[quote=BrendaM]Hi Amanda Catherine, I grew up AOG here in the Tulsa area, immersed in Oral Roberts propaganda, saw the big gaping holes and decided Christianity was full of hypocrites. Years later, living very near Rhema, the actions of students there unfortunately only ultra-strengthened that belief. But, fortunately for me, God did not give up on me! My eyes were opened to His Church on earth.
It is great that you found the Church! I am in the OKC archdiocese, and I went to an AG church for years. I was really active in Missionettes and everything that went on. I wanted to go to ORU but decided to go to college nearer home. I did take a correspondence course from ORU.
When I started seeing the problems with the WOF teachings, I got really soured on being a Christian. I didn’t go to church for a long time, didn’t pray, or read my Bible. I believed in God, but I thought that he pretty much leaves us to get along by ourselves.
It is still so amazing to me that I am Catholic, since that is the most unlikely thing I could have imagined! I went to a Christian college and discovered apologetics, and that led me home to Rome.
An interesting note for you, here in the Diocese of Tulsa, we have the Pastoral Studies Institute, which teaches mini-courses, long courses, even college level and post-grad level courses. One of my favorite instructors is a professor at ORU. He grew up in a similar church background, but found the Truth, and he is a Catholic professor at ORU! Praise God!
That’s great! I had heard that they have a lot of variety of professors there, but I didn’t know they had Catholics.
Another note, I still live very near Rhema, and it always strikes a wrong note with me when I see someone arriving in a long white stretch limo, presumably Hagin or his wife. I always wonder if the members there have a hard time with their tithing, knowing it is going to help with such things.
Did you ever hear John Avanzini preach? He always talked about how Jesus was rich, and if he lived now he would wear designer clothes and ride in a limo. That kind of prosperity is a sign that you are spiritually great–that is what I was taught. It is really unbelievable. No one is advocating vows of poverty in the WOF groups. :rolleyes:
I remember going to Campmeeting at Rhema once, and as we were walking up, the limo pulled up and the Copelands got out. People were running to open the doors for them and fawning over them. My mom nearly had a heart attack with the awe of being so near the gurus. I remember feeling disgusted. It must be strange to be someone like that, with people thinking you are some kind of god all the time. Not very good for being humble!