Paula White and Donald Trump
Prosperity gospel televangelist Paula White is a longtime friend and informal faith advisor to Donald Trump. Now she’s joined the White House in an official capacity.

A popular (and controversial) televangelist who has spiritually stewarded President Trump for nearly two decades is moving into the White House as a full-time staffer.

In spite of her own controversial past, or possibly because of it, Paula White will now serve as public liaison for the Faith and Opportunity Initiative, which President Trump established in 2018 via executive order. The initiative helps faith-based organizations compete for funds meant to strengthen the institutions of civil society, the American family, and local communities.

White is a proponent of prosperity gospel, a controversial (to say the least) belief that God rewards tithing with financial blessings and favors the wealthy. In essence, give your money to wealthy preachers, and God will reward you with money in return.

Here’s a little taste of what she’s like with a microphone in hand:

P(r)ay for Salvation

President Trump has long been a fan of Paula White. After seeing her on television in 2002, Trump called her and invited her to Atlantic City and New York for private Bible studies. The two have been friends since, and White is perhaps closer to Trump than any other religious leader. White says that even before his presidential candidacy, Trump would lean on her for spiritual advice and assistance. And during his presidency, she has been one of his most vocal evangelical defenders in the public arena.

The way White tells it, the leap from being the president’s longtime spiritual adviser to praying at his 2017 inauguration, to this latest gig, is nothing short of miraculous, and yet something God himself has been working toward her entire life.

She claims God moved her to support President Trump’s campaign: “God said, ‘I have called you to shake nations.’ And I’m standing there — the most powerful nation in the world — invoking the name of Jesus.”

A Meteoric Rise – At a Cost

White’s support of Trump comes with a price, however. Her son’s church, Florida’s New Destiny Christian Center, lost hundreds of its predominantly black congregation and thousands in weekly donations. White’s son told the Washington Post that ‘her relationship with the black community got really frayed because of President Trump… she got messages from black leaders saying, ‘You betrayed us.’”

And White’s own pastoral history has been the subject of much scrutiny.

Back in 2011, Republican Sen. Charles Grassley released a report following a three-year investigation that investigated six popular American televangelists – including White. Grassley’s investigation highlighted dubious personal use of church-owned airplanes, luxury homes, and credit cards, as well as the lack of financial oversight by boards filled by friends and relatives – but no hard evidence of illegal activity. Notably, White and her then-husband Randy refused to cooperate with the investigation and the Senate Finance Committee did not have the time nor the resources to enforce subpoenas for the financial statements they requested.

In a recent interview, White blamed the ‘powers of darkness’ for launching an inquiry meant to stem the righteousness of powerful televangelists.

“They looked at the ones who moved the needle the most and had the most influence. Because they said we can’t go after one, we got to go after it and then they were like, you aren’t cooperating. We all cooperated. Jay Sekulow was my attorney then … they don’t talk about the millions of dollars you have to spend to defend yourself, never get back. The PR nightmare, all that’s going on. Then the recommendation is this, make yourself accountable to the Billy Graham Association. … I knew we were clean as a whistle.”

Does God Play Politics?

White’s signature rants, which recently included threats that American Christians who vote against Trump in 2020 will have God to answer to, also earned her the vehement opposition of the Orlando Sentinel’s editorial board.

“We’re particularly appalled — though not surprised — by Paula White. Not because she’s a conservative but because of her naked use of religion as a weapon. She’s trying to frighten believers with apocalyptic consequences if they don’t get in line behind this president. Unfortunately, the national attention on these self-promoting evangelical opportunists risks overshadowing the selfless work of Christian churches and missions that help people who are hungry, poor, sick and homeless.”

The point is well made – to say nothing of religion’s growing role in political discourse. Indeed, religion and politics have grown increasingly intertwined of late, and Paula White seems to be at the front and center of that movement. And while presidents have always hosted faith leaders at the White House, very rarely do they end up on the payroll. 

So as Paula White heads to the White House, we’re left wondering: Should faith leaders really be endorsing political candidates and suggesting that God backs their candidate of choice? Where is the line between mixing faith and politics?

13 comments

  1. Carrie says:

    Yet another self absorbed windbag, propping up a disgusting P.O.S. for a wonderbread agenda. She is lining her pockets by advising one of the most stupid people in the world that he is “protected” by her god, no matter what illegal, illogical sh*tshow he wants, while advanceing more neonazi crap….toward the dissolution of our country. Yes, that’s how I really feel!

  2. Darryl Mizer says:

    Paula White is a fraudulent. Her mission is to take money and mock the church’s mission to love Christ. I live on the West Coast of Florida. Several years ago her church came under fire for improper operation. In the beginning the couple (husband) had problems. She is the face of the church.

    Christ’s instructions were from Matthew 25:34-40. 34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36 I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ 37 Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? 38 And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? 39 And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ 40 And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers,[a] you did it to me.”

    Taking is NOT giving.

    Preachers should encourage their congregations to adopt Christ’s principles everyday.

    1. Darryl Mizer says:

      And yet the president has been following her for years. ‘nuf said.’

  3. Lord Lionheart says:

    “Preachers should encourage their congregations to adopt Christ’s principles everyday.”

    Nah… I’ll pass on that one. He’s too egotistical for me. That’s if he was ever real!

    Luke 12:47
    “And the servant, which knew his Lords will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes”

    Luke 19:27
    “But as for these enemies of mine, who did not want me to reign over them, bring them here and slaughter them before me.”

    I think my principals in that area are better than his. So….if you want to worship me, you can do, with no retribution if you decide otherwise. And, I’m still very much alive. And I promise I will not ask you to go and eat a wafer or drink some wine to remember me every week. You can save that food and wine to give to the poor.

    Lord Lionheart
    🦁♥️

  4. Secretary3rd says:

    Tithing as told to me by a brother of a Pastor from a megachurch is only mention in the Torah for those to support the Temple.
    Those pastors who use it today are lining their pockets. Paula White might be in the White House not so much as true believer in God as she is in fear from the IRS looking into wealth.

    1. Darryl Mizer says:

      Good one!!

  5. Kathryn says:

    After reading about this religious perversion and its scam artist, Paula White, I reached for the Pepto Bismol.

    1. Rev. Brien says:

      Pass the bottle around, I need a hit too, lol 🤣🤣

  6. The Doctor says:

    When the next Time of Terror takes hold, Ive little doubt it will be global, and prosperity gospel spewers will be the first to go on the chopping block.

    1. Carl Bernard Elfstrom says:

      It would be so much easier to simply light a green candle, burn some incense, and hope for the best.

      1. The Doctor says:

        Better to sit atop the mast and scream into the howling wind and see the wave that will take your ship coming, then to cower below deck and be tossed around like a rag doll when the ship gets rolled and pulled under.

      2. Darryl Mizer says:

        I agree with your sentiment except that she is poisoning “her” world-wide congregation with false teachings and accruing a massive fortune on the backs of “her” believers. She, as many, are the antithesis of Jesus’ teachings.

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