But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction.
Paula White is the false teacher Peter warns us about here. She has secretly brought in destructive heresies into the body of Christ, which is why the charge of heretic is fully supported. The prosperity gospel is utter and complete heresy. The notion that God will financially reward you for sowing money into this ministry or that turns God into a whore. When Jesus taught about money He always taught the opposite. We cannot serve two masters. We also do not do our good deeds to be seen or in expectance of reward. The easiest way to know if the teaching you are receiving is heresy ask yourself if it could be taught exactly the same way in other countries. Could the prosperity gospel work in the underground church in China? Or in the persecuted church in Iraq? Could it work in the slums of South America? The answer beloved is no. It is a Ponzi scheme designed to make the preacher rich. Kenneth Copeland is worth hundreds of millions of dollars -- all fleeced from the people of God through the prosperity heresy. People used to ask me if I thought that God wanted us to be poor and my answer was reflexively, well no. As I have matured in reading His Word my answer now is different. If THAT is the question on your mind then the answer is yes because it reveals where your heart is. Paula White denies Christ because she denies His Word. In her defense on Charisma News, she spoke passionately about things she claims to believe in but they are not relevant if your starting point theologically denies the very Gospel you claim to believe in! If you preach a quid-pro-quo gospel of carnal blessings it no longer matters if you believe in the Trinity. The key verses continue:
Many will follow their evil teaching and shameful immorality. And because of these teachers, the way of truth will be slandered.
Please do not miss this beloved. Many people continue to follow the evil teachings of Paula White. Many people who do will never see eternal life because she denies the one that can save them. The point here to not gloss over is that the way of the truth will be slandered. We always count the cost in terms of salvation when we discuss false teaching but how many people who are unsaved actually think less of God because of the actions of people like Paula White? You see, while much of the church has no discernment when it comes to sowing a $229 seed based upon 1Chronicles 22:9, the world see it for what it is -- a scam. Just consider that the national coverage of the outrage of selecting such an obvious charlatan is not being carried by Christian media. No beloved. Christian media, such as Charisma News, is too busy defending the wolf. This story is being carried by secular new sources. It has been widely reported through multiple worldly news sources, including the Washington Post. They can easily point out the glaring hypocrisy on the part of the church, nodding in assent at the selection of a heretic and charlatan to pray for our new president. Let there be no doubt about it beloved. The way of the truth may indeed be slandered by a world that sees what we refuse to see. And why? For the love of money:
In their greed they will make up clever lies to get hold of your money. But God condemned them long ago, and their destruction will not be delayed. -- 2Peter 2: 2-3 (NLT)
In her greed Paula White has indeed come up with clever lies and schemes to get a hold of your money. Using numerology she has played the people of God for suckers. Twisting the Bible and employing guilt she has strong-armed the sheep to send her over five million dollars. The bankruptcy of the church she used to run? Pay that no mind. Married three times and joking about pornography from the pulpit -- hey stop persecuting her! Lying on behalf of God? Let's give her a platform to tell us how she is just a mistake making grandma who serves and loves the people she is robbing blindly. How pathetically sad.
What is truly pathetic and sad is that the church is not running away from this screaming. That in these last days they have embraced the wolf over the sheep and deferred to their politics over their Savior. Should believers pray for Mr. Trump? Absolutely. Of course if they pray for him as much as they prayed for his predecessor they will have a lot to answer for. God sees everything within our own wickedly deceitful hearts. The only thing that matters is the Gospel because it alone has the power of God unto the salvation of man. When the church openly embraces a heretic and a charlatan who has made five million dollars off of killing the sheep, is it any wonder that the way of the truth is slandered? If you wan t to know why those who find the narrow path are few in numbers, look no further. This does not gather people to Christ. It scatters them away.
Reverend Anthony Wade -