The Televangelist That Is Praying For Trump At His Inauguration Is Shady AF
Several faith leaders will participate while Donald Trump while Donald Trump is inaugurated, but one, televangelist Paula White, has been investigated by the U.S. Senate regarding her questionable fundraising practices.
Televangelists crawl out of the woodwork for Trump
White, who’s been divorced twice, is pastor of New Destiny Christian Center, and she’s scheduled to participate in Trump’s swearing-in ceremony along with New York Archbishop Timothy Cardinal Dolan and The Rev. Dr. Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, according to CNN.
In a 2011 inquiry conducted by the Senate Finance Committee in 2011, White and five other televangelists were investigated for their spending habits, but it ended with no penalties for the so-called “prosperity preachers.”
But the audit did report that White’s former church, Without Walls International, hauled in $150 million between 2004 and 2006. White and her then-husband owned a private airplane, several multi-million-dollar properties, and even a $3.5 million Trump Tower condo.
White encouraged people to partner with her church—for a monthly fee, of course—and peddled DVDs of her sermons for $50 apiece, and that afforded her a lavish lifestyle.
Prosperity preachers, labeled as heretics by some Christians, promote the idea that material wealth and prosperity are approved and welcomed by God. It’s not unusual for these people to encourage others to join their church, which, of course, means they must pay “seed money” in order to build their own prosperity.
Betsy Woodruff, writing for The Daily Beast, reports:
“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.”
And White, who has a huge audience, has been a major Trump supporter for years—even organizing a summit with other televangelists early on in his campaign. Her very presence at the inauguration strongly indicates that Trump’s White House will harbor some Christian right-wing extremists.
What’s the best way to get rich, according to these preachers? By giving them money. How very convenient! You can pad the collection plate by making a “seed offering” and, according to White and her cohorts, God will rain that money right down on you.
White’s website guarantees that these seed offerings mean you’ll hear from God. Immediately.
“When we receive your seed we have a very powerful Word from the Lord that we will send to you,” her site says. “We want to show our Gratitude to you and to help you grow in your Attitude of Gratitude.”
And God’s Word comes from on high, or in other words, the internet—via download—unless your seed is $50 or more. In that case, your Word of the Lord will bless you with five DVDs.
Some people find this a bit shady, including Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), who’s a ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee. He and his staff pored over White’s finances, as well as those of other televangelists for three years. However, they found no definitive proof of wrongdoing.
But this apparently doesn’t concern Trump, and on CNN, he described her glowingly:
“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,” he said. “She has amazing insight, the ability to deliver that message clearly, as well as powerfully.”
And White seems to feel the same way about Trump, and has described him as “a diamond that reveals a new facet each time it is turned in the light.” And as he campaigned she extolled his saintly virtues.
“I can absolutely tell you that Mr. Trump has a relationship with God,” she told Politico earlier this year. “He is a Christian, he accepts Jesus as his Lord and savior.”
It’s likely the back-patting fest will continue at Trump’s inauguration.
Trump’s rich, so God loves him. White’s rich, so God loves her too. And apparently God really, really loves money. At least according to these two.
In the video below, White discusses Trump’s God-love.
Screencap courtesy of Lightening News/YouTube