The rise of the televangelist who advises the White House

Whatever you think of President Donald Trump or his spiritual advisor, the Rev. Paula White, this Washington Post profile by Julia Duin is great reporting.

It was an early afternoon in late July, and Paula White was holding court before an audience of about 25 Southern Baptist ministers in an ornate diplomatic reception room in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building. The televangelist was recounting one of her favorite stories — about when Donald Trump reached out to her in 2011 for guidance on a possible White House run. “Would you bring some people around me to pray?” she said he asked her. “I really want to hear from God.” White recalled that she and another pastor gathered about 30 ministers from different evangelical Christian traditions at Trump Tower in Manhattan. After the prayer session, when Trump asked her what she thought, she responded: “I don’t feel it’s the right timing.”

He listened, she continued, and the two talked and prayed about the matter over the next four years. When White again gathered religious leaders at Trump Tower in September 2015, she backed the decision he’d already made to run. Videos on YouTube of that event show her standing on his right, head down, laying hands on him as she prayed.

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One Response to The rise of the televangelist who advises the White House

  1. Alfred Valstar says:

    Being a Christian I have lost my faith completely in White, Franklin Graham (not his father) and Bill Johnston. Mammon is President, his sexual assault record should have kept Trump from running for the presidency. We need prophets like Nathan here. This post is less successful on your otherwise great site.

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