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.