This weeks Christian Today column looks at a revealing and disturbing book by Paula White and the strange endorsement of it by Franklin Graham and other Evangelical leaders….you can read the original here
I think this book reveals some major problems within the US Church – and for the church in many other Western countries.
Paula White has a new book out. In case you don’t know who she is, she is a televangelist, prosperity preacher and President Trump’s self-styled spiritual adviser; she is also no stranger to controversy.
She has been married three times – the breakdown of her marriage to Randy White, the co-pastor with whom she founded Without Walls International Church shocked the evangelical world. Almost as much as her friendship with Benny Hinn, which he announced was over. In 2014 she married the rock star Jonathan Cain, of Journey fame.
She has been accused of being a heretic, not just for her prosperity Gospel teaching, but apparent denial of the Trinity, and teaching that Jesus did not die on the Cross for the sins of humanity, but rather to rescue us from financial hardship. The Baptist leader Russell Moore stated: “Paula White is a charlatan and recognized as a heretic by every orthodox Christian, of whatever tribe.” She has denied being a heretic but her critics remain unconvinced.
Now, normally I would not read a book by someone with such a CV – it’s not good for my blood pressure, it’s not edifying and life is too short. However, I was intrigued by endorsements from Franklin Graham, Robert Jeffries (First Baptist, Dallas), Greg Laurie (Harvest Christian Fellowship in California) and Ralph Reed of the Faith and Freedom Foundation.
I have a general rule: you should not critique something you have not read. So I spent the dosh and upped her sales by one – so that you don’t have to!
Believe me, Something Greater is a revealing, disturbing and depressing book. It demonstrates why so much of the US evangelical church is in deep trouble.