Oral Roberts Passes Away at the Age of 91

I’ll keep it short.

Oral Roberts, who coined the phrase “seed faith,” as well as the doctrine, has passed away of complications of pneumonia after suffering a fall at his home.  Do I have any statement to make regarding this turn of events?  Well, I truly do sympathize with his loved ones over their loss.  I’m sure they loved him.  However, he leaves behing a legacy of false doctrine that has entered the church and has caused great destruction.

Roberts wasn’t your garden variety charismatic teacher.  He was the bees knees of the prosperity gospel.  He was one of the forebearers of the “prosperity gospel,” and along with fellow faith-healer, Kenneth Hagin, Sr., he was a main player in making Word of Faith and seed-faith doctrine palatable to the masses.  He pioneered the medium of televangelism, and since then, seed-faith doctrine has saturated the entire globe.  Turn on TBN, Daystar, The Church Channel, etc., and you can see the damage and destruction this man’s heresy has caused.  The prosperity gospel prospers no one, for it puts man’s will above God’s will, it inspires greed, and it shipwrecks the faith of millions by turning them away from the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ and turning them down a path of empty faith and blindness.

Many may attempt to canonize this man, but his legacy is this:  “Leaders of the Roman Catholic Church in the United States and other religious denominations questioned the authenticity of the healing. In the mid-1950s, in a step that would become familiar, a group of Arizona ministers offered to pay $1,000 to anyone who had been healed by Mr. Roberts and could provide medical proof, but got no response. Thousands of Mr. Roberts’s followers asserted that they had been cured by his hand alone.”  (Online Source)

While Roberts has passed on, his false doctrine is still here.  This is very sobering.  It causes me to reflect on myself and wonder what I’ll leave behind when I go to meet the Lord.  Let’s keep contending.

29 thoughts on “Oral Roberts Passes Away at the Age of 91

  1. Ron

    Like you,I’m sorry for the los that his family is feeling at this time and pray the Lord will comfort them.
    As to his legacy,most “secular”Christians and nearly all WOF adherents will deify him immediately as a prophet sent from God. Even the secular media seems ready to champion this man.

    Judged in light of the complete Word of God however,this man has done an incalculable amount of damage to the body of Christ with his perverse doctrines that sought to lift man above his God. His teachings have flooded the church with corruption and heresy that are a cancer to His children everywhere.

    What a pity that Christians chose to look at the man instead of listening to the message when he started out. Perhaps his “ministry” would have faded into obscurity if that had been the case.

  2. Bud Press


    I agree with you. Oral Robert’s death is just another example–and testimony–of how faith healers’ fail to heal the sick and dying, especially those in their own camp.

    Bud Press

  3. Denise

    I can only sum it up this way (I am an ex-Charismatic who grew up listening to the likes of Roberts et al–I even went to ORU one weekend as a high school student to possibly attend in college):

    Well, Oral Roberts is dead after all these years.

    After all those false visions and prophecies and teachings and healings.
    After stealing people’s money and living a lavish lifestyle.
    After threatening God would kill him if he didn’t raise $8 million in 12 months for his ORU scholarships.
    After the failure of the City of Faith.
    After a 900 foot Jesus appeared to him.
    Now he’s gone.
    Now he knows with Whom he has triffled with.
    Now he pays for swindling and lying in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, twisting and abusing HIS Word for his own gain.

    Will the WOFers get it NOW? The “great healer” DIED of sickness. The “great healer’s” wife DIED of sickness. The “great healer’s” grand-child DIED of sickness. Did Oral Roberts and his family not have enough faith? Either this “great healer” did not have enough faith OR his doctrine was fake. Its one or the other.

    The WOF doctrine of health and wealth, their blasted Genie on High whom they can command at will, is putrid, fake, empty, cruel, and evil.

    It is without power, purity, integrity, and agape love.
    It hates Christ, but loves the world.
    It hates the Cross but loves money, fortune and fame.
    It hates humility but loves power.
    It hates the souls of men, but loves the soul of Self.

  4. Carol

    I am reminded of two things.

    First of all, I remember hearing about a neighbor years ago who sent $500.00 to his ministry, and years ago, that went a great way…and received an imprint of his hand that was supposed to bring healing….

    Secondly, I recall years ago when he proclaimed that he would die if people didn’t send in a million dollars to his ministry.

    Yeah, this man is a “faith healer”…sure, freely given, freely give. If he was a true faith healer, people would have been healed, and he would not have become rich charging for his “services”.

    This is a reminder of how false teachers have brought great damage to the church. People fell for this Christian “celebrity” and played follow the leader to his false teachings.

  5. Brian

    Are you all saying that Oral Roberts is now burning in hell??
    Please respond via email as I’ll not be visiting this area again.


  6. unworthy1

    Oral Roberts twisted the word of God for his own personal gain; he bilked people out of millions of dollars, all for his own personal comfort and luxury. It’s always the same with these kind, they promise people health, wealth, and prosperity and people fall for it hook, line and sinker. Why? Because they DO NOT READ GOD’S WORD!!!!! They chose to be lazy and desire to have their temporal fleshly desires met, they live for the here and now. False teachers like Roberts will face a greater, more severe form of judgment by God because of the perversion and twisting of His word. Where in God’s word did He EVER say He would kill anyone if they didn’t raise a certain amount of money?!? It is biblical illiteracy that causes wolves like Roberts to prosper. He received his reward in this life, and now he must face the One who he ridiculed, mocked and used for his own personal pleasure…may God have mercy on his soul.


  7. Denise

    No false teacher goes to heaven.

    Gal 1:8 But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed.
    Gal 1:9 As we have said before, so now I say again: If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one you received, let him be accursed.

    2Jo 1:9 Everyone who goes on ahead and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God. Whoever abides in the teaching has both the Father and the Son.

    Rev 21:8 But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.”

    2Pe 2:1 But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction.

    Those who have Scripture, yet pervert it, twist it, and use God as a means to gain money and fame are under His condemnation.

  8. Mr PSb

    The Lord gave Oral Roberts 91 years of mercy, 91 years to repent and yet after 91 years he went to his grave preaching heresy. Verily, the first shall be last and the last shall be first as the Scripture says. It just takes a little leaven to leaven the whole lump; just a little heresy care create a whole movement of error. May we be more discerning about wolves such as Oral Roberts and the jokers in the WOF Movement.

  9. Mr PSb

    RESPONSE TO BRIAN: Yes….Oral Roberts went straight to Hell…sadly for an eternity. Take a read of the book of Jude and 2 Peter 2 & 3. God gives the harsher judgment to those who lead others astray, especially so with their blasphemous doctrines.

  10. Bud Press

    Certainly, one can be a heretic and repent, but where in the Bible does it say that a false teacher/false prophet/heretic goes to heaven? Jesus said we would know them by their fruits (Matthew chapter 7).

    Heretics produce bad fruit, which is cast away.

    Bud Press

  11. Patricia

    Oral’s life is a soberting reminder to us all to be sure to lay up treasures in heaven, not on earth. I weep for the millions who got disillusioned by the false doctrine of these greedy preachers who used every trick in the devil’s book to pry money out of destitute people. The epistles are full of warnings against wolves who prey on the sheep. Why won’t Christians listen?

  12. Robert G.

    God showed Himself mighty to save by taking what Satan meant for evil (the preaching of Oral Roberts) and turning it for good (saving His elect).

    The Word of God couldnt be clearer that a false teacher will be met with merciless Judgment. If we can conclude that Mr. Roberts taught heresy, than we can conclude he is suffering the torments of God’s just wrath right now. This isn’t lacking grace, this is stating fact.

    I pray bold men of God will speak plainly about his condemnation, and that God would use it to bring something far more significant to his family than temporal comfort; namely, their salvation. I grieve for their loss; but not as someone who doesnt realize their end is the same as his if they do not see things as they are, and instead ultimately reject Christ.

  13. Emmanuel

    You should all seek for forgiveness. Why judge a man of God of such calibre.

    I don’t have anything against him or His ministry. What legacy has all the commentors above laid?

    God is the judge of all.

    1. Chrystal Post author

      Emmanuel, I would hope that my legacy with the gospel is that I always represent it as the power of God unto salvation. Scripture gives us the ability to weigh what is being said and to judge righteously.

  14. shane

    Roberts leaves a legacy of bilking people out of their money. Which includes all of the other imitators of him.

  15. Bud Press


    Since it is obvious that you don’t have the foggiest idea of what God’s written word says about Christians defending the faith and judging righteously, here are a few suggestions:

    — If you see your next door neighbor steal your lawn mower, do not judge him a thief.
    — Do not judge your friend as a gossip if you hear him spreading rumors behind your back.
    — If a drug pusher encourages your children to smoke pot, don’t judge him as a bad influence.
    — And, if your pastor teaches that he is a “god” and that Jesus Christ had to be born again in hell to purchase our redemption, don’t judge him a false teacher.

    And, when you appear before Jesus Christ on JUDGEMENT DAY, be sure to tell Him not to judge you for following false teachers instead of God’s written word.

    Remember these things when your own “legacy” flashes before your eyes…

    Bud Press

  16. Emmanuel

    The bible says in Romace 14:4 and 15 that

    4 Who art thou that judgest another man’s servant? to his own master he standeth or falleth. Yea, he shall be holden up: for God is able to make him stand.

    15 But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.

    That is my stand. To Robert’s master “The Lord” he standeth or falleth. Robert has ran the race and I beleive he has gone to be with the Lord.

    It is we who are still alive that need to check our stands with God.

    Someone said and I beleive, that there will be two surprises in Heaven: Those we think are going to hell we will see in heaven and those we in our “JUDGEMENTS” think will be in heaven we aill not see.

    That is my submission.

    Adieu Roberts. I love YOU!

    1. Chrystal Post author


      When I was a charismatic, I was as guilty of taking the Word of God out of context as you are doing here. We would only take one verse that was surgically snipped out of the Bible and use it to prove a point. But, when the whole passage that the verse was a part of was read, it said something quite different than what we were trying to make it say. It’s the same for your comments above.

      Let’s look at that whole passage of Romans instead of a small snippet:

      Romans 14:1-4:

      ROMANS 14
      1 Now accept the one who is weak in faith, but not for the purpose of passing judgment on his opinions.
      2 One man has faith that he may eat all things, but he who is weak eats vegetables only.
      3 Let not him who eats regard with contempt him who does not eat, and let not him who does not eat judge him who eats, for God has accepted him.
      4 Who are you to judge the servant of another? To his own master he stands or falls; and stand he will, for the Lord is able to make him stand.

      After the jews began to live in the liberty of Christ, there were some who refused to eat things that the Law of Moses forbade. Others ate it with a clear conscience, others refused. Paul was saying from those verses that they should stop judging one another based upon what they were eating. None of these verses can be applied to Oral Roberts and his heresy. He reaffirmed this in verse 15, another verse you quoted without the rest of the passage for support. I’ll quote it there, and given what is said above, read it in context:

      Romans 14:13-17:

      13 Therefore let us not judge one another anymore, but rather determine this– not to put an obstacle or a stumbling block in a brother’s way.
      14 I know and am convinced in the Lord Jesus that nothing is unclean in itself; but to him who thinks anything to be unclean, to him it is unclean.
      15 For if because of food your brother is hurt, you are no longer walking according to love. Do not destroy with your food him for whom Christ died.
      16 Therefore do not let what is for you a good thing be spoken of as evil;
      17 for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.

  17. Emmanuel


    Is the part “for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.” out of context too?

    I just pray and hope you have removed the LOGS in your eyes to really see clearly.

    I rest my case.

    1. Chrystal Post author

      You might as well rest your case because everything you’re citing here is out of context. The chapter you use as prooftext is talking about food and drink, not heresy. NO WHERE, and I mean NO WHERE in Scripture can you find Paul telling the church not to judge people who teach false doctrine.

      Charismatics are experts at taking verses from the Bible and using them for circumstances to which they can not and do not apply. It’s how they’ve built their entire doctrine.

  18. Bud Press


    I am not a bit surprised that you chose not to address my above response. Instead, you chose to take Scripture out of context to try and prove a point.

    As with others who are being deceived by the Oral Robert’s of our day, taking Scripture out of context is what you have been conditioned and trained to do.

    Since Chrystal did and admiral job explaining Romans chapter 14–in context–I won’t spend time on the passages. I will, however, ask you to take a serious look at what she and other ex-Charismatics have written, and consider the possibility that you are in the same boat as they were before the Lord rescued them from deception.

    False teachers–regardless of who they are and what denomination they are a part of–serve a false “Jesus,” which the Apostle Paul specifically addressed in Galatians 1:6-9 and 2 Corinthians 11:3-4. A false “Jesus” has not the authority or power to forgive, save, sanctify, and redeem the lost.

    Here’s the bottom line: If you believe in and serve the same “Jesus” as Oral Roberts, Benny Hinn, Kenneth Copeland, etc., you are just as lost as a Jehovah’s Witness, Mormon, or New Ager–because they, too, serve and believe in a false “Jesus”.

    Emmanuel. you do not have to be deceived. Help and plenty of information is available. All you have to do is ask.

    God’s written word is the ultimate and final authority. It rests its case…

    Bud Press

  19. David T

    Hey Emmanuel,

    What about 1 Corinthians 5:12-13? Are we to ignore those two verses that tell us to judge those inside the Church?

    Or how about the verses in Jude that tell us to “contend for the faith”?

  20. Gord

    One question for all those who ” contend for the faith ” I’ve seen Oral on TBN at times in some of his quieter moments, in which he expressed a heartfelt love for the Saviour. He appeared to be genuine, and I had no reason to disbelieve him. He did however, error in some of his theology ( not all of it ), and the question I have is that enough to keep someone out of heaven? Where do we draw the line ?Does believing God wants us healthy and wealthy make Jesus into an absolutely totally different Jesus ? In the eyes of those who have been set free from this “Word of Faith ” nonsense, we’ve experienced firsthand that this teaching absolutely doesn’t work and is total nonsense, and has simply made those peddling the wrong teaching wealthy. If Oral misinterpreted verses like” Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.” as more than a simple salutation, because he may have eaten a piece of undigested meat, and it therefore becomes a wrong teaching ( heresy ) does it damn him to hell for all eternity ? Is he possible he makes it to heaven and gets a severe tongue lashing from God ( no disrespect intended ), or is it possible Oral’s works, like straw, are burned up ? Does anyone really know ?

  21. shane


    I guess it would depend on what “Jesus” he loved. The WOF Jesus is not the Jesus of the Bible.

  22. rjlf

    I am in total agreement with those who have pointed out what Scripture teaches concerning false doctrine. Unless something happened in the final moments of his life, in all probablility, Oral Roberts is in hell. However, because I do not know what might have happened in the final moments of his life, I cannot say as a matter of fact that he is not with Jesus. As his body ebbed away, it is possible that he could have realized the “gospel” he had preached for years–the prosperity gospel–was no gospel at all. Perhaps he confessed his sins and received forgiveness from the Lord. Again, not likely, but we don’t know. Unless something did happen in the final moments of his life, my belief is that Oral Roberts fits the mold of what Jesus said concerning false prophets in Matthew 7:21-23, “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast our devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me ye that work iniquity.” Join with me in prayer that God will convict the hearts of the family and followers Oral Roberts left behind. May they acknowledge their sin, repent and be forgiven. May God raise them up as a testimony for His glory. We can’t do a thing about Oral Roberts’s eternal destiny. He has already arrived. But we can remember that with God, all things are possible. Yes, it is even possible that Richard and Lindsay Roberts and all their family could be saved! Again, let’s pray that this will happen.

  23. Robert G

    “He, that being often reproved, hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy.” Proverbs 29:1 This was a key verse often quoted in a book I had read on death bed confessions, written by a pastor in the late 1800,s. The final testimonies of those who had lived for Christ, whilst surrounded by family, became a wonderful experience, and provided them all a glimpse of eternity. The death bed confessions of ‘ infidels’ – those who had lived a selfish life unto themselves – was often not so pleasant. More times than not, THEY COULD NOT be led in a sinners prayer. They died without remedy, God gave them chance after chance, and in the final moments of their lives, realized their just punishment, and slipped into a Christless eternity.

  24. lyn

    You bring up an interesting point in saying this, ‘If Oral misinterpreted verses like” Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.” as more than a simple salutation, because he may have eaten a piece of undigested meat, and it therefore becomes a wrong teaching ( heresy ) does it damn him to hell for all eternity ? Is he possible he makes it to heaven and gets a severe tongue lashing from God ( no disrespect intended ), or is it possible Oral’s works, like straw, are burned up ? Does anyone really know ?’
    Does false teaching damn a soul to hell? Look into God’s word for your answer…this is from 2Peter 2:1, ‘But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.’
    We also have this from the book of Jude, ‘For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness{unbridled lust, excess, wantoness, shamelessness} and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.’ —‘How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts. These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit.’
    IF Oral Roberts were truly a man of God, the ONLY gospel he would have preached was one of repenting and believing in the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ, which is the true Gospel. Instead, he opted to continually preach on sowing a ‘seed’, promising healing and miracles in order to try and legitimize his demands for ‘seed’.
    What does the bible say about all who preach another gospel? ‘As we said before, so say I now again, If any [man] preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed{ person or thing doomed to destruction}.’ Galatians 1:9
    Remember what Christ the Lord said, ‘you will know them by their fruit’. A man-centered gospel is one that promises temporal blessings; i.e., riches, good health, easy living in this life. BUT, the bible clearly teaches that all who desire to live in Christ will suffer persecution. The world will hate you if you truly follow Christ, you will suffer various forms of persecution, possibly being alienated from loved ones because of your allegiance to Christ. Hear the word of the Lord, “So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple. “Luke 14:33

    May I also suggest an in-depth word study on the term ‘prosper’ whenever you come across this in your bible reading. You will understand more clearly when you go back into the Greek and Hebrew languages what God meant when He used this word. It doesn’t mean what you may think.

  25. Emmanuel

    James 4:11-12 : Brothers, do not slander one another. Anyone who speaks against his brother or judges him speaks against the law and judges it. When you judge the law, you are not keeping it, but sitting in judgment on it. There is only one Law giver and Judge, the one who is able to save and destroy. But you—who are you to judge your neighbor? (New International Version)

    1. Chrystal Post author

      Don’t worry, the ones we speak out against aren’t teaching God’s Word, so there’s no danger that we are actually talking about a “brother.”

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