President Donald Trump’s personal pastor Paula White, whom he has known since the early 2000s, took on a tremendous amount of backlash over the weekend for a sermon she gave earlier this month calling on Satanic pregnancies to miscarry.
White was not clear in her sermon what she meant by that — whether there were specific instances of the devil impregnating individuals, or whether a person’s sinful conduct resulted in them being “Satanic” was left vague. But her comments drew strong condemnation from many on and off social media, TIME reported.
In her sermon, White asked Jesus to cause certain pregnancies she described as “Satanic” to miscarry, to prevent them from carrying out “any plan of destruction, any plan of harm.”
“We command all satanic pregnancies to miscarry right now” — Special Adviser to the White House Faith and Opportunity Initiative Paula White pic.twitter.com/gtdZyGfkxy
— Guthrie Graves-Fitzsimmons (@GuthrieGF) January 25, 2020
“We command all satanic pregnancies to miscarry right now,” she said earlier this month.
Because of the backlash to her words, White responded on Twitter Sunday morning to set the record straight…except, her explanation wasn’t all that convincing.
“I don’t normally respond but clearly this has been taken out of context. I was praying Eph 6:12 that we wrestle not against flesh and blood,” she wrote.
Rather than saying that she wanted literal miscarriages, White says her words were meant to be taken metaphorically — but there’s no indication from her sermon that was meant to be the case. A person stumbling upon her words would not be faulted for thinking her prayer to be a literal call for causing harm to unborn children she believed were conceived in a supposedly “Satanic” way.
What a “Satanic” pregnancy is, of course, is up to anyone’s interpretation.
Ephesians 6:12 is part of a larger portion of Ephesians chapter 6, that details the Armor of God. However, it makes no mention about Satanic pregnancies, and only discusses the devil/Satan once, telling followers to “put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes,” according to the New International Version of the Bible.