President Donald Trump’s spiritual adviser has been making headlines recently.
Paula White, the pastor of New Destiny Christian Center, a Florida megachurch, recently said in a televised interview that Trump had been “raised up” by God and suggested that those who opposed his agenda were “fighting against the hand of God.”
At a conference of religion journalists Saturday, White said that she regretted some of what she had said. But the pastor also reaffirmed her belief that those in authority have been elected by God and said this applied not only to Trump but to his predecessor and presidential opponent as well.
“I’m a preacher, and I got a little fired up and I said some things invariably that I wished I would not have said…and some things that could most definitely, and have most definitely, been taken out of context,” said White at the Religion News Association conference in Nashville, in a Q&A that was shared on Facebook.
“And with that said, do I believe that God raises up authority? Do I believe that he sets one up and he pulls one down? When I read from Genesis to Revelation, I do believe that. So I don’t believe that just for President Trump. I would believe that for President Obama, I would believe that had Hillary [Clinton] been in [office].”
Explaining her comments about those who oppose Trump “fighting against the hand of God,” White said that she had been talking about prayer and how people can often find themselves resisting God in their own life, and that her comments had been taken out of context.
White was referring to comments made in August on The Jim Bakker Show, a right-wing talk show hosted by U.S. televangelist Jim Bakker. On the show, White had praised the fact that Trump was “not presidential” and said he had been “raised up by God.
“It is God that raises up a king, it is God that sets one down, and so when you fight against the plan of God, you’re fighting against the hand of God,” White said on the show.
SOURCE: CONOR GAFFEY