A 900-foot-tall Jesus Christ assured Oral Roberts his massive City of Faith project will be built, Roberts says in a fund-raising letter recently brought to light by one of his detractors.
Roberts says in his letter that on May 25th he spoke to Jesus who said "I told you that I would speak to your partners and, through them, I would build it!" Partners is the term Roberts applies to the donors who have given millions to raise the Tulsa hospital, the tallest building in the city.
The hospital has been criticized as unneeded in the area.
Dr. C.T. Thompson, a Tulsa physician who openly opposes the project, said Wednesday he mailed copies of the letter to several Oklahoma newspapers with tongue-in-cheek recommendations that the May 25th meeting deserves news coverage.
Thompson said the vision was either a highly news-worthy event or the product of imagination or fraud.
Thompson called Roberts letter "but one of many epistles from Mr. Roberts. Most proclaim some miracle or other, but nearly all speak of great crisis in the financing of the City of Faith."
Roberts was reportedly out of town and couldn't be reached for comment. But Dr. George Stovall, executive vice president of ORU and the Oral Roberts Association said of the vision, "What he said he saw, he saw.
He said Roberts has said in the past that God speaks to him. "This is the same type thing. Oral related it to me. He was extremely emotional. It was a real experience."
Stovall said Thompson's letter is a gesture from the "other side of the fence" on the City of Faith issue.
According to the letter forwarded by Thompson, Roberts says he encountered Jesus at 7 p.m. as Roberts stood praying in front of the City of Faith in south Tulsa. He said it was the second time he had met him.
In the letter, Roberts told his partners, "I felt an overwhelming holy presence all around me. When I opened my eyes, there He stood...some 900 feet tall, looking at me; His eyes...Oh! His eyes! He stood a full 300 feet taller than the 600 foot tall City of Faith."
"There I was face to face with Jesus Christ, the Son of the Living God," Roberts continued.
"I have only seen Jesus once before, but here I was face to face with the King of Kings. He stared at me without saying a word; Oh! I will never forget those eyes! And then he reached down, put His hands under the City of Faith, lifted it, and said to me, 'See how easy it is for me to lift it! Roberts said.
Roberts told his partners that he told Jesus he had taken the City of Faith as far as he could.
Jesus' reply, according to Roberts, was: "I told you at the beginning that you would not be able to build it yourself I told you that I would speak to your partners and , through them, I would build it!"
Roberts said that Jesus assured Roberts that through the partners the City of Faith would be finished.
Roberts said that about the time of his encounter, a young man came from the edge of the construction site towards Roberts.
Roberts said he related his experiences and conversation with Jesus to the young man who Roberts said "to this day I am not sure whether he was a man or an angel."
Roberts told his partners that they can help by "stopping first and praying for me, right now; then by listening in your to what Jesus is speaking inside you about obedience; next: by giving a PRECIOUS SEED this week to help me pay the bills in September for the first of the big equipment that is now arriving."
Roberts in the letter reminded his supporters that they would do well to obey Christ.
"If you will obey," Roberts wrote, "it will not be difficult to finish the second half of the City of Faith."