Oh dear…it’s happening again.
First it was Paula and Randy White. Now it’s Richard and Lindsay Roberts, the president and “first lady” of Oral Roberts University (ORU). The Charismatic world apparently is rife with “celebrity” pastors who view their ministries as their own personal piggy banks. Read the New York Times article, or click here to go to the website of Tulsa’s local newspaper, where they have a special page devoted to the story.
I don’t have firsthand knowledge of the Robertses or any of the goings-on at ORU, but reading the PDF of the ORU professors’ lawsuit was more eye-opening than anything else, as it mentioned documentation for some of the various allegations of the Robertses’ extravagances billed to the university. If even HALF of that documentation exists, it would be evidence of some severe mismanagement of university and ministry funds, at the very least.
I really don’t understand what makes these Charismaniac ministers grow so brazen about how they spend the money they get from their people’s donations. Why do they think it’s OK to live like the rich and famous? Even the world knows better…even the world has a better sense of what’s appropriate for a (supposed) minister of the Gospel.
We as the Church need to pray. We need to pray for pastors and those in visible leadership positions (such as Richard and Lindsay Roberts). Then we need to stand up and demand accountability from them. The cause of Christ has been dealt enough black eyes from ministers who are too fond of money and the things of this world!