Religion: Deadline from God

Almighty God, says a handsome, snappily dressed Oklahoman, has personally asked him, in audible tones, to win a million souls by July 1, 1956. This theophanous request—especially with a deadline—might give pause to many a lesser man, but it is made to order for the special talents of the Rev. Oral Roberts, 37-year-old evangelist and faith healer and the U.S.'s newest religious comet.

Almost 2,000,000 people in the U.S. and South Africa have already heard Roberts' orotund voice, been exposed to his high-pressure evangelism. He has conducted 20 successful crusades, set up regular...

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