Many conservative Christians are angry with President-elect Donald Trump’s selection of a “prosperity gospel” televangelist who will be delivering a prayer at his inauguration.
According to The Washington Examiner, Trump sparked outrage after he announced Paula White, a controversial pastor at the New Destiny Christian Center, will be joining Franklin Graham, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Rabbi Marvin Hier and other religious leaders at the January 20 inauguration.
“I’d rather a Hindu pray on Inauguration Day and not risk the souls of men, than one whose heresy lures in souls with promises of comfort only to damn them in eternity,” wrote Erick Erickson, an outspoken conservative Christian. “At least no one would mistake a Hindu, a Buddhist, or an atheist with being a representative of Christ’s kingdom.”
“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,” wrote Paula Bolyard, a conservative Christian blogger for PJ Media.
In 2007, White and her Florida church were placed under investigation by the U.S. Senate for “shady” fundraising practices.
Criticism of White and her church can be seen in an article by Betsy Woodruff of the Daily Beast:
“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.
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.”
According to a 2007 report by the Tampa Tribune, White earned up to $80,000 a week, owns expensive homes, and even an apartment in Trump Tower.