Thursday, November 29, 2007

Richard Roberts - God Told Him....

According to an Arkansas Newspaper and Associated Press:

Bible Belt Blogger: Richard Roberts: God told me to quit

Roberts Says God Forced His Resignation

By JUSTIN JUOZAPAVICIUS
Associated Press Writer

TULSA, Okla. (AP) - Richard Roberts told students at Oral Roberts University Wednesday that he did not want to resign as president of the scandal-plagued evangelical school, but he did so because God insisted. Roberts told students in the university's chapel that God told him on Thanksgiving that he should resign the next day.

Roberts said he resisted the idea, and that "every ounce of my flesh said 'no,'" but he prayed over the decision with his wife, Lindsay Roberts, and his father, Oral Roberts, and decided to step down.

A lawsuit accuses Roberts of lavish spending at a time when the university faced more than $50 million in debt. On Tuesday, the founder of a Christian office and education supply store chain pledged $70 million to help the university.

Roberts has previously said that God told him to deny the allegations. The week the lawsuit was filed, Richard Roberts said that God told: "We live in a litigious society. Anyone can get mad and file a lawsuit against another person whether they have a legitimate case or not. This lawsuit ... is about intimidation, blackmail and extortion."

I suppose I could believe that God told him to quit until the whole thing was cleared up, but why would God have to tell Richard Roberts to deny the allegations if he was innocent anyways? Does Roberts really think God might have told him to plead guilty even if he was innocent?

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