A Florida televangelist who took a job at Donald Trump's White House said in a Sunday sermon that Christians giving money to her ministry life-illuminating & # 39; visions & # 39; will receive from God.
Paula White has been close to the presidency since 2002 and says the couple once intended to open a mega-church together. She preaches the & # 39; prosperity gospel & # 39 ;, which says giving money to churches and religious goals brings health and wealth.
She prayed Sunday that the municipality would open their wallets. & # 39; Maybe that is a fifty-dollar or one-hundred-dollar sacrifice, maybe it's a thousand dollars, whatever you speak, & # 39; she said to the Almighty.
& # 39; Some of us now get a covenant seed, & # 39; she said, referring to her belief that cash donations & # 39; seeds & # 39; are those that grow into karma-like benefits that return to the giver in greater ways.
White claimed during Trump & # 39; s launch of the 2020 re-election that his opponents have a & # 39; demon network & # 39; goods. Now, since the president is closest to a spiritual mentor, she is on the government's payroll.
Paula White, the newest Trump rental in the White House Public House Liaison, held a sermon on Sunday with a prayer for people to give her a whopping $ 2,000 and a promise that God would exchange life-saving & # 39; visions & # 39; would deliver
White preaches a controversial & # 39; Prosperity Gospel & # 39; doctrine, enriching mega-churches and their predecessors by telling congregants that large money donations & # 39; seeds & # 39; are those that will grow into spiritual and material rewards
The new references from Paula White do not fit well with some in the West Wing. DailyMail.com spoke with seven self-described born-again Christians who have long been assistants, including two in senior positions. They described the decision in terms ranging from & # 39; disturbing & # 39; to & # 39; mind-expanding & # 39 ;.
The prosperity gospel is an evangelical niche doctrine that promotes donations to religious goals as a path to material wealth and physical health.
The pastors are polarizing figures in modern Christianity, but White's status at the top of their rank did not prevent Trump from inviting her to deliver the invocation at his inauguration in 2017.
Speak to the Washington examiner& # 39; White said that she and Trump made plans in 2006 to build a mega church together.
& # 39; He wanted to build a house of God, & # 39; she said. & # 39; He said, "Let's do this, let's build this before we're too old."
Trump and White, a televangelist, have been around for 18 years and now she works for the White House – a state of affairs that makes many Christians in the West Wing uncomfortable
White, Donald Trump's personal spiritual adviser, said during her call during his re-election campaign in June that the president has a & # 39; demonic network & # 39; has political opponents against him
While promoting her autobiography, White said last week that she visits the White House several times a week, and now she seems to have an office there
White claimed that Trump had hired an architect and wanted her to take over the project as soon as it was built, but a divorce from her second husband a year later put everything out of play.
She is now married to Jonathan Cain, the keyboard player of the rock band Journey. Three times married like Trump, White & # 39; s first husband left their marriage because of her affair with fellow faith generator Benny Hinn.
Trump, she said, is a quiet Christian who & # 39; does not know a Christian & # 39 ;. & # 39;
But he proposed & # 39; a crystal cathedral to God & # 39; similar to the crystal cathedral of televangelist Robert Schuller in Los Angeles. Schuller, then an active preacher, died in 2015.
Trump & # 39; s lack of command with Christian vernacular came to the fore during the 2016 campaign when he came across a reference to & # 39; two Corinthians & # 39 ;, a misconception of a novice about the New Testament Book & # 39; 2 Corinthians & # 39 ;, usually pronounced aloud as & # 39; Second Corinthians & # 39 ;. & # 39;
White told the New York Post last Saturday she is still in the Trump area and sometimes visits the White House several times a week.
The famous braggadocios Trump, she claimed, has a vulnerable side and & # 39; by no means thinks he's the perfect person & # 39 ;.
And she has never seen & # 39; the basis more energetically than now & # 39 ;, she boasted.
A White House official said on Friday that White would connect the board with religious groups, mostly of a Christian nature, as part of the Office of Public Liaison.
Paula White's third husband is Jonathan Cain, the keyboard player of the rock band Journey; she was pictured in July 2017 with her granddaughter Asher, then 1 year old
White's role in the government, the official said, is largely about communicating & # 39; deliverables & # 39; what evangelical voters care about.
These include statements about & # 39; religious freedom & # 39 ;, policies that marginalize abortion rights, and attempts to detach pastors from the tax implications of politicization – all red meat in the garden for Republicans trying to follow the Bible belt.
On Friday, for example, the Ministry of Health and Human Services announced a change to the law to protect adoption agencies that refuse to place children in same-sex couples.
& # 39; Thanks to President Trump, & # 39; said Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, hours later, "charities can care for needy children and work according to their religious beliefs and the reality that children do best in a home with a married mother and father." 39;
The intersection of religious and LGBT politics would be politically nuclear for most governments, but it is the prosperity gospel that concerns some in the West Wing.
Paula White said the prayer at the start of the Trump opening ceremony in January 2017
White spoke at a dinner for evangelical leadership in the State Dining Room of the White House on August 27, 2018
& # 39; Jesus was born poor. Jesus died poorly. Jesus was not a fan of rich people! & # 39; said a second White House official who described himself as a Presbyterian like the president.
& # 39; Every time you read about rich people in the gospel, Jesus quotes them as examples of what not to do. & # 39;
A third White House official responded to a text message about White with snark: & # 39; I left my little camel in my other pants. & # 39;
White, who writes under the name Paula White-Cain, promotes her autobiography
The gospel of Matthew contains the story of Jesus telling his disciples that entering the sky is almost impossible for the rich.
& # 39; It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone rich to enter the kingdom of God & # 39 ;, chapter 19, verse 24.
A White House spokesperson did not respond to a request for comment.
Trump enjoyed a whopping 65-point profit margin on Hillary Clinton in 2016 among white evangelical Christians. White, whom he has known since 2002, will try & # 39; keep them on the reservation & # 39 ;, said the official.
The New York Times reported for the first time that White was hired on Thursday.
White said at a meeting in Orlando, Florida Trump in June that she believed in the & # 39; power of unity & # 39; and then suggested that thousands of attendees should pray for the defeat of the president's enemies.
& # 39; I really want you to come with me here, & # 39; she prayed. & # 39; Let every evil veil of enemy deception be removed from people's eyes. & # 39;
& # 39; So now let any demonic network that has aligned itself with its purpose, against the calling of President Trump, let it break, let it be broken in the name of Jesus! & # 39; she went on. & # 39; Let the counsel of the wicked be spoiled now. & # 39;
The prosperity gospel began in revival tents where itinerant preachers bragged that financial success and physical healing awaited people who dug deep into their pockets to support God's ministry.
Faith-healing evangelist Oral Roberts oversaw a ministry that eventually surpassed $ 110 million in total annual revenue and was expanded to include a Tulsa, Oklahoma university that bears his name.
His driver and pilot, Kenneth Copeland, was a student at the University of Oral Roberts when they met. He followed in the footsteps of his teacher and planted a ministry whose success led others to take over the business from Pat Robertson, Benny Hinn and Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker.
Televangelist Kenneth Copeland, one of the original preachers of the prosperity gospel, is said to have a net worth of more than $ 300 million; he insists he has distributed around $ 25 million to help the poor – something he can only do because he is rich
Rev. Creflo Dollar is a famous & # 39; prosperity gospel & # 39; preacher who has grown immensely rich by convincing Christians to give his ministry a strong conviction that it would make them rich
Faith healer Oral Roberts is pictured during a & # 39; crusade & # 39 ;; he was one of the first regular ministers to preach what developed into the & # 39; prosperity gospel & # 39;
Paula White is one of the best known heirs of their tradition. Others include Joel Osteen and the accidentally named Creflo Dollar.
Dollar reportedly owns two Rolls-Royces, a Gulfstream III jet and houses of at least three million dollars. He has refused to disclose how much he personally earns with his Georgia-based World Changers Church International.
The Senate Committee opened an investigation in 2017 into White and five other welfare preachers about their spending. The investigation ended in 2011 without costs or fines.
White said in a 2017 profile that she made contact with Trump after he had called her randomly to praise her broadcast sermons. He told her at the time that she was the & # 39; & # 39; it & # 39; factor, & # 39; she said.
White said goodbye to her role as pastor of the mega-church City of Destiny in Apopka, Florida in May. She said she wanted to focus on opening a Christian university and planting 3,000 churches across the country.
But now she is planning Trumpism.
& # 39; I declare that President Trump will overcome any strategy from hell and any strategy from the enemy, & # 39; pray them aloud at your meeting in June, & # 39; and he will fulfill his calling and destiny. & # 39;
White said that & # 39; no weapon & # 39; could be formed & # 39; & # 39; against the president, and that it was the will of Jesus Christ that Trump was in office and would win again in 2020.