6.1.2010 at 09:01 #626413AnonymousInactive
Uskonto on hyvä business:
@tuorein The Economist wrote:
Dec 30th 2009
From The Economist print edition
Oral Roberts, preacher and televangelist, died on December 15th, aged 91
Getty ImagesTHE first time Oral Roberts heard Jesus’s call on his life, he was 17 and had been bedfast with TB for five months. He was a stuttering, faltering, disbelieving young man, much like the young Moses in his pride. But as his impoverished family knelt round his bed in their cabin in the dust of Oklahoma, praying a desperate prayer to the Lord, he saw his father’s face fade into the countenance of Jesus. It broke him up.
He had never seen Jesus before, though his preacher-father and his mother often spoke with Him, and he knew Him as a friendly presence, unlike terrifying God. His sins flooded up within him and he wept out his repentance, crying “Jesus, I’ll even preach for you if you’ll save my soul.”
Jesus took him up on it. Mr Roberts next saw Him, in 1980, as he stood praying by a giant unfinished skyscraper in Tulsa. This was his City of Faith Medical Centre, built on the Lord’s instructions but running into financial delays. He was now a rich man, in an Italian silk suit and with solid gold bracelets on his wrists. His annual income from donations was $120m; he bought a new Mercedes every six months, and had a luxury home in Palm Springs. His inspirational shows were broadcast on hundreds of radio and TV stations. Richard Nixon and Elvis Presley had sought his spiritual counselling, as had millions of other hurting people. But Jesus towered over all this. He was 900 feet tall, with eyes that burned to the very pit of Mr Roberts’s soul. He assured him the Centre would be finished and, just to show him how easy it would be, He picked it up.
These encounters stoked high the fire of the spirit in Mr Roberts, enabling him to travel and broadcast coast to coast and as far as Australia with a heavy anointing. But they were not strictly necessary. God spoke to Mr Roberts all the time. He told him to preach from the age of 18 in sweltering 3,000-seater tents across the south-west, and in 1954 to let the television cameras in, so that the Pentecostal spirit rolled all across the land. He told him he could heal with his right hand, know the number and names of demons, and cast them out, so that thousands saw him in sweat-soaked shirt and tie gripping and wrenching the believers and yelping, weeping his praise (“Oh God, loosen that little foot up! Glory to God! Glory to God!”). Mr Roberts was empowered to heal via TV screens and through prayed-over handkerchiefs sent by the mail. The Lord told him to build a major university: the result was Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, with 5,400 students who, by a miracle, neither drank nor fornicated. There in the Prayer Tower, under the eternal gas flame, Mr Roberts prayed for all who asked him to.
Most insistently, God told Mr Roberts that He wanted him to be rich. One day in 1947, when he had pranged his car, Mr Roberts opened the Bible to 3 John 2: “I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.” Almost instantly, he found he could afford a Buick, rather than one of those smaller economy cars. He began to preach that word. God would return a miracle harvest from the seed sown (1 Cor. 3: 7; Gal. 6: 7-9). Every dollar given to the Oral Roberts Evangelistic Association—“or $30, Amex, Visa, whatever the Lord leads you to do”—would eventually return to the giver multiplied as much as a hundredfold. Those who doubted could survey the ORU campus at 7777 South Lewis, and see what God had wrought through the man who was now a director of the Tulsa Chamber of Commerce and the Bank of Oklahoma.
Weeping and fasting
To help the process along, his followers were sent sachets of healing water to anoint their wallets, as well as any part of their body where they had need. Mass mail-outs and computerised lists were mobilised, for the first time, to do the Lord’s work. The Precious Seed sent in return ended up with Mr Roberts, but “Do ye not know that they which minister about holy things live of the things of the temple?” (1 Cor. 9: 13).
Yet God also worked in mysterious ways, for His thoughts were higher than men’s thoughts (Isaiah 55: 9). In 1986 He ordered Mr Roberts to send out medical missionaries in His Name, and to raise $8m in scholarships for them, or He would call him home. Mr Roberts prayed, fasted, wept on prime time and raised the money, but the City of Faith closed down within two years, despite what Jesus had assured him. God said: “I did not want this merging of My healing streams of medicine and prayer localised in Tulsa.” God also decreed that Mr Roberts should be persecuted for this effort, as well as for saying that he once had to interrupt a sermon to raise a child from the dead.
Over the years therefore the harvest appeared to dwindle in dollar terms, and his debts grew. But Mr Roberts was still elegant, with a fine head of hair filled with the Holy Spirit. A multitude of preachers and healers had been raised up in his image, with their own TV shows and motivational books, to carry on the work. And God spoke to him one last time, telling him that although his heavenly home was prepared, he was not about to be taken from Oklahoma. He would rule and reign over the ORU campus until the end of time, when hoodlums and sodomites and disbelievers together would be repaid for laughing at him with everlasting fire.6.1.2010 at 12:25 #6265076.1.2010 at 13:35 #626543-TuplaJallu-Participant
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Veltolla hieno tyyli kyllä. Kasvattaisin toki itsekin jos kasvaisi noin hienoiksi.7.1.2010 at 10:47 #6270207.1.2010 at 13:44 #627105WelleParticipant
Sama täällä, loistavaa matskua!
“Stormtrooper was forced to kill a giant teddy bear. FML” 😆7.1.2010 at 20:29 #6273417.1.2010 at 20:45 #627349NaamaParticipant
Loistava! Enkä ees kuulu Star Wars -faneihin.8.1.2010 at 18:21 #627783TheodoreLongMember
Valelääkäri8.1.2010 at 18:24 #627784SlowMember
Ei hauska mutta imo hieno kuva iltalehdestä bongattuna:
Roland Emmerichin uusimmasta leffaprojektista vai perus ilmaston lämpenemistä?
“ei meillä mitään talvirenkaita oo, tai kunnollista lämmitystä, saati kaksinkertaisia ikkunoita 😮 “10.1.2010 at 08:31 #628666BatemanParticipant
– Hän on kumppani. Hänellä on luonne. Hän kuulee sinut ja kuuntelee sinua. Hän puhuu. Hän tuntee kosketuksesi. Hän nukkuu. Yritämme jäljentää ihmisen persoonallisuuden, Hines kertoi.12.1.2010 at 11:11 #63008915.1.2010 at 12:19 #632228Penalty14Participant
Edit. Ai että tähän tuhlasin sitten tuhannen postin 😆15.1.2010 at 16:59 #632383feikki-elvisParticipant15.1.2010 at 19:49 #63251517.1.2010 at 17:55 #633533
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