Open Letter to Shain Linne from Paula White Ministries

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Well-known ministries that are criticized for their teaching do not often respond, especially, directly and publicly. This occasion is different since Paula White Ministries has responded to the charge by Christian rapper, Shai Linne, that Paula White is a false teacher.

I first wrote about and provided the audio of Shai Linne’s song on false teachers here: New Song Drops Names: “False Teachers” by Shai Linne. I followed up with Did Shai Linne Really Name “False” Teachers? providing examples of false teachings from each person Linne called out in his song.

Then, DJ Wade-O dropped by to share that Paula White Ministries have written an open letter challenging Shai Linne’s assertions that White is a false teacher.

The examples I shared about White’s false teaching came from a YouTube video that noted White’s false prosperity teaching among other issues. I also provided the following from Christianity In Crisis: The 21st Century by Hank Hanegraaff.

Another self-proclaimed prosperity preacher who feeds “faith food” to “millions around the world” is Paula White. White claims “a divine visitation in which God gave her a vision of multitudes of millions of people as far as her eyes could see. In the vision, every time she opened her mouth and began to declare the Word of the Lord, there was a visible manifestation of the power of God—souls were saved, the sick were healed, and the broken were restored. Conversely, when she was silent, people began to fall into utter darkness.”The message Paula was commissioned to proclaim is that “God does not want us to live in poverty or lack for he wants you to be prosperous.” Indeed, says Paula, “God wants you to have it all.”

Paula White’s son, Brad Knight, who manages Paula White Ministries, has responded in an open letter. Knight challenges Shai Linne’s claims about his mother thus far calling his song “pure cannibalization without Biblical precedence.” He even offers to sit down with Linne to discuss the issues.

Dear Shai Linne,

My attention was recently brought to your new single “Fal$e Teacher$” in which you say, “Paula White is a false teacher”.

This rhetoric is not new to me; I have heard it since I was a child. It is commonplace in our lives to be called “heretics”, “false teachers”, and “wolves”. Although “wolf” is vicious, it is still better than the oft heard cries of “whore”, “daughter of Babylon”, and “servants of Satan” that so often come from the mouths of our ‘Christian’ brothers and sisters.

My interest in this is because I am Paula White’s son. I also manage her ministry Paula White Ministries. One would think that hearing these accusations all my life would make me numb to their stings… but that is not the case. After all, it is my mother. This is the woman who birthed me, nurtured me, raised me to love Jesus, prayed for me when I didn’t, and patiently led me when I finally embraced the truth of His loving sacrifice. So when I hear a fellow Christian leader, whom has never had a conversation with me or my mother, call her a “Fal$e Teacher” I wonder what “Fal$e Teaching$” I myself have been inculcated with since I, more than anyone else on the face of the earth, have been most exposed to her teachings. (-> read the whole thing)

While I agree with Shai Linne, I have no problem with Knight asking for specifics. It’s actually refreshing that someone from the Word of Faith movement wants to talk. There is no lack of discernment/apologetics ministries out there critiquing White’s teachings, but this challenge is specific to Linne since he made the charge.

Whether a face-to-face happens or not, I hope some sort of open, public dialogue takes place. The Word of Faith teachings need to be exposed and corrected. Furthermore, if there are false charges against another Christian, those need to be corrected too.

For the Kingdom…

Mark

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.
(2 Timothy 3:16-17 ESV)

 

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1 Adam April 11, 2013 at 3:36 pm

The letter reads well, but look, Paula White is a word of faith teacher, and word of faith teaching is incompatible with orthodox Christianity because among other things it delineates the line between creator and creation by ascribing to mere humans powers that exclusively belong to God. Matthew 18 really seems to have no precedence in this case because it describes the process of Christians dealing with other Christians, but in this case, it seems pretty obvious to me that Shai doesn’t regard her to be a sister in the Lord. If Paula White Ministries want to denounce the charge, then it will take more than an emotional-appeal letter from her son. It will take an actual account for her many statements that are well documented regarding her belief in word of faith theology. The letter from her son is what’s called a red herring, diverting attention from the false teaching and onto his mother being a good mother, process of rebuke dispute, their experience of name-calling, etc. One finds this same tactic used by Mormons and others in response to serious complaints about their theology, as well: Very common tactic, indeed.

2 Ken Temple April 12, 2013 at 9:00 am

Here is Paula White and Larry Hutch teaching the prosperity heresy and that poverty is a curse that was broken by the crown of thorns on Jesus’ head – implying that one does not have to work hard any more to earn money – “by the sweat of your brow you will eat bread” – Genesis 3.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V4pYJc8ycOM&feature=player_embedded

3 Ken Temple April 12, 2013 at 9:06 am

Oh, I forgot – an even worse thing is that they said, “Jesus Christ is not the only begotten Son of God”, but “the first fruit” – “we – you and I are also begotten sons (and daughters) of God”. Wow.

they misunderstand Son of God by nature and eternity vs. sons and daughters of God by adoption. They loose the Creator vs. creature distinction and exalt humans.

“you want dominion?, you want victory?, you want authority?”, etc.

4 KB April 12, 2013 at 1:26 pm

The letter was well-constructed, but a little heavy on the works. Someone who does good works is not always someone who is theologically sound. Otherwise, why even bother with Christ?

5 Even If Ministries April 12, 2013 at 2:35 pm

No need to go into all of it, let’s just address one as it will be sufficient: “Jesus in NOT the only begotten son . . .” in this video at 2:28

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V4pYJc8ycOM

This is Paula White and Pastor Larry Huck preaching a DIFFERENT gospel:

Galatians 1:8-9 (CJB)
8 But even if we — or, for that matter, an angel from heaven!—were to announce to you some so-called “Good News” contrary to the Good News we did announce to you, let him be under a curse forever!
9 We said it before, and I say it again: if anyone announces “Good News” contrary to what you received, let him be under a curse forever!

When we go to John 3:16, we find a significant word: 3302. μονογενής monogenēs adj Only, unique, only-begotten. Let’s look at the verse that they are contradicting just in case you may not know:

John 3:16 (CJB)
16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his only and unique Son, so that everyone who trusts in him may have eternal life, instead of being utterly destroyed.

do I even have to go into what the Hebrew word for anointed is that they then digress into? anointed = Messiah (Christ)

Some of the biggest errors in teaching are a result of the word of the faith/deliverance (think Peter Horrobin)/prosperity . . . self proclaimed prophets proclaiming NEW revelation – Adonai will judge their hearts because he knows the intent behind them

We judge their actions and their words – just like the Bereans – to see if what they preach accords with the text . . .

I will stop here,

sorry for it being so long Mark . . .

6 KB April 12, 2013 at 3:50 pm

Having read through the letter again (and I agree Adam that it’s a classic misdirection), I come away wondering three things:

1) If he’s not new to this kind of criticism (as he’s pointed out), where is the Biblical defense for what is being preached by his mother, and to an extent, himself? If this isn’t his first go-round, then where’s the theological foundation? Just stating who Jesus is by itself doesn’t cut it. And pointing out Scriptures dealing with false prophets and such (without pointing out specifically where in the Bible supports their belief) feels like a shell game.

2) If he points out his salary (and touts that he could have 6-figure paying jobs), then how is that relevant to the issue at hand? Shai’s point isn’t attacking him – he’s attacking the false doctrine they push forth; even still, what about items that have been accumulated? Or how about tax-exempt status, if they have it?

3) He mentions how Shai cannot bring up an instance where Paula has denied Christ. However, if you’re teaching false doctrine, isn’t that the same thing as a denial? And if he’s upset about Shai challenging Paula publically, is the answer another public challenge?

I don’t want to seem like I’m attacking the guy – dialogue is sorely needed. But it feels like a “circle the wagons” type of response.

7 Ken Temple April 13, 2013 at 9:30 am

The Word of Faith teachers condemn themselves just by listening to them. Anyone who has read the Bible about suffering and God’s sovereignty and the right attitude in prayer – should be able to see the problems. If Paula White agrees with any of these numerous statements, she is a false teacher.

http://apologeticsandagape.wordpress.com/2013/04/12/by-their-own-words-the-word-faith-teachers-condemn-themselves/
These were compiled before she came on the scene.

8 Nicole H. April 16, 2013 at 9:40 am

Then there’s the whole 1 Timothy 2:12 issue …
“I do not permit a woman to teach or to exercise authority over a man; rather, she is to remain quiet.”

But I guess that’s considered a rather moot point in this day and age [tongue in cheek].

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