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Published:December 15th, 2009 19:49 EST
Oral Roberts Dies Of Pneumonia: Good Riddance!

Oral Roberts Dies Of Pneumonia: Good Riddance!

By Robert Paul Reyes

"Oral Roberts, the charismatic Pentecostal evangelist whose televised ministry attracted millions of followers worldwide and made him one of the most recognizable and controversial religious leaders of the 20th century, died Tuesday in Newport Beach, Calif. He was 91.

The cause was complications of pneumonia, said Melany Ethridge, a spokeswoman for Mr. Roberts."

KEITH SCHNEIDER/The New York Times

In 1977 Oral Roberts told his followers that in a vision a 900-foot-tall Jesus Christ told him to build the City of Faith Medical and Research Center, and that the hospital would be a success. Either Oral Roberts is a liar, or the humongous Jesus didn`t keep his promise -- the hospital was a resounding failure. And of course Roberts begged his congregation for funds to make his prophecy come true.

This prophecy perfectly sums up the character and style of Oral Roberts: Make an outrageous claim, knowing full well that his sheep would fund his every whim.

Oral Roberts enjoyed a luxurious lifestyle by squeezing money from the elderly, poor and infirm. Thank goodness Oral Roberts has left the building, unfortunately there`s many other charlatans who have patterned their ministries after him.

If Oral Roberts was truly a healer, why couldn`t he heal himself of pneumonia? The con man deserves to burn in hell!

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