By Good Friend Ron
Well, Pat asked me to critique the following list from the Church Report website: The 50 Most Influential Christians in America. How do you begin to do such a thing with any seriousness when you see who’s selected as #1? I’m thankful there are a several good people who made it, but really. Instead of a general assessment of such a bizarre list, I decided to focus on the person with the most intriguing photo, and here she is:
Meet Paula White of Paula White Ministries.
Her byline on the church report says: Through the power of media, Paula White, supervising producer and host of “Paula White Today,” has ministered, enlightened and uplifted millions of viewers around the world. White’s life was forever changed when at the age of 18 she first heard the gospel of Jesus Christ. Heralded as the “midwife to dreams,” White inspires people to step boldly into the divine destiny that God has planned for them.
“Supervising Producer” Wow, she’s like Lou Grant! Heralded as the “midwife to dreams” I’ve never heard that before. I assume it’s good. Finally she “inspires people to step boldly into the divine destiny that God has planned for them”. Well, now I know how she made the list. So I find her website Paula White Ministries, and to my great surprise what is the first item I see as the website opens?
With this just below to the right:
Donate NOW! Give Your First Fruits NOW! Not later, but NOW. Click on the First Fruits icon and you get to this: "When you give your first fruits offering, it prepares you for the harvest, and it releases God to do the blessing.” Releases God. I didn’t know He was detained.
Folks, according to this report she’s #19 in influence. Now, I tend to get bothered by some of the excess sarcasm that drips from many of the wonderful Christian blogs I read, but what are you supposed to say about this? How are we to pray for her and all the other Prosperity preachers that mislead and poison the gospel message with this hideous teaching? And we should be seriously praying. I want to wave her and the others off with disgust, but they are affecting a lot of people and dishonoring our faith.
Maybe I wouldn’t be upset if she wasn’t so far ahead of number 48 on the list. Now there’s someone who you can trust.