""Archbishop Nicholas Duncan-Williams, Paula White, and TD Jakes" by Duncan-Williams / CC BY-SA 4.0

Prosperity Gospel Prayers Aren’t Sufficient to Save Hurricane Victims

Sep 5, 2019

By Tony Keddie

In between advertising her own books and promoting her rock star husband’s albums, Trump’s Prosperity Gospel confidant, Paula White-Cain, took a moment to acknowledge those affected by Hurricane Dorian.

White-Cain tweeted a link to the evangelical pastor Greg Laurie’s Fox News article defending “prayer” as a legitimate response to mass shootings and hurricanes. White-Cain agreed with Laurie that “Prayer makes a powerful difference.” This is surprising because Laurie has criticized Prosperity Gospel preachers like White-Cain for glorifying the human will more than the divine will and prayer can often be a point of contention in these debates. Both evangelicals like Laurie and Prosperity Gospel adherents recognize synergism between free will and divine providence in determining human actions (they wouldn’t be able to chide the poor for being lazy if not!), but they differ in their emphases.

Whereas Laurie stresses “the power of the one we are praying to,” White-Cain stresses the power of the one who is praying. This is a subtle theological distinction that enables Prosperity Gospel preachers to insist that believers should bootstrap their way to physical and financial prosperity. Shortly after tweeting out Laurie’s article, White-Cain used a Prosperity Gospel keyword, “favor”: “I pray open doors that no man can shut, favor, promotion, divine opportunities and connections for you to fulfill the purpose of God in the name of Jesus!”

Continue reading by clicking the name of the source below.

One comment on “Prosperity Gospel Prayers Aren’t Sufficient to Save Hurricane Victims”

  • 1
    Cairsley says:

    Act of the Apostles 4:32-35…

    32And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and of one soul: neither said anyof themthat ought of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common.33And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all.34Neither was there any among them that lacked: for as many as were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the prices of the things that were sold,35And laidthemdown at the apostles’ feet: and distribution was made unto every man according as he had need.

    Times have certainly changed since the early Christian communities were formed, but the responsibility for the needs of all members, and the practice of almsgiving to the poor has always been part of Christian communities’ outreach and mission to save the world (from you know what).

    Paula White-Cain’s approach mentions God and Jesus … and angels! … but has not even a whiff of the practical support for all that was integral to the early Christians’ life and mission. Instead, she preaches imaginary fancies and self-reliance, or, as the Rewire article-writer, Tony Keddie, puts it, neoliberal politics that dissociates the government and the pseudo-Christians whom Ms White-Cain represents from any responsibility for helping those in need:

    I pray open doors that no man can shut, favor, promotion, divine opportunities and connections for you to fulfill the purpose of God in the name of Jesus! Angels are being dispatched to assist you, God has arranged blessing to show His goodness in your life! Get ready.

    What a contrast!

Leave a Reply

View our comment policy.