Paula White was recorded praying to take authority over “the marine kingdom, the animal kingdom,” and that all “satanic pregnancies” miscarry.
Wait, what? Yes. She prayed it.
It was recorded out of context by Right Wing Watch, a group that loves to offer up raw meat to progressives. But this one confused even conservatives, and most Christians.
Wanting to understand before I went off half cocked to collect White’s scapl, I went looking for something to put the prayer in context, and found this.
If you travel down this dark tunnel of spiritual warfare (I don’t recommend it), you’ll find all kinds of experiences by people who are genuine in their faith. Chances are, you’ll also emerge very confused.
Let me be transparent: I am a full-gospel charismatic pentecostal believer in Christ. I believe everything in the Bible, including speaking in tongues, the gifts of the Holy Spirit (distinct from the fruit of the Spirit), prophecy, rhema words, visions, dreams, angelic visitations, divine healing, miracles–all of it. I am also absolutely convinced that Paula White does not hear from God.
White preaches in all kinds of metaphors and delves into all kinds of experiences others have had, transforming them into some kind of doctrine to be prayed and offered back to God. Maybe there is something to be gleaned from spiritual battles in underwater experiences. Maybe there is some lesson in how witchcraft uses “familiar spirits” and “animal spirits.” But it’s not part of the Gospel, and it should not be publicly taught.
The Bible is very clear on this kind of speech. Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 14:9, “Unless you speak intelligible words with your tongue, how will anyone know what you are saying? You will just be speaking into the air.” He was speaking about tongues (heavenly language), but he also relates it to speaking things that the hearer cannot understand.
Jesus spoke in parables most of the time, but he admonished his disciples in John 16:25, “a time is coming when I will no longer use this kind of language but will tell you plainly about my Father.” The Gospel itself has plain speech–Jesus, crucified, died for our sin, and was resurrected on the third day.
In 2 Corinthians 2, Paul wrote:
When I came to you, I did not come with eloquence or human wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God. For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. I came to you in weakness with great fear and trembling. My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power.
Paula White comes with all kinds of weird doctrines that are not found in the Bible. She preaches and teaches a “name it claim it” word of faith Christianity that frequently leaves its adherents with neither faith nor bounty. She acts like a rich businesswoman, but speaks of all kinds of supernatural events as if everyone should have them.
I was saved when I was 34 years old, as a lifelong believer in Judaism. I found Christ against my own will. As C.S. Lewis wrote, “I gave in, and admitted that God was God, and knelt and prayed: perhaps, that night, the most dejected and reluctant convert in all England. I did not then see what is now the most shining and obvious thing; the Divine humility which will accept a convert even on such terms.”
He continued, “The words ‘compelle intrare,’ compel them to come in, have been so abused be wicked men that we shudder at them; but, properly understood, they plumb the depth of the Divine mercy. The hardness of God is kinder than the softness of men, and His compulsion is our liberation.”
This is spoken plainly: God will take plain words and make them pierce the hearts of those to whom He has directed them. He will take Biblical doctrines, explained as anyone can understand, and let those “with hearing ears” be able to interpret it. We do not need preachers praying about the “marine kingdom” and “satanic pregnancies.”
I know what Paula White meant. I hold no ill will against her. She speaks like so many preachers who are in love with the sound of their own voices above the Voice of He who gives life to the dead. She meant that the Lord will cast down ALL vain imaginations, and the plans of the devil amount to nothing in His everlasting and all powerful light. Then why doesn’t she simply pray that, or just offer Scripture in her prayer?
She prays like someone who holds secret, gnostic knowledge of how the kingdom of satan operates. Who cares? It operates on lies, fear, and doubt. The Bible is pretty clear about how the enemy works–Jesus was tempted three times, and in no case did he say, “Lucifer, I know how you operate, so I come against the animal kingdom, the marine kingdom, and I command all your pregnancies to miscarry.” Paula White prays like she knows better than Jesus.
White is an example of how preachers–television ones especially–can lead immature, baby believers down all kinds of dark and faith-sapping paths. Whether you think she’s a heretic is irrelevant to my point (she very well may be). She’s not a good representative of Christ and the Gospel.
The Bible says that God is not the author of confusion, yet White confuses and confounds even the most mature Christians with her words. She isn’t hearing them from God.
Paula White should not be advising President Trump. She should not be anywhere near the White House. She tingles all of the president’s worst faith beliefs (look at Norman Vincent Peale’s heresies). Worst of all, White presents a terrible look to unbelievers, driving them further from the compelling, convicting, simple words of the Gospel.
White needs to go.