November 6, 2019 | Reading Time: 2 minutes

QT: The heretic in the White House

I’m not talking about the president.

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Paula White is a prosperity gospel preacher. She’s now advising the president on all things evangelical. According to Kate Bowler, she “survived scandal and little support from the religious right to become one of the only stand-alone women in the male-dominated world of televangelism. She has done what no one thought she could do, scraping out a place for an unpopular theology beside an unpopular president.”

Hiring White, said the Rev. William J. Barber II, is “a very ominous sign” and signals that “Christian narcissism” has come to the White House. He went on to say:

The so-called prosperity gospel is a false gospel. It is an attempt to interpret the gospel to be primarily about personal wealth and personal power, which is contrary to the theology of Jesus where the good news was always focused on caring for the poor, the least of these, the stranger, the sick.

Doubt it? See this. —John Stoehr


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  • Steve Benen recalls how the Washington Monthly helped Obamacare become law.


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John Stoehr is the editor of the Editorial Board. He writes the daily edition. Find him @johnastoehr.

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