It’s Pastor Paula’s Birthday Soon…

Just so you all can put it on your calendar, Pastor Paula White‘s birthday is on April 21st and her church knows exactly what she wants…

We will be celebrating Pastor Paula’s birthday on Thursday, April 21st! Please make sure to pick up a birthday card from one of our ushers or greeters to sign and bring back on April 21st! Feel free to include a monetary gift to show your appreciation and bless our pastor on this special day!

(If you need a tax deduction, please make checks payable to WWIC and write in the memo “Pastor Paula’s Birthday”, otherwise, please make checks payable directly to Paula White)

Got it? The checks are written, we get tax deductions, she becomes wealthier, Jesus puts on a party hat, and *everybody* wins!

Yes. Yes he does. Plus, it’s not like that money could have been put to better use somewhere else…

  • http://www.meetup.com/herdingcats Em

    Wow, wish I could have people just write out checks to me. Oh right! I could! All I have to do is start my own church & people will automatically look to me as an authority (even though I’m female…bummer) & give me money! YIPPEE! I’m rich!

  • Ken McKnight

    This is the same Paula White who was caught recently in an affair with Benny Hinn.

  • Lucette Smoes

    I enjoyed the “Ads by Google” advertising the Liberty University!

  • Fred

    Time for G. Carlin again

  • Rich Wilson

    Googling for ‘Paula White Benny Hinn’ is rather interesting.

  • Erp

    Very much a prosperity gospel church (I checked out their web site complete with page to give money online). Even among them Paula White stands out.

  • Kaylya

    So, in addition to the general tackiness of asking for money as a gift, giving a monetary gift to Paula (and notably, not the church) for her birthday can be tax refundable?

    I’m not a US citizen, but perhaps some who are might like to report suspected tax fraud to the IRS

  • http://agnoistrology.com/ edd

    Kaylya, I’m sure the pastor will simply claim all the money was going to the church anyway and will conveniently forget to mention any random ‘gift’ from the church. Religion: the ultimate money laundering scheme.

  • Anonymous

    When Pastor Paula White came out aggressively last week against a Senate financial probe into her multimillion dollar ministry, she again brought to light the question of whether the government should step in to ensure that churches and ministries are not misusing money.

    White, along with her husband Randy, were among the other three (including Eddie Long’s New Birth Missionary Baptist Church and Kenneth Copeland Ministries) who provided incomplete responses to Grassley’s questions regarding their personal and organizational finances. Creflo Dollar’s World Changers Church International declined to provide any information.

    White defended her decision not to cooperate with the investigation as she addressed participants at Bishop T.D. Jakes’ 2011 Pastors and Leadership Conference last week.

    “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,’” she asserted, noting that she spent millions to fight the probe.

    http://www.christianpost.com/news/paula-white-others-should-mind-gods-reputation-in-their-finances-says-evangelical-49741/

  • Lost In The Bible Belt

    Ridiculous and tacky.

  • Richard P.

    Ah you gotta love those master con artists.

    Nothing like good old christian teaching to turn black to white and white into black.

  • cybrmaus
  • Nordog

    I think atheists should look on the bright side here.

    I suspect that many of those thousands (millions) captivated by prosperity gospel will inevitably be disappointed.

    Many of those will be of the mind that failure of properity gospel will mean that GOd has forsaken them, and many of those will conclude that there is no God.

    On another thread here, someone was taken to task for suggesting that it was narcissistic to believe in God while babies starved in Africa, but doubted the existence of God becasue they woke up being groped by a Christian.

    It’s a mindset that God is great as long as I get what I want. It is a mindset on the fast track to atheism, imo.

  • http://annainca.blogspot.com Anna

    It’s a mindset that God is great as long as I get what I want. It is a mindset on the fast track to atheism, imo.

    Oh, I don’t know about that. I agree that it’s incredibly self-centered, but becoming an atheist because “God didn’t make me rich” or “God let some guy grope me” is not the kind of atheism borne out of critical thinking. It’s purely emotional, and, as such, can be easily reversed when the person’s emotional state changes.

    Not that trauma can’t provide a motive to reevaluate one’s worldview, but it can’t start and stop with rejecting your religion because you got your feelings hurt. Otherwise, you get someone who’s “mad at God” and isn’t an atheist at all, but rather a hurt, angry, and confused theist.

  • pentium4borg

    They just changed the event description and deleted all but a few of the comments.

  • Nordog

    Anna, while I agree with much of what you wrote, I don’t agree that just because someone doesn’t believe in any gods that they do so from a rational process.

  • duhsciple

    Meanwhile, I’ve been fasting as a protest to the federal budget cuts aimed at the people already hurting the most. And I am praying for hardened hearts to be softened (and the “hard hearts” I’m praying for are not the people who normally get the label so y’all are off the hook)

  • http://annainca.blogspot.com Anna

    Nordog,

    Anna, while I agree with much of what you wrote, I don’t agree that just because someone doesn’t believe in any gods that they do so from a rational process.

    Well, I don’t think so either. That’s why I mentioned that people can become atheists (or rebellious theists) for bad reasons like “God let my grandmother die.” That type of deconversion has nothing to do with critical thinking. People can become atheists for non-rational reasons, and in my opinion, that’s no better than becoming a theist for non-rational reasons. From my perspective, converting or deconverting based on emotion is ridiculous. People should evaluate various religions using their brains and not base their decisions on how a certain religion makes them feel or how members of that religion behave. They should only be concerned with whether the religion is true or false. But of course, I’m a lifelong atheist with no emotional attachment to any religion. It’s always been difficult for me to understand that aspect of faith.

  • Nordog

    Well, I don’t think so either. That’s why I mentioned that people can become atheists (or rebellious theists) for bad reasons like “God let my grandmother die.” That type of deconversion has nothing to do with critical thinking. People can become atheists for non-rational reasons, and in my opinion, that’s no better than becoming a theist for non-rational reasons. From my perspective, converting or deconverting based on emotion is ridiculous. People should evaluate various religions using their brains and not base their decisions on how a certain religion makes them feel or how members of that religion behave. They should only be concerned with whether the religion is true or false.

    I agree completely.

  • CanadianChick

    Hey – that’s my birthday too. I’ll also take cheques.

  • http://grace-filled.net jen

    Speaking as a pastor’s wife…

    It’s not uncommon for churches to give the pastor a little something for Christmas or for their birthday or their ordination anniversary/anniversary at a church. Usually, however, it isn’t phrased as a compulsory exercise with tax deduction benefits — it’s totally voluntary and it’s usually a few folded $1 bills or something given to the council president.

    I’m all in favor of someone trying to get the 501(c)3 status of Pastor Paula’s church revoked. The way they’re doing it *IS* shady.

  • Steve

    @jen
    I assume you also don’t live in a villa and have a private jet? She does or did

    Organized religion is a generally a fraud, but it’s amazing that it still works when it’s so blantantly obvious

  • http://grace-filled.net jen

    I assume you also don’t live in a villa and have a private jet? She does or did.

    Yeah… can’t say I do.

    Organized religion is a generally a fraud, but it’s amazing that it still works when it’s so blantantly obvious.

    I frequently speak out on the mega-church movement and how Joel Osteen’s church could have fed the hungry in the world and provided clean water almost everywhere for what they spent buying the Compaq Center to assuage his ego.

    Nowhere in the Bible does the “prosperity Gospel” exist. It’s actually preached against in several parables.

    • sharon

      you better read some more buddy!!!
      Did you know that you don’t have to wait to get to heaven to enjoy prosperity? Yes, it’s true. 3 John 1:2 shows that God wants you to be prosperous right this very minute.
      But what is prosperity? Prosperity is more than just wealth. It’s a lifestyle that includes divine health, peace, joy, protection, provision and happiness. The term shalom is used throughout the Bible and means nothing missing, nothing broken. It is complete wholeness for your spirit, soul and body. This is true Biblical prosperity.

  • Kaylya

    @Jen

    Yeah, I think the prosperity Gospel just proves that you can twist religious texts to support just about anything with a charismatic preacher and people willing to believe. If Jesus glorifies any financial state, it’s poverty, not wealth.


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