The Prosperity Gospel is a deep sickness and parasite in Christian culture and it’s popularity in the US is rapidly being exported to other countries.
Good article on beleaguered ORU president Richard Roberts first wife, Patti Roberts Thompson who blew the whistle on excess nearly 30 years ago and the seeking of national influence by Texan John Hagee at Talk2Action.
Information on ORU plaintiff Tim Brooker and his wife – an Arkansas SEC investigation on his company Golf Entertainment from 2002 in an investigative series by Arkansas Business, as well as an article on an IRS investigation of ORU.
The ORU lawsuit is about wrongful dismissal filed by Tim Brooker, John Swails and Paulita Brooker. Tulsa World: ORU was warned by IRS. The University has refused to release information to media.
Charisma Magazine 10/10/07 Truth, Justice and the Oral Roberts University Scandal. I wonder if Strang Communications have taken advertising from ORU or the OR media empire and if they have, how much?
Charity Navigator Rating: Oral Roberts Evangelistic Association
Update: 8 days after announcing on Larry King Live (CNN) that; ““I have not done anything wrong for which I needed to step aside,” Richard Roberts announced today he is taking a leave of absence as President of Oral Roberts University. No word on his second wife Lindsay Roberts. Lindsay is Executive Vice President of the Oral Roberts Evangelistic Association and a member of the Oral Roberts University Board of Regents. (and is therefore a party in the amended lawsuit as a member of the Board of Regents)
Richard Roberts was named University president in 1993 after his father semi-retired.
It is reported the university is up for it’s 10 year HLC acceditation.
The University is listed as accepted at the HLC site.
Roberts is not giving up any position in his ministry, (OREA) nor is there any word on how long this ‘leave’ will be. Nor is there any word on what positions his wife will continue to hold.
The university did not announce their choice of interm president.
Richard Roberts initially indicated God told him to fight the wrongfulÂ termination suit.
Â Full statement:
The last 3 weeks have taken a serious toll on me and my family. The untrue allegations have struck a terrible blow in my heart. The untrue allegations of sexual misconduct by my wife have hurt the most. It has broken her heart and the hearts of my children that such untrue allegations could be made. Lindsay and my children have sustained heavy damage these last weeks. God is very interested in the family unit and so am I.
The plaintiffs have said “We don’t know if any of these allegations are true, but they are so defaming that the Roberts won’t survive.” We Roberts have a strong faith in God and in what is right. We will do what is right and trust the Lord.
Today, I have asked the Board of Regents of Oral Roberts University to grant me a temporary leave of absence until such time as these matters can be resolved. I have prayed about it, and feel that it is in the best interest of my family and the University.
I have a tremendous love for the students and alumni of ORU — they are precious to God. They came here to get a quality education and to learn to hear the Voice of God. That’s happening daily. Even today, other young people around the world are searching for the right college to attend. I pray that they will consider ORU. This university is academically sound, spiritually alive and physically disciplined.
I don’t know how long this leave of absence will last, but I fully trust the members of the Board of Regents. They are great men and women who have a deep love for this university and for me and my family. I pray and believe that in God’s timing, and when the Board feels that it is appropriate, I will be back at my post as President.
Meanwhile, I will give myself afresh and anew to my family, and to prayer and the Word of God. I shall continue my role as Chairman and CEO of the Oral Roberts Ministries. I shall continue on television as I have a burning passion for the lost, the sick and the hurting of this world. I shall continue preaching and teaching God’s Word and drawing people to Christ our Savior. I shall continue to write letters and books and minister to the needs of people for I have a passion for souls. Thank you for all your prayers and support; it means a great deal to me and my family.
Oral Roberts University does not openly publish it’s board of Regents. I found a list from Spring 2007 which I placed in the comment section, it is not verifiable at this time, and the rate things are going, and as this story goes national, board membership could shift rapidly.
No word on whether or not this is a fully paid leave of absence (ongoing salary by the university)
A few days after the professors filed the Two Florida Word of Faith ‘ministers’ are going through a nasty and public divorce after a public case of domestic dispute. Given the mega following, both will probably land on their feet. Meantime Juanita Byrum (wife) 4.5 million dollar home is to be auctioned off because back taxes weren’t paid. Religion News Blog also links background of husband Bishop Weeks assault, court orders, counter filings.
It is expected Byrum will make a lot of money in her religious circles as poster wife for domestic abuse and from ‘overcoming with books and appearance. Critics have said given her lifestyle her immediate contributions to the social issue will trivialize abuse and will be used for economic gain. She is a protege of T.D. Jakes.
Bible Belt Blogger reports scalpers try to cash in on the $10 fee to attend Joel Osteen events.
Update: As of 2006 Patti Roberts Thompson was doing well and was living quietly in San Antonio. She and one of her daughters surfaced in the comment section at Consolation Champs when questions about her compositions and former CD’s surfaced.