Marion G. Pat Robertson (1930- ) is one of the most famous and most powerful television preachers in the United States. He lived as an itinerant Pentecostal preacher until he founded the Christian Broadcasting Network in 1961. As host of CBN's signature "700 Club" show, Robertson established himself as the country's premier spokesman for charismatic Pentecostalism and Christian fundamentalism.
A common problem for television preachers is maintaining financial stability - television is very expensive, after all. To help him succeed where so many others had failed, Robertson developed his own version of the Faith Formula, which he called the Kingdom Principle. Whereas the Faith Formula promised the faithful that, because they were Christians, they would be rewarded in this life, Robertson's Kingdom Principle turned things around slightly.
Robertson promised his viewers that their contributions which helped him continue would be multiplied not only as rewards for them here on Earth, but also in Heaven. Evidently, God and Robertson have a banking scheme going whereby viewer investments in Robertson's operation are subject to Divine Compound Interest.
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