Four prominent pastors came under harsh criticism last week for promoting the new book of President Trump’s spiritual advisor Paula White, who is also on Trump’s evangelical advisory board. The ire directed at Franklin Graham (son of Billy Graham), former Southern Baptist Convention President Jack Graham (no relation), Greg Laurie, and Robert Jeffress for their promotion of White was well deserved.
An article at The Gospel Coalition highlights some of the disqualifying aspects of White’s ministry, the most egregious of which include unrepentant adultery and a fundraising video made by White in 2016 in which she suggests that giving her $1,144 could result in salvation.
“There’s someone that God is speaking to, to click on that donation button by minimizing the screen. And when you do to sow $1,144. It’s not often I ask very specifically but God has instructed me and I want you to hear. This isn’t for everyone but this is for someone. When you sow that $1,144 based on John 11:44 I believe for resurrection life.”
The video has been removed from YouTube, but The Christian Post reports that White went on to offer those who couldn’t afford the $1,144 “resurrection seed” prayer cloths that could heal them and bring about other miracles.
“You say, ‘Paula, I just don’t have [$1,144]’, then sow $144. ‘I don’t have that.’ Sow $44. But stand on John chapter 11:44. And when you do, there are prayer cloths that we have anointed that we have prayed over, that are going to be a point of contact.
“In Acts 19, the Bible says, Paul prayed over these prayer cloths and they brought forth special miracles, signs and wonders. There have been times that I have taken prayer cloths that have been anointed as a point of contact. I put them in my loved one’s sneakers, I put them under their bed. I put them on parts of my body that I believe God for healing.”
Sadly, such heresy is not out of character for White, who calls fellow prosperity gospel preacher T.D. Jakes her “spiritual father.”
Another particularly egregious example of the overtly non-Christian nature of White’s ministry is when her co-pastor and husband Jonathan Cain promoted pornography to the women in the congregation that they would discover what their husbands like sexually. White laughed along with the crowd before stating that while she and Cain aren’t advocating for anyone to get addicted to porn, people do need to educate themselves. This is supposedly a church service to give glory to the creator of the universe and redeemer of sinners.
By any Biblical standard of orthodoxy, Paula White is a false teacher. She is a swindler who has gotten rich by selling people false promises of health and wealth, and she blasphemes the character of Christ every she uses His name to do so. White should hold no influence among Christians.
Her position as head of the president’s evangelical advisory board has clearly had a corrupting effect. While Laurie and Franklin Graham have since deleted their endorsements, Jeffress and Jack Graham maintain theirs. Jack Graham and Jeffress are both outspoken advocates of President Trump. White’s proximity to Trump as his personal spiritual advisor is undoubtedly influencing them toward compromise with the prosperity gospel. That’s to their shame, but it’s also an important reminder that White never should have been elevated to her position of influence in the first place.
White must renounce and repent of her past false teachings and of trading the Gospel for perishing dollars. In the meantime, for the sake of the Church, Paula White should be removed from her position on President Trump’s evangelical advisory board and from any other position of influence she has in any organization that professes Christ.