Paula White, Trump’s evangelical spiritual adviser, took center stage this week at his reelection rally to give the opening prayer. In front of thousands of supporters at the Amway Center in Orlando, White asked the crowd to join hands. After a few minutes, she interrupted her prayer to speak to the crowd…
“I declare that no weapon formed against [Trump], his family, his calling, his purpose, this counsel will be able to be formed.
Now, I need you to really go with me here. Right now, let every demonic network who has aligned itself against the purpose, against the calling of President Trump, let it be broken, let it be torn down in the name of Jesus!
I declare that President Trump will overcome every strategy from hell and every strategy from the enemy — every strategy — and he will fulfill his calling and his destiny.”
White leads a White House evangelical advisory council and gave Trump’s inauguration prayer.
Since then she has offered a hypothetical situation involving Jesus’ immigration status. White told the Christian Broadcasting Network in July 2018.
“I think so many people have taken biblical scriptures out of context on this, to say stuff like,
‘Well, Jesus was a refugee.’
And yes, he did live in Egypt for three and a half years. But it was not illegal. If he had broke the law, then he would have been sinful and he would not have been our Messiah.”
The Rev. William J. Barber II, the prominent pastor and civil rights leader based in North Carolina, responded,
“Christian nationalists” like White are “enabling injustice [with] biblical interpretations that echo #SlaveHolderReligion.”
White’s appeal to God on Tuesday night was not the first time she’s used that language. In May, she said while speaking at the White House for the National Day of Prayer.
“Every demonic network to be scattered right now.”
According to The Washington Post, White stepped down last month as senior pastor at her megachurch, City of Destiny in Apopka, Fla., to pursue a goal of opening 3,000 churches and a university. Her son succeeded her.
Jesus was a refugee & did break the law. He was crucified as a felon under Roman law. Christian nationalists like @Paula_White are enabling injustice w/ biblical interpretations that echo #SlaveholderReligion. https://t.co/FhV8qgUn9u— Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II (@RevDrBarber) July 11, 2018