Explosive Video: President Trump’s Spiritual Adviser Paula White Answers Religion Reporters

Her answers often took reporters by surprise.

Pastor Paula White-Cain speaks on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on January 20, 2017 in Washington, DC during President Donald Trump's inauguration ceremony.

By Josh Shepherd Published on September 12, 2017

NASHVILLE, TN — As the nation watched Hurricane Irma hurtling towards Florida Saturday, another dramatic clash played out at a meeting of the Religion News Association. Paula White, longtime spiritual adviser to President Donald Trump, took questions from reporters in a live panel discussion.

“One hundred percent, our president is a man that has a strong personal faith,” White declared at one point. “I’ve seen him on many occasions in private [be] a person of repentance.”

The controversial televangelist dominated the panel, entitled “The New Revivalists.” Reporters from the Washington Post, Think Progress, and other media outlets asked White repeatedly about her Trump connection.

Yet answers from White, pastor of New Destiny Christian Center in Apopka, Fl., often took them by surprise, helping deflate tensions in the room.

“I wasn’t quite sure what I was getting into today,” admitted White. “But I really didn’t come here to defend myself.” White followed a critique of so-called “apostolic charismatics” by author Holly Pivec, and remarks from itinerant minister and charismatic author James Goll.

White has been a friend and adviser to President Trump for more than 15 years, as Christianity Today detailed before the Inaugural. In 2002, after watching one of her TV programs, Trump reached White on the phone. They have interacted ever since.

She’s currently active in the Faith Initiative, an evangelical board of advisers to President Trump. Perhaps anticipating hostile questions, Paula White stated upfront: “People [often] have their minds made up or set. They want to see things a certain way.”

“As a leader, I’ve learned to lead anyway — to stay focused, to fulfill my God-given purpose,” White continued. “While there will be critics and misunderstanding, ultimately we all answer to God.”

“I Believe That Authority is Raised Up By God”

Religion News Service quickly released a story about White’s remarks, notably her answer to a progressive media outlet:

Responding to a question from Think Progress’ Jack Jenkins on her view that Trump was raised up by God, she said “I believe that for President Obama” as well. And had Hillary Clinton won the 2016 presidential race, White said she would have said the same thing about her.

“I believe that authority is raised up by God. I understand that I don’t understand all things and what his purposes are,” she said. “He’s the sovereign God.”

Both Goll and White answered a question this writer asked. Had they ever offered biblical rebuke to charismatic leaders or their own parishioners?

“We do deal with conflicts and try to bring resolutions,” he said. “Is there accountability? The accountability all differs in its many different applications [by] congregation and how church bylaws are set up.”

“Is there moral conduct that we try to bring people to be aware of and accountable to? Absolutely. But it’s not done in this authoritative, it’s my-way-or-no-way manner,” stressed Goll.

Later, White circled back to the question. “I teach what I [call] redemptive theology and the supremacy of Christ. I am very submitted to my elders, to my board, to spiritual covering. They bring any kind of correction from a biblical standpoint over my local church,” she said.

Goll concluded, “Jesus washed the feet of his disciples. Jesus taught that the greatest among us is the servant of all … We really want to love God and help others love God.”

Paula White on Racial Healing

The panel included criticism of certain charismatic beliefs. Holly Pivec, who critiques those she terms “New Apostolic Reformation” (NAR) leaders on her blog, was asked to state explicit concerns of their involvement in politics.

“Prophets in the movement will endorse specific candidates,” stated Pivec. “A lot of times, it’s more indirect in just their words and how they speak of the leaders, followers get the idea.”

Stream senior contributor Michael Brown stated recently how certain labels are misleading. “All this online hearsay about ‘what the “NAR” is doing,’ the vast majority of it is completely foreign to me and has nothing to do with the men I know,” he said.

The Washington Post reported on another answer from White that shocked those gathered at the upscale Gaylord Opryland Resort:

White is the pastor of a majority African American congregation. “I know this will open up a lot, but our president is not a racist,” she said. White went on to detail her own work on racial bridge-building through her life.

“This is not new for me. But I can tell you right now, as a white person, I don’t think any of us who are white can fully understand what it is to be a black person in America today. What I do know is our nation has such work to do. I believe it has to start with the community of faith.”

Helping During the Hurricane

White addressed Hurricane Irma, then bearing down on Florida. “These past few days have been nothing but working with our community leaders on being a disaster relief center,” said White. “In our local area, we’re in 49 schools right now.”

In a Facebook message posted late Monday, White stated:

Great news, there was very little injury and no casualties in Apopka… We did still receive damage at the church. Tornado-like winds ripped through our property, uprooting 45 of our trees in our parking lots… We thank God, knowing it could have so much more devastating!

Emphasizing the church as family echoed her words in Nashville. “We believe that we are the hands and arms of a loving God extended to this world. We try to make a great difference,” she said. “That’s what the church is all about.”

Watch the panel discussion in the Facebook video below.

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  • Linda

    I have been to a Paula White crusade. I am a charismatic Christian and a Pentecostal church member. I was shocked and embarrassed by Ms. White’s brazen call for money, lots of money, after she whipped up the crowds emotions. I am sorry, but not a fan.

    • JohnYouAreSoCorrect

      I too have Pentecostal beliefs, & I am also embarrassed by White’s theology as well as her lifestyle.

      Did White answer any questions about her alleged affair with Benny Hinn?

      • Wayne Cook

        Why should she, the topic was the President…you seem driven to hurt Christians you don’t like. Shame on you , John.

    • Hmmm…

      A person can have a fault in their money raising, which may or may not be a heart issue, and still be able to minister word counsel effectively if they are called and grounded in the word and prayer. This hyper push for contributions shows up in others from time to time, and I think it reflects the tremendous pressure of the finances needed for television ministry. Some have learned to handle that pressure better, and I hope that Ms. White will as well.

  • JohnYouAreSoCorrect

    It’s embarrassing that a few people actually believe Trump to be a devout believer.
    From his profanity, his incessant ego-maniacal bragging, his frequent ridicule of the appearance of women, his proud & filthy confession on TV about sexually harassing women, his lifelong pro-abortion views (until it was time to run as a Republican), & his wacky religious statements should have kept church folks from voting for him.

    • Wayne Cook

      He was led to the Lord by White herself. Just last year. Your refusal to believe it doesn’t change at thing.

      Every person in the Bible had egregious faults, from Paul to harrassed Christians to death and cursed them in court, to David who DID commit adultery and paid for it painfully. Your resistance only points out your own flaws.

    • Hmmm…

      Would you like your younger days or even recent past indiscretions and negative lifestyle patterns attributed to your current, repented or matured context? It is extremely unChristian to condemn someone as casually as most are doing with the President, for their various reasons. It is good news for all of us that we can repent before the Lord and be forgiven and helped to change. Jesus was very patient with the erring and weak failings of his disciples and open and forgiving minded to rank sinners. Conversely, he blasted (read some of it) the self-righteous Pharisees who stomped all over matters of the heart. He called mercy a major, yet their meticulous tithing a minor in comparison. You do err, not knowing the word or the power of God.

  • tether

    It is embarrassing how many Christians are critical of other Christians walk instead of trying to understand where they are in their spiritual growth. One who came to Christ just months even years ago is unlikely to have the same walk as a long term Christian who has had years to study the Word and to learn to walk the walk. Years for the sanctification process vs months.

  • Babaloo Jones

    As a citizen and a Christian , for me it is enough to have a president that acknowledges the Almighty God and respects the Christian presence in this country.
    President Trump emphasized over and over that everyone is free to follow their own religion, too, what I consider to be the right thing to say.
    Now, if he is a real Christian or not, that I cannot say, first, because this is exclusively between him and God; and second, because that is sooo not of my business.
    I can only pray that God will be merciful and visit his heart with grace.

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