I’m still not feeling so hot so I’ll more then likely post my blog regarding 1Peter 3:16 this weekend. Someone asked me via email why I’ve been silent regarding the passing of Oral Roberts. I guess I have mixed thoughts.
My first thought was “I hope he was one of the elect” otherwise eternity won’t be too pleasant a place for him I reckon. My second thought was “I’m glad I’m not God and have Oral’s eternal destiny in my hands” because I wouldn’t know what to do with ole Oral.
Let’s face it. Oral and his “sow a seed for a specific need” heresy has led many people to the poorhouse, and many of his friends got rich teaching this heresy but is that enough to damn him to hell? I dunno. Possibly that’s why I’m glad I’m not God.
On the flip side Oral was am amazing revival preacher. My Pops knew him back in the day and preached revivals with him. From what I’ve been told nobody preached a better “turn or burn” message like Oral Roberts. I suppose that should count for something right?
I’m reminded of the words of Peter, another guy who didn’t always make the honor roll;
Acts 2:37-39 NIV
When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?” Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit .The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off–for all whom the Lord our God will call.”
Repent and be baptized. Is that enough you think? Notice how the Holy Spirit Inspired Peter said “whom the Lord our God will call”? Guess that throws a monkey wrench in the theology of the “man has free will” crowd huh?
Did Oral profess Christ? Absolutely! Is that enough? This portion of Scripture comes to mind as well;
Mat 7:21-23 NKJV
“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’
Apparently not all who profess Christ get a free pass, at least not according to Jesus. Guess that throws a monkey wrench in the “everyone is saved they just don’t know it” club huh?
Let’s all pray Oral was one of the elect!