Televangelist Paula White, who was announced as one of six religious leaders participating in Donald Trump’s inauguration ceremony, has responded to critics who claim that she is a “trinity-denying heretic” and has assured her belief in the inerrancy of the Bible.
It was announced last week that White, the senior pastor at New Destiny Christian Center in Apopka, Florida, would be joining Franklin Graham, Samuel Rodriguez and other prominent faith leaders in offering prayers and bible readings at the inauguration ceremony on Jan. 20.
Although White is the second woman ever chosen to pray at an inauguration ceremony, not everyone was happy with the news.
Not too long after the participants were announced, conservative blogger and radio host Erick Erickson (a major player in the “Never Trump” movement) took to his blog, The Resurgent, to lambaste the 50-year-old White and call her a “prosperity gospel charlatan.”
Erickson claimed that White has rejected “Christianity itself” by rejecting “the orthodoxy of the Nicene Creed” and even posted a video that purports to show White agreeing that Christ is “not the only begotten son of God” but rather “the first fruit.”
Erickson is not the first person to call White a “charlatan” or a “heretic.”
In June 2016, after White helped organize a gathering between Trump and over 900 evangelical leaders in New York City, leading Southern Baptist ethicist, Russell Moore, wrote in a tweet that “Paula White is a charlatan and recognized as a heretic by every orthodox Christian, of whatever tribe.”