Oral Roberts: A Legacy of Faith

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Earlier this year, The 700 Club's Scott Ross spoke with Dr. Roberts about his life, his latest book and why he believes God still speaks today. Click play to watch the entire segment, or read the transcript below.

You could say Oral Roberts and faith are one in the same.

Today, at 91-years-old, Roberts said he has not finished the work he believes God gave him to do. But what he has accomplished in 74 years is impressive.

In his early days, he prayed for thousands weekly at tent revival meetings. He preached on the radio. He hit the air waves in 1955 with his church services, and he founded a university. On top of that, Roberts is a prolific author and yes, he still writes books.

Ross:  This book, The Ultimate Voice, God's still small voice, the clearest and loudest voice you'll ever hear.

Roberts: That's right, Scott. There are people who do not believe that God still speaks today.

Ross:  You think otherwise?

Roberts:  Well, I know otherwise. There's a scripture that I would like to bring to your attention, in Revelation, Chapter 3 and verse 20. 'Behold I stand at the door and knock. If any man hear my voice and open the door, I will come into him and will sup with him and he with me. If any man hear my voice.'

Which suggests to me, he's speaking to all men, every man, and every person has to realize that at some point of life that God created him, passionately loves him, and is going to speak to him. and if he misses that, he's missed the meaning of life.

Roberts was born into a Christian home, the youngest of five children. But as a young boy, he was uninterested in the things of God until a crisis convinced him that God is for real.

Ross:  When you speak about the voice of God, you have heard the audible voice of God?

Roberts: Yes, audible and inaudible. But I have heard his voice many times. He's spoken to me and as a matter of fact. That's the first contact I had with him. When I was 17-and-a-half years of age, I was being carried to a healing meeting where I was to be prayed for to be healed of turberculosis.

And I was lying in the back seat of the car, and my brother was driving, with my parents by his side and he was talking about the miracles he had seen. I was listening and then everything faded. And everything got real quiet. And in his silence God spoke to me. First word was 'son'.

Ross:  Son?

Roberts:  Son. I am going to heal you. I'm going to heal you today, tonight and you are going to take my healing power to your generation, and someday, you're to build me a university, based on my authority and the Holy Spirit. Those were the first words I heard God say, and I'd never heard them before.

Not only was Roberts healed of tuberculosis, he accepted Christ as his Savior and has stayed true to the words God spoke to him. In 1938, he married Evelyn Lutman. They were together for 66 years until her death in 2005. Roberts said he misses her everyday.

During their life together they travelled around the country bringing God's healing to thousands.

Roberts:  My first healing crusade was in a tent. And the crowds filled it up. It was an enormous scene. And I prayed for the sick.

Ross:  For hours, Oral?

Roberts:  Yes sir, I did.

Ross:  When you began to see the demonstration of the miraculous power of God how did you interpret that?

Roberts:  Well, I wasn't surprised, because he told me that he would heal the people. And the first miracle that I had was a woman of German decent, who didn't speak good English, who's hand had been still for 38 years.

And when God loosed it, she jumped up and started shouting at the top of her voice that her hand was loose. She showed the people and I just thought, well, that was God doing what he told me he would do.

Gone are the days of tent meetings and praying for the sick for hours. But Robert's legacy will be carried on by Oral Roberts University and the thousands touched by his ministry. It is a legacy of faith.

Roberts:  Once you set your mind to believe God as the mantra of your life, it's a different story. You are going to believe him every step of the way. You're not going to question him or what he said to you. You're going to accept it and you're going to do it.

And I developed the faith obedience plan. That I would do what God told me to do, because that was the life of faith and the just shall live by faith the Bible says, and the second one was obedience. I would obey instantly, because I had set my plan for my life.

*Original broadcast June 17, 2009.

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