I was not prepared for how much I would learn, be blessed, and receive encouragement from reading Roberts Liardon’s God’s Generals: The Healing Evangelists. I have no doubt that you will, too. The title of God’s Generals is an apt one for the particular people Roberts has chosen to describe. Although these “generals” are largely from the Pentecostal and charismatic sector of the Christian church, they have impacted countless millions of people from every theological and ecclesiastical position. Although I myself was brought up in a different tradition, I have been blessed profoundly by men like those described in this volume. Oral Roberts actually wrote forewords for two of my own books, and he graciously entertained my wife, Louise, and me in his home a few years before he went to heaven.
Some readers may not know that Roberts Liardon was actually named after Oral Roberts, one of the generals of this book. Roberts Liardon’s parents were charter members of Oral Roberts University. He was the first male child to come from that charter class! Oral himself wanted to help name the baby and they all came up with the name Kenneth Roberts Liardon.
Roberts is the principal of the International Bible Institute of London. This institute is part of the ministry of Kensington Temple, of which my close friend Colin Dye is the Senior Pastor.
Mr. Liardon has done a remarkable job in his research. He has uncovered details that have been remained hidden until now. What is more impressive is that he has not glossed over facts that don’t always show his subjects in a good light. He gives praise when it is due but reminds all of us that even the best of men are men at best.