Paula White, the spiritual adviser to former President Donald Trump, says she doesn’t care that some Christians have criticized her work with Trump.
According to The Christian Post, in a Jan. 17 sermon at her City of Destiny Church in Florida, White said she is not a “heretic” or “prosperity preacher,” names which she says other Christians have used to describe her.
“They started by calling me a prosperity preacher. You know who that was? Christian magazine. Church. Then they called me a heretic. You know who that was? The head of ethics of one of the largest denominations. The church,” White said.
White was referring to a 2016 tweet from Russell Moore, the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission leader. In the tweet, Moore said “Paula White is a charlatan and recognized as a heretic by every orthodox Christian, of whatever tribe.”
She describes her ministry as “Charismatic Pentecostal.”
White served as the chairwoman of Trump’s evangelical advisory board. She also delivered the invocation at his inauguration in 2017.
White said her work with Trump was an “assignment” from God and wasn’t a political move.
“If your name’s not God, your opinion doesn’t matter and your acceptance is not needed,” she said. “If your name is not God, Jehovah, Yahweh, El Shaddai, Jesus Christ then your opinion doesn’t matter and your acceptance is not needed.”
In her sermon, she said Christians are divided and need to pray for unity.
“Don’t tell me we’re the party of unity with this and we’re going to unify, and every second we have, we’re just hurting people more and more and more, politicizing people’s lives. God didn’t call me to the world. I was sent on assignment to do things in the world, but I’m called to the church. And when the church is this polarized and this divided, God help us. How can we not mourn?” she said.
She also added that she has turned down invitations to speak recently because she believes the requests are “a bunch of hypocrisy.”
"I get a lot of invitations every single day. ‘Come on, bring healing to the nation. Bring everybody together.’ I’m like, you’re asking me to come on a show that I’m going to fight with people? ‘Cause I can’t in my good conscience,” she said.
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