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The Straders and Whites Are Losers
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BISHOP RANDY WHITE AND T.D. JAKES
RANDY AND PAULA WHITE ARE VERY DISHONEST
In his autobiography, "Without Walls," and on a 2002 Web profile, Randy said he
enrolled at the former Lee College in Cleveland, Tenn., and earned a bachelor's
degree in ministerial studies and a master's in divinity. He said he was awarded an
honorary doctorate in humane letters from Virginia State University in Petersburg,
Representatives from both schools said he did not receive degrees there, though
Lee confirmed he took two classes.
According to documents Randy gave the Tribune in April, he received a doctorate
of humane letters from Commonwealth Assistance Foundation Institute of
International Studies in Alexandria, Va., in May 1993. An in-depth Internet search
found no mention of the school. There is no telephone listing for it.
Randy does have a bachelor's degree in theology from the International Bible
Institute and Seminary, a correspondence school in Orlando.
Creditor Posts Top Bid at Auction for
Without Walls Church
Without Walls Central Church sits vacant in North Lakeland in December 2012.
The building, once the Carpenter's Home Church, is set to be auctioned on July 8
as the result of a bankruptcy filing by the Tampa church that owns it.
CALVIN KNIGHT | THE LEDGER (2012)
By Gary White
Published: Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at 11:07 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at 11:07 a.m.
TAMPA | Polk County's largest church building is on the verge of having a new
owner. But the fate of the former Without Walls Central property is not
necessarily any clearer.
The credit union that holds the mortgage on the North Lakeland property bid $2
million Tuesday morning to take possession of the 63-acre property that includes
the former Carpenter's Home Church, which has a capacity of 9,600.
The auction took place in a conference room at the offices of Stichter, Riedel,
Blain and Prosser, the Tampa law firm representing Without Walls. It lasted about
two minutes and produced only a single voiced bid — the $2 million offer from
Evangelical Christian Credit Union.
Sealed bids on the auction were due by Monday and resulted in an opening bid of
$1.7 million, as explained by Walt Driggers, a broker with Tranzon Driggers, the
company that managed the auction. That bid was made by Joe Barron, an
independent developer based in Celebration.
A representative from the credit union immediately bid $2 million, and the other
two qualified bidders — Barron and a priest from a Chicago church — declined to
bid higher than that.
The three representatives from the credit union declined to comment about their
plans for the property following Tuesday's auction. The transaction must be
approved today in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Tampa.
The credit union had three representatives at Tuesday's auction. The two other
The auction resulted from a long legal battle between the California-based credit
union and Without Walls International, the Tampa church that has owned the
property since 2005. The credit union, claiming it was owed $13.9 million by
Without Walls International, began foreclosure proceedings in October 2012.
Without Walls International filed for bankruptcy in March, bringing the foreclosure
case to a halt. Judge Michael Williamson of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Tampa
signed an order for the auction in April.
The property includes a Mediterranean-style structure built in the 1920s as a
retirement home for a carpenters' union. That building was used in recent years
as a private school.
Without Walls Central has been dormant for about three years. Records show
Without Walls owes Lakeland Electric $5,236.41. The church also has accrued
about $30,000 in fines from Lakeland's code enforcement office for violations,
city spokesman Kevin Cook said.
The First Assembly of God constructed Carpenter's Home Church in 1985. The
church split in 1989 and never again had a congregation large enough to fill the
Church Foreclosures Plague California
By Michelle A. Samaad June 19, 2013
In the thick of the economic meltdown that ravaged the housing market a few
years ago, churches in some communities were among those that felt the bruises
of foreclosures more than other properties.
One of the credit union industry’s top business lending programs can be found at
the $1.1 billion Evangelical Christian Credit Union in Brea, Calif. Toward the end
of 2012, it ranked second in the nation, amassing $833 million in business loans,
according to SNL Financial.
However in 2009, Evangelical Christian started grappling with an increase in
foreclosures on churches. In a USA Today article, the credit union said it had to
foreclose on seven of its 1,100 loans in 2008. At least one Texas church had filed
for bankruptcy, owing the cooperative nearly $2.8 million.
Fast forward to 2013 and Evangelical Christian is embroiled in yet another
foreclosure case that stretches back to 2008. This time, it involves a proceeding
against one of Florida’s largest churches.
The Lakeland, Fla.-based Without Walls International Church initially went into
foreclosure in 2008, owing Evangelical Christian $13.9 million, which was due in
September 2012, Ledger.com reported. In 2009, it approved a mortgage
modification for the church.
Evangelical Christian then moved forward with its foreclosure proceedings against
the church last October. After filing a request for documents on May 21, a hearing
is set to take place in September.
Meanwhile, Without Walls filed a complaint last October against Evangelical
Christian seeking more than $23.8 million with claims that the credit union acted
inappropriately towards the church’s founder, Randy White, by allowing his ex-
wife, Paula White, to take more than $2 million worth of video and music
equipment from the church to use for her own ministry, according to the
Ledger.com. Paula White was apparently hired as senior pastor at a church in
Without Walls’ complaint also said Evangelical Christian allegedly made false
statements about the church in order to thwart a deal initiated by Randy White to
sell the property.
According to real estate filings, Without Walls is currently up for sale, with an
asking price of $14.75 million, the Ledger.com reported. The property, which has
63 acres and houses the 9,600-seat church, was initially bought in 2005 for $8
A comment from Evangelical Christian was not available.
In a 2009 article titled “Crisis and Faith” featured in a leadership education
publication from Duke University, Mark Holbrook, president of Evangelical
Christian, offered his take on the growing number of church foreclosures.
“Certainly, this is unprecedented in our history,” Holbrook said. “Because of the
grace factor, churches tend to put off hard decisions,” he added referring to how
some churches may see their soured financials as a sign of wavering spiritual
Nationwide, Evangelical Christian continues to deal with churches that have not
kept up their mortgage payments. In the spring of 2012, it was reported that the
Faith Center in Rockford, Ill., owed the credit union $4.17 million after it
borrowed funds to expand back in 2007. The center filed for bankruptcy last
As of March, Evangelical Christian had nearly $2.6 million in loan charge-offs,
according to its NCUA Call Report. The bulk of the losses came from members
business loans excluding agricultural loans. Loans charged off due to bankruptcy
totaled $135,707 year to date. However, the total dollar amount of loans
originated by members who either filed for either Chapters 7, 11, 12 or 13 year to
date came to nearly $5.3 million.
Still, with an 8.11% net worth ratio, the credit union is considered well-
capitalized, according to its Call Report. In all, Evangelical Christian had $853
million in business loans as of March.
Like the housing market, churches were not immune to the impact of the Great
Recession. A 2008 survey by the National Association of Church Business
Administration showed that nearly four in 10 congregations had reported a dip in
income, 12% had resorted to layoffs and a growing number of churches declared
$29M Church Default Heads to
By Michelle A. Samaad June 16, 2014
Plagued by a bankruptcy and mounting, unpaid code enforcement fines, a Florida
church that received a loan from Evangelical Christian Credit Union in 2008 is up
According to local media reports, sealed bids for Without Walls Central Church in
North Lakeland, Fla., are due by July 7. The auction is scheduled for July 8.
Without Walls Central is owned by the Tampa, Fla.-based Without Walls
International Church, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection March 5
owing $29 million to the $1 billion Evangelical Christian in Brea, Calif.
Read more about the Without Walls saga:
Church Files BK in Evangelical Christian Foreclosure Case
Church Foreclosure Saga Continues
Evangelical Christian Embroiled in Five-Year Church Foreclosure Fight
Without Walls International had defaulted on its loans prior to the bankruptcy
filing. The U.S. Bankruptcy Court denied the credit union’s Dec. 31, 2013 request
to move forward on a foreclosure case that began in October 2012.
The auction order was signed in April by Judge Michael Williamson of the U.S.
Bankruptcy Court in Tampa, according to The Ledger.com.
It is still possible that Evangelical Christian could regain ownership of the property
because it is listed as a qualified bidder for the upcoming auction, the publication
A comment from the credit union was not immediately available.
In addition to owing Lakeland Electric more than $5,200, Without Walls
International has accrued nearly $30,000 in code enforcement fines from the city
of Lakeland, Fla.
In its bankruptcy petition, the mega church said it had an estimated $10 million to
$50 million in liabilities and assets.
Without Walls International initially went into foreclosure with Evangelical
Christian in 2008. In 2009, the credit union approved a mortgage modification for
In October 2012, Without Walls International filed a complaint against Evangelical
Christian seeking more than $23.8 million with claims that the credit union acted
inappropriately towards the church's founder, Randy White, by allowing his ex-
wife, Paula White, to take more than $2 million worth of video and music
equipment from the church to use for her own ministry. Paula White was hired as
a senior pastor at another Florida church.
Without Walls International had previously said Evangelical Christian allegedly
made false statements about the church in order to thwart a deal initiated by
Randy White to sell the property.
RANDY WHITE A LIAR AND A FOOL
A year ago, church officials had high hopes of emerging from foreclosure to not
only re-open the Lakeland church but also to add a school.
"The intended future use of the Polk County property will be consistent with the
church's mission," John Anthony of Tampa, Without Walls' lead lawyer, told a
Lakeland newspaper in May 2013. "At present, it appears likely that a sanctuary
will be complemented by a monastery school with a target of several hundred
students and a curriculum based in strong values."
Nearly a year before that, lead pastor Randy White, who had just returned after a
three-year hiatus, talked of even bigger plans to add a restaurant, cinema,
condominiums and possibly even a Christian theme park to the 63-acre property
with some lake frontage on the north side of Lakeland, a city roughly halfway
between Tampa and Orlando. But the church was never able to overcome
mounting debt to the California credit union that holds its mortgage and had the
electricity turned off more than once. The Lakeland church has been closed for
about three years; the Tampa facility remains open for services.
White and his then-wife, Paula White, founded the church, first called South
Tampa Christian Center, in 1991 with a heavy emphasis on outreach and changed
its name to Without Walls International Church after they bought the current
property in the late '90s. The church added the Lakeland site in 2002, first on a
rental basis before purchasing it in 2005. Randy White led the churches until
2009, when he left citing health issues that turned out to include drug addiction,
a problem that apparently developed after the death of his daughter. The couple
had divorced in 2007, and Paula White, an internationally recognized evangelist,
author and TV personality, moved to the Orlando area at the first of 2012 to take
over leadership of New Destiny Christian Center, a predominantly African-
American congregation, several months after its pastor died.
The property occupied by Without Walls Central was better known 20 years ago
when it was Carpenter's Home Church, an Assemblies of God megachurch founded
in the early 1980s and pastored by Karl Strader. The main auditorium could seat
nearly 10,000, and the church became the largest between Tampa and Orlando.
But it closed in the '90s after attendance dwindled to 1,000 making it impossible
to maintain the large facilities. Much of the loss in membership was attributed to
a financial scam perpetrated by Strader's son Daniel, who stole $3 million from
investors, mostly Carpenter's Home members. Daniel Strader was convicted in
1994 and is serving a long prison term. A bid for clemency was denied in 2006.
Roy Aldrich, a retired school teacher, who was robbed of a $100,000 by Dan and
Karl Strader, knew that Pastor Karl Strader was an enemy of good men.
KARL STRADER'S MASSIVE CARPENTER'S HOME CHURCH IS AN ALBATROSS AND
PASTOR KARL STRADER IS HISTORY http://wp.me/P2M7AJ-c0
Housing, retail planned for Without Walls
About 2.5 acres of church property fronting Columbus Drive would be developed with restaurants
Pastor tries to rebuild church
By Kathy Steele | Tribune Staff
Published: January 5, 2013
Officials at Without Walls International Church have a pending sales contract with
developers who plan to build apartments, restaurants and shops on the church's
The beleaguered ministry has struggled in recent years with its finances, including
a $12.5 million mortgage and a dwindling membership.
The proposed 557 apartments, if approved, would be built in two phases. The first
construction of Grady Avenue Apartments would be completed in winter of this
year; the second in winter 2014.
The prospective buyer is West Palm Beach-based The Richman Group of Florida.
The company has filed an application to rezone the property. A public hearing is
scheduled for April 11.
Two four-story apartment buildings would have parking garages, shared courtyards,
a swimming pool and a club house, according to city records filed with Tampa's
growth management department.
About 2.5 acres of church property fronting Columbus Drive would be developed
with restaurants and shops.
Pastor Randy White could not be reached for comment. In July, he told a reporter
that church officials planned to sell the administrative building for about $4.4
million, with a closing anticipated within 60 days.
A sign is posted in front of the church at 3860 E. Columbus Dr. announcing a pre-
demolition public auction for the administrative building at 10 a.m. Jan. 15.
The Richman Group has developed several East Tampa apartment complexes in
recent years, including Meridian Pointe, Brandywine and Grande Oaks, which lease
apartments based on a renters' income and a sliding fee scale.
The apartments planned for the Without Walls' property would be upscale and
market rate, said Michael Horner, who represents the parties involved at April's
Without Walls International Church to Be Sold, Will Become High Rise Condos
Everything is going down but the word of God in Tampa. After several reports
from members of WWIC in Tampa, who read my blog, as well as a little Google
research, I am able to report that I’ve found an interview that Randy White did
with the Tampa Bay Turbine on the sale of the church property in early January
of this year.
It has been no secret whatsoever that the Whites have been trying to remain
above water after a scandal hit the church. This came after their very public
divorce and government investigation into their lavish spending lifestyles.
I am able to report to the readers of my blog that WWIC has been sold and will be
demolished in the next few months, coming after years of speculation.
While the founders of WWIC will continue to pimp weak-minded believers out of
their hard earned money Sunday after Sunday, perhaps some of them will wake up
and come to the conclusion that Randy and Paula White are not at all of GOD.
Randy White confirmed on January 7
that a deal for $14 million has been put on
the table for the property located on North Grady Ave. in Tampa.
White also says a search committee has begun to look for a new location within 3
miles of the current location (back to a shopping center.)
According to sources (I don’t name my sources unless they want to be named),
some members have already begun to look for other church homes and have been
visiting various churches in the area on Wednesday nights.
I find it amusing that Randy White told the Tampa Tribune, “The bank has to
accept it. The church board has to approve it. And the buyers have to get
permits,” said White, who leads the nondenominational congregation. “But if this
all goes through, it would be an incredible situation for us.”
My question is this what church board ? You mean to tell me that a church board
has been in place for all these years and has allowed scandal rock their church,
and has furthermore allowed both Randy and Paula do ungodly things outside of
the pulpit and sometimes in the pulpit?
The Whites life’s started to unravel in 2007 – a public divorce, a U.S. Senate
inquiry into church finances, his daughter’s death, media scrutiny for the couple’s
jet-setting lifestyle, his addiction to prescription drugs, and a stroke. Paula White
took over Without Walls for a few years, and now leads New Destiny Christian
Center in Orlando, which has also seen a decrease in membership since she took
over in 2012.
This should be a wakeup call for all the pulpit pimps out there. God doesn’t like
ugly and He is not pleased with your lifestyles.
Randy, you may now announce to your faithful church members that you have
thrown in the towel and have given up!
any article. Order a reprint of this article now.
Foreclosure Fight Pits Pastor With His Ex-Wife
Credit Union is pursuing foreclosure
By Gary White
Published: Friday, May 31, 2013 at 10:31 p.m.
CALVIN KNIGHT | THE LEDGER (2012)
The Without Walls church in North Lakeland has been dormant for nearly two
years, and its future might not be decided soon. Recent plans for concerts have
been announced and then canceled.
LAKELAND | Without Walls Central, the largest church sanctuary in Polk County, is
caught up in a legal dispute between its Tampa parent church and a credit union
It's a battle that indirectly pits the pastor, Randy White, founder and leader of
Without Walls International Church, against his former wife, Paula White, who left
the church about 18 months ago. The future of the North Lakeland church, which
has been dormant for nearly two years, is tied up in the court system and might
not be decided anytime soon.
Records filed in Polk and Hillsborough counties show the lender, California-based
Evangelical Christian Credit Union, began foreclosure proceedings on the Lakeland
property last October and most recently filed a request for documents May 21. A
hearing on the case has been scheduled for September in civil court in the 10th
Without Walls has countersued, charging that the lender "acted inappropriately"
toward Randy White and the church.
The most notable claim in Without Walls' court filings says that Mark Holbrook, the
credit union's CEO, improperly encouraged Paula White to take more than $2
million worth of music and video equipment from the Tampa church for use in her
own ministries. She was hired Jan. 1, 2012, as senior pastor at New Destiny
Christian Center in suburban Orlando.
Without Walls' complaint, filed in October in Hillsborough County, seeks damages
in excess of $23.8 million.
Without Walls Central has not held services since August 2011, and Lakeland
Electric disconnected power to the building March 27 — the second time in two
years that has happened. The church owes the utility more than $32,000, city
spokesman Kevin Cook said.
At this point, Randy White is deferring to his lawyers in describing plans for the
North Lakeland church.
"The intended future use of the Polk County property will be consistent with the
church's mission," John A. Anthony of Tampa, Without Walls' lead lawyer, said in a
written statement to The Ledger. "At present, it appears likely that a sanctuary
will be complemented by a monastery school with a target of several hundred
students and a curriculum based in strong values."
Anthony said his office plans to file an amended version of the counterclaim
against the credit union, which he said was "improperly motivated" in its dealings
with the church. He declined to offer details.
Cassandra Denmark, who works out of Anthony & Partners' Bartow office, also is
involved in the case.
Without Walls Central, still known to many by its former name, Carpenter's Home
Church, has been a source of rumor and drama since 2008, when it went into
foreclosure for the first time. The credit union granted a mortgage modification
the following year on the 63-acre property.
Without Walls owed the credit union $13.9 million on the Lakeland property for
two loans due last September, according to court records. The credit union also
holds a mortgage on Without Walls' Tampa property, and the church also is
challenging foreclosure proceedings on that parcel.
Without Walls International announced plans in January to sell its main church
site near Raymond James Stadium in Tampa for a reported $14 million. White has
said Without Walls was seeking a new location in Tampa.
In legal documents filed in Hillsborough County, Without Walls accuses Holbrook
and the credit union of making false statements about the church in an attempt to
sabotage a deal White was negotiating to sell the Tampa property.
Even as the Lakeland sanctuary and an adjacent former school have remained
vacant, White has steadily spoken about plans to resume holding services. In early
May, a promoter separate from Without Walls announced plans for a June 1
concert at the Lakeland church featuring Christian musician Canton Jones, only to
contact The Ledger later and say the concert had been canceled "due to
circumstances beyond our control."
All the while, the Lakeland property has remained actively listed as for sale. The
broker, the Tampa office of Sperry Van Ness Commercial Real Estate, is asking for
$14.75 million for the property, which includes an expansive parking area and
ballfields. The listing was last updated May 24.
Without Walls International, once among Florida's largest congregations, bought
the Lakeland property for $8 million in 2005. It never came close to filling the
9,600-seat sanctuary, and services halted in the summer of 2011 following the
departures of two consecutive pastors.
Brian Rewis, Lakeland's code enforcement division manager, said Without Walls
has been cited in recent months for violations at the Lakeland site. He said the
most serious violations involved the appearance of the former school, originally a
residence for retired carpenters. Rewis said the city's staff cited Without Walls in
September for damage to the exterior walls and roof of the historic building, along
with broken and boarded windows. The church was given 120 days to fix the
problems, and when the city deemed the owner had not done so, it began
assessing a fine of $30 a day on Jan. 6.
The city determined the building was in compliance May 9, at which point Without
Walls had accrued $3,690 in fines, Rewis said. The Code Enforcement Board is
scheduled to review the case at its June 18 meeting, though Rewis said the fines
may be a moot point if the property goes into foreclosure and is sold.
The First Assembly of God constructed Carpenter's Home Church in 1985. The
church split in 1989 and never again had a congregation large enough to fill the
sanctuary. In its prime, the venue held major concerts by such Christian musicians
as Michael W. Smith and Steven Curtis Chapman.
City Commissioner Keith Merritt, whose district includes the Without Walls
property, said it's unfortunate to see the sanctuary sitting unused.
"We are limited in the amount of help we can provide to a private business,
especially if they haven't come to us, and I don't know if they have," Merritt said.
"An institution like that lends vibrancy to the community, and it's important we do
what we can to help them out, not necessarily financially but maybe in identifying
Tony Delgado, Lakeland's deputy city manager, agreed that there's little the city
can do about the property.
"Whether you went to church there or saw shows there, it has a great history,"
Delgado said. "In its heyday, it was a heck of a facility. From that perspective,
we'd love to see it used some day, and hopefully somebody out there can make
Even as the massive church remains dormant, it has been mentioned in recent
news reports involving the Lakeland Police Department. The Florida Department
of Law Enforcement is investigating the department for the actions of several
employees, some of whom were given tours of buildings on the Without Walls
property by Officer Steve Sherman.
Sherman has resigned, and other LPD employees have been suspended or
reassigned as the investigation proceeds. Randy White told investigators that
Sherman had never been given permission to enter any of the buildings, according
to records reviewed by The Ledger. Anthony, though, seemed to contradict that
in a statement to The Ledger.
"(The) church continues to have great confidence in law enforcement authorities
who have acted diligently at all times in safeguarding the premises," Anthony
wrote. "The Church has authorized officers to give tours of the property, and
appreciates their contribution at a time that leaves much to be desired in light of
the Lender's conduct."
Pastor Randy White: Church Visitor
Questions His Integrity While Asking for 3
This letter is in connection and in addition to the article posted by our sister site
AT2W titled: Has Pastor Randy White Been Caught Playing the Prosperity Gospel
Game of Lies?
Below, is a letter AT2W received from someone who visited Without Walls
International and you can read what they experienced this Sunday on July 8th:
My husband and I attended this church this morning July 8th, 2012. We had read
some articles about some of the problems the church had faced but not the full
extend and decided to go with an open mind.
First I anticipated Paula White to be the one who spoke but it is of course her ex-
husband Randy. The church is nasty and needing repairs. The carpets were filthy
the paint was peeling. Yet the pastor was in a very nice expensive suit and took 3
different offerings. One for tithes, and 2 different offerings. Begging the
congregation that looked to be common working class African American for more
and more money. He spoke and showed video of a man who gave 10,000 dollars to
the church in the past but had no idea where it would come from and since doing
so told how much God had blessed them. Randy encouraged other people to be
like that man and to give. The last and final offering was to turn the lights on at
the Lakeland church because they were in debt to the electric company of excess
He spoke of how people often get caught up in the ways of the world like drinking
and partying yet never mentioned his own DUI. Also he invited all the men to his
very large house with pool, hot tub, pool table (this is his words not mine) for a
BBQ, yet they can't turn the lights on at their Lakeland location? This service left
a sicking feeling with my husband and I. When I got home I began to read more
and more about what kind of people Randy and Paula White are.
Please continue to cover this churches misconduct. These people are scam artist
and do not deserve to be preaching the word of God. I believe everyone deserves
a second chance but how many chances does it take to show someones true
Thank you for showing your readers the truth and I hope others take notice and
If you read AT2W's article: Has Pastor Randy White Been Caught Playing the
Prosperity Gospel Game of Lies?, you'd see that Randy White has told yet another
black lie, as Karen Pansler-Lam calls it in her article at the Liberty Advocate
"Randy White's Black Lie". He told The Ledger that "he is selling his house and has
drained his retirement funds to help support Without Walls International."
So, we agree with the person who wrote us the letter: How can he invite people
to his big home for a huge party when he claimed he is selling his house and is
broke? On top of this, it appears WWIC is in need of repairs as well and the
Lakeland property may not be the only location that has been neglected.
To the congregation that follows Randy White: please be aware of what is staring
you in the face. You are not receiving the truth. Yet, you are being fed lies and
deception- all in the name of you emptying your pocket books. It should be clear
and the nose on our faces by now!
“Has Pastor Randy White Been Caught
Telling Lies Soon After Returning to
Without Wall Intl?
Our friends at Liberty Advocate have brought to our attention some untruths told
by a popular Florida minister. According to them, they have been following Pastor
Randy White who recently returned as the leader of Without Walls International
Church in Tampa, Fl. As former wife, Paul White has moved on to Orlando area
church New Destiny Christian Center, Pastor Randy White has taken over WWIC
now, according to the reports and his words, to what we call the prosperity gospel
game of lies. Liberty Advocate has put together some information using reports
that Pastor Randy White told the media himself. Here’s what they stated he told
one publication: Without Walls Randy White reveals to The Christian Post the $4.4
MIL sale of property: According to White, a part of the Without Walls property is
being sold for $4.4 million to a condominium developer, which will help lower the
church’s debt. He further announced that he would personally be giving $10,000
to the church and urged congregants to help reach the goal of $300,000 to “pay
off all accounts payable debt.” Responding to the media on why he asks for
offerings so frequently, he said simply, “We need it.”
Now, take a look at what he stated on another date to The Ledger: Previously, on
June 26th, White boasted to The Christian Post that he sold a piece of property
and would build a new Tampa sanctuary. But a few days later, on July 10th, White
told a black lie ( a $4.4 MIL lie) to The Ledger…he’s broke and cannot repair
Without Walls Central in Lakeland. And Randy White has allowed historic
Carpenters Home to go to ruin by failing to secure and maintain the property.
Source So, they asked the critical questions that are important since he has to
build some credibility but it seems like he is sticking to how things were before:
the prosperity gospel of lies. So, Mr. White, which story is a black lie? Two
different articles…two different stories. What’s the truth…prosperity or poverty?
He had the gall to quote in the July 10th Ledger article, “Bishop Wants to Revive
the Vacated Without Walls Church” that he apologized for what occurred at the
Lakeland church property: “I think it’s an indictment against the body of Christ to
let that building go as it’s going,” White said. “As the leader of this organization, I
take full responsibility – although I was not in the position to lead at that
particular time when things started going south – I still, at the end of the day,
want to ask Lakeland, as I apologize, to forgive us for letting that go the way that
it has. I love Lakeland and I think it’s a great city and I just want them to be
patient with us.” Pastor Randy White made his apology but did he apologize for all
of the years he and Paula White squandered their money and could pay their bills
or should we say wouldn’t pay their bills? Years ago when they were still married,
he and Paula White would skip out on paying bills (read the story here) and they
had church members and creditors thinking they were upstanding church leaders
but all along took advantage of their clergy positions. People don’t want to think
that some church people will be fraudulent but it surely happens more than we
may know. Another question remains to be answered: If the Whites have been
caught up in scandal and created a bad name for themselves with creditors and
others, how can he, or Paula for that fact, be trusted now? As you can see, Randy
White is giving conflicting stories not only to his congregation but to two other
publications in print!! Unbelievable! Nothing seems to change these folks and we
all need to be aware of it. Read a letter that we received from someone who
updated us on some information about WWIC and Pastor Randy White at Church
Read more about Has Pastor Randy White Been Caught Playing the Prosperity Gospel Game of
Lies? | AT2W on:
Bishop Randy White
Returns to Without Walls
11:30AM EDT 6/22/2012 Jennifer LeClaire
Bishop Randy White has returned to Without Walls International Church. White
will serve as the overseer for the Tampa, Fla., and Lakeland, Fla., campuses of
the church he started with his ex-wife, Paula, in 1990.
“I am so thrilled to be back at Without Walls International Church,” White wrote
in an email newsletter to the congregation. “God has done a wonderful work in
my life. He is the God of Restoration!!”
White resigned from Without Walls and handed the church over to Paula White in
June 2009, citing ongoing health issues. Paula recently accepted the senior pastor
position at New Destiny Christian Center in Apopka, Fla., which was founded by
the late Zachery Tims and his then-wife Riva.
It is unclear if Paula will continue serving at Without Walls. However, Paula's
name is not currently listed on the staff directory.
“I believe in Without Walls, and I know that God's hand is upon this great church,”
White wrote. “Let's fight and take back the city of Tampa for Jesus! Together, we
CAN DO THIS!”
White also informed Without Walls via his Facebook page that “I am now going to
be the overseer Bishop of Tampa and Lakeland.”
Most of his Facebook followers were thrilled. Jennifer Gibson Baines posted on his
Facebook page: “God does restore and put his people back in their rightful
position. He's not through with them yet. We all have faults and we all have sins.
With God's forgiveness we are white as snow and all our sins are washed away.”
BUT RANDY AND PAULA WHITE MUST SERVE A DIFFERENT GOD THAN BENNY AND
SUZANNE HINN FOR WHILE RANDY STATED “God has done a wonderful work in my
life. He is the God of Restoration!! Benny and Suzanne Hinn Discuss Reconciliation
AND THAT Suzanne Hinn's drug problem caused the divorce? http://tl.gd/hr4fr3.
BILL JOHNSON IS THE DECEIVER http://www.scribd.com/doc/25418818
BENNY HINN THE SCOUNDREL http://www.scribd.com/doc/17673980
RANDY AND PAULA WHITE PARASITES PROSTITUTES PIMPS
CATCH THE FIRE - DEMONS FROM HELL http://www.scribd.com/doc/38075133
THE NEW APOSTOLIC REFORMATION IS DECEPTIVE http://www.scribd.com/doc/16611959
TODD BENTLEY IS A DEMON FROM HELL http://www.scribd.com/doc/47784235/
THE DEMONIC Lakeland-Revival WITH TODD BENTLEY AND STEPHEN STRADER
FALSE PROPHETS http://www.inplainsite.org/html/false_prophecy.html
Dominion Theology http://www.inplainsite.org/html/dominion_theology.html
Heaven Can't Wait http://www.inplainsite.org/html/heaven_cant_wait.html
JOHN ARNOTT, TACF/CTF ARE CRIMINALS, PERJURERS THIEVES
http://tl.gd/g215i1 http://tinyurl.com/78t3dxw http://tinyurl.com/2fxgggt
Randy White (The Con-artist)Shares Big Dreams
for Without Walls Central
10:30AM EDT 9/5/2012 Gina Meeks
The Without Walls Central campus in
Without Walls' once-abandoned Lakeland, Fla., campus could become the next full-blown
Christian mini-city, complete with a megachurch, restaurant, movie theater and even condos.
And the lead pastor has got the backing of several megaministries behind him.
Of course, Bishop Randy White, who recently took back the reins of Without Walls, is taking it
one step at a time. The first step was getting the electricity back on after nearly a year of lights
out in the megachurch.
White, who leads Without Walls International Church in Tampa, Fla.—which owns the property—
and a team of church members and staff cleaned up the Lakeland building last month in efforts
to restore the ministry there.
“There's been a lot of behind-the-scenes planning for over two months now of exactly what
kind of direction we want to lead the church to take back the property and really impact
central Florida,” White told Charisma News.
“[W]e cleaned up the facilities at Without Walls Central in Lakeland, FL,” he wrote in an email
to the church on Aug. 17. “We repaired doors and windows, and I am so happy to let you know
that today we turned the electric back on. I am believing for a revival to hit Central Florida!”
White told Charisma News he expects the Lakeland campus to open in the next few weeks.
Construction will occur while the church is open, as crews work on repair stained glass
windows, update the water fountain in the lobby and make modern-day upgrades to the—in
addition to renovating the 10,500-seat sanctuary.
In the beginning stages of the reopening, White will teach at Saturday evening services in
Lakeland, and Sunday services in Tampa. Without Walls Central will then transition into holding
Sunday morning services, and White will appoint a lead pastor. He said the church is currently
in the midst of discussions with two couples, and will decide “which ones will serve the
community best.” He did not give names, but said one couple is from the East Coast and one is
on the West Coast.
Although Without Walls International had previously mentioned selling the Lakeland property—
which it purchased in 2005 for $8 million—White said Evangelical Christian Credit Union “bent
over backward to work with us and lowered the payment to interest-only so we can keep it.
“We do not want that property to go to a secular developer that may tear down that
sanctuary,” he explained. “That sanctuary was built for the glory of God and dedicated to the
glory of God. I would hate to see that used for anything other than what it was intended for,
and that's to worship God.”
In addition to remodeling the sanctuary, White said the church is also in talks
with a five-star restaurant interested in opening a location at the property's theater so
Christians can enjoy a dinner theater with family-friendly films.
The campus currently features a tower (pictured), which White said rises 80 to 100 feet in the
air. The church is planning to renovate the tower. It will be used for high-end living, and the
top will be turned into a 24-hour state-of-the-art prayer center. Modern technology will allow
for interactive prayer, 24/7.
White also said Without Walls is in discussions with several developers, and there are talks of
building condominiums or a Christian theme park on the property. Either way, the church and
sanctuary would be epicenter.
“It would be like the 21st-century PTL,” he explained. “That's the best way I can describe it.”
White is more than optimistic about the new venture.
“Optimistic is not even the word,” he said. “I'm ecstatic. I can't sleep at night. With all of these
developers coming on board, I can see this being a hub for the christian community.”
Of course, this is a very large undertaking. In July White said it would take $50,000 to get the
Lakeland property repaired and the electricity restored, and he estimated it would cost
$75,000 a month to operate the megachurch, the Lakeland paper The Ledger reports. But
support has been pouring in.
“I've been in office a little under 100 days and we've accomplished more than we ever thought
we would. It's been from the generous help of the Christian community,” White noted.
The pastor also said the church has gotten support and donations from several high-profile
Christians, such as Bishop T.D. Jakes, senior pastor of the Potter House in Dallas; Daystar
Television Network Founder and President Marcus Lamb; Perry Stone, author and director of
Voice of Evanglism; and more.
“They've all given sacrificially to this cause and this is what the body of Christ is all about,”
STEVE STRANG THE OWNER OF CHARISMA ALWAYS SUPPORTED THE
STRADERS OF LAKELAND NO MATTER WHAT http://tl.gd/8lsb2k
KARL STRADER'S MASSIVE CARPENTER'S HOME CHURCH IS AN
ALBATROSS AND PASTOR KARL STRADER IS HISTORY
Holy High Roller
When New Destiny picked Paula White to rebuild the megachurch’s
congregation in the wake of Zachery Tims’ mysterious death, it put its
faith in the jet-setting preacher’s redeeming qualities.
By Mark I. Pinsky
Although she took over as pastor of New Destiny Christian Center in Apopka, Paula White still
preaches at Without Walls International Church in Tampa, which she co-founded in 1991. Here
she is seen at Without Walls in 2007.
The new preacher is working hard this Sunday morning to mend and reinvigorate the shattered
congregation of New Destiny Christian Center, once the most dynamic and fastest-growing
African-American megachurch in Central Florida, if not the country. Brandishing her large,
softbound Bible with gilt-page edges, Paula White, dressed in a black ensemble with a button-
down top, sleeves to the elbow and black stiletto heels that appear to be in the four-inch range,
is practically a blur as she swoops, kneels, bounces, pivots, spins, shouts, falls to her knees,
points to the sky, shakes her fist, snaps her fingers and pounds the podium. Every proclamation
is greeted by “amen’’ and other shouts of the spirit from the faithful. Hands on hips like Mick
Jagger, the slender, blond White struts on the stage, wisecracking like a Comedy Central stand-
up, then backpedaling for effect. She steps in front of the pillared, faux marble lectern,
advancing to the edge of the stage, bends her knees and seems to lean into the congregation,
chopping the air for emphasis.
“God loves New Destiny,” she tells worshippers in the barely half-filled sanctuary. And within a
year, she vows, “they’ll be fighting over seats. . . . I will bring you into the land promised by
White seems an unlikely figure to lead them there. A charismatic evangelist with enough
personal baggage to fill a circus train, White came to the Pentecostal New Destiny church after
its founder, Zachery Tims, 42, was found dead in a Times Square luxury hotel room last August.
The suspicious circumstances surrounding his death—an unexplained envelope of white powder
was found on him, and his mother won a court battle to keep the toxicology report sealed—were
yet another blow to a church that had already been fractured by Tims’ personal behavior. In
2007, Tims confessed from the pulpit that he had had an affair, with a Parisian stripper no less,
sundering his picture-perfect family. Two years later, he and his co-pastor wife, Riva, divorced.
Forced out of New Destiny, Riva started her own ministry, and thus began the erosion of a
church that the couple started with six people in a hotel room and grew into, beginning in
2001, an 8,800-member church on 21 acres in Apopka.
In hiring White, 46, in December, the church’s succession selection committee chose a white
preacher similar in many ways to the late Tims, who was black. Both had troubled upbringings
that involved drug addictions, with White saying she was abused, and Tims saying he was a gang
member. White has been described on her Facebook page as a “smokin’ Barbie” by an admirer,
while Tims so resembled the actor and rapper Will Smith that one of his YouTube clips is titled
“The New Fresh Prince of Preachers.” Attractive, fit, fashionably dressed and rich, each at the
height of their career could pack a house of worship and fill collection plates, bringing in
millions of dollars a year to their respective ministries. And each made and spent millions. In a
financial affidavit submitted in his divorce, Tims reported that he earned $33,400 a month and
listed as assets a $2.2 million home in Windermere and $437,000 in savings. But his standard of
living would have paled in comparison to White’s.
White, who along with then-husband Randy White, founded a Tampa-based congregation in
1991 later named Without Walls International Church, has enjoyed a level of wealth her
followers could only dream of. Before the couple amicably divorced in 2007, their
extravagances included private jets, luxury vehicles, a condo in Trump Park Avenue and
another costing $3.5 million in Trump Tower on New York’s 5th Avenue, and a $2 million family
home fronting Tampa Bay.
Also in 2007, the Tampa Tribune, as part of an investigative series on the Whites and their
church, reported that an independent audit showed the couple and Without Walls ministries
brought in nearly $40 million in 2006. That year, the paper reported, the Whites took a
combined $600,000 in salary and benefits, although one of the church’s financial advisers said
that some years the Whites’ combined compensation was $1.5 million, and family members
were believed to make up much of the ministry’s $5 million annual payroll. At one point,
Paula’s separate broadcast business, Paula White Ministries, was bringing in $50,000-$80,000 a
week, according to the Tribune.
Paula, in 2007, gave Bishop T.D. Jakes of Dallas a black Bentley convertible for his 50th
birthday. Paula credits Jakes, pastor of the black megachurch The Potter’s House, with
catapulting her career to stardom when he invited her to speak at an African-American
women’s conference in 2000.
White, like Jakes and the late Tims, is a strong proponent of the controversial prosperity
gospel, theology that advocates that the more money worshippers put into the church or
ministry, the greater their return. In other words, you have to give money to the church to be
The Whites’ lavish spending caught the attention of the IRS in 2004, and later a U.S. senator,
who, in 2007, launched a congressional investigation into the financial dealings of six churches
led by televangelists, including Without Walls. The separate probes into organizational finances
and possible personal misuse of donations ended in 2011 without any charges or conclusions
against the Whites and their church.
Still, Without Walls, which had added a satellite church in Lakeland, fell deeply into debt. In
2008, a Christian credit union threatened to foreclose on both Without Walls locations, citing
failure to maintain payments on approximately $25 million
Paula left the church after the couple filed for divorce and devoted her time to Paula White
Ministries. She took out a $650,000 mortgage to buy a 4,880-square-foot house near San
Antonio, Texas, which she still owns. Meanwhile, Randy remained over the church but leased a
Malibu, Calif., beachfront and returned to preach at Without Walls only sporadically. Two
months after a DUI arrest in 2009, Randy, then 51, stepped down from the pulpit, citing health
concerns. Paula took over as the congregation’s sole senior pastor. Last August, Without Walls’
financial troubles resurfaced when the 10,000-seat Lakeland site suddenly closed after its
electric service had been discontinued for lack of payment.
Paula White, through a public relations firm, declined to be interviewed for this article.
“You must understand, we’ve had quite a few people trying to do hatchet-job stories lately,
and we really see no value in participating in a rehash of past news, controversies, responding
to claims by detractors, etc.,” James Florez, managing director of Burson-Marsteller Public
Affairs in Dallas, replied to a request for an interview with White.
Outspoken critics, including several bishops from Central Florida and around the country, say
they have been warned that they face being sued for libel and slander if they make disparaging
remarks about White on the record. “She has absolutely no respect among the leadership of the
Pentecostal movement,” says a longtime observer of White’s career, speaking on the condition
of anonymity. “But she’s made of rubber—she crashes and she just bounces back.”
Ironically, White agrees with that last assessment, telling a Pastors and Leadership Conference
in Orlando on March 31, 2011, “I got my bounce back. That’s my message.”
Ole Anthony, founder of Dallas-based Trinity Foundation, a religious watchdog organization,
isn’t circumspect about his view of White. “Paula represents everything that is wrong with
American religion,” he says. “No accountability, the jet-set lifestyle.”
The selection of White outraged many in the congregation and caused one outside member of
New Destiny’s oversight committee, Bishop I.V. Hilliard of
New Light Christian Center Church in Houston, to resign
in protest. Explained Hilliard in an Internet posting:
“My commitment to integrity will not allow me to
support something that I believe is deceptive and that
compromises previously agreed upon procedures and
protocol.” Hilliard and several other pastors insisted
that Zachery Tims would never have wanted White to
succeed him, since Tims had complained to several
intimates that she shunned him and refused to take his
calls after he confessed to his affair.
While the selection process was done in secrecy, a
megachurch is like a small town and before long details
of White’s hiring leaked out among the congregation. As
the process began, one board member put Riva Tims’
name forward, but a majority of the five-member board
pushed the suggestion aside, citing church guidelines
that stipulate the congregation should be led by a
married pastor. The unwritten assumption was that
Tims’ successor would be an African-American man. But
after interviewing five black pastors, all married men,
some members of the board proposed hiring White, who
had been consulting on the selection process. A
majority of the board backed White, who today splits
her time between preaching at Without Walls in Tampa,
and New Destiny, where she delivers three sermons on
Sunday and one on Thursday.
Shortly after she started working at New Destiny, White
told the congregation that she wasn’t taking a salary.
Still, White could derive income through special offerings at certain services, as is done at some
White also told the congregation she had found a place to live here, but didn’t say where. It’s
Isleworth, the luxury gated community in Windermere. She stays at a 7,600-square-foot rental
home on Worsham Court that is owned by timeshare mogul David Siegel, who confirmed White
is living there. He declined to disclose the amount of the rent and said he didn’t know who paid
it, White or the church. However, New Destiny Christian Center applied for water service to the
home on Jan. 31, according to the Orange County utilities department.
Riva Tims lives nearby in another gated enclave, the Reserve at Lake Butler Sound. She got the
family’s six-bedroom home in the divorce settlement.
Riva filed suit against the church in December, with White and three board members listed as
defendants. In the suit, Riva claimed that White was incompetent to lead New Destiny as pastor,
a position that makes her president of the organization as well. The suit further alleged that
three named board members knew or should have known White had accumulated debt “in
excess of $26 million dollars that would cause her to be incompetent as president of a
megachurch with assets in excess of $4 million dollars.”
Riva’s lawsuit further claimed that after her ex-husband’s death, the church “came into
Zachery and Riva Tims founded
New Destiny in 2001. Seen here in
2005, the couple divorced in 2009.
Zachery’s death last August, under
suspicious circumstances, led New
Destiny to name Paula White as
pastor. Riva, who was forced out of
the church in the divorce, called
White incompetent to lead the
black megachurch in a lawsuit that
she quickly withdrew.
possession of a large sum of money in excess of four million dollars and up to nine million
dollars.” With White as pastor and president, she and her co-defendants had conspired to
control church assets, Riva’s suit said.
The suit seemed to be making the argument that Riva, as co-founder of New Destiny, should
have been the obvious choice to take over the church. But in an uh-oh moment, Riva withdrew
the case a day after filing it. As part of her divorce settlement, she said she couldn’t sue the
In an interview at her Majestic Life Ministries, a modest facility behind a North Orange Blossom
Trail strip mall, Riva denies rumors that suggested she campaigned to succeed her ex-husband,
although immediately after his death she declared, “I am the mother of the church.”
“I wasn’t running after the church. I was interested in facilitating the process, to bring healing
and hope—that’s what I wanted to do,” she says, adding she would have taken the position “if I
had been called. [But] I never asked to be the pastor.”
Still, the decision to reject Riva and pick White as pastor left the inescapable impression to the
wider black community that a virtuous African-American woman and mother of Tims’ four
children had been disrespected in favor of a white woman with a controversial past.
White may hold the distinction of being the only white woman to head a high-profile black
church in Orlando, but she isn’t the only white pastor of a black megachurch in the area. Gospel
singer Clint Brown leads FaithWorld, an interdominational church with an overwhelmingly black
congregation, and where White preached last September. And televangelist Benny Hinn led the
then-racially diverse World Outreach Center (originally named the Orlando Christian Center)
from 1989 to 1999. Hinn and White were the subjects of a tabloid scandal in 2010 when the
National Enquirer reported that they had a three-day “sexy Rome tryst” in a five-star hotel.
The story ran with two photos showing Hinn and White leaving a hotel and strolling in Rome,
holding hands. Both White, who was divorced, and Hinn, who had recently separated from his
wife, denied they were romantically involved.
Brown and Hinn also are proponents of the prosperity gospel.
With allowances for the hyperbole, exaggeration and outright fabrication that attends
“testimony” in some evangelical traditions—the more epic the sin, the more miraculous the
redemption—this is the story White tells about herself in sermons, interviews and books. She
turned into a “messed up Mississippi girl” from Tupelo after her father killed himself when her
mother left him and refused to give him Paula. She was five at the time and has said her mother
became an alcoholic who over the next several years left her with various caregivers, with some
abusing her. “Paula’s childhood was marred by sexual and physical abuse, leading to feelings of
abandonment, confusion and betrayal during her teenage years,” according to her official bio,
leading to promiscuity and, later, bulimia.
When Paula was nine, her mother married a two-star admiral in the U.S. Navy, and in the late
1970s the family moved to Orlando when her step-
father was assigned to the Orlando Naval Training Center. Paula Furr, as she was then known,
attended Liberty Middle School on Chickasaw Trail and Oak Ridge High.
Another transfer, this one to the National Naval Medical Center in Washington, D.C., brought
the family to suburban Maryland, where Paula, at 18, had a child out of wedlock and married
the father, a young musician. She joined the Damascus Church of God and got saved. The
experience had an odd effect. She soon left her first husband and took off for Tampa with the
congregation’s associate pastor, Randy White, who left his wife and three young children. The
couple married and eventually bought a vacant warehouse and set it up as a church. Its
predominantly African-American congregation grew at a phenomenal rate through the late
1990s and early 2000s, at one point claiming 23,000 members.
The Whites established more than 100 urban ministries in Tampa, with their missions ranging
from feeding the hungry to sheltering the homeless to providing free medical care and legal and
While Randy led the growth of the Tampa congregation, his wife concentrated on building a
nationally recognized, television-based brand known simply as Paula. Paula White Ministries
promoted and sold White’s books and CD and DVD sets. It also bought time on Trinity
Broadcasting Network, Daystar satellite and Black Entertainment Network as well as other
stations. Her programs, including “Paula White Today,” “Paula” and “Just Paula,” were highly
rated and reached 200 countries, according to the ministry. For a time, she was even a regular
guest as a life coach on supermodel Tyra Banks’ talk show.
Punctuating her sermons with urban slang, White connected with African-American viewers,
telling them to “slap somebody upside their weave,” “grab their nappy hair,” and asking, “can
you help a sistah out?” She spoke to tens of thousands of African-American women at coliseum
revivals. “You know you’re on to something new and significant when the most popular woman
preacher on the Black Entertainment Network is a white woman,” Ebony magazine wrote.
In her sermons at New Destiny and at revivals around the country, White often addresses the
great unasked question in the minds of many of the worshippers before her: What does a rich,
famous white woman have in common with a church full of working and middle-class black folk
struggling to survive the recession? Invariably, she answers with a recitation of her own early
life of abuse, promiscuity, bulimia, two divorces, addiction to prescription medication and
personal tragedy, including her son’s crack addiction when he was a teenager. She offers hope
by example, overcoming struggles to live in prosperity and with the promise of salvation.
Some New Destiny members hope White can bring the church back to greatness. Lucy Alvarez of
Orlando, a member for seven years, says that White has “brought so much life to the
congregation. The church was divided; now the church is packed again. She is bringing
On a Sunday morning in late February, New Destiny’s parking lot seems fuller than it did a
month earlier. Inside the sanctuary about 1,000 people gradually fill half the seats, perhaps
drawn by a visiting, high-energy, multi-racial troupe of young Christian rockers, singers and
dancers, “Eddie James and Team.” It’s as much a deafening concert, complete with a light
show, as a service—although there are heart-wrenching testimonies of redemption and
deliverance from the group’s boys and girls—with much of the congregation urged to move
forward in front of the stage. The crowd stands, clapping and swaying and waving their arms to
the music. Ushers circulate, offering tissues to those overcome with emotion. White leaves the
stage for the front row of seats, joining in the enthusiasm.
After the performance, White closes with an invitation to the evening’s healing service, where
she promises to lay hands on everyone in need, including those coming from hospitals (“Only
rent the ambulance one-way,” she advises). She closes the service with a second plea for tithes
and offerings, both for the church and the troupe, exhorting people to “sow in fertile ground.’’
New Destiny, too, is trying to become fertile ground under White’s stewardship. Given her track
record, the odds seem to be against her delivering New Destiny to “the land promised” by her
predecessor. But, as White is fond of saying in nearly every sermon, “The devil is a liar.’’
Future In Doubt for Without Walls Central Church
Without Walls Central has not held services since
at least August.
By Gary White
Published: Monday, December 26, 2011 at 9:48 p.m.
MICHAEL WILSON | THE LEDGER
WITHOUT WALLS CENTRAL, formerly Carpenter's Home Church, isn't in use and power has been
LAKELAND | Polk County's largest church sanctuary sits idle, its power turned off and its future
Without Walls Central, the 9,000-seat sanctuary in North Lakeland formerly known as
Carpenter's Home Church, has not held services since at least August, when Lakeland Electric
disconnected electrical service because of missed payments by its owner, Tampa-based Without
Walls International Church.
Rev. Randy White, a co-founder of Without Walls International and the ex-husband of its senior
pastor, Paula White, told The Ledger in November that the Lakeland property was on the verge
of either being sold or going into foreclosure and that an announcement on its future would
come soon. White has not responded to several subsequent phone messages.
The status of the sanctuary became even more uncertain last week with reports that Paula
White may assume leadership of one of Florida's largest congregations, New Destiny Church in
Apopka. The megachurch's leader, Pastor Zachery Tims, died in August. Paula White replaced
Randy White as leader of Without Walls International in 2009.
A spokesman for New Destiny Church did not return a call from The Ledger. Church leaders are
scheduled to announce Tims' replacement on Jan. 1, the Orlando Sentinel reported.
The First Assembly of God constructed the 9,000-seat sanctuary in North Lakeland in 1985 and
began holding services in the renamed Carpenter's Home Church. The church split in 1989 and
never again had a congregation large enough to fill the sanctuary.
If services were held at full capacity, the sanctuary would rank among the eight largest
churches in Florida, according to a database maintained by the Hartford Institute for Religious
Research at Hartford Seminary in Connecticut.
Lakeland Electric discontinued electrical service to the property in August, city spokesman
Kevin Cook said. He said Without Walls owed more than $50,000 in unpaid bills at the time.
Lakeland Electric applied the church's deposit of $51,180, he said, leaving the owners with a
balance of $2,953.79.
Lakeland Fire Marshal Frank Bass posted notices at the property in late September reading,
"This structure is unsafe for human occupancy and ordered vacated. This structure must remain
vacant and unoccupied until all violations are corrected."
Bass said he posted the order because the lack of power to the sanctuary makes it unsafe for
use. Bass said he had heard reports that a small remnant of the church's congregation had
continued to meet at the sanctuary, using an emergency generator to power the lights.
Cook said Without Walls owes $84.53 on the building's fire pump account, but the city has not
disconnected it because an ordinance requires the sprinkler system to be in working condition
in case of a fire.
Without Walls International bought the property for $8 million in 2005, renaming it Without
Walls Central. The church has struggled to attract a large congregation, and in 2008, Without
Walls International announced that both the Lakeland and Tampa sanctuaries were up for sale.
Later that year, the mortgage holder, California-based Evangelical Christian Credit Union,
reportedly began foreclosure proceedings on both properties, claiming the church defaulted on
a $1 million line of credit.
Without Walls managed to reach a settlement with the credit union in 2009, thanks to the sale
of two parcels to the city of Lakeland for $1.38 million. The city bought the parcels for a
stormwater project to improve water quality in nearby Lake Gibson.
The credit union filed a mortgage modification document with the Polk County Clerk of Courts
in January. The document listed the original principal amount as slightly more than $4 million
and gave a revised loan maturity date of Jan. 1, 2013.
A spokesman for Evangelical Christian Credit Union this week declined to comment on the status
of the property, saying the credit union doesn't talk publicly about member institutions. No new
foreclosure records have been filed in Polk County.
Without Walls Central had a substantial congregation for a time, though never one nearly large
enough to fill the cavernous sanctuary.
Senior pastors Scott and Cindy Thomas drew about 1,500 people for weekly services, according
to their spokeswoman, but the couple broke off to form their own church in late 2010, and
much of the congregation followed them, according to people familiar with the church.
In February, Randy Coggins stepped in to lead services at the North Lakeland sanctuary, but he
departed a few months later to form his own congregation, Bridge of Hope Church.
Without Walls International filed a lawsuit against Coggins in August, claiming he made
"derogatory statements and allegations" about Without Walls International from the pulpit of the
Lakeland branch and used his position there to lure parishioners to his new church.
The suit, filed with the 10th Judicial Circuit Court in Bartow, sought $15,000 in damages. No
court records have been filed since the original suit, and Coggins did not respond to a request
for comment about the suit's status.
Ex-Without Walls pastor Randy White
faces DUI charge in Tampa
2007, JASON BEHNKEN
Randy White and his wife, Paula, built Without Walls International Church into a
Published: May 22, 2011
Randy White, the former pastor of Without Walls International Church, was arrested on a charge
of driving under the influence Saturday night.
White, 53, who cultivated a bad-boy image while he and ex-wife Paula White built Without
Walls into a multimillion-dollar ministry, was arrested about 11:30 p.m. Saturday at the Ashley
Drive exit ramp of southbound Interstate 275, according to Hillsborough County Jail records.
Released after posting $500 bail Sunday morning, White could not be reached for comment.
White's blood-alcohol level registered at 0.09, according to jail records. In Florida, a person is
presumed intoxicated with a blood-alcohol level of 0.08.
At its peak, people flocked to Without Walls' 4,000-seat sanctuary on North Grady Avenue,
making the church one of the fastest-growing Christian ministries in the country and allowing
the Whites to enjoy a lavish lifestyle, expensive cars and homes.
But criticism of the Whites' "prosperity gospel" mounted, and a congressional inquiry spent
three years reviewing the spending habits of Without Walls and five other televangelist
Randy White struggled to keep the church growing after he and Paula announced they were
divorcing in 2007 and she left to focus on what was then a flourishing career as a televangelist,
life coach and author. In July 2009, White stepped away from the church and welcomed back
his ex-wife as its senior pastor, saying he needed a change after experiencing stress-related
Paula White became the face of Without Walls, and while Randy White retains the title of
"bishop," it's unclear what, if any, role he plays in the church. The church's most recent annual
report to the Florida Secretary of State's office, filed in April, lists him as the registered agent
for Without Walls and as one of its directors.
White still owns the Bayshore Boulevard home he bought with his ex-wife, county property
records show. But he is living in a penthouse suite at 345 Bayshore Blvd., according to his arrest
Paula White addressed her ex-husband's arrest at church Sunday morning:
"This ministry is a ministry of restoration. This ministry does not compromise the principles of
God, but we are the perfect church for people who are not," she said, according to a transcript
posted on the church's website.
"That doesn't mean I am an enabler. That doesn't mean I condone. That doesn't mean I agree
with things. It means that I will help you walk through life. And I want you to walk with me
through life. And I think that's what the church is all about."
Paula White Breaks Silence on Probes,
Divorce, Benny Hinn
Fri, Apr. 01, 2011 Posted: 02:49 PM EDT
Pastor Paula White broke her silence Thursday night, addressing all the scandals that she has
been associated with since her divorce in 2007.
"We’re letting our hair down," White told thousands at the 2011 Pastors and Leadership
Conference in Orlando, Fla. "I'm not here to look cute ... I came to let the devil know ... I'm
stronger than I've ever been."
Though the two-hour message began with shouts of encouragement and notes of affirmation for
the participating leaders who may be facing challenges or opposition, by the end of the night it
was apparent that the popular charismatic pastor was also preaching to herself.
"I have a word to those who have all odds stacked against them," she preached. "You're about to
get your bounce back."
"The enemy strategically plotted against you, hunted you like prey, set out to destroy you, tried
to wreck your mind, destroy your heart, jack up your family, take your ministry, ruin your
reputation ... and he thought that he had you. He set you up and thought this is what will kill
"I came to put every devil on notice ... I'm getting my dream back, I'm getting my prophesy
back, I'm getting my vision back, I'm getting my anointing back, I'm getting my strength back."
White, who calls herself the "former messed up Mississippi girl," let the audience know that she
would be "very vulnerable and very open" that night.
Before walking back through her tumultuous past few years, she told them, "I think it's time we
stop being hypocrites in the pulpit. I think ... it's time that we take the mask off to this
generation and show them that we have the same issues and the same struggles."
"We (sic) going public with all our stuff. Somebody's got to get real in the church now."
She did just that, opening up about the pressures that piled up and the crises in her life that
the media was all over.
It all began in 2004 when the IRS launched a nine-year investigation into the personal and
organizational finances of White and her then husband, Randy.
Just two years earlier in 2002, White had written in her journal: "I'm living heaven on earth.
Life cannot get any better."
"I'm above the struggle and beneath the radar. I love my husband and my husband loves me.
And we do. The kids are doing good. And millions of dollars in the bank. Not sick," she recalled
feeling at the time.
White had risen to prominence as a preacher, motivational speaker, author and TV personality
after co-founding what is now Without Walls International Church with her husband and starting
her own ministry.
She was living her dream life, as she described to pastors at the Orlando conference.
But after the IRS investigation began, she began to face challenge after challenge to the point
where she wanted to and even tried to quit.
"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 and
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.
"[Bishop] Randy, Pastor Paula, give me a word, marry me, bury me, pay these bills, prophesy.
Why aren't you doing this? Why isn't it like it used to be? We don't like the music. We leaving
the church because you didn't know our names and you didn't come have lasagna with us," she
said, mimicking the demands and criticisms she was met with.
White noted that it was under "that kind of pressure" and "in a really weak moment" that she
and her husband made the decision to divorce in 2007. The split was amicable.
According to White, her husband closed up to her. While she traveled the world preaching, she
pondered, "Why can I win the world and not go home and win the one that I love?"
She recounted a time when Randy took her into a dark room, placed a mask on her, spun her
around and told her to find her way out. With tears, White said she sat there for half an hour,
scared and calling out to him. He took off her mask and informed her that that is what he felt
like he was going through.
When the two announced their split, Randy had agreed to take the responsibility. And "God told
me to keep my mouth shut," she said.
Randy, who no longer co-pastors Without Walls, is now writing a book, she noted.
But she added, "I'm proud of him. He never quit .... God or anything else."
The trials continued even after the divorce when White and televangelist Benny Hinn were
pictured last summer in The National Enquirer leaving a hotel in Rome holding hands. They
were accused of having an affair and being engaged.
On Thursday, White flatly denied that she ever had an affair.
"They're going to talk about you and write ... because it sells ragtag magazines," she said.
"They're going to lie on you but God's going to tell you to keep your mouth shut."
There was also the so-called Grassley investigation. Sen. Charles Grassley launched a Senate
probe in 2007 into six influential ministries, including White's, following complaints of opulent
spending and possible abuse of nonprofit status.
The probe came to a close in January of this year. With little cooperation from most of the
ministries, which called the investigation an attack on their religious freedom and privacy
rights, Grassley's office was unable to make any conclusion about the spending of the ministries
and handed out no penalties.
White interpreted that to mean her ministry was cleared.
"The church better recognize, it should be thanking six ministries for fighting for the body of
Christ for saying 'we are not going to let you dictate to us how we interpret Scripture' and you
can't tell us 'because Jesus rode in on a donkey' because if you start telling us how to interpret
Scripture in one way, you'll tell us how to interpret it in every way," White said in frustration.
Grassley had referred to Jesus' humble entrance into Jerusalem to make the point that
ministers today don't really need Bentleys and Rolls-Royces to spread the Gospel.
"I preach in countries if I say 'Jesus Christ is the only way, the truth and the life,' they'll arrest
me. And don't think America's that far away. Unless the people of righteousness stand up and
say 'we're not going to allow for this because you cannot take what is our First Amendment
rights. You can't do that!" White asserted. "We pay taxes. We work hard. We do it by the books.
We have integrity. But you're going to make a public misery and mess out of it like something's
Stressing that her church gave $9 million to mission in January 2007, built education centers in
Pakistan, put students through college, fed and continue to feed thousands every week, and
helped transform countless lives, White said, "Are you serious? You want to fight over a $50,000
what? Excuse me?!"
Her long, emotional testimony was met with applause and support from the thousands of
pastors in the conference room in Orlando.
Though at the time, she wondered whether she would be able to overcome the trials, she now
says what the devil meant for bad, God has turned around to work for the good.
"God uses every enemy, every lawsuit, every lie, every betrayal, all the brokenness," she
"It's not over. I got my bounce back. That's my message."
The three-day Pastors and Leadership Conference, hosted by Bishop T.D. Jakes, kicked off on
Christian Post Reporter
Strang/Charisma suing Benny Hinn for Adultery http://bit.ly/grvOZw
BENNY HINN THE SCOUNDREL http://tinyurl.com/2dtubzf
Rodney the Fleecer http://tinyurl.com/343w372
Laughing Clark http://www.scribd.com/doc/35148050/
Benny and Paula http://www.scribd.com/doc/34879987
Rev. Karl Strader http://www.christiannews.0catch.com/strader.htm
The massive sanctuary of Carpenter's Home Church which sat empty on Sundays
for quite a while was sold by Karl Strader in 2005. Carpenter's Home was once a
thriving church with five thousand attendees and was affiliated with the
Assemblies of God, a Pentecostal denomination. The church had dwindled to
almost nothing before closing and was struggling to maintain its large facilities. A
large part of the loss in membership was attributed to a financial scam
perpetrated by Karl Strader's son Daniel, stealing $3 million from investors with
the help of his father, mostly from Carpenter's Home members.
Cary McMullen Ledger Religion Editor
on July 15,2005 in an article titled “The
Strader Family Talks About the Future of Congregations” wrote:
A year after giving up the most visible symbol of his one-time religious
conglomerate -- the monumental Carpenter's Home Church sanctuary -- Strader is
now 76 and fighting prostate cancer. And after experiencing the loss of a once-
thriving ministry and seeing one of his sons serve years in jail, his theology now
embraces a concept not much talked about in his Pentecostal tradition -suffering.
…In the 1980s, at its peak, Carpenter's Home Church welcomed thousands each
week into its 9,000-seat sanctuary. Under the church's umbrella were a cable
television broadcast, an FM radio station, a daycare center, Evangel Christian
School and The Estates at Carpenters retirement home. But an internal dispute
led to a split in the church in 1989.
The worst blow for Strader and his ministry was the arrest and conviction of his
son, Daniel, on charges of securities fraud. In 1995, Daniel Strader was sentenced
to 45 years in prison. The Straders have steadfastly defended Daniel and waged a
long legal fight to have him freed, but all his appeals are exhausted and last
month he was turned down in a clemency hearing.
In June 2005, with only a few hundred people remaining in the congregation,
Carpenter's Home sold the sanctuary to Without Walls International, a Tampa
In an article published in The Tampa Tribune
on July 25, 2009 titled " Can
Paula White be savior for Without Walls?" by Michelle Bearden and Baird
Paula White bounds on stage to a rousing ovation at Without Walls International
"I want to feed you some faith food," she says, bringing the crowd to its feet at a
recent Thursday evening service. "This is an assignment of the Lord and a plan of
God. We are going to take this city."
Her ex-husband, Randy, announced the new assignment this month: He would
step aside as senior pastor for health reasons and Paula would return from Texas
to revive the church they started 18 years ago.
Paula returns to a ministry that has lost stature and supporters after the breakup
of the couple's marriage two years ago. Without Walls has endured a dwindling
congregation, threat of foreclosure and a U.S. Senate inquiry into the ministry's
What has not changed is the message: God wants believers to be healthy and
wealthy, and they can get there by giving generously to the church. The more
congregants give, the more they will receive.
Critics see Paula's return as a last-ditch effort to fill church coffers before millions
in loans come due next year. But others see her as a calm and steadying force and
the church's best chance for a revival. They look forward to a renewed focus on
"I come to church to be fed spiritually," said Saul Bruno Encarnacion, who
started attending Without Walls four years ago. "That wasn't happening anymore.
But with Pastor Paula, I always learn something. She's a great preacher and a
Religious experts and those who follow charismatic and Pentecostal preachers
see Paula's return as a necessity for her and the church.
Without Walls stumbled in the absence of Paula, whose ministry increasingly
took her away from Tampa long before she and Randy divorced.
Randy, who struggled with the death of his 30-year-old daughter from his first
marriage, often left preaching duties to associate pastors or guest ministers. He
talked openly about wanting to move to Malibu, Calif. Sometimes congregants
were surprised when Randy's sermons included anecdotes about going to bars,
cavorting with bikers and hanging out with former strippers.
Barbara Burgos, a small-business owner from South Tampa, left Without Walls
almost a year ago because of Randy's "obsession with talking about strippers and
"I don't go to church to hear about sex, sex and more sex," she said. "After he
preached that every woman needs a pole in the bedroom to keep her husband
happy, I knew it was time to go."
In an article published in The Tampa Tribune
on May 20, 2009 titled "Without
Walls Founders Divorcing" by Michelle Bearden and Baird Helgeson wrote:
when Randy White, Senior Pastor of Without Walls International Church, was
asked whether he's contemplating a divorce he replied, "No one can predict the
future. On Thursday, August 23, 2007, Pastors Randy and Paula White announced
to their congregation that they would divorce. Dorreen Fawkes, a former
administrator of Without Walls International Church, stated that "They grew at an
unbelievable speed. It became less about God and more about self-promotion.
In an article published in The St. Petersburg Times
on July 11, 2009 titled "
Without Walls Pastor Randy White steps down as ex-wife Paula White steps in"
Sheeri Day wrote:
Word of Paula White's new post seeped out Sunday when Randy White preached
his last sermon as senior pastor at the church and resigned. White, 51, said he
was stepping aside because of health concerns. He declined to elaborate on his
condition, although he said he had been ill and in and out of the hospital for much
of the last seven months.
"I have some serious health issues right now," White said in an interview Friday.
"I've had six different doctors say that I had to take the stress, the pressure out of
my life. So I've resigned, and Paula's taking over."
Although she had made periodic visits, Paula White, 43, has been away from
full-time pastoring at Without Walls for more than two years. She left Tampa
following a 2007 divorce from her husband. Since then, she said, she has
ministered mostly in New York, Texas and abroad.
…Once a powerhouse couple in charismatic Christian circles, the Whites started
the ministry that would become Without Walls in a South Tampa storefront. Its
present sanctuary seats 4,000, Randy White said. The ministry was hit hard in
recent years by the couple's divorce, the death of White's daughter from brain
cancer and the hint of scandals, including a federal inquiry into the church's
finances by Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa.
According to Wikipedia,
Paula White has received criticism from some Christians
for promoting a prosperity gospel. Paula White’s ministries took in $39.9 million in
2006, according to an audit of Without Walls and Paula White Ministries released
in June by an independent Clearwater accounting firm. Paula White used about
$28.6 million to help promote her church's programs, conferences and outreach
efforts, the audit said. A former staff member for Without Walls International
Church named Hector Gomez said, "Mansions, big planes, money, fame. That's
what it's all about now; there are prophets for God, and there are prophets for
profit. That's the category they fit in." and that he has received "more
manipulation than inspiration" from them. Larry DeLaRosa, who left the church in
2000, stated that "They've [Randy and Paula White] built an empire and used it
to gain their own financial wealth.”
Pastor Paula Is Senior Pastor of WWIC
Pastor Paula White has accepted the mandate and mantle of Senior Pastor of
Without Walls International Church in Tampa, Florida and the entire ministry
Pastor Paula is very excited about this wonderful assignment and opportunity
from the Lord and covets your prayers during this time of transition for herself
and the congregation. We know this is the divine plan of God and that great
things are in store!
Pastor Paula has been preaching that this is a “turn around season”…and we are
beginning to see the manifestation of that prophetic Word! We invite everyone to
join us at Without Walls International Church in Tampa, FL every Sunday at 9:00
and 11:00 am.
Divorced Paula White is a Pastor, Life Coach, Motivational Speaker, Author,
Philanthropist, TV Personality, Mother, Preacher and Teacher. Behind her
unassuming beauty and gentle, girlish charm is a story of tragedy and triumph,
poverty and prosperity. She has overcome tumultuous early years to dedicate her
life to helping others transform their circumstances, and discover God's unique
plan of destiny for their lives.
Somebody should tell Randy White of Matthew 5:21-26 and about the lie he said
and wrote about Walter Kambulow that he was demon possessed!
MT 5:21 "You have heard that it was said to those of old, 'You shall not murder,
and whoever murders will be in danger of the judgment.'5:22 "But I say to you
that whoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the
judgment. And whoever says to his brother, 'Raca!' shall be in danger of the
council. But whoever says, 'You fool!' shall be in danger of hell fire.
Too see Paula White at her best who had an expensive face lift and
reconstruction surgery you must watch http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DI-
Of course Pastor Randy White was a great friend and supporter of lying thieving
Senior Pastor Karl Strader of Carpenter’s Home Church – “Bird’s of feather stick
together in all kind of weather “ (Pastor Karl Strader is history
This is why I stopped going to without walls over ten yrs ago, God showed me
where Randy was having relations with one of the staffers. I told only one person,
described the female to that person without ever seeing the female, the person
told me I was right to a Tee. That’s why I stopped going, and Paula White so-
called PROPHETESS I found out to be false when she was on stage trying to
prophlie and couldn’t get it straight so she looked at someone in the audience
and they began to speak, so I know that was full of crock, Then get this a day
before Easter they were giving away a car, some people received yellow tickets
and some received blue ones I was standing in line for a ticket, some girl came up
the some of the staffers said to her we were waiting on you gave her a ticket
they called the number lo and behold guess who received the car? you guessed it,
I was driving a clunker needed a vehicle really bad told that to the Whites never
heard from them. One member wanted to have a meeting with Randy he was told
there was a siz month waiting list, but movie stars, atheletes, etc were seen right
then and there.
Comment by Gloria | June 21, 2009
It makes sense now that Pastor Randy White who was reported to frequent bars
in Tampa in the company of younger women committed adultery and to save face
told everybody he was divorcing Paula. And in reality Paula wanted a divorce
because of adultery and wanted nothing to do with him. And now she runs the
whole show at Church Without Walls!
But they both still don't have any integrity and are wolves in sheep's clothing and
the same is true of Todd Bentley and all those who supported him in Lakeland!
Todd Bentley John Arnott False Prophesy and Prayer
The rape of the church - the Todd Bentley quagmire http://bolaoged.com/?p=743
Athletes and evangelists cross paths
By John Barr
TAMPA, Fla. -- Bishop Randy White and his wife, pastor Paula White, once headed
up one of the fastest growing Christian congregations in the country. In its heyday,
Without Walls International Church boasted more than 23,000 members, took in as
much as $40 million a year in donations and attracted dozens of professional
athletes to its high-energy services.
Some of the athletes were so moved by the Whites' message of prosperity through
faith that they donated hundreds of thousands of dollars -- one former player even
donated a World Series ring -- and showered the couple with lavish gifts, such as
designer shoes and expensive suits.
In the decade leading up to 2007, the Whites amassed wealth and attained a
lifestyle not unlike the star athletes who came to their church. In July 2005, the
couple purchased a luxury condominium in New York City's Trump Park Avenue
building for $3.5 million. In 2006, they bought a home on Tampa's exclusive
Bayshore Boulevard for $2.1 million, according to real estate records. Randy White
owns or leases several luxury vehicles, including a 2006 Bentley, according to
Florida motor vehicle records. For years, the couple had access to private jets,
either leased or owned by their ministry.
Major League Baseball players Gary Sheffield, Darryl Strawberry and Carl Everett
and NFL players Michael Pittman, Hardy Nickerson and Derrick Brooks were among
those who attended services at a converted Canada Dry plant in Tampa, Fla., a
short drive from the Buccaneers' Raymond James stadium, according to Randy
Today, however, most of the big-name athletes are absent from the reserved front-
row seats they once occupied as VIP members, and in recent years the church itself
has undergone significant upheaval. The Whites divorced in 2007 after 18 years of
marriage. Without Walls, according to several former staffers, is mired in debt and
bleeding membership. The church recently staved off foreclosure proceedings, and
has been the subject of a Senate investigation into its finances. Church leaders
have had to contend with the resulting media scrutiny.
It's a stunning reversal of fortune for a house of worship that was built on the
prosperity gospel message -- a controversial evangelical Christian doctrine that
teaches members that through tithing, the practice of donating 10 percent of one's
income to the church, they'll be rewarded, not just spiritually but financially.
"If you're the guy flipping hamburgers or you're the quarterback, I don't care who
you may be," White said, "we teach that you have to tithe."
Several former Without Walls members and staffers, some of them professional
athletes, have spoken out against White's prosperity message, calling it the "gospel
of greed" and questioning whether their flamboyant former pastor targeted
athletes and used church donations to bankroll what one former staffer called a
"rock star" lifestyle.
"A lot of guys are brainwashed," a former NFL player, who once attended Without
Walls, told ESPN on the condition of anonymity. "They've been told to honor God,
you've got to give."
White insists every church member, himself included, must abide by what he
considers the bedrock biblical principle of tithing. And despite being faced with a
Senate inquiry, the evangelist who built his ministry with the help of star athletes
said he and the church have done nothing wrong and have nothing to hide.
"I think people feel like you get up to preach for gain," White said, referring to his
wealthy lifestyle. "If I were in the ministry for gain I could make a lot more money
outside of the ministry."
Faith off the field
Under a spiked crop of blond hair, White, 51, hardly looks the part of an austere
preacher. He's fully aware his appearance and lifestyle break the mold, and he
chuckles that he's "not Billy Graham, for sure."
White arrived for a recent interview with ESPN before a Thursday night service
wearing jeans and a pinstriped jacket over a T-shirt. A beefy bodyguard escorted
him from his Mercedes sedan to a private side entrance, then paused to frisk a
member of the ESPN camera crew.
White entered the church's VIP waiting room, which is covered with pictures of
celebrities, including past and present professional athletes. There's also a photo
of Kid Rock and Pamela Anderson.
"I married them," White said. "I don't care how high-profile they may be, how much
money they make, at the end of the day, people are people."
But one former church staffer, who was in position to know the large amounts
professional athletes donated to the church, said much of the attention White gave
to athletes was motivated by money.
Major leaguers Everett and Sheffield gave donation checks as large as $100,000,
according to the former employee. Michael Pittman, then a running back with the
Arizona Cardinals, and Anthony Telford, a pitcher who played nine seasons in the
majors, made donations in the tens of thousands, the former employee said.
"It made a big impact," the former employee said, "because they were large
donations. … "The athletes really helped to carry the church."
Hector Gomez, an associate pastor who left Without Walls in 2000 after seven
years, said the athletes were "almost lured to there."
"The more athletes that come to the church," Gomez said, "the more notoriety [the
White said he "made a lot of mistakes" in the early years of "ministering to [his]
athletes," and has since learned from those mistakes.
"I felt I exploited them," he said. "Looking back, I know that I did."
In the early to mid-1990s, White said, he frequently placed the professional
athletes in his church on a pedestal, parading them for the benefit of starstruck
members. Athletes were given the option of preferential parking, preferred front-
row seating and private time with the Whites, something that became increasingly
rare for regular church members as the Whites' collective star rose in the world of
"I found out later that they get so much exposure anyway in the community and
normal society that when they come to church they certainly don't want to be
highlighted," White said.
White said he wouldn't have been able to purchase his current church property had
it not been for sizeable donations by athletes, including former Tampa Bay
Buccaneers linebacker Hardy Nickerson, who declined to comment for this story,
and four-time heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield, whose donations to
prosperity gospel ministries, like the World Changers Church he regularly attends
near Atlanta, run into the millions.
"The last thing I want to do is when they're coming here is say, 'Hey, can you give
me a check for $10,000? How about a check for $20,000?' To this day, I don't think
I've ever asked an athlete for money," White said of his relationship with the
athletes who attended his church.
When told of White's comment, the former employee with knowledge of athletes'
donations called White "a bloody liar."
"Whenever he was talking about money or even with the tithes and offering, they
targeted the athletes, because they were sitting right up front," the former
"[Randy White] would look at them directly, let's say for instance, Gary [Sheffield],
and he would say, 'Gary, how do spell million? Let me spell million for you.' To me
that, that's coming out right and saying, 'Hey, you need to write a million-dollar
check to the church,'" the former employee said.
White has partnered with past and present athletes in his church on a number of
charitable causes. He said he is close to starting One Less Inc., a charity designed
to fight childhood poverty that includes Sheffield on its board of directors,
according to paperwork filed with the Florida Secretary of State.
Sheffield declined to comment for this story.
Several former church staffers said the Whites would frequently ask for multiple
donations during the same service.
"Sometimes the offering plate is passed three, four or five times," said Gomez, the
former Without Walls associate pastor. "And that's wrong."
You reap what you sow
White's flair for the dramatic might never have been more on display than the
night in 2003 when Darryl Strawberry sent murmurs through the congregation by
placing his World Series ring in an offering plate.
Former major leaguer Darryl Strawberry placed his World Series ring in a church
offering plate, according to White and others at the service that night.
"He was laying his fame and his trophies down so that people recognized humanity
in his life and his struggles," White said, recalling the moment.
A former staffer, who was in attendance that night, said Strawberry's unique
donation came during what was known as a "love offering," a period of giving over
and above the normal practice of tithing.
"People would run up and throw jewelry in an offering plate or throw it on the
platform," the former employee said.
According to three former Without Walls staffers, all of whom were in attendance
that night, when Strawberry donated his World Series ring to the church, Randy
White made a surprising announcement. In exchange for the ring, White told the
congregation, Strawberry and his wife would be permitted to live in the White's
home in Lutz, Fla.
The grand gesture was seen by many members of the congregation as the ultimate
validation of White's prosperity message, according to a former church staffer.
"[Strawberry] had his own demons he's fighting with the drug addiction and … I
wanted to pull him away so he didn't have that financial pressure," White said of
his decision to provide Strawberry housing for nearly two years.
In the summer of 2005, the arrangement abruptly ended. The Whites filed what is
known under Florida law as an action for ejectment against Strawberry and his wife
in Hillsboro County Civil Court.
"The Whites took the position that the Strawberrys were unlawfully on their
property," said David Stamps, an attorney who represented the Strawberrys at the
time. Stamps declined to comment on what led the Whites to ask the Strawberrys
to leave their home.
White would say only that Strawberry failed in his efforts to resolve his marital
Strawberry did not respond to repeated requests by ESPN for an interview.
When news of the White's court action against the Strawberrys filtered back to the
congregation, many who had been so energized by Strawberry's donation and
White's reciprocal gesture felt disillusioned.
"When you see stuff like that happen it becomes like a balloon deflating, you
know?" said a former church staffer. "Not real, phony."
In November 2007, Iowa Sen. Charles Grassley, the ranking Republican on the
Senate Finance Committee, had become concerned enough about possible
corruption in prosperity gospel ministries that he sent a letter to Randy and Paula
White and five other ministers requesting full financial records. What Grassley is
interested in finding out is whether the ministers personally benefitted from their
Paula White, former senior pastor at Without Walls, continues with her spiritual
work, including Paula White Ministries.
As a nonprofit, Without Walls is not obligated to report donations to the Internal
Revenue Service. Grassley, leery of the lifestyles of ministers like the Whites, is
White has provided some, but not all, of the financial records sought by Senate
"Committee staff is continuing to explore all legal options to get the information
they've requested," said Theresa Pattara, a Finance Committee tax lawyer.
In recent months, Without Walls has endured a string of negative press.
Camillo Gargano, a church accountant who worked for 17 months at Without Walls
before resigning in August, was asked to use church funds to pay Randy White's
personal credit card, according to a report first published in the Tampa Tribune.
Gargano, who did not respond to ESPN's request for an interview, said the ministry
was in "turmoil," in his letter of resignation, according to the newspaper report.
Despite being faced with a Senate inquiry and allegations of financial
improprieties, White -- the evangelist who built his ministry with the help of star
athletes -- is undeterred.
"We have nothing to hide. Zero," White said. "I feel very confident in the fact that
nothing has been done wrong."
John Barr is a reporter in ESPN's Enterprise Unit. He can be reached at jbarr-
firstname.lastname@example.org. Enterprise Unit producer David Lubbers contributed to this
Randy White Is In Self Destruct Mode?
It's seems that Pastor Randy White of Church Without Walls, who was recently
divorced, has gone into a self destruction mode and has taken up drinking. It was
reported on May 16,2008 from Tampa:
Speaking of which. The great Rantini himself was spotted at a nightclub in Ybor city
last night. He was as drunk as a fish and in the company of a young man and 3 young
girls, probably under the age of 20. The Bentley was on parade with the top down and
the young man was driving.
Ok, it’s confirmed. Randy was seen being “helped” into the Bentley. The Bentley had
the top down and there were three young women in the back. The “kid” helped Randy
into the car and then took the driver’s seat. Not exactly a designated driver. The
witness called out Randy’s name and he looked up and smiled.
Tampa televangelists draw Senate scrutiny
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
By Lisa Myers and Rich Gardella, NBC News Investigative Unit
Two U.S. Senators sent out a new round of letters today to some of the nation’s most
high-profile televangelists, urging them to turn over key financial records. The
Senators told the ministries that they want to know how their “non-profit
organizations are structured and operate,” amid allegations that some of the
televangelists have misused church funds to enrich themselves.
One of the letters was mailed today to televangelists Randy and Paula White, who
founded the Without Walls International Church in Tampa 16 years ago, calling it
"the perfect church for people who are not."
A half dozen former church employees and insiders told NBC News that they have
questions about how millions of dollars in church offerings have been spent. They
said that the Whites sometimes urged the flock to make checks out to them
A church spreadsheet obtained by NBC News lists $43,129 in so-called "personal
offerings" to Paula White in May 2006. NBC News also saw cancelled checks made
out to Randy White.
One longtime former church insider, who asked to remain anonymous, said the
checks were part of a troubling pattern. “It says to me that they were shearing the
sheep,” the former insider said, a charge that the church denies.
The insider and five other former staffers say the Whites sometimes took cash from
uncounted donations, misused church funds for personal expenses and even
pressured the faithful to take equity out of their homes to boost church donations.
“They came up with every kind of idea possible to get money, to make money,”
the church insider said.
Senators Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) and Max Baucus (D-Montana) of the Senate
Finance Committee said they sent the new letters to the Whites and three other
televangelists to remind them that “the committee’s jurisdiction includes the
federal tax policy governing the billions of dollars donated to and controlled by the
nation’s tax-exempt groups.”
Grassley first wrote to the Whites last November. He also sent letters to: Benny Hinn of
World Healing Center Church, Inc. and Benny Hinn Ministries of Grapevine, Texas;
David and Joyce Meyer of Joyce Meyer Ministries of Fenton, Mo.; Kenneth and
Gloria Copeland of Kenneth Copeland Ministries of Newark, Texas; Bishop Eddie
Long of New Birth Missionary Baptist Church and Bishop Eddie Long Ministries of
Lithonia, Ga., and Creflo and Taffi Dollar of World Changers Church International
and Creflo Dollar Ministries of College Park, Ga.
The Whites’ church, Without Walls, has grown over the years into a multi-media
empire, devoted to preaching the “gospel of prosperity.” That’s the belief that
God wants parishioners to be wealthy but that, for that to happen, churchgoers
must first give money to God.
"God is going to speak to you to sow a one-week's salary. He's going to speak to you
to sow one month’s salary,” Paula White has told her followers. “I want you to get
up and go to the phone and to obey God!”
Cindy Fleenor was one such follower. “We're taught if we don't pay our tithes and
give offering and alms that we're robbing God and we're under a curse," Fleenor
told NBC News.
One church board member told NBC News that he was surprised when a 2006 audit
reported the church had $25 million in debt, even though it had brought in $35
million that same year.
During the same period, the Whites appear to have prospered with a $2.1 million
waterfront home in Tampa, a $3.5 million condo on Park Avenue in New York City
and salaries reported to exceed $1 million each. There’s also a costly Bentley
convertible, driven by Randy White.
Many of the allegations regarding the Whites were first raised through a series of
front-page investigative articles published by the Tampa Tribune newspaper last
The Whites divorced last year, and Paula White is now pursuing an increasingly
separate career through Paula White Ministries, the Without Walls church's media
ministry, as a life coach and host of a syndicated religious program. But both
Whites remain active in Without Walls and their organizations' finances remain
The Whites' church is registered with the IRS as a 501(c)(3) church
organization. According to IRS rules, it is not only tax-exempt but also not
required to publicly release IRS filings. The church website does not include
specific information about its governance - it does not even include a list of church
officers or members of its board of directors.
The Whites have claimed their wealth comes from appropriate and legal
compensation, comparable to what other non-profit CEOs earn. They also have
claimed additional wealth from for-profit business ventures - including a real estate
company, a travel agency and sales of a nutritional supplement they themselves
promote in an infomercial. But Senate investigators want to know more.
“Questions need to be asked and questions need to be answered,” said Sen.
So far, the Whites have not provided any answers to the Senate. When Cindy
Fleenor heard that, and learned more about the Whites’ lifestyle, she stopped
giving money. “I felt like I was deceived and been taken advantage of,” she said.
The Whites declined to be interviewed by NBC or to answer questions. They have
denied wrongdoing, stating: "We take our financial responsibilities to our partners
very seriously and to the best of our knowledge we comply with all tax laws."
Grassley said that the Whites have now agreed to cooperate with the Senate
investigation. The Senate has given them until the end of the month to provide
documents, and answers.
Without Walls Says Interest In Properties Spurred Sale
By BAIRD HELGESON and MICHELLE BEARDEN
The Tampa Tribune
Published: March 6, 2008
TAMPA - Interest from potential buyers of Without Walls International Church's campuses here and in
Lakeland caused church leaders to put the buildings up for sale, a church representative said in a
"The church's two properties are situated in areas of significant development and have appreciated
significantly," said the written statement from Tucker/Hall Inc. public relations. "To keep the church's
expansion options open, the executive leadership of Without Walls International Church decided that
the time was right to list both properties."
Without Walls leaders had declined to comment for a story in Wednesday's Tribune about their hiring
real estate agents to sell the 13.3-acre Tampa property near International Plaza and the 75-acre campus
The statement did not elaborate on what expansion options the church may be considering. Attendance
at Without Walls, once touted as the nation's fastest-growing church, has declined in recent months.
Lakeland Campus Bought For $15 Million
The church wants $30 million for the Tampa property. It's unclear how much it wants for the Lakeland
property, (formerly Carpenter’s Home Church) for which it paid about $15 million in 2005.
In May, the Tribune reported about financial troubles at the church and broken promises made by its
founders, Randy and Paula White. In August, the Whites announced they were divorcing.
In November, U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, launched an inquiry into Without Walls and the
teleministry it spawned, Paula White Ministries, along with five other multimillion-dollar ministries. The
senator is concerned that the ministry leaders could be using money from their tax-exempt
organizations to finance lavish lifestyles.
The Whites have refused to answer the senator's questions.
Without Walls' statement suggested the future could include a smaller church building.
"The church could consider using the proceeds on a more focused, functional church facility to meet the
needs of its congregation," the statement said. "It could decide to use any excess proceeds to continue
and expand its many current community outreach programs."
Board's Approval Not Needed Yet
The fact that the campuses are on the market came as a surprise to some congregants and at least one
church board member.
"I had no clue this was on the table," said Alick Clark, a board member from Acton, Calif. "You can't
make a decision like that without the board's approval. Right?"
The church statement Wednesday said the decision to list the properties did not require board approval,
but a contract to sell would.
Reaction to the potential sale was mixed and fueled speculation about the church's future.
Sonja Krout, a former congregant who left the church when she moved to Riverview, said she wasn't
bothered by the fact the decision to sell was made quietly.
"The members don't always have to be told everything," she said, adding: "I learned so much while I was
there. My heart goes out to" the Whites.
Jill Wells, a private investigator in the Tampa Bay area, started taking an interest in the church about a
year ago. She said she thinks the potential sale indicates that Randy White is in the final steps of
shutting down the ministry.
Trying To Fill The Void At Without Walls
By Michelle Bearden of The Tampa Tribune and Baird Helgeson of The Tampa Tribune
Randy White stood before the congregation of Without Walls International Church
and fretted about paying the $38,000 power bill, just one of many bills coming
Speaking at a Sunday service in late October, the co-founder of the embattled
megachurch said he would tally the weekend's offerings and decide which to pay.
He urged those in the sanctuary to give all they could.
These are not the best of times for Without Walls. Damaging revelations, one after
another, have stung church faithful in recent months.
In May, Tampa Tribune reports revealed financial problems and broken promises at
the nondenominational ministry, ranked as one of the fastest-growing in the nation
in 2005. Then in August, church founders Randy and Paula White announced they
would end their 18-year marriage.
The most potentially damaging news came last week when U.S. Sen. Chuck
Grassley, R-Iowa, challenged the ministry's nonprofit status and the Whites' lavish
lifestyle. He requested detailed financial information on their expensive homes,
cars, private jet and plastic surgeries. They have until Dec. 6 to comply.
The revelations have prompted one Christian radio personality to say the Whites
must step down from their ministries.
"A divorce is an indication of deeply personal, spiritual struggles that would
warrant a minister stepping aside," said Paul Edwards, who hosts a Christian radio
program in Detroit that featured Paula White as a guest in October.
In the meantime, congregants are leaving and the offering baskets don't overflow
like they used to.
In church's heyday two years ago, those who didn't come early could expect to
watch the 11 a.m. Sunday service from a television monitor in the lobby.
Today, latecomers find ample space in the cavernous sanctuary. At recent Sunday
morning and evening services, worshippers barely filled half the seats.
Many who have followed the church wonder whether it will ever regain its vibrant
"I am waiting for the church to close," said Charles Lucas, a former member who
attended for three years and participated in a program to identify leaders in the
Randy White offered a rosier picture.
The slump in attendance after the divorce announcement wasn't as bad as he had
"We've lost 21 families, and offerings are down about 11 percent from the same
time last year," he said in an interview this month. "Our church is going very strong
and will continue to grow."
The couple finalized their split about a month ago, he said. He wouldn't say where
the legal documents were filed, only that they're not in Hillsborough County.
Randy, 49, has no intention of leaving Without Walls, and he has put his plans for a
Malibu, Calif., ministry on hold, he said. He also intends to make the church less
independent and more involved in the community. This year, for the first time, it's
joining several Bay area congregations in partnering with Metropolitan Ministries to
provide food and volunteers for the shelter's annual holiday assistance program.
"We're still here, focusing on evangelism and restoration," he said.
That's not always easy, he acknowledged. On his darkest days, Randy does
sometimes think, "I really don't need this in my life."
But then, he can't walk away from his calling — or his sheep.
"What people don't always realize is that I'm a successful businessman away from
the church. You don't get the cars I drive or the houses I've owned with church
offerings," he said. "But I wanted to remain faithful to my people, the way they've
been faithful to me for 14 years."
The church difficulties are only part of it. His private heartbreak is even more
consuming, he said.
His daughter Kristen, 30, had surgery for a malignant brain tumor. His father had
open-heart surgery, and his daughter Angie, 28, was diagnosed with an ovarian
tumor. All of that happened this year.
But Randy has reason to hope.
Kristen's prognosis is good. The surgery removed 90 percent of the tumor, and
she's undergoing chemotherapy. Angie just found out she's pregnant with her
second child. White's father, a retired minister, is on the mend.
The Loss Of Paula
In May, the Tribune published several stories about financial and legal troubles at
the church, which reported a revenue of nearly $40 million in 2006. Along with
facing at least five lawsuits stemming mostly from unpaid bills since 2000, the
Whites borrowed $170,000 from an elderly widow in 1995 and did not keep
promises to care for her or pay it back. The church also failed to give a home to a
single mother who believed she won it in a 2002 church-sponsored contest.
The Whites have since paid back the widow and bought the mother a home.
The congregation weathered the allegations of financial mismanagement with
minimal fallout, members said.
But the Whites' divorce dealt a blow. The split severed the spiritual bond of the
pastoral union, Bishop Randy and Pastor Paula.
Paula, 41, enjoys enormous success as a televangelist and life coach, selling her
story of overcoming childhood sexual abuse. Her powerful preaching and
worldwide television ministry drew countless fans and admirers to their home
church. With the divorce, she stepped down as church pastor, though Paula White
Ministries keeps its headquarters at Without Walls.
Randy fashioned himself as the rock-star church CEO. He regularly preaches in
jeans and designer shirts, and over the years he has driven a fleet of exotic luxury
cars, most recently a Bentley convertible.
Some wonder whether the church can survive without Paula, who has a $3.5
million condominium in New York's Trump Tower and recently purchased a
$681,000 home in San Antonio, Texas.
Several current and former attendees praised Randy for his vision and ideas, but
they said he's no Paula. Her preaching filled the seats.
"He's a great ringmaster, but as a speaker of the word, well, no, that's not his
thing," Lucas said.
Randy said it's difficult to compare styles.
"I consider myself a local pastor. Paula is a televangelist and life coach," he said.
"People who sat under my teaching would probably say I'm the stronger preacher."
The proof is in the 4,000-seat sanctuary.
At three services the Tribune attended after the announcement of the couple's
breakup, Without Walls never came close to filling the auditorium. Seats remained
empty even with the arrival of the Rev. Bernice King, daughter of Martin Luther
King Jr., who spoke at two services Oct. 21.
Richard Levy, who left Without Walls a couple of years ago to help his father start a
church, said the ministry will recover.
Without Walls is essentially two churches, Levy and others said. The one Randy
represents is showy, caters to high-profile members and is generally focused on
But the congregation quietly leads what some see as a second ministry. That
church is an alliance of fiercely committed members who feed the community's
hungry and care for the poor.
"The best part of the church has always been the people and the good deeds they
do," Levy said.
That church, he added, continues to thrive.
$91 A Month
Having fewer people has meant less money for the ministry. The church is $22
million in debt, according to a 2006 audit. Randy attributed most of that to the
purchase of the Lakeland campus and building Paula's television ministry.
Recently, Without Walls launched a fundraising campaign. Associate Pastor Dan
Brockman told worshippers God had spoken about the debt to Randy, who was then
inspired by a passage in Psalm 91.
"Because he loves me," says the Lord, "I will rescue him."
Brockman asked every family to pay $91 a month to clear the debt, and he passed
out payment booklets.
Asked about Brockman's appeal, Randy said he "absolutely" didn't speak with God
about paying off the debt.
"Danny just gets carried away in the moment. He gets inspirational," he said.
That said, Randy isn't shy about merging Scripture with dollars. The church wages
similar stewardship campaigns every two years.
For those turned off by the church's emphasis on money, he makes no apologies.
"If you're unhappy, there are a lot of great churches in the community that don't
focus on economic empowerment. We deal with a lot of indigent people who
haven't been taught how to balance a checkbook. We're here to empower them
and teach them about economics."
The troubles extend beyond declining attendance and offerings. The Whites'
divorce, the second for both, polarized Christians nationally.
Critics in magazines, blogs and on the radio have lambasted the couple for
preaching about the importance of marriage, then appearing so casual about the
split. The Whites said they underwent counseling for several years but couldn't
salvage the union. They said they remain the best of friends.
That angered many evangelical Christians who believe divorce is a last resort and
justifiable only in the most abusive relationships.
Paula wasn't able to dodge the issue when she appeared on a Detroit Christian
radio program in October to promote her new book, "You're All That!"
Edwards, the host, spent the first few minutes asking her about the breakup and its
effect on the congregation. Paula tried to steer the conversation away from the
Edwards, an ordained minister, has long taken issue with her preaching of the
prosperity gospel, a theology that maintains God wants believers to be "abundantly
successful" in every way, including financially.
Rather than answering Edwards' questions, Paula criticized him for not asking
about the welfare of her stepdaughter Kristen, whom she described as having a
The outburst stunned Edwards.
In an interview with the Tribune last month, Paula declined to discuss her personal
life. She said she preferred not to focus on the negative.
"Life is a constant transition," she said. "The challenge is how you handle leaving
one thing and go on to another. It can be perceived as a loss, but most of the time,
it really is a gain."
She said she's amazed by the success she has achieved, but she was quick to give
credit to God.
"I so trust him," she said. "I am shocked at what Paula has done, but not what God
The Whites' supporters remain fiercely loyal and see only good things ahead.
"Of course it hurts," said David Ramos, who has attended the church for 14 years.
"But that doesn't change the mission of the church. We're still clothing the naked,
feeding the poor and reaching out to the community."
Nga Robles said she and her husband, Anthony, owe everything to Without Walls.
When they came to the church 14 years ago, she was a former stripper and he was
a former drug dealer.
"They gave us a vision. We got the restoration," she said.
Today, the Robles own a house in upscale Cheval and are raising eight children —
five of their own, two of Anthony's and another whose parent went to prison.
"Pastor Randy and Paula taught us everything we know about God, economics and
living right," she said. "He particularly has been a hands-on pastor for us."
The sanctuary is starting to fill again, she said, and Randy is getting traction as the
sole leader, she said.
"He's come back on fire," she said. "He's like the comeback kid."
(Reporter Baird Helgeson can be reached at (813) 259-7668 or email@example.com. Reporter
Michelle Bearden can be reached at (813) 259-7613 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pentecostal Parasites Pimps & Prostitutes
Indeed, beyond the scandal of the moment, Pentecostalism has produced a culture of superstar
preachers whose lives are always at risk of being turned into something close to secular entertainment.
Juanita Bynum's story may read like soap opera, but her travails are a reminder of the longtime
magnetism between celebrity Pentecostal preachers and scandal. The 48-year-old regular on the
Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) made her reputation with a sermon renouncing pre-marital sex to
search for a holy partner. She appeared to find one in a minister named Thomas Weeks III, wed him in
a $1 million on-air ceremony, and together they went out to preach and teach the perfect Christian
marriage. Then, in August she accused him of badly beating her in a parking lot (he has been charged,
but claims he "walked away" from the confrontation), and said she planned to seek a divorce — and to
become the "new face of domestic violence." A dramatic reversal of fortunes, certainly, but hardly the
first in her particular corner of Christianity.
Bynum's misfortune coincided with the divorce by an even more popular Pentecostal figure, Paula
White, and her co-pastor husband Randy, of the Without Walls International megachurch in Tampa, Fla.
Divorce, once a taboo in evangelical culture, is now a fact of life. But the Whites' apparently no-fault
parting appeared so matter-of-fact — few details were offered, and neither partner seemed to take a
time out from preaching — that some grumbled about the unchristian notion of marriage as a
convenience. Then there was the drugs-and-call-boy-abetted exit of marquee-name Pentecostal pastor
Ted Haggard from his leadership of the National Association of Evangelicals. Clearly, Pentecostalism is
facing testing times.
Some suggest that the risk of high-profile meltdowns may be in the very nature of Pentecostal
leadership roles. "There's a lot of soul searching in our movement right now," says J. Lee Grady, editor
of Charisma magazine, because of the spectacle of highly successful preachers losing their way.
"There's a saying, 'Your anointing can take you to a place where your character cannot sustain you.' I'm
hearing that a lot more often these days."
"Anointing" refers to the Pentecostal belief not only in the conversion experience, but in a "second
anointing in the Holy Spirit" that bestows such gifts such as speaking in tongues, healing and
prophesying. From its emergence in Los Angeles exactly a century ago, it has tended to be exuberant,
physical and generally more theologically adventurous than its evangelical cousins. And despite
thousands of pastors and churches that pursue their joyous vision without taint, scandal has dogged
some of its most prominent figures. Among the best-known were the late 1980s downfalls of
televangelists Jim Bakker and Jimmy Swaggart: Bakker, who was undone by charges of fraud, and
Swaggart who was caught with a prostitute, had preached a "theology of prosperity" suggesting that
there would be divine rewards in this world for those who donated to the ministry.
I love Juanita Bynum because she is a female equivalent of a selfish, greedy, violent, insolent,
treacherous, clamorous, tongue speaking TV evangelist- a real wolverine in sheep's clothing who goes
around in a chauffeur driven Rolls Royce. She breaks all the rules in the bible including about divorce,
adultery, love of money and deception to build her own empire at all costs including sacrificing her
husband to the courts to get what she desires for herself. The only thing that matters in Juanita’s life
is Juanita and she will do whatever it takes including using God and his people to achieve her end. She
can and does justify whatever she does and it’s completely right no matter what. She is the epitome of
selfishness and greed and is really demonized even though she claims to be a prophetess and speak on
behalf of God and be able to intercede to God for others. She is nothing but a modern day feminist
snake oil saleswoman, Pentecostal parasite, prostitute, pimp, and a Jezebel! Yes the bible tells us:
PROV 9:13 A foolish woman is clamorous; She is simple, and knows nothing.
1TM 6:10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith
in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
Titus 1:10 For there are many insubordinate, both idle talkers and deceivers, especially those of the
circumcision, 1:11 whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole households, teaching things
which they ought not, for the sake of dishonest gain. 1:12 One of them, a prophet of their own, said,
"Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, lazy gluttons." 1:13 This testimony is true. Therefore rebuke
them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith, 1:14 not giving heed to Jewish fables and
commandments of men who turn from the truth. 1:15 To the pure all things are pure, but to those who
are defiled and unbelieving nothing is pure; but even their mind and conscience are defiled. 1:16 They
profess to know God, but in works they deny Him, being abominable, disobedient, and disqualified for
every good work.
Paula White's Desperate Moment
By Paul Edwards
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Church Without Walls International in Tampa, Florida is one of the largest evangelical mega-churches
in America. It boasts a weekly attendance in the thousands and a $40 million annual budget. The
church and its pastors are firmly rooted in prosperity theology, combined with an emphasis on self-
fulfillment psychology. Until recently the church had been co-pastored by Paula White and her husband
of 18 years, Randy White. The Whites announced in August that they would be divorcing and yet
continue their respective ministries: Randy as the Senior Pastor of Church Without Walls and Paula as a
televangelist, author and conference speaker.
Even when repentance and resignation would seem to be the prudent course, it’s perhaps not
surprising to see the Whites cling to their powerful, public positions; “ministry” has been very good to
Randy and Paula White. According to Tampa Bay Online, the home they own in Tampa is valued at $2.2
million. Paula White recently purchased a Trump Towers condo in New York City valued at $3.5 million.
According to the accounting firm that handles the church’s finances, the White’s “were approved to
take (an annual salary) up to $3 million collectively” from the church.
Recently, Paula White was a guest on my radio program. The bulk of our conversation was centered on
the “me-centered” nature of her latest book, “You’re All That: Understand God’s Design for Your Life.”
The main point of the book is to portray God as one who designed you for your own fulfillment and
happiness. (This, of course, contradicts Scripture which says in manifold ways that God designed you
for His own glory (cf. Isa. 43:7).)
However, given the public nature of White’s divorce, I began the interview by asking her to justify
statements made by members of her church, and posted at Tampa Bay Online, that her divorce
“wouldn’t weaken the church in any way.” How is that possible, I asked? Beyond the impact on the
church, how is it possible that two high-profile ministers could conclude that their own relationship
was so damaged that divorce was the only solution, and yet believe themselves spiritually fit to
continue their ministries? White had no concrete answers which led her to conclude our conversation
rather abruptly in a desperate attempt to shift the focus:
And while we're talking about painful, difficult situations, with all due respect…we've taken 30
minutes on divorce. But I don't understand why an interviewer, or a believer as yourself, has not asked
me how my daughter, who has a death sentence, with third and fourth stage cancer—how she's doing
For a moment I sat in shocked silence. For one thing, I didn't know about her daughter’s illness. But
more importantly, I was shocked that White would use a family tragedy to make me look like a terrible
person given her inability to offer legitimate answers to my legitimate questions about her theology
What, I thought, does her daughter's illness have to do with answering questions about her divorce and
psychologically saturated prosperity theology? Is what Paula White believes and teaches above criticism
because she has a terminally ill daughter?
Interestingly, the daughter in question is actually her estranged husband Randy's daughter from a
previous marriage. And this person is not a child, but an adult. Paula White led me and my audience to
believe that she had a young child at home dying of cancer; she played the sympathy card when it
became apparent she had lost the sympathy of the audience on the issues she was asked to address.
Paula White is a well-managed image worth millions of dollars. Behind that image, however, is a real
person, a wounded and broken human being, who lives in fear of being exposed. Paula White revealed
how broken she is when she used her dying daughter as a desperate cover to protect her well managed
It’s not only her daughter that needs our prayers. It’s Paula White as well.
Thou Shall Not Divorce!
Conservative Protestants continue to insist on biblical standards that forbid divorce, but more and
more they are showing a willingness to carve out exceptions. Their churches tend to be centered on
the personality of the minister, and if he is particularly beloved or powerful, then a way is found to
qualify what the Bible says. Cary McMullen, religion editor for The Ledger
The fourth season of Dr. Phil will focus on women's empowerment and will include topics on how to
leave an abusive husband and find the right man." -SOURCE
Dr. Phil advices women in abusive relationships to "leave and ... find the right man." What horrible
advice! Is this what God wants us to do? Here's what the Word of God teaches in Matthew 5:32... "But
I say unto you, That whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth
her to commit adultery: and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced committeth adultery."
Clearly, Dr. Phil does not believe the Bible. There is nothing in the Word of God which permits
anyone from breaking their marriage vows. You do remember don't you? ... "For better, for
worse; for richer, for poorer; in sickness, as in health, 'til death do us part."
But Dr. Phil says move on to greener pastures. Only God knows how many divorces Dr. Phil has caused,
and how many millions of people are now living in adultery because of his evil advice. What a sorry
attitude ... when the going gets tough, quit! No wonder the Bible forewarned in 2nd Timothy 4:3,
"For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they
heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears." Dr. Phil is a false prophet!
Jesus never permitted or taught that Christians could divorce or separate rather he stated: MT
5:23 "Therefore if you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother
(husband) has something against you, MT 5:24 "leave your gift there before the altar, and go your
way. First be reconciled to your brother (husband), and then come and offer your gift.
These hypocritical Pentecostal Ministers, including Benny Hinn, Prophetess Juanita Bynum, and John
Arnott of Toronto Airport Christian Fellowship, talk about agape or unconditional love and then
contrary to scriptures take Christians to court even though their own bible tells them : 1COR 6:1 Dare
any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unrighteous, and not before the
saints? See http://torontoblessing.tripod.com/lawsuit.htm
Yes, they hypocritical talk about agape or unconditional love and state “Agape is rational, reasonable
and strong. It overcomes all the situations and circumstances. If you look at 1st Corinthians 13, it’s
the thing that stands when everything else has fallen,” But they don’t practice it at all even though
their bible states: And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love. (1
Amy Grant Divorce Exposed
"I'm a singer, not a preacher, I'm not looking to convert anybody" says Christian rock diva Amy Grant.
(Los Angeles Times, 5/4/84, pg. 2-c) Grant goes on to demonstrate her spirituality by saying, "I'm not
going to say too often that I like a cold beer while watching a football game. That might bother some
of my fans." (Greensville News, 5/4/94)
In an interview with CCM Magazine, Grant notes that she and her husband went through numerous
counseling sessions beginning in 1986. Not only did this counseling not save her marriage, some of it
apparently contributed to it. She quotes one counselor who gave her the following unscriptural advice:
"Amy, God made marriage for people. He didn’t make people for marriage. He didn’t create this
institution so He could just plug people into it. He provided this so that people could enjoy each other
to the fullest" ("Judging Amy," CCM Magazine, November 1999, p. 36).
Grant concluded from this that "if two people are not thriving healthily in a situation, I say remove the
marriage [and] let them heal" (Ibid., p. 36).
In August 1998, Grant told her husband: "I believe and trust that I’ve been released from this
[marriage]" (Ibid., p. 35). She came to this foolish conclusion although she had no biblical grounds for
separation or divorce and her husband was committed to the marriage. Only the Lord knows the
woman’s heart, but it appears that she had committed herself to marrying another man, to whom she
had already given her heart. She admits that she saw in Vince Gill "a true complement" to herself.
In contrast to Grant’s delusion about being released from her marriage, the Bible is very clear about
God’s will in this matter:
"And unto the married I command, yet not I, but the Lord, LET NOT THE WIFE DEPART FROM HER
HUSBAND: But if she depart, let her remain unmarried, or be reconciled to her husband: and let not
the husband put away his wife" (1 Corinthians 7:10,11).
"The Pharisees also came unto him, tempting him, and saying unto him, Is it lawful for a man to put
away his wife for every cause? And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that He which
made them at the beginning made them male and female, and said, For this cause shall a man leave
father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh? Wherefore they are
no more twain but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder. They
said unto him, Why did Moses then command to give a writing of divorcement, and to put her away? He
saith unto them, Moses, because of the hardness of your hearts, suffered you to put away your wives:
but from the beginning it was not so. And I say unto you, WHOSOEVER SHALL PUT AWAY HIS WIFE,
EXCEPT IT BE FOR FORNICATION, AND SHALL MARRY ANOTHER, COMMITTETH ADULTERY: AND WHOSO
MARRIETH HER WHICH IS PUT AWAY DOTH COMMIT ADULTERY" (Matthew 19:3-9).
Amy Grant's husband did not want the marriage to end and he sought to save it. He told CCM Magazine:
"For five years after I was told that I was no longer loved and that she wanted out of the marriage, I
refused that because of the kids." He testified of getting down on his knees and begging her not to
leave. Contrary to Amy's self-esteem psychobabble about God releasing her from the marriage,
Chapman does not believe the divorce is God's will. He says: "It was not God's will that we divorced. It
wasn't. That was not His plan. ... Did we allow God to do all He could do? Unquestionably no. No, we
did not. 'Irreconcilable differences' [the basis upon which the divorce was sought] is such a lame and
hollow phrase. That's what you say when you're afraid to say anything. It's the legalese that allows you
to walk away. From my vantage point, we had one irreconcilable difference: I wanted her to stay, and
she wanted to leave. Everything else, God could have reconciled" (CCM Magazine, January 2000, pp.
Most Evangelical Preachers Are Hypocrites
All Evangelical Preachers should read 1 Corinthians 13 and what Jesus said on love every day
before they open their mouths and say anything. They don’t have a right to impose their views on
13:1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding
brass or a clanging cymbal. 13:2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries
and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I
am nothing. 13:3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be
burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing. 13:4 Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy;
love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; 13:5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not
provoked, thinks no evil; 13:6 does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; 13:7 bears all
things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 13:8 Love never fails. But whether there
are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge,
it will vanish away. 13:9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part. 13:10 But when that which is
perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away. 13:11 When I was a child, I spoke as a
child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish
things. 13:12 For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I
shall know just as I also am known. 13:13 And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the
greatest of these is love.
JN 13:34 "A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that
you also love one another.
JN 15:12 "This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.
JN 15:17 "These things I command you, that you love one another.
IS EPHESIANS 5 PART OF THE BIBLE AND DO
CHRISTIANS HAVE TO DO WHAT PAUL TOLD THEM
TO DO? YES!
5:11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them. 5:12
For it is shameful even to speak of those things which are done by them in secret. 5:13 But all things
that are exposed are made manifest by the light, for whatever makes manifest is light. 5:14 Therefore
He says: "Awake, you who sleep, Arise from the dead, And Christ will give you light."
5:15 See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, 5:16 redeeming the time,
because the days are evil. 5:17 Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord
5:18 And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit,
5:19 speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in
your heart to the Lord, 5:20 giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our
Lord Jesus Christ,
5:21 submitting to one another in the fear of God.
5:22 Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. 5:23 For the husband is head of the
wife, as also Christ is head of the church; and He is the Savior of the body. 5:24 Therefore, just as
the church is subject to Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything.
5:25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, 5:26 that
He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, 5:27 that He might present
her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be
holy and without blemish.
5:28 So husbands ought to love their own wives as their own bodies; he who loves his wife loves
himself. 5:29 For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as the Lord does
5:30 For we are members of His body, of His flesh and of His bones. 5:31 "For this reason a man shall
leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh."
Jude 1:16 These are grumblers, complainers, walking according to their own lusts; and they mouth
great swelling words, flattering people to gain advantage. 1:17 But you, beloved, remember the
words which were spoken before by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ: 1:18 how they told you
that there would be mockers in the last time who would walk according to their own ungodly lusts.
1:19 These are sensual persons, who cause divisions, not having the Spirit. 1:20 But you, beloved,
building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, 1:21 keep yourselves in the
love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.
Check out Signs of a Violent Bynum - "Until death do us part, even if we kill each other ..." Juanita
Bynum vows not to leave husband?
Juanita Bynum And The Demon Jezebel?
I've been feeling so sad lately about these unfolding events over our sister, I’ve been asking myself. If
Juanita was not beaten on that hotel parking, would she have continued to show a straight face in her
congregation??? Because my wonder is, has it been an everyday thing in their home or its just because
it happened that day. How come she seems to use what has happened so fast to claim divorce and run
off to the media??
I mean guys, they separated earlier on in June, why is it divorce seems to be tagged on the beating
rather than what has been happening in that marriage from before. People don't be lied to, if we
follow what these Celebs are doing on television and the media, 'WE ARE LOST' This is a clear lack of
self-control. The Godly way to sort themselves is reconcile in private and allow God to lead them.
I COMPLETELY OPPOSE THIS MEDIA THING AND ITS DOING SO MUCH DAMAGE TO THE CHURCH OF JESUS
CHRIST. I tell Juanita to get out of the media and silently seek Jesus about it. Tell me Do we heal when
we run all over the place reminding everyone, 'Look how I've been damaged by my husband!' Jesus is
the healer of all broken hearts and not the media or divorces! What does the word of God Promise?
Jesus restores all broken relationships! Is Thomas Weeks and Juanita an exception? What Juanita is
doing now is juicy for the world, but to the Church of Jesus Christ it will never be acceptable even if
Juanita climbs the highest mountain to announce her AFFLICTIONS!!! She is allowing the demon
Jezebel to use her. If we do not resist Satan’s Deception, he will shows us how to spend our time and
keep us busy, while he sits back and laughs. Ruth - Nairobi, Kenya
Famed Pentecostals Lack Both
Theological And Moral
The media light has fallen upon famed Pentecostal preachers and their less than perfect lives,
which, to many, has come as a shock.
National evangelist or prophetess Juanita Bynum, 48, was granted a restraining order last week after
filing for divorce from her husband, Bishop Thomas W. Weeks III, alleging that he beat her at an Atlanta
hotel parking lot in August.
Bynum, considered the most prominent black female television evangelist in the nation, had rose to
renown, especially in black communities, empowering women with messages renouncing pre-marital
sex and breaking free of sexual promiscuity.
Now as she seeks a divorce based on the argument that her marriage has been "irretrievably broken"
and that she is a victim of "cruel treatment," critics are attacking what seemed to be presented as a
model marriage, with some accusing the prophetess of exploiting the parking lot attack for publicity.
But Bynum, who says she forgives her husband, struck down the notion that Christians live perfect
"I think the misconception of Christianity is that we are people that don't have any problems," she said
on ABC News' Good Morning America. "And that is absolutely not the truth."
"The purpose of spirituality is to assist you and give you the proper wisdom that you would need to
handle a situation in a much more different way than a person would handle it had they not known the
Lord," she continued. "I think we're tested and we're judged how we come through it."
She found it "ludicrous" that critics accused her of trying to gain more popularity, noting that God has
already "favored" her with popularity and that she didn't need another person to know who she was.
The Weeks' divorce come just as another renowned Pentecostal duo, Randy and Paula White of Without
Walls International in Tampa, Fla., announced their plans for divorce. In this case, the split is amicable
and they blamed it on the two different ministerial directions their lives were going.
Both have been married and divorced before.
"Divorce, once a taboo in evangelical culture, is now a fact of life," writes David Van Biema in Time
magazine. A poll by Newsweek showed that the divorce rate among pastors is 50 percent, no different
from that of the general public.
Still, divorce is disappointing to many evangelicals. The Whites acknowledged that their divorce would
let down their followers and attendance at the Tampa megachurch would "take a hit."
And one pastor cautions against attaching perfection with pastors.
"This expectation of perfection is unrealistic," writes Corey J. Hodges, senior pastor of the New Pilgrim
Baptist Church in Taylorsville, in The Salt Lake Tribune, "and pastors who attempt to portray such an
image cause serious damage to the church congregation and the community of faith in their times of
On further note, with the latest scandals having occurred within the Pentecostalism, some have raised
questions about the movement.
"The Charismatic movement is so driven by emotion and by passion that it sometimes lacks both
theological and moral accountability," says respected theologian Dr. R. Albert Mohler, the president of
Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and one of America's preeminent evangelicals, according to
Tim Morgan, an editor at Christianity Today magazine, sees it as a more organizational problem. "Quite
a few of these independent churches feel they are beholden to God alone," he says.
Fewer Pentecostals in the United States belong to churches that are part of a Pentecostal
denomination than those who identify with independent churches. According to The Pew Forum on
Religion & Public Life, 5 percent of the U.S. population are Pentecostals who identify with a
denomination and 18 percent are Charismatics – those who describe themselves as charismatic or
pentecostal but don't belong to a particular denomination.
Notably, divorce within the Assemblies of God – the largest Pentecostal denomination in the country –
can jeopardize a pastor's job. The denomination requires that the pastor provide just cause for the
divorce before ministerial credentials can continue, according to Hodges.
While the media has spotlighted Pentecostal figures and their struggles, Anthea Butler, professor of
religion at the University of Rochester in New York, says the same sort of thing is happening to other
Protestants such as Baptists and Presbyterians. But those other Protestants "are not media figures," she
said, according to Time.
Bynum and Weeks married in a private ceremony in 2002 and again in a million-dollar, televised
ceremony in 2003. The couple has been estranged since June.
Christian Post Reporter
Bynum on Good Morning America:
First marriage was 'abusive' too
By MIKE MORRIS
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Published on: 09/26/07
When GMA's Robin Roberts asked Bynum about an abusive first marriage, and her
seperation from her second husband, Thomas Weeks III, she said, "My first
marriage is something that, he repented for what he did, and I made a vow that I
would not talk about that situation because it was over 20 years ago.
"I think right now my focus lately has been on why have I allowed this kind of
behavior for a second time," she said. "I'm really focusing on my own healing
rather than looking at the faults of the individuals because I can't do anything
Bynum, 48, filed for divorce earlier this month in Ware County, where she has a
ministry. Her complaint for divorce was dismissed, but she plans to refile it in
Gwinnett County, where Weeks lives.
"I believe that spirituality needs to be used in a proper manner, to the degree that
we forgive and we pray, but by the same token, you have to take the
responsibility to remove yourself out of harm's way while you're praying," Bynum
Weeks' attorney, Randall Kessler, said he was contacted by Good Morning America
Tuesday night for a comment on "our position on the current status."
Kessler released a statement saying, "We have suggested private mediation, or even a settlement
conference to expedite resolution, and to prevent any unintended miscommunication or leaks to the
press. Unfortunately, it is becoming more and more apparent that Rev. Bynum wants to keep this
matter public and to expand her career and public persona by doing so."
Meet The US Preacher Who Wants Your Cash
20 September 2007
ONE of the most controversial religious preachers in the US is coming to the Golders Green
Juanita Bynum has made millions in America and will preach in London for the first time on October 20
Dr Bynum will charge £30 to attend both days of her conference at the former theatre, bought by El
Shaddai International Christian Centre earlier this year.
But her visit is not being welcomed by nearby residents' association chairman Barry Alexander.
He said: "A lot of the people who go there will be desperate and can't afford what she wants, but I
suppose if they want to give away their money there is nothing you can do to stop them.
"These evangelicals tend to go out to try to convert people and there will be no place for that here."
Ms Bynum has courted controversy across the pond by making millions from the sale of DVDs, books and
conference tickets. She also demands donations from her congregation.
The former hairdresser and air stewardess is about to launch a spa, a make up and toiletries range, a
magazine and her own TV show.
The introduction on her website says: "In every generation God raises up a revolutionary, a chief
commander, a voice who's not afraid to cry loud on behalf of his people.
"We call her a prophetess of the nations who fills stadiums and changes lives...She ushers people into
the presence and glory of god...Preacher, teacher, ambassador and entrepreneur Juanita Bynum."
Ms Bynum calls the money she demands from her supporters "sowing a seed". In one video on her site
she pleads for $200,000 to build a new prayer room - which she calls a "threshing floor".
She says: "It's a hard thing for me, but I have to pick up everything and move it and there's a piece (of
land) on the new Juanita Bynum ministry property God has given me - the 30 acres of land and 12 acres
"I think it is God's wisdom to build a new threshing floor here so I am asking you as my partners.
"The fee and the charge is approx $200,000 I am asking for an emergency seed, any seed you give $300,
$500 or $1,000. You have an opportunity to help me build the place where I can go to God on your
Ms Bynum, known in the USA as a televangelist, rose to fame by preaching against pre-marital sex. She
said by sleeping with men before marriage God had punished her by not bringing her a true mate.
She repented and had a televised fairytale wedding with another preacher - Bishop Thomas Wesley
Weeks III - which cost more than $500,000.
But last month she became the subject of the gossip columns after her husband was arrested for
NOTE Jaunita Bynum is not a Christian, but a modern day snake oil saleswomen
Juanita Bynum Press Release
Juanita Bynum doesn't like being accused of setting the tone and demonstrating a lack of
forgiveness by alleging cruel treatment in her Petition for Divorce so she had to give a Press
September 12, 2007
This statement is issued as Dr. Bynum’s attorney. Unfortunately Dr. Bynum has been accused of
setting the tone and demonstrating a lack of forgiveness by alleging cruel treatment in her Petition
for Divorce. This is not an effort to set the tone nor is it posturing. I have advised Dr. Bynum at
great length regarding this process. As her counsel, I am obligated to put the opposing party on
notice of all allegations in the pleadings. It is clear that domestic violence is an issue as evidenced
by the coverage of the brutal attack by the Defendant on August 21, 2007. The matters that have
been raised are legal issues. Although the marriage is irretrievably broken, the core issue centers
on domestic violence. Dr. Bynum will not issue any further comments at this time on the pending
Have you noted how violent and abusive Pentecostal Preacher Jaunita Bynum is, as well as being
devoid of the fruit of the Spirit, as reported by no other than J. Lee Grady, the editor of Charisma?
Considering how with her violent attitude and contrary to scripture Jaunita has quickly taken her
“beloved husband” to the secular authorities it’s save to assume by her behavior that she is not a
Christian at all just like the leadership of TACF for “ love does no harm to its neighbor”.
And love, sacrificial giving love, just like Jesus gave his life for evil wicked sinners, is the trade
mark of a true Christian, not false hateful words of an angry person devoid of love even there are
signs and wonders!
Her husband Weeks who had to live with this demonized individual said there was another side to
the story. Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson also said there are two sides to every story and like too many
domestic abuse cases the husband is being tried and convicted based on a one-sided account."
But in our feminized society, full of feminized men like Pastor Steve Long, people tend to believe
mostly the weeping seemingly abused wife, rather than looking at the global picture which we now
see of Jaunita as not being so innocent or without guilt in this relationship at all!
The reality is that Prophetess Bynum didn’t get her $2.5 million dollars mansion, became
disillusioned with her husband and sold him to the authorities for personal fortune and fame. Just
like Judas she put her own personal interest and welfare first above that of her husband proving
she never really loved her husband.
There is nothing in the Word of God which permits anyone from breaking their marriage vows. You
do remember don't you? ... "For better, for worse; for richer, for poorer; in sickness, as in health,
'til death do us part."
Jesus never permitted or taught that Christians could divorce or separate rather he stated: MT
5:23 "Therefore if you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother
(husband) has something against you, MT 5:24 "leave your gift there before the altar, and go your
way. First be reconciled to your brother (husband), and then come and offer your gift.
Pentecostal Prophetess Juanita Bynum excuse for divorcing Thomas Weeks as it wasn't meant to be
is hogwash. She will not discuss her financial liabilities of their failed marriage. She is now on a
new international mission to bring awareness about domestic violence. She is now on a crusade
and will use the help of Obama and Oprha Wimprey to bring it out about. Of course this parasite
and pimp will need funds from the public to pay off her debts and give her a living but then Oprha
has a lot of money see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yDefMmuwMNY
And her televised words 'I Forgive My Husband' are meaningless if she doesn’t drop the charges and
return back to her husband and honor her million dollar wedding vows made before God and man "For
better, for worse; for richer, for poorer; in sickness, as in health, 'til death do us part" and give
up temporary personal fortune and fame!
She has become a whore who sold herself to the highest bidder just like Demas (2TM 4:10) who
had forsaken Apostle Paul having loved this present world more than the kingdom of
God. According to published reports, Bynum has said it is too early to say if she'll stay with Weeks.
For now, she said she's concentrating on herself. http://www.eurweb.com/story/eur36505.cfm.
Yes for Juanita what is important is me, myself and I and not the best interests of others!
And unfortunately the reality is that CHARISMA MAGAZINE AND STEPHEN STRANG ARE GREATER
HYPOCRITES THAN Bishop Thomas Weeks III and Juanita Bynum, Randy and Paul White or TACF’s
John Arnott. They have been reporting lies of fairy tales rather than the truth to get sales and
money because the bottom line is increased sales produces increase revenue. If they told the
truth about their Pentecostal friends including Karl Strader and family like the secular media has
done they would have no readers left! See
Weeks 'Walked Away' From Bynum
"She said," last week.
"He said" on Friday afternoon.
Ten days after Evangelist Juanita Bynum proclaimed herself "the face of domestic
violence," her estranged husband, Bishop Thomas Weeks, told reporters he
wanted to speak out to try to set straight "the many discrepencies, dramatizations
and untruths." Weeks denied violence toward Bynum, and insisted he walked away
from a confrontation with her on August 21, the night he's accused of assaulting
"I have always loved my wife and have been nothing but faithful to her," Weeks
said in a statement he read to reporters at his church, Global Destiny Ministries, in
Duluth. "I want to be clear in saying I do not condone in any way, shape or form,
violence of any kind towards women. My role has always been to operate as a
protector and not as an aggressor. I have walked away from many situations
between the two of us, just like I walked away that night."
Weeks did not answer questions from reporters, on the advice of his attorneys,
and did not comment further on the criminal assault charges against him.
Atlanta police say a hotel bellhop saw Weeks kicking, beating and choking Bynum
in the parking lot of the hotel that night, and that the bellhop heard Weeks
threatening to kill Bynum as the bellhop pulled Weeks off of Bynum.
"I want to share my heart with the people," Weeks said Friday, "to inform all that
will listen that there are two sides to every story."
He asked people to keep an open mind while he fights the criminal charges against
"I am asking that everyone that has already judged me to take the time to consider
other perspectives. I understand that my silence to date has given me the
perception of guilt," but he said he does not believe in speaking publicly about
what he considers to be private matters between him and his estranged wife.
Weeks said their current troubles began on June 3, when, he said, Bynum
suddenly announced to their congregation that she was quitting the church, the
church that she and Weeks had founded together, "never to return. It was the first
time I knew she felt this way about our church family," Weeks said. Bynum has
always maintained her own, separate ministry that she founded and led prior to
their marriage in 2002.
"The shock to the congregation was the start of many rumors," Weeks said of
Bynums' surprise announcement.
Two days later, he said, her office sent a fax to his staff, "cancelling a major,
international event and noted the reason was due to our marital separation. I was
then informed by my staff about the fax. It was the first time that I was made
aware of our separation."
Thenn on June 14th, Weeks said, Bynum's attorney mailed him a "cease and
desist" letter ordering him to stop using Bynum's name, face image, sound or
likeness in anything related to the church.
"We were not legally allowed to mention her name even in prayer," Weeks said.
"Many people were offended by my removal of her image, as it appeared that it
was of my own doing.... I did not share her letter from her lawyers to the church
family in an effort to cover and protect her from negativity and perceptions, as I
have done countless times over the past five years."
Weeks said he still hoped he and Bynum could work out a reconciliation, and on
August 16 he said she showed up at his office saying she, too, wanted to reconcile.
"It was that day that I first began to believe that our marriage was moving in a
positive direction. It was my understanding that the relationship was salvageable,"
On August 20, he said, "I was with my wife the entire night... and felt that our
love for each other was going to get us through these hard times."
Weeks emphasized that, contrary to earlier statements and reports, the reason he
met with his wife on August 21 was not that he was seeking a reconciliation. He
thought that their previous night together meant that they were already
On August 21, he said, she called him asking to meet with him at a hotel, saying to
him that, as he described it Friday, "Juanita Bynum Ministries was in need of our
church facility and members' support in order to raise monies" for one of Bynum's
projects. "She shared her urgency that we meet that night," Weeks said.
Weeks did not describe, in his statement Friday, his August 21 meeting with
Bynum, what led to their confrontation or anything else about it, and he did not
discuss the indictment against him. He has pleaded Not Guilty.
"I would like for Juanita to know that I respect but regret her decision for a
divorce. My church family is fully aware that I have always supported her in every
endeavor. I have never hindered her from pursuiing her ministry vision or
personal goals in life.... I want her to know that I am praying God's best for her."
Weeks' divorce attorney, Randy Kessler, told reporters after Weeks read his
statement that "he can't stop the divorce from happening." Kessler said Weeks just
wants it to be settled as soon as possible, in private.
"The Bishop is not interested in money, this is not a case about money," Kessler
said. "We'd like all offers to remain private" as the two negotiate a financial
"Everybody, all of us, have blemishes, have flaws, that we do not want exposed" in
a public courtroom, Kessler said, and Weeks is hoping to settle both the divorce
and the criminal charges against him out of court.
There was no pre-nuptual agreement, Kessler said.
"The truth will eventually be known by all," Weeks said. "In the end, God will
always get the glory."
Wife Beaters and Abusive Preachers: Let’s Arrest the Violence
By J. Lee Grady, the editor of Charisma.
What happened last month between Bishop Thomas Weeks III and Juanita Bynum
raises serious concerns about both domestic and spiritual abuse.
I’ve been holding my tongue for a few weeks since I learned that Bishop Thomas
Weeks III was arrested after being accused of kicking, choking and hitting his wife,
prominent preacher Juanita Bynum, in a hotel parking lot in Atlanta on Aug. 22. We
did not need another embarrassing display of religious hypocrisy played out in the
The incident gave the whole church a black eye and bruised our reputation. When
I first heard that Weeks excused his actions (the devil made him do it, he claims) and
that his congregation cheered his return to the pulpit (after he fled from police and
then posted $40,000 bail), I was riled. What was this guy thinking?
“We are not going to release God’s healing to a broken world with threats,
hateful speech and a loveless gospel.”
It’s outrageous. A Pentecostal bishop beat his wife so badly she had to go to the
hospital. Weeks, of course, says there is another side to the story. I guess we’ll hear
his version in the courtroom, where he will face the possibility of jail time.
Meanwhile, Bynum has announced she will divorce her husband, whom she married in
2003. The romance between Weeks and “Prophetess Bynum” was compared to a fairy
tale: A poor girl from the projects who was once on welfare becomes one of the most
popular—and wealthiest—women preachers in America.
When Bynum walked down the aisle with Weeks, she wore a 7.7-carat diamond ring in
a ceremony that cost more than $1 million. The couple then started Global Destiny
Church in suburban Atlanta and later hosted marriage conferences. Weeks even wrote
a book called Teach Me How to Love You, in which he offered advice on sex and
It was not supposed to end like this.
At a press conference Bynum convened a few days after the assault, she announced
confidently that she is moving on. She said she would rebound and use her experience
to galvanize awareness of abuse. “Today, domestic violence has a face and a name,
and it is Juanita Bynum,” she said.
That probably means she’ll write a book about her ordeal, and perhaps launch a
speaking tour. No doubt this will appeal to the throngs of women who share her pain.
There’s no question that we need more advocates for battered women. Domestic
violence is an ugly issue that has been ignored by the church, mostly because so many
pastors don’t know how to counsel abused women or how to confront the men who
But I have another concern. Before Bynum starts her campaign, I hope she will
examine her own spitfire preaching style. I’m all for rousing sermons, but what Bynum
often offers her audiences is downright mean.
Eleven days before the Atlanta incident, Bynum told women at a large conference
that they needed to learn to become harsh. Shocking clips of her comments were then
posted on YouTube. Bynum told of how she corrected an unnamed assistant for being
too nice when carrying out her orders. “I’m trying to teach you to be a bulldog!” she
declared with gritted teeth and a hateful expression.
When women did not shout loud enough after her comments, Bynum threatened them
too. “If somebody don’t start praising God right here, I’m gonna have to hit somebody
with this microphone,” she said. She also implied that women who treat others with
polite restraint are “too suburb” and need to learn the street-wise tactics of the
Is this the new face of domestic violence? An angry woman preacher who threatens to
hit people? A “bulldog” who barks orders and treats subordinates rudely? Please. I
agree that people need to learn to be assertive, but Bynum seems to think the fruit of
the Holy Spirit is no longer necessary.
We need to declare a timeout and demand some sanity before the American church is
hijacked by carnality. Bynum’s angry rhetoric is out of bounds. Her behavior behind
the pulpit is not a good example for women or men. Somebody needs to lovingly but
firmly challenge it before this turns into something even uglier.
I’m not defending Weeks, who should spend time behind bars and be removed from
church leadership if it is proven that he assaulted his wife. But before Bynum
launches her anti-violence crusade, she needs to cool her heels and adjust her
attitude. You can’t fight fire with fire, and you can’t heal a battered woman by
training her to become vindictive.
We should have zero tolerance of any form of domestic violence. But while we learn
to address this huge social problem, let’s also crack down on verbal abuse in the
pulpit. We are not going to release God’s healing to a broken world with threats,
hateful speech and a loveless gospel.
But did Charisma rebuke Weeks, Jaunita or T.D. Jakes for their real sins in this
matter? Of course not!
The American Church Is Hijacked By
From: Dale McElroy <email@example.com>
Subject: Re: Fire In My Bones: Wife Beaters and Abusive Preachers: Let’s Arrest the
To: firstname.lastname@example.org, jlee Grady <email@example.com>,
Stephen P McElroy <firstname.lastname@example.org>
J. Lee Grady, 9-15-07
You wrote: We need to declare a timeout and demand some sanity before the
American church is hijacked by carnality.
Wake up and smell the coffee. Carnality owns America's church. We have preachers
that manipulate people for money to preach a gospel they never do. (Mike
Murdoch) We have prophetic movement selling prophecies. We have showmen,
entertainers, always on TBN. We have Baptists leaders that fight over speaking in
tongues and these people even claim the Bible is true. We have editors as yourself
that will not acknowledge they are wrong when shown scripture. Even though you do
report scandals at times. Earl Paulk being one in a long line. We had Toronto that
was only carnal. Vineyard leaders renounced Toronto but not America's "prophetic
Wake up man. Read your own letters. The western church lives in carnality. Some of
the Charismatic movement is border-line apostasy. Apostasy is warned about in
scripture in 2 Thes 2:1-3. It may be too late to rescue some.
Evangelist Juanita Bynum is Exploiting her Marital
Problems for Personal Gain and Publicity says Rev.
LOS ANGELES, Sept. 10 /Christian Newswire/ -- Evangelist Juanita Bynum is coming
under fire for her public conduct after her domestic abuse incident, where she alleges
that her estranged husband, Bishop Thomas Weeks III attacked her. Bynum has since
filed for divorce. She's also gone public about the incident calling herself "the new
face of domestic violence." Outspoken conservative minister and radio talk show host,
Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson is asking: how can Juanita Bynum be the poster child for
domestic abuse before we know the truth about her role in this altercation?
"Domestic violence is wrong whether the victim is a woman or man," said Rev.
Peterson. "Juanita Bynum, however, is not called by God and she's hardly the 'new
face of domestic abuse.' It's impossible for a God-fearing woman to exploit her marital
problems for personal gain and publicity. There are two sides to every story and like
too many domestic abuse cases the husband is being tried and convicted based on a
Bynum, 48, is a national televangelist whose loud and aggressive style has become
increasingly popular among black female churchgoers. At her press conference this
week, Bynum stated, "My focus is not the marriage. My focus is me repositioning
myself mentally to accomplish a new purpose [domestic violence cause] that God has
"Juanita Bynum's comments and actions prove that she's an angry, out-of-control
woman. God wouldn't have her discard her marriage in order to promote the
domestic abuse issue or any other phony cause," Rev. Peterson said.
Bynum reportedly attended a fundraising event for Barack Obama this past Saturday
where she planned to talk with Obama about national domestic violence concerns.
Oprah Winfrey was hosting the event.
YES JUANITA BYNUM IS DEMONIZED BY FEAR AND ANGER AND NEEDS DELIVERANCE
PASTOR REBUKES JUANITA BYNUM,
BISHOP WEEKS AND PAULA WHITE:
Apostle Brian S. Lewis warns you can't
sow a seed to get out of your problems.
August 29, 2007
Apostle Brian S. Lewis, senior pastor of All Nations Church of Los Angeles, did
what few, if any, pastors are willing to do publicly.
He spoke out on Paula White's imminent divorce and Bishop Thomas Weeks
attack on his wife, Juanita Bynum.
In "The Pressure of the Press (Part 3)," a sermon posted on YouTube, Pastor
Lewis said, "… Why do you think what happened with Bishop Weeks and Juanita
Bynum? That's the rod of God's correction. You can't lie to God. Don't be deceived
for God is not marked. For whatever you sow, you shall reap."
He acknowledged that he knew the sermon was going to be on TV.
"You know what I feel like telling them … and this is me being sarcastic," he
said, "…Bishop you wanna get out of jail, you don't wanna have to go to jail and to
have to experience a trial and you don't want your ministry to fail, why don't you
sow a seed? Why don't you sow a seed for the next 12 months? Why don't you sow
$100,000 a month for the next 12 months and watch your deliverance?"
"Juanita Bynum, you don't like what you went through? You don't like being
stomped in the groin? You don't like being beat by a man, why don't you just sow a
seed?" he asked. "You know why God is judging you because you can't sow a seed
to get out of your problems…"
Paula White didn't escape the pastor's path either.
"Paula White, who are you to divorce your husband," he asked. "Who are you to
step out of the authority and the anointing that your husband has over your life?
Who knows what you did but divorce is not of God unless there was some type of
infidelity, unless there was somebody that was unfaithful and none of you better
ever marry again because you'll be in an adulterous marriage…"
Last week, Paula and Randy White announced their decision to divorce after
17 years of marriage.
On August 21, a bellman stopped Bishop Weeks from beating Juanita Bynum in
an Atlanta hotel parking lot. The Bishop fled the scene but later turned himself in
On Sunday, August 26, Weeks stood before his Global Destiny congregation and
blamed the devil for the accusations. He faces charges of aggravated assault and
Pastor Lewis wrote in his email newsletter, "I am sensitive to Juanita Bynum
and I am praying for her recovery spiritually, emotionally, and physically, as well
as, for the members of the White family; notwithstanding, I am dealing with the
spirits of greed, compromise, corruption, and divorce in the church."
Visit the pastor's Web site at www.ancla.info.
See his YouTube sermons here: http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=AllNationsChurch
Juanita Bynum Uncovered
1TM 6:10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have
strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many
CHECK OUT http://youtube.com/watch?v=uzIkMY2JEHQ&mode=related&search
JUANITA BELIEVES THAT THE GIVING OF MONEY $ 1,000.00 SOLVES LIFE’S PROBLEM
AND THAT IS FOOLISH AND IS NOTHING BUT A TYPICAL ROBERT TILTON FAITH SCAM.
DON’T FORGET ALL THEIR PROBLEMS STARTED WHEN JUANITA BYNUM AND HER
HUSBAND BISHOP MEEK BOUGHT A $2.5 MILLION DOLLAR EXCLUSIVE HOME ON A
MONTHLY $55,000 MORTGAGE.
SINCE WHEN DO PREACHERS GET PAID SO MUCH?
THEIR GREED AND LOVE OF MONEY IS THE ROOT PROBLEM OF ALL THEIR PRESENT
TROUBLES! SEE http://youtube.com/watch?v=zpsOHj-OZas&mode=user&search=
Fox 5 Atlanta investigated the debauchery of Thomas Weeks and this is what they
found. First, they found his leased home is in the name of "Thomas Weeks Jr.", but he
goes by the name "Thomas Weeks III". A $2.5 Million home in a gated (with guard at
the front) country club in Forsyth County, GA (St. Marlo), THAT HE HAS BEEN EVICTED
FROM FOR NOT KEEPING UP THE PAYMENTS. He's worked a new deal to try and
outright purchase the home by April 2008.
Here's what else they found. Several COURT JUDGMENTS AGAINST HIM FOR
$22,000+ Tiffany & Co.
$13,000+ (a credit card company)
$6,000+ Ford Motor Credit
OVER $100,000 IN CIVIL COURT JUDGMENTS AGAINST HIM!!!
3 creditors say he still has not paid them.
Preachers Juanita Bynum/Paula White
And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love. (1
What Bishop Thomas W. Weeks III did allegedly beating his wife, popular televangelist
Juanita Bynum was very wrong in every sense of the word! But what Juanita Bynum
who hated, not loved her husband, did was also wrong. She didn’t forgive him for the
act but wanted vengeance and to see him and his ministry destroyed. This is not
something a Christian loving wife does to her husband?
In her article NURTURE GENUINE AFFECTION - Sister Stella Dhinakaran writes
The Lord will fill your heart with love. You will be able to forgive and forget the bad
habits and wrong doings of your spouse and children. The virtue of unconditional
affection for each other will step into your heart (1 Peter 4:8; 1 John 4:11). Love one
another in Christ Jesus.
There lived a certain Christian couple in a foreign land. The husband became angry
quite often over trivial matters. One day he fought with his wife and yelled, “Get
away from this house now!” His wife wept but he would not be moved. He pushed her
out and closed the entrance of the house. He comfortably closed the door went inside
and had a peaceful slumber. Check your life. This is not the love of God but that,
which comes from Satan.
The following day, early in the morning, that man got up from sleep and hurried so as
to reach the office on time. At that time, he heard a noise in the kitchen. Not only
the noise but also a delicious smell came wafting in the air piercing through his
nostrils. He thought, “Who could that be?” To his surprise, he found his wife standing
there fixing up the breakfast with all delicious stuff that he loves. He asked, “How did
you get inside?” She answered, “My dear! You remembered to close the front door but
kept the back door open. I gained entry through the back door. Further she
continued, “I thought, you might be very hungry since you were in the top of your
temper tantrums and that you would be very tired after screaming last night.
Therefore I decided to fix the breakfast that you love very much.” This is the genuine
love and this should be seen between every husband and wife.
Nowadays many women reach their parent’s place even for small issues that crop up
between the husband and wife. Today’s women think, “why should I live with this
man while I work and earn a handsome salary?” This attitude leads to separation and
separation is not from God. Separation is from the devil. Perhaps if you are a person
planning to separate from your spouse please think. God desires to grant you a
beautiful home and blessed family life. On the contrary, Satan operates in the
opposite direction trying to destroy the love between you and your spouse. Beware!
Check whether your love is from God or from satan.
Give me the grace to love my spouse as myself. Remove every form of hatred,
disobedience, misunderstandings, pride and instill the genuine love in my heart. Help
me to forgive and forget all the wrong doings and hurt caused knowingly or
unknowingly. May I always analyze my life in the light of the Scriptures and never give
room for the word ‘separation’ in my family. In Jesus' name, I pray.
Randy and Paula White: Divorce shakes evangelical
FOX News, MyFoxTambaBay.com, USA
Aug. 24, 2007
TAMPA - As a team, pastors Randy and Paula White attracted tens of thousands to
Without Walls International Church. But behind the picture perfect image, the
couple’s 18-year marriage was in trouble.
At Thursday night’s service, they announced plans to divorce. Both have been
“I believe the leadership establishes some principles when it comes to fidelity and
marriage, and when it comes to the fiber of a family,” says Pastor Donald Lott of True
Worship Christian Center in Temple Terrace.
Lott is familiar with the church, and both pastors. He has family who attend Without
“By all means, a pastor should at all times be able to recognize when he is in crisis
and his hope is in the word of God, and should all be able to rise above our
circumstances in situations such as this,” Lott said
Randy and Paula White built their multi-million dollar evangelical empire by offering
what they called “the perfect church, for those who aren’t.” That message
catapulted Paula White to international stardom as a televangelist and author. Her
husband has been less high profile, mostly leading the church at home.
The couple shares a $2 million dollar home on Bayshore Boulevard, along with a
private jet. Some say the pastors have been spending more time apart as they buy
property and pursue ministries elsewhere. Paula White owns a Trump Towers condo in
New York City and a home in San Antonio. Randy White is reportedly leasing property
“The scripture says the love of money is the root of all evil, and you have to evaluate
your priorities,” Pastor Lott says. “And without us knowing what their priorities are, I
would hope they’d be on the Kingdom.”
But with their lavish lifestyle on display, critics say what the Whites were preaching
was a message of prosperity at the expense of humility and family values.
Now with its leadership split, the church faces its own test of survival.
Paula married her husband Randy, and they lead Without Walls in Tampa, Florida.
“There’s so many things that God has given me,” she says. “I have a wonderful
husband, wonderful children, wonderful friends, a great church. My life is so satisfied
and fulfilled in so many other areas that I focus on what God has given me and what I
do have instead of what I don’t have.” Paula White – A Real Hypocrite
Randy White and Paula White are Off The Wall
Randy White and his wife Paula White, Co-Pastors of Without Walls Church in Tampa,
FL told congregants in Thursday night's church service August 24,2007 that they are
getting a divorce.
The well known preacher/conference speaker, Paula appeared to be choked up as
she approached the podium, the Tampa Tribune reports.
They'd avoided speculation about their deteriorating relationship for months, but
last night they acknowledged the unfortunate reality of their relationship before an
audience of thousands.
This revelation comes after years of counseling and a day after the highly
publicized separation and beating of Prophetess Juanita Bynum by her husband,
Bishop Thomas Weeks, III.
Randy White responded to rumors about a possible divorce in an expose' reported by
the Tampa Tribune in May. Asked whether they were contemplating divorce, he
replied, "No one can predict the future."
Through personal challenges (Randy's 29-year-old daughter reportedly was
diagnosed with a mature brain tumor) and their callings taking them in obtuse
directions (Paula, an evangelist, conference host, T.V. host and author is away
frequently), the glue in their marriage dissolved.
Lauding Pastor Paula for being an exceptional woman, preacher and mother,
Randy White said he takes 100% of the responsibility for the split.
Both say there were no third parties involved and they are parting amicably,
although Pastor Randy admits that "innocently" being in public with other women was
Pentecostal Pastor Randy White is a liar because he is not a Bishop nor has he
graduated from any seminary or university contrary to his claims! He fails the biblical
test of a Bishop found in 1 Timothy 3:2-5 A bishop then must be blameless, the
husband of one wife, temperate, sober-minded, of good behavior, hospitable, able to
teach; not given to wine, not violent, not greedy for money, but gentle, not
quarrelsome, not covetous; one who rules his own house well, having his children in
submission with all reverence (for if a man does not know how to rule his own
house, how will he take care of the church of God?);
There is no reason why anybody should listen to whatever he says or preaches because
he is full of hot air! He is a deceiver and nothing more and nothing else! He is a son of
Sons of Disobedience
And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God in
Christ forgave you. Ephesians 4:32
But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there will be false
teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the
Lord who bought them, and bring on themselves swift destruction. And many will
follow their destructive ways, because of whom the way of truth will be blasphemed.
By covetousness they will exploit you with deceptive words; for a long time their
judgment has not been idle, and their destruction does not slumber. 2 Peter 2:1-3
We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love the brethren. He
who does not love his brother abides in death. Whoever hates his brother is a
murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him. By this we
know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our
lives for the brethren. But whoever has this world's goods, and sees his brother in
need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him? My
little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth. 1 John
It’s a fact that Evangelical (demonized) Christians of any sort today are not Christians
at all. They are not loving, compassionate, kind, forgiving, giving, truthful,
honest and don’t lay down their lives for the brethren. They think they alone are the
brethren and could judge who is and isn’t a brethren! They are not at all like the
good Samaritan that Jesus talked about who spent his own money and resources to
help the poor and needy victim left at the roadside to die by the thieves.
They don’t bring their words or deeds out in the open but do things in secret. They
behave and act just like the world. They lie, divorce, cheat, steal, covet, etc just like
the world. They don’t display the character of Christ and are not different that the
pagans they live amongst. And then they think they are the brethren? Hogwash!
Many of them believe in the doctrine of demons of “once saved always saved.” Many
follow their destructive ways, because of whom the way of truth is blasphemed.
And by covetousness they exploit us with deceptive words. In reality they are not
sons of God but sons of disobedience who are going to hell because they are full of
destructive heresies. And that is what Peter and Paul told us about them:
For this you know, that no fornicator, unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an
idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. Let no one deceive
you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the
sons of disobedience. Ephesians 5:5-6
Dr. Paul Dhinakaran of Jesus Calls Ministries in his article about Eternal life stated:
He who sows righteousness will have a sure reward (Proverbs 11:18)
In this life on earth we sow good into our lives and others’ lives. But God says we
need to sow for the other world. The “other world” signifies Heaven. The Bible tells
us that those who sow to the flesh will reap of the flesh and those who sow to the
Spirit will reap everlasting life (Galatians 6:8).
Our life on earth determines our eternity.
We should pursue to spend eternity with God. For that we should live a righteous life
on earth. The Bible says, "He who sows righteousness will have a sure reward"
(Proverbs 11:18). The sure reward is the everlasting life with Jesus Christ our Lord.
"Those who sow in tears shall reap in joy" (Psalm 126:5)
A well known pastor of a church was struck with a terrible disease. His wife contacted
me over the telephone and said, "Brother, please come to see my husband who is sick.
He wants to see you urgently." Immediately we left for his place as a family. We
thought he would ask us to pray for his healing. Instead, he held my father's hands
and said, "Brother, I have spoken a lot of evil things about you. But now I am going to
die and I am gripped by fear. I know you are a man of God and I have spoken evil
about you. I know what I had done is sin. If I die in my sin, I would go to hell and
never see Lord Jesus in Heaven". Then he asked for my father’s forgiveness. My father
was moved and forgave him. He happily breathed his last.
Dear friend, we need to live a righteous life and keep ourselves away from sin. God
shall enable us to live a righteous life and spend our eternal life with Him.
You cannot hate or speak evil about a true man of God or another Christian and then
assume that you are going to heaven! It will never happen! God’s word is unchanging:
My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone
sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. And He
Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole
world. Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. He
who says, "I know Him," and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth
is not in him. But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him.
By this we know that we are in Him. He who says he abides in Him ought himself also
to walk just as He walked.
Brethren, I write no new commandment to you, but an old commandment which you
have had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word which you heard
from the beginning. Again, a new commandment I write to you, which thing is true in
Him and in you, because the darkness is passing away, and the true light is already
shining. He who says he is in the light, and hates his brother, is in darkness until now.
He who loves his brother abides in the light, and there is no cause for stumbling in
him. But he who hates his brother is in darkness and walks in darkness, and does not
know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes.
I write to you, little children, Because your sins are forgiven you for His name's sake.
I write to you, fathers, Because you have known Him who is from the beginning. I
write to you, young men, Because you have overcome the wicked one. I write to you,
little children, Because you have known the Father. I have written to you, fathers,
Because you have known Him who is from the beginning. I have written to you, young
men, Because you are strong, and the word of God abides in you, And you have
overcome the wicked one.
Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of
the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world-the lust of the flesh, the lust of
the eyes, and the pride of life-is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world
is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever. 1
"For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the
scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. "You have
heard that it was said to those of old, 'You shall not murder, and whoever murders
will be in danger of the judgment.' "But I say to you that whoever is angry with his
brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment. And whoever says to his
brother, 'Raca!' shall be in danger of the council. But whoever says, 'You fool!' shall be
in danger of hell fire. "Therefore if you bring your gift to the altar, and there
remember that your brother has something against you, "leave your gift there before
the altar, and go your way. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and
offer your gift. "Agree with your adversary quickly, while you are on the way with
him, lest your adversary deliver you to the judge, the judge hand you over to the
officer, and you be thrown into prison. Matthew 5:20-25
"And whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be
exalted. Matthew 23:12
Without Walls Founders Divorcing
By MICHELLE BEARDEN and BAIRD HELGESON The Tampa Tribune
Published: Aug 24, 2007
TAMPA - Randy and Paula White, the founders and co-pastors of what has been
one of the nation's biggest and fastest-growing churches, plan to divorce.
Members of Without Walls International Church reacted with tears and a chorus of
'Oh, no's' after the Whites' announcement at Thursday night's service.
Randy White called Paula White to the podium about an hour into the service. He
was somber; she appeared choked up.
'It's the most difficult decision I've ever had to make in my entire life,' he told the
congregation, describing her as an exceptional woman, mother and preacher.
She pledged to return frequently to preach.
Viewers who tuned in to a live webcast of the service missed the announcement;
the video and audio were cut off for about 10 minutes.
The most shaken members left the service and went into the entryway to cry or
call loved ones. Most said the news came as a shock, but it didn't shake their faith
in the ministry.
'It's like hearing the news from your parents,' said Frank Murillo, who has attended
the church for 10 years. 'They are great people. We all go through stuff. Pastor
Randy will be here, and I will be here.'
Kerran Fuller has attended the church on and off since the beginning of the year.
The announcement 'didn't weaken the church in anyway,' he said after the
service. 'I'll definitely keep going.'
The Whites, who've been married nearly 18 years, said in interviews that the split
is amicable and comes after visits to counselors over several years.
They blame two lives going in different directions.
Randy White, however, said he takes '100 percent responsibility' for the breakup.
'I want to apologize for the poor decisions I've made in my life, to my congregation
and to the body of Christ,' he told The Tampa Tribune. 'I think I've let a lot of
Those regrets, he said, include how he has treated some people, lifestyle changes
and being seen in public with women other than his wife, even if it was innocent.
They both said the split involves no third party on either side.
He will stay at Without Walls as senior pastor while she concentrates on her
ministry, which includes a TV show broadcast on several national networks
including Black Entertainment Television, conferences, and book and video sales.
She'll remain based in Tampa, with satellite operations in California, New York
City and San Antonio.
Church attendance 'will take a hit' from the news, he predicted. Without Walls
reports having 23,000 members.
Its finances also will be affected: her ministry brings in about $50,000 to $80,000
a week, he said. An audit put total church revenues at nearly $40 million last
Although she will continue to financially support the church, the Whites are in the
process of separating operations.
The couple have pursued individual goals in recent months, rarely preaching
together at the church on North Grady Avenue near Raymond James Stadium.
They've also had to deal with the illness of Randy White's adult daughter, who was
diagnosed with a brain tumor in December.
Paula White 41, is frequently on the road for her for-profit and nonprofit
ventures. One of those, Paula White Enterprises, changed earlier this year when
Randy White was removed as a director, according to Department of State
records. In February, she created a new nonprofit, PWM Lifecenter, listing as
directors herself, church CFO Norva Carrington, and Rick Hawkins, founding pastor
of the Family Praise Center in San Antonio.
She has made many speaking trips recently to San Antonio and this month
purchased a $681,000 home there. She serves as 'oversight pastor' to Hawkins' son
Dustin, who now leads the church.
She also frequently travels to New York, where she has a Trump Tower condo and
leads monthly services at her new Life by Design Empowerment Center.
Randy White, 49, has spent several months commuting to Malibu, Calif., where he
signed a one-year lease on a beachfront dwelling. He had told his congregation he
planned to start another church there, but now says those plans are on hold.
This is the second marriage each for the Whites, who came to Tampa after
marrying in Maryland in March 1990. They have four adult children - three from
his previous marriage, one from hers.
Without Walls church board member Alick Clarke of Acton, Calif., a longtime
friend, said the impending divorce is sad news.
'They were like my heroes. I really love them,' he said. 'But I'm also a little pissed
off. I didn't help them build their dream to have them throw it all away.'
An Australian-born businessman, Clarke said he's given hundreds of thousands of
dollars to the church since it was founded by the Whites in 1991 as the South
Tampa Christian Center.
He partially blamed the couple's breakup on their devotion to preaching a
prosperity message, exhorting followers to give more money to the church in
order to be blessed with greater wealth.
'Too many ministries have become big business. That message is desecrating the
church today,' said Clarke, adding that he was disturbed to learn that with
revenue at $40 million last year, the church was $22 million in debt.
'That's just not right.'
Other questions about the Whites' financial dealings arose in stories published by
the Tribune in May. Those included the couple's failure to repay a $170,000 loan
from an elderly widow, money borrowed in 1995 as a down payment on a house.
The couple sold the house in 2006, but still had not repaid the loan to Ruth
McGinnis by May.
This week, McGinnis told the Tribune that 'everything's been settled financially
between Pastor Randy and me.'
Also in May, The Tribune wrote about a young mother who said she never received
the home she won in a widely publicized church contest in 2002.
On Aug. 15 she reported she and her four children had just moved in to a new
home purchased by the church.
The Whites have declined to say what the church pays them.
Michael Chitwood, whose financial services company devised their compensation
package, said he recalled they have taken an annual salary as high as $1.5 million
collectively, though most years it's closer to $600,000.
They were approved to take up to $3 million collectively, said the president of
Chitwood & Chitwood of Tennessee.
Perhaps the most complex part of their divorce, being handled by Holland &
Knight law firm, will be dividing up the assets, debts and business interests.
The couple's home on Bayshore Boulevard has an assessed value of $2.22 million.
They have a land trust that includes two Tampa houses with assessed values of
$144,800 and $257,835. The New York condo is valued at about $3.5 million.
Their multimillion-dollar ministry includes a private jet.
Randy White has said much of their wealth comes from more than 23 successful
business ventures, including real estate and his role as a pitchman for Great
HealthWorks' Omega XL fatty acid pills.
His main company, RAW Realty, is listed on his company Web site as being housed
at 100 S. Ashley Drive, Suite 1180, in Tampa, but a law firm occupies that space.
The state lists the company as being located at 2511 Grady Ave. in Tampa, which
is the church address. The phone number on the Web site and listed with the state
is disconnected. E-mails sent to the Web address were not returned.
White said this week the company is 'very much active' in real estate, residential
acquisitions and other ventures, but he's pared it down to himself and one
The role that women play in fathers leaving the home is never discussed on Oprah
or written about in any notable publications. This is because women are viewed as
innocent and harmless creatures. On the other hand, feminists have long
perpetuated the myth that the straight, traditional American male is a
Neanderthal. Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson
Paula White: I'm Not Going to Draw Back
Loud applause greeted famed life coach and female televangelist Paula White at
her first public interview since the announcement of her divorce.
White appeared on the Trinity Broadcasting Network this week as both a guest and
preacher, touching on the highly public divorce she's going through while encouraging
others not to be swayed by life's trials.
"I embrace the concept that I would not let my trial be wasted in life," said White on
a show hosted by contemporary Christian music artist Carman that aired Wednesday
and Thursday. "I often say 'I didn't write the script, but I'm learning to live it out with
the best of my ability for the honor of God, with dignity, with grace, with favor,
embracing His word."
Paula and Randy White, co-founders and former co-pastors of Without Walls
International in Tampa, Fla. – one of the fastest growing churches in the nation –
announced their decision to split at a Thursday evening service late last month.
Married nearly 18 years, the couple blamed the two different directions their lives
were going. Both have been divorced before.
Quoting what Jan Crouch, co-founder of TBN, had once told her, Paula White said,
"You know who you are and you know whose you are."
"I say this for Randy ... my former husband," she continued. "And Randy is a man of
God. No one sets their life out and says, 'Boy, this is what I think I'm going to go
through.' And people look at things as failure, why didn't this work. But I see 18 years
of the rock that I was healed from and I'm grateful for the seasons in my life because I
wouldn't be who I am without all the people that God has used to help me, to develop
me, to cultivate me.
"Some of the greatest development in the men and women of God ... were those in
adverse situation, those in opposition," White added. "But it pulled out because you
had that decision. You can either gravitate and put your hand to the plow and say,
'Okay, God, I don't get this one; I don't even like this one. But still what do You have
to say to me? I will not be moved.'"
White is releasing a new book in October that she says contains contents from her
personal journals and that it exposes "the inner most of my being." In You're All That!:
Understand God's Design for Your Life, White talks about discovering "who you are in
"Because when you know who you are and whose you are, I believe it gives you that
inner fortitude and that strength to face whatever life situation you may have to go
through," said White on the show.
"When I don't understand life, I'm not going to draw back. I have decided to do one
thing even my mind doesn't comprehend it – draw nigh," she said.
"I believe when people can find out who they are, then you can be equipped to handle
News of the trouble in the Whites' marriage was first picked up by The Tampa Tribune
in May. The two were rarely seen preaching together anymore as Paula's own ministry
works were keeping her busy and growing her renown while Randy was pursuing
another church start in Malibu, Calif.
Criticism broke out from former Without Walls staff who said the Whites have shifted
their focus to money and fame. Paula White earlier said she knows followers will feel
disappointed by the announcement given that evangelical Christians hold marriage as
a sacred institution.
Randy White, who took "100 percent responsibility" for the split, will continue to lead
Without Walls as senior pastor.
Aware of the critics, Christian artist Carman said people who don't have the
"wherewithal" to assess the situation should not judge or "open that person up to
look," as he stated it. He told Paula White that she is at the top of her game right
Still, with her divorce taking place in the public eye, White said, "Everything God
brings me through ... I promise Him, I will hold my hand out to someone else and
allow myself to say 'He lifted me through this, He'll life you through this.'
"That's what I think it's about. It wasn't simply for me."
Preaching to the television audience, White said, "Life events will not define who you
are. God says who you are. You are somebody."
Christian Post Reporter
Is It Ok To Divorce An Abusive Spouse?
Interestingly, and sadly, all we see on the internet and in society today is talk
about domestic violence; but NEVER do we hear anything about statistics on wives
who refuse to obey their husbands. It is evil. It is just as sinful for a wife to
frustrate her husband through insubordination and disobedience as it is for a man
to commit domestic violence. I am not lessening the sin of domestic violence, I
am emphasizing the sin of wives who rebel against their husbands by not being
obedient. I realize this is ancient mentality to feminists today; but it is 100%
Biblical doctrine. A wife is expected by God to obey her husband. Feminists are
eagerly willing to crucify abusive husbands; BUT they won't even address the issue
of wives who disobey, mistreat, and frustrate their husbands. It takes two to
Please understand that I believe a wife who is being physically abused should
leave if she feels threatened; but not divorce. Such a wife needs to sincerely ask
herself "why" her husband is being abusive--there's ALWAYS a reason. Some
husbands are abusive; but 90% of all divorces are needlessly caused by a sinfully
proud wife who causes grief for her husband, and he gets mad. A wife who
refuses to be submissive causes the marriage to become a two-headed
monster. Someone's got to be in charge, or there will be continual
conflict. Ideally, a husband and wife should work together on everything;
however, in those situations where there is a conflict, the wife is commanded by
God to submit to her husband. In fact, Ephesians 5:22 commands a wife to obey
her husband as unto Jesus Christ, "Wives, submit yourselves unto your own
husbands, as unto the Lord." How many wives today obey this Biblical
command? It would be like looking for a needle in a haystack to find such a
woman today in America. No wonder Solomon said in Ecclesiastes 7:28, "One man
among a thousand have I found; but a woman among all those have I not
found." Solomon couldn't find one woman, out of all his wives and the women he
had known, whom he could trust with all his heart. There were many feminists in
Solomon's time, just as there are today. Listen to what Solomon had to say about
the rebellious feminists of his own time ... "And I find more bitter than death the
woman, whose heart is snares and nets, and her hands as bands: whoso pleaseth
God shall escape from her; but the sinner shall be taken by her." What a
contrast from the virtuous wife of Proverb 31:28 ... "Her children arise up, and
call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her." Which type of woman
are you? What does your husband (or X-husband) have to say about you? God
knows, and He does care, and you will have to give account for your laziness,
carelessness, lies, deceitfulness, maliciousness, etc. You will give full account to
God for all your words and actions. Matthew 12:36 warns, "But I say unto you,
That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the
day of judgment."
I look at society today, and all I see is the two-headed monster of
feminism. Feminism rejects the Biblical teaching that a wife is to OBEY her
husband. I get many letters from people who have divorced, looking for
sympathy. I won't sugarcoat the truth--divorce is a sin. Jesus endured the cross
for us, because He loves us. Christ sets the example for us to follow. I'm not
saying that someone has a right to abuse us; I am saying that we will put up with
someone if we love them, and will work to find a better way to reconcile the
situation then to take the easy way out through a divorce. To the feminist,
divorce is no big deal (just as they think murderously aborting children is no big
deal). As a Christian, I don't understand that mentality. I thought marriage was
supposed to be about LOVE, between two people, forever. I'll tell you right now, I
love my wife and wouldn't divorce her in a million years. She may one day divorce
me; but it will be her doing and not mine. I love my wife, despite her faults and
shortcomings. If Jesus was willing to suffer and endure the cross for my sins, then
I should be willing to do the same for my own wife. Is this not what Ephesians
4:31-32 teaches? ... "Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and
evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to
another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake
hath forgiven you." Feminism teaches the exact opposite ... "Get out now honey,
while you still can! God never intended for us to live in misery with an abusive
spouse. The Bible says a husband is supposed to love his wife. If your husband
loved you, he would treat you better. You would be a fool to go back home again-
-divorce! divorce! divorce!" I know exactly what those monsters say, and how
deceitful they are! Please read this article concerning the divorce rate, because it is so true
concerning America today.
Either you love your husband or you don't. If you don't, then you need to get right
with God yourself. If you do love him, then you'll stay with him and HONOR your
wedding vows ... "'Til death do us part." We are living in a nation of liars. LOVE
finds a way to make a relationship work, it doesn't look for EXCUSES to get out and
move on. America is without a doubt the most SELFISH nation on earth. The
chump change we give to the poor is nothing compared to what we spend on
ourselves. Americans spend $50,000,000,000 a year on gambling alone, and even
more than that on pornography. America has NO right to ask for God's
blessing. We are a nation of baby murderers, liars, cheats, gossipers, and
quitters! I'm not being unkind; but divorce is a quitters way out. If you want to
get mad at me, go ahead; but the next man (or woman) you meet won't be perfect
The Sin of Divorce
The fact that such people continually seek to find peace from their guilt proves
that they've sinned. The same is true of mothers who abort their babies. What
they thought was right at the time, because some monster talked them into
getting an abortion, now haunts them (and likely will for the rest of their
life). Notice carefully that Moses said in Numbers 32:23, "YOUR sin will find YOU
out." It is the sins we commit today that will one day haunt us in the future. Sin
always leads to misery and regret. No mother who aborts her own precious baby
can honestly say when she is old that she is glad she murdered her child. Sin
always brings regret, bitterness, guilt, and resentment down the road. I have
spoken with countless people throughout my life, who have shared with me their
regrets over sins committed when they were younger. The same is true
concerning the sin of divorce. Divorce always brings guilt and remorse. Only a
hardhearted heathen would say that a divorce is the best thing that ever
happened to them.
I have received several letters from people who mentioned other pastors and
ministries who told them it was OK to divorce. This clearly shows the apostasy of
the times we're living in. How dare any professed "Christian" or "pastor" advise
anyone to file for divorce. It is evil. I won't be an accomplice to the sin of
divorce. Divorce is a sin. My article on Divorce is a Sin is a monkey-wrench in the
gears of their divorce. They are sinfully divorcing their spouse, and have gained
the emotional support of several neoevangelical deadbeat ministries; BUT, now
they've found my article exposing the sin of divorce and are upset. They write me
in an attempt to convince me why they're doing the right thing. Folks, divorce is
never right. What if God quit on us? ... the same way so many people quit on their
spouse? Hebrews 13:5 promises that God will never leave nor forsake us, "...for
he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee." This is the standard for
us to follow. I cannot understand how anyone could ever file for divorce from
someone they love, no matter how abusive that person might be. I am NOT
condoning abuse, I am simply saying that love will never fail if it is true love (1st
Corinthians 13:8). All marriages have problems; but divorce is never an
answer. We are living in an extremely selfish generation of heathens. Sadly, this
includes MOST professed "Christians" as well. It is our SINFUL PRIDE which causes us
to think we are entitled to a "better life" through divorce. It is not surprising in a
society that permits baby-murdering, feminism, witchcraft, homosexuality,
fornication, booze, gambling, pornography, lasciviousness, etc--that divorce is also
greatly encouraged and committed.
If you filed for divorce, then you have sinned. If you've remarried, then you have
also commit adultery. If your spouse remarried, then you caused even more
adultery. You may find idiots out there who will tell you it's ok to divorce; but, I
am not going to help make you feel better about something you refuse to admit is
wrong. If you have divorced, then you need to confess it to God as a sin, make
reconciliation with your spouse as much as possible, and then move on in the
Lord. If at all possible, the best thing would be for you to return to your spouse
rather than remarry another (1st Corinthians 7:11). Only you know your own
unique situation, and what needs to be done. God will hold YOU accountable for
what YOU have done, and do (Romans 14:12).
I'm a hell-deserving sinner just like anyone else. I am just as guilty of messing up
sometimes as anyone else. BUT, right is right and wrong is wrong, and we must
never allow our own personal feelings to confuse the two. I did not write this
article to deliberately hurt anyone's feelings, and I certainly have no right to tell
you your business; BUT, I am taking a stand for God against the sin of divorce. The
Bible tells us in Malachi 2:16 that God hates divorce, "For the LORD, the God of
Israel, saith that he hateth putting away." In nearly all divorces, the husband and
wife BOTH have their own side of the story as to who's to blame. Usually, they
blame each other. God will weigh the matter on judgment day, and the truth will
come out. The wife who accuses her husband of "abuse" will be held accountable
for all the things she did to provoke her husband, and she will be judged
accordingly. It's the same morons who call spanking a child "abuse" who are
attacking and labeling husbands as being "abusive." The term "abuse" has been
greatly twisted nowadays. Every God-hating feminist in the country is still trying
to use the O.J. Simpson case to demonize men. Men who track their wife's time
are now considered "abusive." Biblically, a husband has every right to tract his
wife's time and whereabouts. God told Eve that Adam would RULE OVER her
(Genesis 3:16). This does not justify abuse, it just means that the wife is to
submit to her husband's control and authority. Feminists hate the very concept of
obeying any man, and have consequently labeled such Biblically authoritative
husbands as "abusive." Nothing could be further from the truth.
Italy has one of the LOWEST divorce rates in the world. Do you know why? It's
because there's a 3-year required wait period before you can get divorced. Sadly,
their laws are about to change to 1-year, and the divorce rate will skyrocket. My
point here is that it is TOO EASY for couples to get divorced in America. It's big
bucks for the judges, lawyers, bankers, etc. I always marvel that a couple can get
married in a boat, on a mountain, in a church, under water, on a rollercoaster, in
a park, even at the south pole; BUT, you can only be divorced IN A COURT OF
LAW! Increasingly, for many men, marriage is becoming a deadly trap. The
American court system is unjust, and corrupted by feminism.
It is wrong to divorce an abusive spouse (wife or husband). You may need to
leave, and be apart for a while; but divorce is no answer. I am NOT condoning
abuse of any kind; but the term "abuse" has been greatly misconstrued to include
such ridiculous things as a husband wanting to know where his wife is going, and
when she's coming back. I agree wholeheartedly with Mrs. John R. Rice (wife of
the great evangelist Dr. John R. Rice), who said that 90% of all divorces is the
wife's fault, because God created the wife to be a HELP MEET for her husband
(Genesis 2:18). The wife's ministry IS her husband! Many woman pluck their
marriages down to the ground (Proverb 14:1). A husband has a Biblical God-given
RIGHT to RULE OVER his wife (Genesis 3:16). I find that in many cases when a
wife leaves her husband, she involves all sorts of strangers in the marriage, and
they are quick to give heathen advice (such as encouraging a divorce). Very few
husbands will compromise with a wife who tries to force him to do things her
So instead of the wife calling her husband, and giving him a chance to work things
out, she instead just files for divorce. This is wickedness. Most women who file
for divorce don't give their husband an honest chance to make things right. It's
always some lame excuse like, "He's had plenty of chances." That is sinful
pride! What if God said that about you? You'd be in Hell. You CANNOT show me
even one Scripture in the Word of God that gives anyone permission to divorce
because of abuse. And may I say, the Bible does not permit divorce for adultery
either. So let us be forgiving, and humble ourselves before God, and be willing to
follow in Christ's footsteps ... "He is despised and rejected of men; a man of
sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he
was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he hath borne our griefs, and
carried our sorrows ... But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised
for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his
stripes we are healed" (Isaiah 53:3-5).
In Jesus' name,
David J. Stewart
Church Star Has Mounting Concerns
The Ledger, Lakeland Florida/July 16, 2007
By Sherri Day http://www.rickross.com/groups/wwic.html
Atlanta -- From the moment Paula White steps into the World Congress Center,
she's on: camera-ready makeup, designer suit, black stilettos and pocketfuls of
pithy sound bites.
In town to promote her forthcoming book at the International Christian Retail
Show last week, White meets no strangers. She introduces herself to gawkers,
cameramen, interviewers and fans with hugs, including a waiter who passes along
his admiration as he serves her lunch.
As host of the "Paula White Today" show, White broadcasts to millions of homes a
day. An author, she also is a life coach on "The Tyra Banks Show" and hobnobs
with celebrities. Her 22,000-member Tampa church, Without Walls, has been
dubbed one of the fastest-growing churches in America. In Lakeland, Without
Walls International purchased Carpenter's Home church and now has a satellite
church at that location, Without Walls Central.
White will cross another milestone today when she opens a center in Manhattan to
host life-coaching seminars.
But as White enjoys a meteoric rise to the top of Christian evangelism, she must
juggle mounting concerns at home.
In the last few months, Without Walls, which White leads with her husband,
Randy, has been embroiled in controversy over allegations of a lack of integrity
and questionable business dealings.
The accusations, brought to light by the media, former church members and
disgruntled former employees, touched off a maelstrom of debate about Without
Walls and its leaders.
While the Whites have been reticent, their supporters and detractors square off
on Internet blogs and message boards. The church's board of directors eventually
issued a statement trying to bat down the allegations.
"Everything she does is a total act," said Ole Anthony, president of the Trinity
Foundation, a Dallas nonprofit watchdog group that monitors televangelists. "…
She's on this ride now that's just going hot guns and big celebrity, and she's going
to fail miserably because the things that they're doing are so outlandish," noting
her lavish lifestyle.
In keeping with her teachings that trials and tribulations make Christians strong,
White responds in an e-mail to the Times: "My focus is the assignment and work of
ministry that we have always done and continue to do with the fruit of that good
work reflected across the nation and all over the world."
Demerits into merits
As she sits with interviewers at the retail show July 9, White captivates them with
the story of her troubled youth involving abuse, neglect and low self-esteem.
As White tells it, she was born Paula Michelle Furr in Tupelo, Miss. In her 1998
semiautobiography, she details an early life of country clubs and privilege. Her
parents' marriage, she said, began to unravel when she was 5, with her mother
fleeing to Memphis.
Her father followed with an ultimatum: Give him Paula or he would kill himself.
White's mother refused, and later that night Donald Furr wrapped his car around a
tree, ending his life, White says.
Her mother, Myra Joanelle Furr, sought refuge in alcohol. While Furr worked,
White was looked after by caregivers, whom she said sexually and physically
abused her for seven years.
White says she found God when she was 18 and living in Maryland. A stranger saw
that she was broken and offered her the Christian plan of salvation.
At the time, White was a new mother to a baby she had out of wedlock. She had a
brief marriage with the baby's father, a member of a rock band. Eventually, she
wound up at a local church sweeping floors and teaching Sunday school. That's
where she met a young visiting preacher. Randy White was pudgy and not her
type, she says, but the two grew in love and married in 1990.
Some church members frowned upon the relationship, surmising that Randy, who
came from five generations of preachers, should find a more suitable bride.
The couple moved to Tampa in 1990 and soon after started South Tampa Christian
Center. They renamed it Without Walls in 1997 and set about building one of the
fastest-growing congregations in the nation.
It wasn't long before White's popularity began to eclipse her husband's. Though
they lead the church together, she is sought after and travels around the country
"Clearly, they have branded her," said Scott Thumma, professor of religion and
sociology at the Hartford Institute for Religion Research in Connecticut. "Her look,
her products. They're branding her face, her style, and it resonates in a lot of
ways with folks."
Obscurity to stardom
White says she received a vision of her future as a preacher shortly after her
salvation. Her career got a megaboost when she met Bishop T.D. Jakes, pastor of
the Dallas megachurch, the Potter's House.
Jakes, who is black, helped catapult White to superstardom - particularly among
black women - when he invited her to speak at his Woman Thou Art Loosed
Conference in 2000. She launched her television ministry a year later.
Today, White is one of the most popular preachers on Black Entertainment
Television and appears on several other networks including Spike TV and Trinity
Her folksy, down-home delivery ranges from that of reserved theological teacher
to charismatic, foot-stomping, finger-pointing preacher fluent in the call-and-
response worship style of the traditional black church.
On a recent Sunday at Without Walls, White preached from John 2, where Jesus
turned water into wine at a wedding.
"Slap somebody right upside their weave and say 'Get in the Flow,' " White told the
audience, her voice rising as she introduced her sermon title. "Are you ready?
Somebody say 'Bring it on. Bring it on.' "
Tonya Jones was mesmerized.
"She speaks to me," said Jones, 39, a Tampa homemaker. "I like the way she brings
the message in a way that I can understand."
White also has been dubbed a prosperity preacher, a proponent of the "name-it
and claim-it" gospel, which purports that people can receive financial, emotional
and spiritual blessings if they donate. That message and her penchant for designer
clothing and flashy cars have added to the cacophony of criticism.
White drives a Mercedes-Benz and flies around the country in a private jet. She
lives in a $2.1 million mansion on Tampa's Bayshore Boulevard and has a Fifth
Avenue condo in Trump Tower in New York City.
The ministries took in $39.9 million in 2006, according to an audit of Without
Walls and Paula White Ministries released in June by an independent Clearwater
accounting firm. About $28.6 million helped promote the church's programs,
conferences and outreach efforts, the audit said. Other expenses covered
management and fundraising.
White's salary was not detailed, but her publicist says she has multiple streams of
income outside the ministry. She donates to causes and individuals both inside and
outside of Without Walls, her publicist said.
At the Christian retail show, for example, White told one of her assistants to send
gospel artist CeCe Winans "another check" for her planned conference for girls.
Winans beamed. White said she already had given the effort $25,000.
And for his 50th birthday in June, White sent Jakes a black convertible Bentley. It
was intended to be quiet gift, White said, but an overzealous member of Jakes'
ministry shouted out the news at the retail show.
"Some people thought 'Why would you do that?' " White later explained, saying
that Jakes is her spiritual father. "I thought, 'Well, why wouldn't I?' That's not even
For all of her successes, White still describes herself as the messed-up Mississippi
girl whose life God turned around. At times, she appears enchanted by her own
White insists she has a message to give a public that is eager to receive.
"The key is balance. But I do what I do because, quite honestly, I am committed to
our mission to transform lives, heal hearts and win souls."
“allegations of a lack of integrity and questionable business dealings” Sherri Day
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