Oral Roberts claimed he had a vision of a giant Jesus telling him to build a hospital When the hospital was losing $10 million/year, Roberts claimed he had another vision from giant Jesus threatened to kill him if he didn’t raise $8 million. The hospital went bankrupt being $25 million in debt.
“In 1977 Oral Roberts claimed to have a vision to build the City of Faith Medical and Research Center, which would be a successful hospital. While City of Faith was under construction between 1979 and 1981 Roberts claimed to have more visions of Jesus who encouraged him to continue the project. This included his famous vision of a 900-foot (270 m) tall Jesus in 1980. In a letter, Roberts spoke of the vision: “”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.””
The hospital accepted its first patient in November 1981. By 1986 the City of Faith was losing over 10 million dollars per year. In 1987, with costs spiraling out of control, the medical center went largely vacant. Roberts told a television audience unless he raised $8 million by March, God would “”call him home”” (a euphemism for death). The donations goal was reached but Roberts soon began looking for buyers or people to manage the facility. In 1989, only eight years after it opened, the City of Faith was $25 million in debt and Roberts closed the hospital (the last patient left on 16 October). Most of the complex was converted to office space and leased out as CityPlex Towers.”