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  • Shady Pastor to Pray With Trump at Inauguration

    Paula White has spent her life taking money from gullible people in the name of religion. And thanks to Trump, she’ll be taking her road show to the inauguration. In 2007, TV preacher Paula White got investigated by the U.S. Senate for her shady fundraising practices.

    Ten years later, she will pray at Donald Trump’s inauguration.

    Yes, really.

    White is a televangelist with a huge audience and a knack for stirring controversy. She’s been a Trump booster for years, and she helped organize a summit for him in the early days of his presidential campaign with other televangelists. Her presence at the inauguration is a very strong indicator that Trump’s White House will be a safe space for the Christian right’s most controversial characters.

    Think of Paula White’s ministry as the church version of Trump University. She preaches the prosperity gospel, an approach to Christianity that is, shall we say, unorthodox. Prosperity-gospel preachers teach that God wants people to be rich, and that he makes them wealthy as a sign of his blessing and favor; the richer you are, the more God loves you.

    Because, you know, Jesus wore wingtips and a Rolex.

    These preachers also teach that the way to become wealthy is—you guessed it!—by giving them money. If you make a “seed offering”—and the bigger the better—then preachers like White say the Lord will repay your generosity with bounteous riches.

    White’s website promises that such seed offerings will help givers get immediate word from God.

    “When we receive your seed we have a very powerful Word from the Lord that we will send to you,” the site says. “We want to show our Gratitude to you and to help you grow in your Attitude of Gratitude.”

    The Word from the Lord, in this case, is delivered via internet download, unless your seed is $50 or more, in which case you’ll get your Word of the Lord in the form of five DVDs.

    If you think this sounds shady, you’re not alone. As ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and his staff spent three years scrutinizing the finances of White and a handful of other prosperity-gospel-preaching televangelists. Investigators didn’t find any definitive proof of wrongdoing.

    While Grassley was investigating White, Trump was praising her. CNN quoted him in a broadcast aired Nov. 26, 2007, describing her in glowing terms.

    “Paula White is not only a beautiful person, both inside and out, she has a significant message to offer anyone who will tune in and pay attention,” Trump said. “She has amazing insight, the ability to deliver that message clearly, as well as powerfully.”

    White has expressed similar sentiments about Trump, once describing him as “a diamond that reveals a new facet each time it is turned in the light.”

    And during Trump’s campaign, she vouched for his saintliness.

    “I can absolutely tell you that Mr. Trump has a relationship with God,” she told Politico in July of this year.
    “He is a Christian, he accepts Jesus as his Lord and savior.”

    As The Daily Beast detailed last year, the overlap between Trump’s and White’s message is glaring. One of the sermons for sale on her website is called “Why God Wants You Wealthy.” Trump, meanwhile, wrote a book titled Why We Want You to Be Rich. Trump and God both. Why aren’t you rich already?

    At Trump’s inauguration, she’ll fit right in.

    Source: Shady Pastor to Pray With Trump at Inauguration

  • #2
    Trump must think white has some special connection with God. This shows me trump still needs to become a "Follower of Jesus Christ" We need to pray Trump will bow before Christ and make Him Lord.
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    • #3
      Yeah, when someone whose credibility is suspect tells us that someone else is a Christian, you must question the report.

      Of course whether someone is a Christian is ultimately between them and God, but we will certainly be able to see evidence of it should this person display any of fruits of the Spirit.
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      • #4
        President-elect Donald Trump continued to make unorthodox decisions on the way to the Oval Office, and some Christian leaders are not happy about one such choice he made. Paula White has been invited to deliver a prayer at the inauguration ceremony alongside other religious leaders.

        White is a proponent of the “prosperity gospel” which says faith is rewarded with material possessions and wealth, but many Evangelical Christians consider this to be a heretical teaching.

        Conservative Christian Erick Erickson was very vocal in his opposition to White, writing, “Paula White is a trinity denying heretic. She rejects the Council of Nicaea’s creed that every Christian accepts. To reject the orthodoxy of the Nicene Creed is to reject Christianity itself.“

        The Washington Examiner listed other objections from Christian leaders:
        “Paula White is a charlatan and recognized as a heretic by every orthodox Christian, of whatever tribe,” echoed Russell Moore of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission.


        “Paula White has a long history of bankruptcies, failed business ventures, and unsuccessful marriages, which makes her the perfect choice to deliver a prayer on behalf a president-elect who has proudly proclaimed that he’s never felt the need to ask forgiveness from God for anything,” complained Paula Bolyard in a post…


        White has been a long-time friend and supporter of Trump, whose own religiosity has been questioned by some critics. They cite his odd answers about who Jesus Christ is, whether he’s ever asked God for forgiveness, and his stumbling over quoting the second epistle to the Corinthians from the Bible as evidence that he is exaggerating the importance of Bible teachings in his life.

        Supporters like “Duck Dynasty” star Phil Robertson excuse Trump’s religious shortcomings by comparing him to his political opponents and competitors. Former Minnesotan Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann says outright that God has “raised up” Donald Trump to the office.

        The inauguration for President-elect Trump will be held on January 20th. So far there is no indication Trump will change his plans to have Paula White pray at the ceremony.
        Source: Christian leaders say Trump’s inauguration preacher is a ‘heretic’ and ‘charlatan’ – TheBlaze
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        • #5
          God can use anyone or thing to reach out to you or anyone else. Even White can be used by God in spite of her twisted faith. White is like some other well known TV evangelists who reject the Trinity. But they seem to excape under the radar of other Christians.

          We can pray God will open Trumps heart ans use Trump to accomplish His will. BY the way we can pray for White too.


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          • #6
            Last week the Presidential Inauguration Committee announced that Paula White, Senior Pastor of the New Destiny Christian Center in Apopka, Florida, would take part in the swearing-in ceremony of President-elect Donald Trump. Several prominent Christian leaders and writers took issue with White’s invitation because they are concerned about her theology receiving mainstream attention.

            Writing at The Resurgent, Erick Erickson proclaimed White to be a “Trinity-denying heretic” and said he would rather have a Hindu pray at the inauguration than a person who claims to believe in Jesus but doesn’t really, and who would thus would lead many astray. He linked to a video of White arguing that Jesus was not the only-begotten Son of God and showed that the earliest Christian creeds and councils condemned what she teaches as heresy and outside the bounds of Christian orthodoxy.

            The Washington Post ran an opinion piece by Westminster Seminary California professor Michael Horton who takes issue with White’s promotion of the prosperity gospel and positive thinking movement. He gives a history of this movement, along with its emphasis on Christians becoming “little gods” and promotion of “seed faith,” a financial commitment that people must give to release God’s blessings in their lives. Horton acknowledges that there is no test of orthodoxy for the office of the Presidency, but is concerned about the platform White is receiving to bring the prosperity gospel into the mainstream.

            White responded to the accusations this morning, saying she believes in the Trinity and full divinity of Jesus. She also said the Bible is the source of her theology and teaching because it is “inerrant and God’s truth.”

            This year's dustup is not the first time those chosen to pray at the inauguration have sparked controversy. In 2009, columnists on the left criticized President Obama’s decision to ask Rick Warren, Pastor at Saddleback Church and author of The Purpose Driven Life, to pray at his first inauguration. After President Obama invited Passion City Church Pastor and leader of the Passion Movement Louie Giglio to pray in 2013, audio surfaced of a sermon from the 1990’s in which he identified homosexuality as a sin. The backlash led Giglio to turn down the invitation because he was concerned that the controversy would dwarf whatever he might say in his prayer.

            The controversy over White’s invitation is different from that surrounding Warren and Giglio because it is coming from conservative Christians instead of more liberal organizations and focuses on the seeming rejection of Christian orthodoxy rather than the embrace of Christian teaching on marriage.

            Source: Scott Slayton - Christian News Headlines
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