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Noted televangelist Pat Robertson has claimed that a prayer he made recently on the air was answered for one of his viewers.
A couple weeks ago on an episode of the long-running program "The 700 Club," the founder and chairman of the Christian Broadcasting Network prayed that a given member of his viewing audience would receive a much needed million dollars.
On the Monday episode for "The 700 Club," Robertson spoke of the million-dollar prayer succeeding, as someone identified only as "a businessman" apparently got a check for that amount.
"The Lord gave me the other day a word of knowledge that somebody was getting a million dollars … Remember?" said Robertson.
"I talked to a businessman a couple days ago and he said, 'You know, you have that word?' I said, 'Yeah.' He said, 'I'm just getting a check for $1.1 million from BP unexpectedly.' They just, his income went down at a particular point of time in the Gulf and they were paying off anybody who had a dip in income."
On Thursday, Feb. 28, Robertson told viewers that "some needy person" was going to receive a million dollars, echoing the assumptions of the controversial prosperity gospel.
"Just speak the word, touch people's lives. God is going to supply a million dollars. Somebody is praying right now, right this second you're praying for a million dollars," said Robertson.
"God has said I have heard your prayer, I know your need and I'm going to supply the need that you've requested. It's done, in Jesus' name."
Not long before that Robertson gained headlines for telling a viewer that she should pray over some clothes she bought from Goodwill so as to exorcise any possible demons.
"Can demonic spirits attach themselves to inanimate objects? The answer is yes. But I don't think every sweater you get from Goodwill has demons in it," said Robertson.
Earlier this month, BP announced that they would be establishing a settlement funding program for the benefit of New Orleans business owners who were affected by the 2010 Gulf oil spill.
According to a press release, Legal-Bay LLC, The Lawsuit Settlement Funding Company, is overseeing the program and specifically focusing on businesses.
"We have begun spreading the word to the New Orleans business market that we are here to help any businesses that need funding today for operations and are waiting for their B.P. settlement check," said Chris Janish, CEO of Legal-Bay, in a statement.
"Our commitment to this region which has been hit hard by both Katrina and B.P. is by spending large dollars to market our products to businesses in New Orleans, and more importantly by funding large amounts to these businesses that simply can't wait any longer."