Well-known televangelist Paula White, who also serves as the Head of the White House Faith and Opportunity Initiative, created waves on social media after a recent sermon in which White prays for “all satanic pregnancies to miscarry” was posted on Twitter.
During a sermon earlier this month, White was praying for the protection of the nation as well as President Trump. She denounced any “strange winds” that have been sent to harm the church or the United States through the “superior blood of Jesus.”
As she continued to pray, she prayed for “all satanic pregnancies to miscarry:”
“In the name of Jesus, we command all satanic pregnancies to miscarry right now. We declare that anything that has been conceived in satanic wombs will miscarry, it will not be able to carry forth any plan of destruction, any plan of harm.”
This portion of White’s sermon was first posted by the liberal advocacy group Right Wing Watch last Friday.
The clip of White’s sermon immediately went viral, evoking the responses of Twitter users across the globe. Author and OB/GYN Jennifer Gunter said, “So Paula White wants everyone at @WhiteHouse to know she is praying for abortion.”
Elizabetta Holcomb, USA Today best-selling author and Registered Nurse, also expressed her disdain for White’s shocking statement, saying, “I’m so appalled by the words spoken by #PaulaWhite in “prayer.” Using the pulpit as a platform of hate is not OK Jesus would be turning tables over and closing shop on this clown.”
Jesuit priest James Martin also chimed in on Twitter, stating that Jesus would never ask His followers to pray for harm of another human being.
“No one should ever pray for evil or harm to befall another person. Jesus asked us to pray for our persecutors, not to curse them. To love our neighbors as ourselves. No pregnancies are satanic. Every child is a gift from God.”
The backlash from the viral video has been so severe—viewed more than 8 million times—that White felt she needed to defend the comments she made. She wrote,
“I don’t normally respond but clearly this has been taken out of context. I was praying Eph 6:12 that we wrestle not against flesh and blood. Anything that has been conceived by demonic plans, for it to be canceled and not prevail in your life.”
She continued, “That is—any plans to hurt people. Let’s be clear what is really going on… this is a disingenuous attempt to use words out of context for political gain. I will just keep praying!”
It’s not uncommon for political parties to take each other’s words out of context. In fact, this is completely expected. It wouldn’t be politics if these “disingenuous attempts” were absent. But perhaps White should study Ephesians 6:12 a little more closely to see that praying for “all satanic pregnancies to miscarry” is not part of the text.
Ephesians 6:10-20 is all about how Christians should be prepared to fight off any attack of evil that invades our lives. Verse 12 is specifically informing Christians that all sin, all evil, and all malice has its roots in something far deeper than the physical realm.
I fail to see what a “satanic pregnancy” has to do with this passage. I also fail to understand what exactly a “satanic pregnancy” is. If it’s a child born from two sinners, then I guess we are all satanic to an extent. It appears White got caught up in the emotions of her sermon and said something irresponsible that I hope she takes ownership of.