Some prominent Christian leaders have come under fire for promoting pastor Paula White’s latest book.
White, former pastor of New Destiny Christian Center and one of President Trump’s spiritual advisers, recently released her latest book, Something Greater: Finding Triumph Over Trials.
“Discover Pastor Paula’s strength throughout her inspiring faith journey as well as your own spiritual gifts as you read her honest and stirring story,” reads a description of the book by White, who’s also known as Bishop T.D. Jakes’ “spiritual daughter.”
“Early in Paula’s life, she didn’t know God, but there was always a pull to something greater. Once she prayed for salvation at the age of 18, Paula finally understood the meaning of grace and purpose, and realized God had been taking care of her the whole time.”
Several prominent evangelical leaders took to social media to endorse White’s book.
In a since-deleted tweet, Franklin Graham, president of Samaritan’s Purse and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, encouraged his 2 million followers to “check out” Something Greater, noting that White has lived an “interesting life.” The move drew the ire of some public commenters who said Grahams’ late father, Billy Graham, would be “disappointed” in his son’s endorsement.
Additionally, Jack Graham, pastor of Prestonwood Baptist Church in Plano, Texas, tweeted: “My good friend @Paula_White has written a new book which releases tomorrow. It is powerful. I highly recommend it!”
On Twitter, Robert Jeffress, pastor of First Baptist Dallas, said to give Something Greater to “anyone looking for hope!” While Jerry Falwell Jr., president of Liberty University, added, “Paula’s life is an encouragement to so many and I’m sure this book will encourage you.”
Responding to Jeffress, author and evangelist Justin Peters said, “@robertjeffress I appeal to you to immediately disassociate with Paula White. A lack of discernment of this magnitude is a very, very serious issue for a pastor. She is both unqualified and disqualified on every imaginable level to be in any kind of ministry. This is serious.”
Greg Laurie, pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside, California, said while he and White have different theological views, her book will give readers “hope.”
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Leah MarieAnn Klett