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Trump spiritual adviser Paula White announces ambitious plans to expand religious empire

U.S. President Donald Trump closes his eyes as Pastor Paula White leads a prayer at a dinner hosted by the Trumps to honor evangelical leadership in the State Dining Room at the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S. August 27, 2018. (REUTERS/Leah Millis)

Donald Trump’s spiritual adviser, televangelist Paula White, has announced that she is stepping down as senior pastor of her evangelical Florida church after God personally told her she needed to found a further 3,000 churches, a university and even a performing arts center.

“The Lord spoke to me very clearly and said, ‘If you miss this moment, you will delay things. Do not miss this moment,’” White declared during a service last Sunday at the New Destiny Christian Center in Apopka, Florida. During the service, White also officially installed her son, Brad Knight, and his wife as the church’s new senior pastors.

White, who has no seminary degree or formal religious training, became a millionaire through her Florida church and successful televangelism of the so-called “prosperity gospel,” which claims that material wealth is an indication of God’s favor and that the faithful will also prosper financially so long as they give all their money to church leaders. As recently as last year, according to The Guardian, White was openly telling families they could reliably incur God’s good will if they sent their first month’s salary to her ministry. White has also famously defended Trump’s policy of separating migrant children from their families by suggesting that all people who break the law are inherently “sinful.”

White, who also boasts a following of over 3 million Facebook users, says she intends on creating her own religious empire — all for the sake of God’s will. She also plans on continuing her work counseling Trump on spiritual matters, describing her role with Trump as “an assignment from God.

Read the full story at Huffpost.

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