Pastor Paula White is President Donald Trump’s spiritual adviser. She also practices what is called the “prosperity gospel.”
The idea of this form of Christian grifting is that you plant a “seed” of a certain amount of money by donating to a church or pastor, and that “seed” grows and comes back and brings you riches. The whole thing sounds like a scam from the get-go, and that is exactly what it is.
Now, Pastor White is using people’s fears about the coronavirus to collect these “seeds” from Trump’s faithful.
During a video prayer session, the good preacher asked listeners to gift her a $91 “seed” for her own solo prayer service:
“Churches do so much. Not just from a humanitarian standpoint, but the greatest thing we do is bring spiritual truths that transform. What we do as ministers of the gospel is so vitally important, because every single day, we are a hospital to the sick.”
“Not necessarily the physically sick, though we also help take care of that. Many churches have health centers, etc. But we are a hospital for those who are soul-sick, those who are spiritually sick, because we bring forth the word of God, and we bring for truth that gets deep down in your soul in the way you think and you feel about things.”
This is absolutely despicable at a time when people are frightened, their paychecks are drying up, and businesses are shutting down. People don’t even know how they are going to feed their families, yet here Paula White is, relying on her position as Trump’s spiritual adviser, to grift away.
White now runs Paula White Ministry, while letting her daughter and son-in-law run her Florida church. She added in the video:
“Maybe you’d like to sow a $91 seed, and that’s just putting your faith with Psalm 91. Or maybe $9. Or whatever God tells you to do. If you want to be a blessing to Paula White Ministry or City of Destiny. We would love for you to help us and stand with us. We’d love for you to stand with your church. Don’t forget: Now is not the time to abandon your covenant with God. It’s a time that you go deeper. Stand with your pastor.”
And this is why so many people are skeptical of religion these days. Far from all preachers run this particular version of con artistry and call it faith, but Paula White sure does, and she has the ear of the President. No pun intended, but God help us all.
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Shannon Barber is a progressive queer feminist and budding political scientist. She is passionate about issues of social justice, including but not limited to racial equality, criminal justice reform, pro-Black politics, and LGBTQ equality. She hopes to change the world, one mind at a time.