Paula White and the Horror of American Christianity

By Paul Koch

Holy sh*t! Did you hear Paula White’s opening prayer for the official launch of Trump’s 2020 campaign for re-election? To say that it was theologically unsound would be a gross understatement. To say that it was a cringe-worthy reading and application of the Word of God would be closer to the point. To say that it was a willful leading of faithful Christians into heresy would not be inaccurate. To say that it was a good indicator for much that passes for Christianity in this great country would be right on target.

Go ahead and watch the video, and let’s dive into her prayer together.

She quotes a lot of Scripture throughout her prayer, or at least throws out a bunch of Bible verses for reference points. Now, I don’t have any problem praying for our president; we pray for him in our congregation every Sunday, just as we did for Obama when he was in office. But she isn’t just petitioning for God to guide our temporal leader in wisdom and understanding and for protection of the church. Oh no, this lady goes to a whole new level.

She quotes a quick succession of Psalms to create the image of Trump’s role in our age, punctuated with Psalm 2:1-4, which reads,

Why do the nations conspire

    and the peoples plot in vain?

The kings of the earth rise up

    and the rulers band together

    against the Lord and against his anointed, saying,

“Let us break their chains

    and throw off their shackles.”

The One enthroned in heaven laughs;

    the Lord scoffs at them.

The emphasis was hers, not mine. She misses the fundamental key to reading any text from the Word of God. The center is not us; it isn’t our leaders; it certainly isn’t Trump, but Christ and Christ alone. To read the Word this way is to virtually guarantee that you will read it wrong. You will read yourself or your desires or your political party into the text and pervert it at its core.

She really hits her stride when she quotes Ephesians 6:12, which reads,

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

Here she has unabashedly aligned the struggle of the faithful and persecuted children of God (to whom St. Paul is writing in these verses) with the platform of President Trump. He then becomes a suffering servant who struggles on our behalf. This doesn’t even make sense from the text of Scripture. In fact, Paula White’s very use of this text could be used as an example of such a scheming attack of the devil and a force of evil in the lives of God’s children.

At some point it is ridiculous to even keep straight who Trump is running against. She declares that he will overcome “every strategy form hell and every strategy from the enemy.” Which I suppose is the Democratic party? Really?

Over an again she equates the role of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ with the President of the United States (well, this particular President). The division between the right and left hand kingdom is gone and political parties have captured the Word of God for their own benefit. Perhaps the worst part is that she seems to really believe this nonsense. And so do a lot of others.

Now look, I sort of like my president. I’ll most likely vote for him in 2020. But please, for the love of God, can we all stop listening to Paula White?

5 thoughts on “Paula White and the Horror of American Christianity

  1. Yes, Paula White is a heretic. She improperly mixes Church and State, as many Evangelicals do. But she and they are right about one thing: a President, whether Christian or not, can serve as a tool for God to bless a nation.

    Conservative Lutherans who try to keep politics at arm’s length overlook something very impotant: our task, at least in part, is to serve as a light in the darkness. If you do not recognize that the leftist agenda, which the Democrat party has bought wholly into (decades ago, I have observed) is a Satanic attack against Christianity specifically and society as a whole, then you are walking with blinders on.

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  2. Your observations about Paula White’s opening prayer are accurate. Sadly enough, the state of the land is dismal. It is not the first time that the Bible has been misused in an invocation, nor will it be the last. We Christians are spiritual people living in a political and secular world. I hear clergy from liberal denominations asking for God’s blessings on same sex couples, although it is contrary to Holy Writ. A politician recently said she was praying hard that the expanded pro-abortion legislation would pass to “protect” the rights of women, yet her prayers were essentially in favor of infanticide.
    Donald Trump and his frequent tweets annoy the Left. They hate anyone who is vocally in opposition to their dangerous and wicked values, and use their media arsenal to intimidate and destroy whomever gets in their way. I live in essentially a one party state, NY, with Democrats pushing and passing legislation to advance a misguided and evil progressive agenda. They are very wicked people. It cannot be any longer said they are merely misguided. It is pure evil to promote the late term murder of children in the womb, and kill off those who survive the procedure by leaving them to die on a stainless steel table. This is what the Democrats want, and there are no reported or viable opposition voices within their ranks.
    Trump, a flawed president, is not our only hope, or our savior. But voting for him in 2020 is the only choice for a Christian voter who cares about the country. God save America. The days are evil. Wickedness bounds.

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