In this newly released video, there are a couple of things I want to address.
Paula White teaches her congregation at Without Walls International Church that there is power in their praise. A quote from White that I found interesting was this:
“So He said I’m gonna teach you a lesson (who ‘he’ is, I’m not sure, but I think she’s talking about God. The video started a little late for me to ascertain for certain, but given the content of her speech, I believe she’s talking about God.)… He said, ‘I’m gonna teach you how powerful your praise is, and I’m gonna teach your enemy how big your God is. God’s not just gonna teach a lesson to you, He’s gonna teach a lesson to your enemy. Next time they come back or try to, they aren’t gonna come back. ‘Cuz they’re gonna get their butt beat so bad – they’re gonna be so defeated – that everybody’s gonna see.’ You’re gonna find out because God’s not gonna – God’s not gonna stop this enemy, He’s gonna eliminate it where there’s nothing left but dead bodies. That everybody else that tries to mess with you [will] say, ‘Uh-uh! I don’t wanna get in that fight, because when I start fighting her God, I don’t get a black eye, I get a death sentence.’ (And, of course, the crowd shouts their approval.) I, I feel a word, I’m preaching prophetically.”
When I listened to that, my head crooked to the side and my eyebrows knitted together in bewilderment. I said, “Huh?” Is she saying that God is going to kill her enemies? Is she teaching that to her congregation? I was perplexed, so I kept listening and I’m sorry to say, she didn’t clarify whether she was talking about spiritual enemies, debts, illness, or real people.
White spends the rest of the video charging the congregation to “take back” what the enemy has taken, and wouldn’t ya know it, most of it is money related. But, after 14 minutes of pumping up this crowd and supposedly breaking all curses off of them, she commands the people:
“Now, I want you to get your tithe and your offering. Tithe is your 10 percent. It belongs to the Lord. It’s holy, it’s covenant. If you’re not a tither, repent. What do you mean, I changed my mind, changed my direction. ‘Cause you can take back all day, you can praise all day, but if you are out of covenant with God, then there’s a curse literally upon you. God doesn’t curse you – you’ve moved yourself outside of covering. It belongs to the Lord. It’s holy. Don’t desecrate it. Let me tell you what it would be like: if I had a communion table up here, and I were to spit in the communion table, I’d desecrate it. It would be vile. You wouldn’t come back to this church. Rightfully so.” [Video ends]
That’s right! Take back everything the enemy has taken, but first get out your wallet, because your praise only has power if it’s accompanied by your money. Isn’t that always the bottom line? The penalty for failing to do so? You’ll be under a curse! Can’t have that now, can we?
White claims the author of these things she speaks is God, but we know it can’t be God who inspired this because it’s unscriptural. God does, however, address this kind of speaking in His word:
5 Every word of God is tested; He is a shield to those who take refuge in Him. 6 Do not add to His words Lest He reprove you, and you be proved a liar.
Listen for yourself.