President-elect Donald Trump continued to make unorthodox decisions on the way to the Oval Office, and some Christian leaders are not happy about one such choice he made. Paula White has been invited to deliver a prayer at the inauguration ceremony alongside other religious leaders.
White is a proponent of the "prosperity gospel" which says faith is rewarded with material possessions and wealth, but many Evangelical Christians consider this to be a heretical teaching.
Conservative Christian Erick Erickson was very vocal in his opposition to White, writing, "Paula White is a trinity denying heretic. She rejects the Council of Nicaea’s creed that every Christian accepts. To reject the orthodoxy of the Nicene Creed is to reject Christianity itself."
The Washington Examiner listed other objections from Christian leaders:
"Paula White is a charlatan and recognized as a heretic by every orthodox Christian, of whatever tribe," echoed Russell Moore of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission.
"Paula White has a long history of bankruptcies, failed business ventures, and unsuccessful marriages, which makes her the perfect choice to deliver a prayer on behalf a president-elect who has proudly proclaimed that he's never felt the need to ask forgiveness from God for anything," complained Paula Bolyard in a post...
White has been a long-time friend and supporter of Trump, whose own religiosity has been questioned by some critics. They cite his odd answers about who Jesus Christ is, whether he's ever asked God for forgiveness, and his stumbling over quoting the second epistle to the Corinthians from the Bible as evidence that he is exaggerating the importance of Bible teachings in his life.
Supporters like "Duck Dynasty" star Phil Robertson excuse Trump's religious shortcomings by comparing him to his political opponents and competitors. Former Minnesotan Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann says outright that God has "raised up" Donald Trump to the office.
The inauguration for President-elect Trump will be held on January 20th. So far there is no indication Trump will change his plans to have Paula White pray at the ceremony.