Donald Trump’s personal pastor angered netizens after a video was posted online in which the 53-year-old woman, among other things, said: "If you are saying no to President Trump, you are saying no to God". Ms White, who has recently joined the Trump administration and will conduct outreach among the president’s voter base, also said: “when I walk on White House grounds, God walks on White House grounds…where I stand is holy".
Most netizens were incensed at White’s comments, saying she doesn’t represent people who believe in God and is in fact a false prophet.
Well, if you believe in these things, this from 2 Corinthians seems apt. "For such people are false apostles, deceitful workmen, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.”— Peter Hardy (@PGHardy) November 6, 2019
Honestly, I thought it was a comedy routine till we got to the speaking in tongues clip ! What a con artist, taking advantage of the weak minded and deluded!— indigogirl (@pppurplebee) November 6, 2019
White is popular among Evangelicals and some other denominations, but at the same time she is criticised by many Christians for teaching the "prosperity gospel", which says people who strongly believe in God and make donations to church will be rewarded with good health and wealth. Social media users pointed out that Paula White, who happens to be a millionaire, is only interested in money.
People wake up. This millionaire is a fraud who just wants your money.— mrblobby (@mrblobb81236027) November 5, 2019
Her statements even made some atheists and Christians question their beliefs.
people like #PaulaWhite shake my belief in atheism. such vileness can only be attributed to satan and evil spirits.— Sifirci Hoca (@sguncer) November 6, 2019
People think Christianity is a joke because of people like #PaulaWhite. TBH this makes me so embarrassed to call myself a Christian and has me questioning religion/church seriously. I want to make clear tho, that I love and believe in Jesus that will never change. https://t.co/PZP2v7EAu3— Jessica R. Washington (@jesrod) November 6, 2019
White befriended Trump in the beginning of 2000s. In a recent interview with The Examiner, Paula White said that Trump once dreamed of building a crystal cathedral similar to the Christ Cathedral in California. In 2006, the businessman-turned-politician sent White an article showing the crystal church in California and said: “Let’s do this before we are too old”. White said that Trump even hired an architect, but the project was not implemented because the timing was not right for her, as she was preoccupied with a divorce.
White also spoke about Trump’s deep faith in God, saying he is quiet about it, unlike former President Bill Clinton, whom she called Bible-quoter.