In no way rejoicing, but for those who care to know, Oral Roberts today has joined the growing list of Word Faith teachers who have died. Where once again, a man who claimed he had the power to heal others could not, like his predecessors, heal himself. The cause of Mr. Robert’s death was complications of pneumonia according to Melany Ethridge, his spokeswoman. He was 91 years old.
In poking around the Web, I came across a website of one who was closely tied to the Oral Roberts ministry and was himself a Word Faith preacher and also one of Oral Robert’s bodyguards. Here, I felt it would be profitable to share his reflections since he walked where many of us have not walked regarding the Word Faith movement. And to God be the glory, by His grace, this brother was delivered from the Word Faith movement and is now a Southern Baptist preacher.
Speaking to Oral Roberts death on his blog, he writes:
I do not write this gladly or mockingly. I worked for Oral Roberts for two years. I was one of his bodyguards. I delivered his newspaper every morning. I watched over his family as they slept. I was a huge fan and admirer.
But Oral Roberts died sick today. Just like all of the famous Faith Healers, he has died sick. Kenneth Hagin died of heart disease although he claimed to enjoy Divine Health. He was on heart meds for years.
EW Kenyon, the founder of the Word of Faith Religion and author of the confession brings possesion [sp] message, died from a malignant tumor.
The Word of Faith Message is a false one. It does not work, even for the most famous preachers.
Most assuredly their message is a false one regardless of what the deceivers like Jesse Duplantis continue to spout forth. The only option for those trapped in this movement and in bondage to its damning legalism is that you leave this movement even as Junker Jorge did. And that you come to understand and believe the true gospel where Jesus came not to deliver us from sickness, pain and suffering nor to give us wealth and richers, but the one where he came to set us free from sin and give unto us the gift of eternal life.