Oral Roberts Dies At Age 91. I grew up in Oklahoma, about an hour from Tulsa, and I remember as a child watching his healing services on TV, things like this:
Even then I was both weirded out and fascinated. Still am, though in a Flannery O’Connor kind of way. What are we to make of this?
Here is what I think: First, the little boy showed no expression of surprise or wonder or joy at being able to walk again, which makes me skeptical of the miracle. But the people watching DID. I think for Christians who have no sacraments, something has to rush in, some kind of alternative intersection of the supernatural into the natural. Miracles, divine interventions, mystical experiences, God speaking directly, etc. They are pale substitutes, though, for the true incursion of supernatural power into the world, namely, the Word and Sacraments.