After Donald Trump became the recipient of outrage due to biased comments surrounding the tragic event in Charlottesville, Pastor Paula White-Cain spoke out in his defense. In an interview, White, who is one of his closest spiritual advisors, rebuked Christians for not supporting the President of the United States and said Trump was raised up by God to lead this country forward. After her public rant in support, it did not take long for Roland Martin to speak out against White… and he used the Bible to do it.
Pastor Paula has been a public supporter of Trump from the beginning. Fifteen years of prayer, visits, and friendship later, the Florida pastor now serves as the top spiritual adviser for Number 45 and, essentially, is his guide to the country’s religious conservatives. According to White, she and Trump have been close since he called her over a decade ago to discuss sermons he had heard her deliver as a televangelist. When speaking of the preacher, the President said:
She has a significant message to offer anyone who will tune in and pay attention. She has amazing insight and the ability to deliver that message clearly as well as powerfully.
During the recent interview on “The Jim Bakker Show” Pastor White-Cain, pastor of New Destiny Christian Center, said she has never witnessed hatred like this for any president. This statement alone has many wondering where she was for the last eight years. America’s former president, Barak Obama, was the recipient of much hate and scrutiny throughout both terms. Contrary to popular belief, the pastor said, “demonic forces could not control Trump because he surrounds himself with Christians and is himself a Christian.” The preacher continued:
It is God who raises up a king. It is God that sets one down. When you fight against the plan of God, you are fighting against the hand of God. They say about our president, ‘Well, he is not presidential.’ Thank goodness. Thank goodness. Thank goodness … he is not a polished politician.
After her public outcry for support of Trump, who has been the source of much controversy even prior to landing the job as President, White became an easy target. In response to the rebuke the pastor issued to those who call themselves Christians, one person said:
Actually, what Trump is ‘going through’ now is quite biblical. Galatians 6:7 – to paraphrase, ‘you reap what you sow.’ He sowed much hell with regard to President Obama and now he is reaping all that hell back. As Malcolm X said, it’s just ‘chickens coming home to roost’ and it doesn’t make me sad not one bit!”
True to his quick-witted style, Roland Martin ripped Pastor Paula a “new one” for her partisan comments about Donald Trump. The “NewOne Now” host addressed White by saying, “Be a prophetic voice and don’t just be a profitable voice.” Martin, a well rounded and very intelligent journalist, slammed the preacher …with the Bible. He said:
Let me address you, Pastor Paula White. I am going to take you to 1 Samuel 10:17, when Samuel called together the people said to them, ‘This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: I brought Israel up out of Egypt, and I delivered you from the power of Egypt and all the kingdoms that oppressed you. But, you have now rejected your God, who saved you out of all your disasters and calamities. And you have said, ‘No, appoint a king over us.’ So now, present yourselves before the Lord by your tribes and clans.’ That’s when the Prophet Samuel anointed Saul because the PEOPLE wanted a king.
Martin, who has a master’s degree in Christian communications, so eloquently continued by saying:
Here is what we know Paula White, the people of America rejected God…they rejected a Godly man. You have the audacity to ask how any man could withstand what Donald Trump has gone through… How about eight years of what Barak Obama went through when the same person you praise questioned his Christianity, questioned his faith and dared to present the birther movement, as somehow he was not a full American? That was an outright lie, but you stood with that man.
The same man who said he would grab women by the vagina, the same man who said he would force himself upon women to kiss them when he wanted. The same man who chastised Senator John McCain who was a P.O.W. The same man who chastised Mexicans and called them rapists and criminals. The same man who has not shown at all, how to act like, sound like, or be a Christian.”
How dare you say that? When the same man you praise and say pray for has said he has seen no reason in his life why he should somehow ask for forgiveness when we know doggone well that being a Christian is when you have to ask for forgiveness and ask for grace. See, it was Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a German theologian, Pastor Paula White, who called this cheap grace: when people commit sin and ask for forgiveness only to go out and do it again.
Here is the reality, Pastor Paula White… We are going to pray for this president because we have evil in the White House. We have somebody who wants to attack people of color, attack the poor, attack Muslims and break up families. You dare say no one else has come under this kind of attack, please explain to me why so many white evangelicals like yourself have been quiet. Tell me why y’all excuse his comments about Charlottesville, while he essentially aligns himself with neo-Nazis and white supremacists.
You pastor a church in Orlando, FL, that Zachary Tims used to pastor before he died, that was largely an African-American church. I want you to stand in front of them and tell them why in the world they must stand in support of Donald Trump when he is trying to take away their right to vote, when he has a sham, voter fraud panel. You tell me how that is Christian! Tell me what is Christian about trying to get rid of the Affordable Care Act when people who are sick and disenfranchised will be thrown off and not have health care. Please show me in your Bible how that is a Christian principle.
Pastor Paula White you are supposed to be a prophet, not a profit! God called for the prophetic to stand up to question people in power and challenge them. Let me remind you of the Prophet Samuel who went to Saul and told him he was doing wrong and advised him that he had gone against the commandments of God. … And, the Prophet Nathan who went to David and told him he had sinned against God by laying with Bathsheba.
Martin continued by telling Pastor Paula that what America needs is someone who is going to actually follow the Bible. The journalist then suggested that the pastor gets in touch with Reverend Doctor William Barber to have a conversation about what it really means to be a prophetic voice in the 21st Century. Roland Martin crucified Pastor Paula White for her unwavering support of Trump. The full clap back can be heard in the video below, but as usual, well done Roland Martin!!
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