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Ten of Trump's evangelical advisers promote Paula White-Cain's new book⁠—revealing their priority is loyalty to Trump

Ten of Trump's evangelical supporters have promoted Paula White-Cain's new book. Here they are: Jerry Falwell Jr., Franklin Graham, Robert Jeffress, Jack Graham, Malachi O'Brien, Tim Clinton, Ralph Reed, Greg Laurie, Jentezen Franklin, and Johnnie Moore (who was and seems still to be her publicist). 

Prior to being invited by Paula White to support Trump in 2015, none of these figures seems to have supported White. She has been plagued by marital, financial, and theological scandals. She is married to her third husband and was also photographed holding hands leaving a hotel in Rome with the married Benny Hinn in 2010. The church she led with her second husband filed for bankruptcy in 2014, which is only the tip of the iceberg of the financial mismanagement and self-enrichment revealed in this 2010-2011 Senate finance report. To prevent further disclosure, she required all employees to sign lifetime non-disclosure agreements (which is suspicious and immoral and legally questionable). In 2016, Russell Moore commented: "Paula White is a charlatan and recognized as a heretic by every orthodox Christian, of whatever tribe."

Prior to 2011, White bought a condo at Trump Tower for $3.5 million and Trump appeared on her TV show. In September 2015, she invited a group to pray for him. Twenty-five evangelical advisers were named in June 2016. "That board, with around 25 members . . . was dissolved when he became president." On August 27, 2018, Trump's evangelical advisers (including these eleven) gathered at the White House and Trump was presented a Bible by White with the inscription: "History will record the greatness you have brought for generations." This group of eleven (including White) is a indicator of those in October 2019 who continue to be in the inner circle of Trump supporters. 

Franklin Graham and Greg Laurie have since deleted their tweets. Robert Jeffress admitted to Julie Roys that he has not read the book word for word and does not know that much about Paula White's past scandals. Jacob Denhollander, husband of Rachael and PhD student at Southern Seminary, writes, "Spoiler: none of the celebrity pastor endorsers read the book. It's assistants, all the way down."

Still, besides promoting a book that is not a quality work, their promotion of Paula White-Cain's book reveals that their loyalties are to White because she is a source of access to Trump. This is another sign that their theological and personal integrity are not as important as maintaining ties with Trump. 

More comments:

Alan Cross, a Southern Baptist Convention pastor writes, "If someone in my church is promoting Paula White books to other people in the church, I’m going to say something. And if they say they are reading it because another preacher endorsed the book, I’m going to tell them not to listen to that preacher, that he is not trustworthy."

Alan Noble, a professor of English at Oklahoma Baptist University, writes, "Looks like the Court Evangelicals all joined Paula White’s book launch team. Hope the swag was worth it."

Drew Dyck, Christian writer and editor, comments. "Ah, amazing how shared political allegiances can help people paper over serious theological disagreements."

Shannon Dingle, writer who recently lost her husband in a tragic accident, writes, "I would give anything to watch a conversation between the current version of some of these folks and the former - maybe late 90s? - version of themselves."

Eric Erickson, political commentator and PhD student in theology, writes, "Amazing seeing a group of Southern Baptist ministers promoting a prosperity gospel heretic’s book because they’re all Trump humpers. They’d never do that for certain female orthodox Bible believing Southern Baptists because OMG those ladies might teach men too."

Ross Douthat, a Roman Catholic writer, comments, "The Trump-era reconciliation of prominent conservative-Baptist pastors with prominent prosperity theologians is quite noteworthy . . . To put it in the terms of my still-perhaps-useful book Bad Religion, it's a case of one American heresy, Christian nationalism, tempting conservative evangelicals into alignment with another one."

Warren Throckmorton, a professor of psychology at Grove City College comments, "No one should be surprised that the evangelical leaders support Paula White's book. They have sold themselves for Trump. What is one more compromise for the Trump team?"

Paula White and Benny Hinn in 2010 appeared in the National Inquirer holding hands walking out of a hotel in Rome. "The article, which released July 23, claimed the two spent three nights in a five-star hotel Hinn booked under a false name." 

Costi Hinn, nephew of Benny Hinn, and a pastor himself, comments, "I’ve shared a family Christmas with her before a particular divorce was final, then watched them spin the PR, lie to millions, twist biblical parameters, and slowly creep back into the mainstream."

Samuel James and PCA pastor Derek Radney suggest that the Southern Baptist Convention should formally disfellowship First Baptist Dallas because of the heresy promoted by Robert Jeffress. 

For the search engine, the book is entitled: Something Greater: Finding Triumph Over Trials.

Note that Paula White-Cain in May 2019 handed her position as pastor to her son, Brad Knight. This pattern of employing your children is a big part of how White, Jerry Falwell Jr., Franklin Graham, and Donald Trump operate. At the White House meeting in August 2018, White brought her son, and Franklin brought his daughter, while Trump's daughter also attended.  

Paula White

Photo from White House video of National Day of Prayer, May 2, 2019. 

 

Sometimes Paula White-Cain says that the Senate Finance Committee found no wrong-doing but that is not the case. Grassley's purpose was to shine light on this situation. 

See this summary from

Rick Cohen

Senator Grassley and the Televangelists
January 24, 2011
Nonprofit Quarterly

Husband and wife team Randy and Paula White did not escape Grassley’s scrutiny. The Whites announced their plans to divorce in 2007, leaving Randy as the sole senior pastor at Without Walls International Church (WWIC) and Paula as the leader of Paula White Ministries (PWM).  Under Randy’s leadership, WWIC defaulted on a $1 million loan, though when WWIC came out of foreclosure proceedings, Randy stepped down and Paula took over as senior pastor. 

Randy might have talked to the Senator’s staff but for a policy that seems to have covered lots of departing WWIC and PWM staff, requiring all employees to sign a confidentiality agreement prohibiting them from “ever discussing anything pertaining to the organization.”  Former staff were afraid of being sued by the church and at least one received a friendly letter from WWIC with a helpful reminder about the confidentiality agreement. 

Like the other televangelists, WWIC and PWM make money from selling the tapes, DVDs, and books of their high profile religious leaders.  In the case of the Whites, at least during 2004 and 2005, their tapes and books were produced by companies personally owned by Randy and Paula, with the church required to make inventory purchases from their companies of $541,000 and $330,000.  In nonprofit parlance, those are called related party transactions, usually frowned upon. 

WWIC specifically has a number of related organizations, including KABB Enterprises, apparently set up to purchase a Day’s Inn motel, and several nonprofits and for-profits located at WWIC’s address.  Disentangling the financial flows of the Whites’ corporations without more disclosure than the Whites gave the Grassley investigators is impossible.  Audited financials for WWIC alone showed revenues of $39.9 million in 2006 and a variety of interesting though vague expenditures, including an $880,000 housing allowance. 

One accountant working for WWIC apparently quit after Randy White ordered him to have WWIC pay his personal $24,000 American Express card bill (including $13,000 for the purchase and installation of mirrors) even though that would have made the entity unable to make payroll that week.  That’s a small bill compared to their rumored compensation levels – as much as $5 million in around 2004 or 2005.  Although the report was never revealed, apparently Randy White presented a compensation study done by “The Strategic Compensation Group of America” to justify whatever the board of WWIC approved as his and Paula’s salaries.  WWIC did provide information on its compensation to members of the family, which the Grassley report summarized as payments to “Paula’s son and Randy’s son, daughter, father and sister, up to $420,000, $560,000, $700,000 and $1,075,000 in tax years 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007.”

Prior to the divorce, the Whites owned a $2.681 million home (improved with the addition of an in-ground pool and spa) in the Bayshore area of Tampa, and a $3.5 million condo in Trump Tower in New York City.  The costs of these properties appear to have been paid for through the WWIC housing allowance.  They liked cars too, driving among other vehicles a 2007 Bentley convertible.  There must be something about Bentleys, as Paula gave Bishop T.D. Jakes a Bentley convertible as a 50th birthday gift.  Randy is generous too, putting his post-divorce girlfriend and her parents on salary and authorizing WWIC to pay for plastic surgery for one of the organization’s pastors. 

The ministry – either WWIC or PWM – purchased a Gulfstream GII for $1.2 million, but also pays for ferrying the Whites around by chartered flights.  One source told Grassley’s investigators that the Whites chartered a flight to Las Vegas for a boxing match and were accompanied by sports personalities including Gary Sheffield, Darryl Strawberry, Michael Pittman, and Anthony Telford.  The boxing match tickets alone, costing between $17,000 and $18,000, were charged to the WWIC AMEX card.  Their chartered flights, particularly on a Learjet used predominantly by Paula, were frequently to “the islands” and often involved re-filing flight plans once out of U.S. airspace to head to the Cayman Islands. 

 

More info in my tweet thread below. 

A thread by Andy Rowell

Paula White-Cain to Trump: "History will record the greatness you have brought for generations."

Jerry Falwell Jr.

Franklin Graham

Robert Jeffress

Jack Graham (mobile.twitter.com/JerryFalwellJr…) (mobile.twitter.com/Franklin_Graha…)

Dr. Robert Jeffress @robertjeffress
 

My friend @Paula_White has a wonderful new book releasing tomorrow about God’s power to transform lives. Read SOMETHING GREATER and give it to anyone looking for hope!

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Jack Graham @jackngraham
 

My good friend @Paula_White has written a new book which releases tomorrow. It is powerful. I highly recommend it!

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Malachi O'Brien

Malachi O'Brien@malachiobrien
 

My friend @Paula_White book releases tomorrow. It is a very real & vulnerable behind the scenes story of her life. The ups and downs. The pain & celebration. A story of grace and the Gospel. You won’t regret reading it.

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More comments on Trump's supporters helping advertise Paula White-Cain's book:

Drew Dyck @drewdyck
 

Ah, amazing how shared political allegiances can help people paper over serious theological disagreements. Very sweet. https://twitter.com/JoWiKi/status/1184074913256218624 

Josh King@JoWiKi
 

Interesting. #TrumpsChurch

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Costi W. Hinn@costiwhinn
 

I’ll be the unpopular guy here.

Pastor Jack, I respect your decades of service but enough is enough. I don’t know you personally and have no way of getting into your inner circle to say this. So, here it is.

She may share White House privilege with you... https://twitter.com/jackngraham/status/1183905686650081281 

Jack Graham @jackngraham
 

My good friend @Paula_White has written a new book which releases tomorrow. It is powerful. I highly recommend it!

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Jonathan Merritt @JonathanMerritt
 

For those of you who know something about the politics of the Southern Baptist Convention, I leave this here for you without comment. https://twitter.com/jackngraham/status/1183905686650081281 

Jack Graham @jackngraham
 

My good friend @Paula_White has written a new book which releases tomorrow. It is powerful. I highly recommend it!

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Derek Radney@derekradney
 

The 1st voice I have heard (I may have missed others) frm w/in the SBC calling 4 disfellowship. When I brought it up yrs ago in '16, many SBCers said the SBC doesn't have this power. Yet they've done this w/ many churches over doctrine. The reason ppl resist this move is power. https://twitter.com/samueld_james/status/1183941720628776962 

Samuel James@samueld_james
 

The SBC can and should formally disfellowship FBC Dallas over its pastor’s promotion of heretical teaching. https://twitter.com/robertjeffress/status/1183895601316020224 

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John Starke@john_starke
 

I am not part of whatever drug deal Jeffress and White are cooking up. https://twitter.com/robertjeffress/status/1183895601316020224 

Dr. Robert Jeffress @robertjeffress
 

My friend @Paula_White has a wonderful new book releasing tomorrow about God’s power to transform lives. Read SOMETHING GREATER and give it to anyone looking for hope!

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Erick Erickson @EWErickson
 

Amazing seeing a group of Southern Baptist ministers promoting a prosperity gospel heretic’s book because they’re all Trump humpers. They’d never do that for certain female orthodox Bible believing Southern Baptists because OMG those ladies might teach men too.

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Thread:

Ross Douthat @DouthatNYT
 

The Trump-era reconciliation of prominent conservative-Baptist pastors with prominent prosperity theologians is quite noteworthy:https://twitter.com/jackngraham/status/1183905686650081281 

Jack Graham @jackngraham
 

My good friend @Paula_White has written a new book which releases tomorrow. It is powerful. I highly recommend it!

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Andy Rowell@AndyRowell
 

Paula White-Cain, Jerry Falwell Jr., Franklin Graham, Robert Jeffress, Jack Graham, and Malachi O'Brien all attended the Aug 27, 2018 meeting at the White House with President Trump. https://www.andyrowell.net/andy_rowell/2018/08/evangelicals-meeting-with-trump-at-the-white-house-august-27-2018.html  https://twitter.com/AndyRowell/status/1183995027233464320 

Evangelicals meeting with Trump at the White House August 27, 2018

The first part of this post is a roundup of information including a partial list of which "evangelical leaders" attended a meeting with Trump at the White House, and the second part of this post is a...

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Andy Rowell@AndyRowell
 

Paula White-Cain to Trump: "History will record the greatness you have brought for generations."

Jerry Falwell Jr.https://mobile.twitter.com/JerryFalwellJr/status/1181250531072909315 
Franklin Grahamhttps://mobile.twitter.com/Franklin_Graham/status/1183931036574597121 
Robert Jeffresshttps://twitter.com/robertjeffress/status/1183895601316020224?s=19 
Jack Grahamhttps://twitter.com/jackngraham/status/1183905686650081281?s=19 https://mobile.twitter.com/DavidBrodyCBN/status/1034275200177774593 

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Matt Smethurst @MattSmethurst
 

Endorsing heretics, just because they agree with you on politics, shows who your real god is.

@DrMoore (paraphrased)

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Matthew Anderson@mattleeanderson
 

As I keep saying, the imperative on white evangelicals to break the link with Trump is more urgent than ever.

If only Dems’ hadn’t embraced a suicidal extremism and decided to do everything in their power to drive as many anxious evangelicals back into Trump’s arms as they can. https://twitter.com/DouthatNYT/status/1184126153809973250 

Ross Douthat @DouthatNYT
 

The Trump-era reconciliation of prominent conservative-Baptist pastors with prominent prosperity theologians is quite noteworthy:https://twitter.com/jackngraham/status/1183905686650081281 

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Warren Human Scum Throckmorton@wthrockmorton
 

No one should be surprised that the evangelical leaders support Paula White's book. They have sold themselves for Trump. What is one more compromise for the Trump team? https://twitter.com/AndyRowell/status/1183986212442275840 

Andy Rowell@AndyRowell
Replying to @Franklin_Graham and 2 others

See also:

Jerry Falwell Jr.https://mobile.twitter.com/JerryFalwellJr/status/1181250531072909315 

Robert Jeffresshttps://twitter.com/robertjeffress/status/1183895601316020224?s=19 

Jack Grahamhttps://twitter.com/jackngraham/status/1183905686650081281?s=19 

They have bonded over telling Trump: "History will record the greatness that you have brought for generations."https://mobile.twitter.com/DavidBrodyCBN/status/1034275200177774593 

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Daniel Akin@DannyAkin
 

The prosperity gospel is the gospel of spiritual wolves. We reject it and we must protect our people from it! @DanielRitchie @SEBTS @CollegeSE

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hannah anderson@sometimesalight
 

Also, I'm not doctrinally scandalized by big Eva names endorsing books by prosperity gospel preachers--even SBC pastors doing so. Isn't a kind of prosperity gospel the link in all this mess to begin with?

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Melissa Moore@MelissaMoore77
 

I am NOT defending Paula White but folks finally condemning Jack Graham, Robert Jeffress, & Franklin Graham b/c of their promotion of her book hits me odd. Like, they’ve been saying asinine things for months on end but endorsement of this woman is the thing that brings clarity?

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John Starke@john_starke
 

I'm not just frustrated that Franklin Graham and Robert Jeffress endorsed Paula White's book because it makes them look foolish and like a fraud.

I'm frustrated that many evangelicals with sincere faith trust Graham and Jeffress (rightly or wrongly) and will buy/read the book.

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Jacob Denhollander@JJ_Denhollander
 

Spoiler: none of the celebrity pastor endorsers read the book. It's assistants, all the way down.

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Melissa Moore@MelissaMoore77

Maybe.

Tyler Wigg-Stevenson@TylerWS
 

The endorsements are so similar that a message clearly went around with a suggested tweet. The interesting exception was Franklin graham’s, which seemed palpably uncomfortable with itself and bet-hedging: PW’s life is “interesting”, people “might” want to check out the book.

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Melissa Moore@MelissaMoore77

Coming in strong with that redaction criticism. (I noticed that, too.)

Tyler Wigg-Stevenson@TylerWS
 

“There is clearly a source document—let’s call it Q—from which the tweets were drawn, with only minor adaptations by the named authors. The Graham tweet, however, shows significant editing of Q, perhaps by an anxious scribe...”

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Julie Roys@reachjulieroys
 

Leading evangelicals once considered prosperity preacher @Paula_White to be a heretic. Now several are endorsing her new book, including @jackngraham @robertjeffress @Franklin_Graham & @jerryfalwelljr https://julieroys.com/leading-evangelicals-endorse-prosperity-preacher-paula-whites-new-book/ 

Leading Evangelicals Endorse Prosperity Preacher Paula White's New Book | Julie Roys

Paula White, the thrice married, prosperity preacher worth millions, who chairs Donald Trump’s evangelical advisory board, was once considered a pariah by most all leading evangelical leaders....

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Another Trump supporter signals his support of Paula White-Cain

@DrTimClinton (facebook.com/82475542664/po…)

Ralph Reed has also endorsed Paula White-Cain's book.

Julie Roys@reachjulieroys
 

UPDATE: Another evang leader endorses @Paula_White's book: @ralphreed of @FaithandFreedom. We can now safely say the common thread of those who endorsed this prosperity heretic is alignment w/ @POTUS. Could we possibly prostitute ourselves more for this idol of political power? https://twitter.com/ralphreed/status/1184159478637383685 

Ralph Reed @ralphreed
 

.@Paula_White 's book #SomethingGreater launches today. An amazing read. Honest & inspiring. I’ve read it and I highly recommend this terrific book!

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Greg Laurie has apparently deleted his tweet. @greglaurie
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Costi W. Hinn@costiwhinn
 

My Op-Ed for @RNS on the endorsement of Paula White by SBC influencers.

Yes, I quoted @BethMooreLPM.

No, not everyone will like the brutal honesty.

Never, will I let my love for the SBC and for dear friends in it muzzle telling it like it is.

Wake up.https://religionnews.com/2019/10/18/trump-drunk-tweets-touting-paula-white-book-reshape-what-we-expect-of-sbc-pastors/ 

Trump-drunk tweets touting Paula White book reshape what we expect of SBC pastors - Religion News...

(RNS) — It is healthy for evangelical leaders to want to influence the president, but when appeasement of Trump extends to promoting someone many Christians would call a false teacher, they risk...

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Johnnie Moore @JohnnieM also endorsed Paula White-Cain's book.

Julie Roys@reachjulieroys
 

.@greglaurie deleted his tweet endorsing @Paula_White but his endorsement is also on cover of her book. Says White "genuinely wants to use her profound influence for good." Has he seen her website? She's using influence to get donations by decreeing "deliverance & prosperity."

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Johnnie Moore endorsed Paula White-Cain's book, which should not be a surprise since he was or is her publicist!

See Nov 2017 profile by
@juliaduin (washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/maga…)

"She gets attacked every single day on social media, email, phone calls," Moore says. "This has cost her. And it's never enough. She has nothing to gain from this."

White picks who is invited to the White House and they then endorse her book. It seems like she gains from Trump. Nine of Trump's supporters have endorsed Paula White-Cain's book:
Jerry Falwell Jr., Franklin Graham, Robert Jeffress, Jack Graham, Malachi O'Brien, Tim Clinton, Ralph Reed, Greg Laurie, and Johnnie Moore (who was / is her publicist).

See this thread. (andyrowell.net/andy_rowell/20…) 10th Trump advisor Jentezen Franklin promotes Paula White's book.


She buys Trump condo for $3.5 million, she invites them to the White House, they promote her book.

The book sounds terrible.


Franklin Graham deleted his tweet.

Jentezen Franklin @Jentezen
 

This book is a remarkable story of God’s ability to take the broken pieces of our life and form a beautiful mosaic for His glory! After you read the stories in this book, you will never doubt that God has “Something Greater” for your life. Order it today! https://freech.pl/2OOIAr7 

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(christiantoday.com/article/paula-…) Here is my writeup on this story:
"Ten of Trump's evangelical advisers promote Paula White-Cain's new book⁠—revealing their priority is loyalty to Trump." (andyrowell.net/andy_rowell/20…)

By @AaronLGriffith and Leah Payne:

Daniel Silliman@danielsilliman
 

Another look at the endorsements of Paul White-Cain’s new book. https://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2019/october-web-only/paula-white-cain-book-endorsement-trump-advisors-graham-jef.html 

Paula White-Cain’s Evangelical Support Squad Isn’t as Surprising as It Seems

The movement has a long history of partnerships that transcend doctrinal divides.

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Mark Dever @MarkDever
 

My Southern Baptist pastor brothers, according to John 3:16, you shouldn’t be endorsing Paula White as a teacher.

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Jay Strack is the eleventh of Trump's "evangelical leaders" to promote Paula White-Cain's book.

Jerry Falwell Jr., Franklin Graham, Robert Jeffress, Jack Graham, Malachi O'Brien, Tim Clinton, Ralph Reed, Greg Laurie, Jentezen Franklin, and Johnnie Moore.

Jay Strack@Jstrack007
 

Once a critic of -cain, I have learned that we don’t have to agree on everything to care deeply about what’s important. Her book screams one amazing truth: If God is for me who can be against me!

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