Paula White, prosperity gospel televangelist, to pray at inauguration

January 12, 2017

Paula White, a televangelist and prosperity gospel advocate, was chosen to deliver an invocation at Donald Trump’s inauguration on January 20.

On New Year’s Day at New Destiny Christian Center, her predominantly African-American megachurch just outside Orlando, she preached: “God is not going to change the government. He’s going to send someone to do it.”

Among those chosen to pray at an inauguration, White is the second woman. She had delivered a benediction at the Republican Nation­al Convention in Cleveland.

Critics see the prosperity gospel as promoting a transactional view of faith. And the Senate has investigated her fund-raising practices.

In her New Year’s sermon she said, “I don’t believe prosperity is money,” but rather it is well-being. —Religion News Service