By Erica Abbott
Reports that televangelist Paula White was selling “prayer flags” blessed by President Donald Trump on her website are false. While White is considered Trump’s “spiritual adviser,” she did not attempt to “capitalize on their friendship” by selling Trump-blessed prayer flags.
According to Snopes, the fake claim originated on The Business Standard News, a website known for publishing political satire. The article claimed that White was selling prayer flags blessed by Trump for $100 each and that they would “enhance” the buyer’s prayer request. It purported:
Televangelist Paula White, a close confidant of President Donald Trump, is capitalizing on their friendship. White, a notorious proponent of the prosperity gospel, is now hawking “prayer flags,” for $100 a piece.
“These flags will enhance your prayer request, since they have been prayed over by both the president and I,” said White in a message on her website.
Many Christian theologians consider the thrice-married White a heretic and dismiss the prosperity gospel, which says God wants Christians to be wealthy on Earth, as a misinterpretation of Christianity.
There is, of course, no truth to this claim. Besides the fact that a president cannot bless objects, the website, also known as “BS News,” clearly states in their disclaimer that their articles are not to be taken seriously:
The Business Standard News is a satirical site designed to parody the 24-hour news cycle. The stories are outlandish, but reality is so strange nowadays they could be true.
White, who is currently the senior pastor of New Destiny Christian Center in Florida, delivered the invocation at the presidential inauguration ceremony earlier this year.
Social Media Shares Fake Story about Paula White Selling “Trump-Blessed” Prayer Flags
ummmm … yea – https://t.co/nzUM4k1VlZ
— ROSIE (@Rosie) May 13, 2017
Trump blessed flags available! $100 and your prayers will be recorded and investigated. https://t.co/TRH8X6T16Q
— Cactus Juice (@juice_cactus) May 13, 2017
Paula White Selling Trump-Blessed ‘Prayer Flags’ – Seriously? Ah, Evangelicals… https://t.co/Y6LSbmYgG0
— Brasilmagic (@Brasilmagic) May 13, 2017
St. Donald flags! Get yours today! https://t.co/RArdycOVx8
— Xena666 (@WaterTribe02) May 13, 2017
https://t.co/2NXrCyDcKB Truly a WTF MOMENT..
— Adrienne Young (@gentlemindmom) May 13, 2017
Are real Christians listening? Do you see this? This is your religion being sold for political gain and profit. https://t.co/i6k0JUydm9
— John Oberlin (@OMGno2trump) May 13, 2017
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