quote. I don’t know if the 8 million was raised. In any case Oral didn’t die.
This page gives the history of the “City of Faith”. It’s a very anti-site so may have to be read with the same precautions as reading an anti-catholic site. And this site is anti-catholic so be warned. It’s anti everyone except for themselves. But the initial page is useful for the history of the “City of Faith”
When reading The Way of The Pilgrim one thing that struck me was the instruction to be very, very, very sure before ascribing religious or mystical experience to God. Maybe Roberts, the Word of Faith teachers and those who get charismatic “words” should bear that in mind sometimes.
If you know of any good Catholic sites discussing - preferrably sensibly - the Word of Faith movement please let me know. It probably isn’t as much of an issue for Catholics as for your average evangelical/pentecostal. Many thanks.