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Paula White rose to fame and became a
staple on the black preaching circuit as one
of the few Caucasian women able to carry a
gospel sermon with the same charismatic
fervor of a black southern baptist
The self-proclaimed "former messed up
Mississippi girl" won over the hearts and
minds of millions of Christians--black and
white-- with power-packed teaching,
books, conferences, and a popular
television program, Paula White Today.
But recently, the Without Walls pastor has
been under media scrutiny after an alleged
affair with faith healer, Benny Hinn. Many
of her supporters have been conflicted
over the reports, causing White to respond
publicly. This past week-end at Bishop TD
Jakes' Pastors and Leadership Conference
in Orlando, Florida the always dynamic
Paula White Gets Vulnerable & Very Open
Without Walls Senior Pastor Opens Up about Drug Addiction, Divorce, and
speaker got "very vulnerable and very open" with the audience of thousands. "I'm not here to look
cute ... I came to let the devil know ... I'm stronger than I've ever been," shouted White.
Christian post reports and shares excerpts from White's sermon that received support from the
"You can handle something if it's for a short season. But how do I praise Him when my days
turn into weeks and my weeks turn into months and my months turn into years and my
years turn into decades?" she said. "How do I praise Him under that continual pressure?
That kind of pressure wears you out."
Listing the numerous trials she went through, White said she experienced a midlife
meltdown, compassion fatigue, her friend being falsely accused and sent to prison, a stroke,
addiction to the prescription medication she was given following her stroke, and problems
in her marriage.
Continuing, she added that her church staff split in the middle with some turning on the
Whites and going to the media.
She maintained that the articles written based on allegations from former church staff were
"mostly, totally unfounded" and "lies." The Whites were accused of being all about money
She also indicated that the staff turned on the church because they couldn’t "supply the staff
with the lifestyle that they were used to."
Family problems were added when White found out that her son had a drug addiction and
was sexually abused by another male at a staff member's house. She then had to experience
the pain of her daughter battling brain cancer. Her daughter, Kristen, died in 2008 at age 30.
In the midst of all this, White said she was being pressured to preach and prophesy and
fulfill her role in the church.
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