The three-day Pastors and Leadership Conference, hosted by Bishop T.D. Jakes, kicked off last Thursday in Orlando with Pastor Paula White: preacher, motivational speaker, author, TV personality and co-founder of Without Walls International Church.
White started off by letting everybody know that she got her “bounce” back! Paula raised the praise by confessing, “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. White took off her mask and shared about all the scandals dating back to 2004; when a nine-year investigation was launched by the IRS in into the personal and organizational finances of White and her then husband, Randy.
The following years brought White face to face, challenge after challenge; to the point where she wanted 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.”
White kept it real and addressed all the tests that God had allowed her to go through such as a divorce, alleged affair with televangelist Benny Hinn, a stroke, an addiction to the prescription medication she was given following her stroke and how her church staff split in the middle; with some turning on the Whites and going to the media. She continued with family problems that started when she found out that her son had a drug addiction and was sexually abused by another male at a staff member’s house. Also, White had to deal with the pain of her daughter, Kristen, battling brain cancer; in which she died at age 30 in 2008.
In addition to all of this, White was still expected to preach, prophesized and fulfill her role in the church. It was “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.
Even after her divorce, the trials continued. Last summer, White and televangelist Benny Hinn were pictured in The National Enquirer leaving a hotel in Rome holding hands. They were accused of having an affair and being engaged. White flatly denied that she ever had an affair on Thursday and said, “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.”
When White’s long, emotional testimony was over; support and applause from thousands of pastors in filled the place. White is a walking testimony that what the devil meant for bad, God turned it in to good.
Source: The Belle Report