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Oral Roberts Fund-Raising Controversy 1987 Popular evangelist Oral Roberts made headlines during a televised fund-raiser in January 1987. Roberts announced that if his current fund-raising campaign failed to reach its $8-million goal by March that 'God would call him home.' It was unclear whether the 69-year-old preacher meant that he would commit suicide or if God would take his life. Roberts (shown here in a photo taken seven months before his death in 2009) was widely mocked for his tactics. An atheist group encouraged people to withhold donations 'to see what happens.' Despite the adverse publicity, Roberts' 1987 fund-raiser netted $9.1 million in donations.
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Added: 16th December 2009
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Posted By: Lava1964
Posted by: Pfc on 2009-12-16 
I guess the timing on the posting of this could have been better. I'm sure mud can be found on most people who recently pass away.
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2009-12-16 
People immediately thought of Chappaquiddick when Ted Kennedy passed away earlier this year. I'm sure a lot of people recalled this odd incident when Oral Roberts died a few days ago.
Posted by: Classico on 2009-12-16 
It's so ironic that Jesus lived in poverty, demanded the same of his followers, and loved everyone. But so many of his preachers today like Roberts lived in luxury and felt what they had wasn't good enough. I could say more about his shaky past but would rather not as that is well known.
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