October 21, 2006
Paula White: Unable to Blush
White titled her October 16, 2006 broadcast of her daily
television program Paula Today,
"Discover God’s abundant life for you." She opened the show
with this startling announcement of her upcoming guests: "Two of the
greatest minds that have ever been raised up for such a time as this, are
here to transform your mind, to take you to where you want to live."
The queen of the Prosperity Gospel went on to recount her version of the Bible story of Joseph and his brothers, noting that Joseph had learned the wisdom of the world and God had prospered everything he touched. From that "Dr." White (she uses that title, though her doctorate is honorary from some unknown, and no doubt unaccredited, institution) concluded that if Christians would only learn the wisdom of this world, they too would prosper in every endeavor as well.
Introducing her guests, she said, "If you want to change the way you live, change your thinking. I want them to bring their wisdom to you today, give people tools to really transform their lives." And then the camera panned over to two men, co-authors of the book, "Why We Want You to be Rich": Robert Kiyosaki and Donald Trump.
Yes – the Donald. Donald Trump -- to give you the wisdom of the world to transform your life! I mean, who wouldn’t want a life like his? On his fourth marriage – all to beautiful (at least by outer appearance) women who mothered his children. The Donald – living in the lap of luxury, flying around in his own private jet, hosting his own reality program, The Apprentice, and here on this "Christian" program to share his worldly wisdom with all of us: how to become rich – how to become a billionaire.
Trump’s secret to empowerment? Never quit. "A quitter is always a loser." The only catch, though, is you must have a good brain. "God had to have blessed you with a good brain," Trump said, (trying to fit God into his conversation somehow.) Only smart people are in his league. Paula White added her own motivational spin to Trump’s book, "This is a really great book in that you really teach people self-empowerment, to begin to take control…The power of perseverance—what I love in this book is you give the insight of what got you up every day – you chose not to feel sorry for yourself. Your philosophy is if you’re going to think, think big."
Kiyosaki, the more spiritual of the two chimed in, "It really is a spirit of winning – the holy spirit, your personal spirit."
"You have to believe in yourself", Paula added, "If you don’t believe in yourself, you will never change the dynamics of your life."
Kiyosaki then turned to Scripture. "From the Bible, it says ‘give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for life.’" (How about chapter and verse, there Bobby!)
"The only limitations are the ones we put on ourselves," Paula bubbled. "If we change our way of thinking, change our way of life – the bible all about empowerment."
She was speaking Trump’s language. He told of athletes who make bad financial deals for a lack of knowledge and end up bankrupt, while making their managers rich. Trump lamented, "If they knew what you preach, Paula, they would never be in the condition they’re in today."
Paula nodded in agreement. "The Bible says where there is not knowledge you perish, you die. Principles change you. Until you start living by principles your life will never change. I want you to be wealthy because Christ paid the price for you to get there."
Then Paula, looking into the camera, made her pitch. "Today’s about empowerment. That is why you need to call and get ‘Why We Want You to Be Rich’ – for your gift of $25.00. It will radically change your life. When you’re in poverty, when you’re struggling, I said, ‘this is not for me. I can have the future I desire.’ There is freedom when you have finances to do what you want to do. Then you can have the life you’ve been dreaming of. I’m seeing you somewhere in the future and you’re looking a whole lot better than you do right now."
On that note, Paula White ended the program, though this was only the first installment. She ended with a quote from false prophet, Kim Clement – "I’m seeing you somewhere in the future and you’re looking a whole lot better than you do right now." Clement rallies entire congregations into that chant after stirring up the crowd with his wild piano playing just about everywhere he goes.
I’m reminded of a real Scripture verse – unlike the ones made up for this program – "’Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? Nay, they were not at all ashamed, neither could they blush: therefore shall they fall among them that fall: in the time of their visitation they shall be cast down,’ saith the LORD" (Jeremiah 8:12).
How can she carry on like this with a straight face?
"Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world--the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life--is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever" (1 John 2: 15-17).
"Now godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content. But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows" (1 Timothy 6:6-10).
UPDATE -- October 24, 2006
Now "Dr." White is a regular guest on the Tyra Banks program, a show that lifts up godlessness. She'll fit right in.
See the ad for it on Paula's webpage that reads:
"Paula's October 4th appearance on the Tyra Banks Show is the first of many in which she will offer advice and counsel to guests as a life-coach on the show."
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