Senator’s Letter Includes Questions About White’s Possible Use of Church Money for Homes, Cosmetic Surgery

While more news of a government probe into the “Big 6” televangelists for alleged tax-exempt donation abuse is still breaking, The Tampa Tribune is filling in more details about the inquiry into Paula White.

Paula White (Without Walls)

White, recently divorced from her husband Randy, remains as the leader of Without Walls International Church and Paula White Ministries.

This from the Tribune:

Letters were faxed Monday by Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, requesting ministry leaders respond by Dec. 6 to a wide range of questions regarding their personal and organizational finances. The senator expects full cooperation, he said in a statement released by his staff.

And…

In a five-page letter to Randy and Paula White, Grassley asked for detailed information on 28 areas of church and personal finances, mainly from the years 2004 to present. Some of those include:

• A detailed explanation of the compensation paid to the Whites, as well as cash and noncash gifts, housing allowances and personal use of assets.

• A detailed list of any expenses paid for by their church or ministries toward the purchases and monthly maintenance of their residences on Bayshore Boulevard in Tampa, and in New York, San Antonio and Malibu, Calif.

• Credit card statements for expenses paid by the Whites’ tax-exempt entity, including a list of all expense account items such as clothing and cosmetic surgery.

• A list of all domestic and overseas bank accounts and investments belonging to their organizations.

• A list of all vehicles purchased, leased or maintained by their tax-exempt organizations.

• Copies of flight records of any aircraft leased or owned by their ministries, as well as flight itineraries for both the Whites.

• A copy of the bill of sale, type of payment used and an explanation of the reported tax-exempt purchase of a Bentley convertible as a gift for Bishop T.D. Jakes.

• A detailed accounting of $871,000 worth of items reportedly sold to the church since 2005 by two of the private businesses owned by the Whites, and an explanation as to who determined that the church would purchase these items.

• An explanation of who determines how the funds of Without Walls and Paula White Ministries are spent, copies of all board minutes and whether any of the decisions, both operational and financial, are subject to oversight by an elected or appointed body.

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Related: Hinn, Dollar, White Among 6 Televangelists Under Senate Scrutiny for Alleged Donation Abuse

5 thoughts on “Senator’s Letter Includes Questions About White’s Possible Use of Church Money for Homes, Cosmetic Surgery

  1. God help the body of Christ to once again see Jesus and the people of America to be free from the influence of mammon in the pulpit and government.

    Paul F. Davis – author of United States of Arrogance; God vs. Religion; Breakthrough for a Broken Heart; and Adultery: 101 Reasons Not to Cheat

    http://www.PaulFDavis.com

  2. The Betrayal of Pentecost – by Michael Edds

    Acts 1:8 declares, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.”

    The fulfillment of that prophetic word is recorded in Acts 2:4 when a rag-tag group of refugees met in an upstairs room in Jerusalem. It states, “And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them utterance. I guess these could be called “the first Pentecostals.”

    The First Century Church was given this supernatural power in order to evangelize the world, and evangelize the world they most certainly did! From tiny Israel to Asia, Europe and around the world, this revival company became a channel through which the message of salvation was given to a lost and helpless humanity. The Book of Acts records the massive revival that swept the known world by those whose souls the Holy Spirit had set on fire. Millions were swept into the kingdom of Heaven because of their powerful witness.

    This Holy Spirit – endued group aroused the fury of Hell. All-out-war was savagely waged against them. The Hebrews 11 records, “….(They) were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection: And others had trials of cruel mockings and scourgings, and, moreover of bonds and imprisonment: They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, they were tried by temptation, they were killed with the sword. They went from place to place in sheepskins or goatskins, enduring want, oppression and cruelty … of whom the world was not worthy; in deserts wandering, and in mountains, and in caves, and in the holes of the earth…” The more the dark forces of Hell killed, the more the Early Church grew. What a legacy drenched in their blood they have left for the church of the 21st Century!

    What have the Pentecostals of the 21st Century done with this legacy? For many of their televangelists, the message is PROSPERITY! The message of self-sacrifice, of giving all for the salvation of others has been replaced with “seed faith,” a self-centered creed that encourages people to give to God (or their ministries) in order to get back even more. It is an appeal to one of the baser elements of the fallen nature of man……greed.

    Michael Scott Horton, teacher at a seminary in California, made this observation:

    “Some of these people are charlatans. Others are honestly dedicated to one of the most abhorrent errors in religious theology.”

    Quite a spectacle on television today! On our tv screens, we see miracle water being offered that will cure all, books, tapes, dvds for sale full of secret scriptural codes on how to get rich and prosper, and televangelists’ appealing to give to their “ministry” with a certainty to receive much more financial gain in return. While “speaking in tongues,” a female televangelist “prophetically” stated that God had given her the number 777. She told the people who were viewing that “God told her” that they needed to quickly give to that particular “ministry” money according to those set of numbers…. $777, $7777, and on up. They were promised a great return on their “seed faith investment.” Another televangelist labeled people as stupid who question his prosperity doctrine. He declared, “Hell will be full of these stupid people.” He further stated, ” I can handle the flames (of Hell) but not being with stupid people for eternity.”

    “Can’t pay your bills, you rent, utilities, and medical bills? The appeal is, “take what you have and send it in right away!! Within a few days, you will receive a hundred-fold, more than enough to pay all of those bills! It is like playing a “divine lottery” in the hopes to get rich quick. Sadly, gullible people give by the millions.

    Quite a contrast between the early Pentecostals and those of the 21st Century.

    The first were revolutionaries filled with a holy fire to bring the message “Jesus Saves” to a lost, dying generation. They counted it an honor to give away all and expect nothing in return in order to save a lost soul.

    Beatings, imprisonment, mockings and even death for the sake of the Gospel were signs of spiritual prosperity for them.
    Designer clothes, upscale homes, sleek cars, huge bank accounts and living the good life were not measures of spiritual success. Instead, sheep skin and goatskin rags, wandering in the desert, mountains and living in caves and the holes of the earth, suffering and even death for the sake of Christ were evidences of real prosperity for them. Hell feared and trembled before them. Satan sought to destroy them. Selfless sacrifice was the banner that was raised high over them. Multiple millions were transformed by their message. The world was turned upside down by them.

    What about this latter group of Pentecostals?

    Their message is “gain is a sign of Godliness.” They invite you to give sacrificially in order to be wealthy. Wear the finest, drive the best, live in the upscale in order to demonstrate to the world that you are blest of God!

    Heaven weeps over them, Hell laughs at them, and the world is lost because of them.

    They preach “another gospel,” which is beamed around the world. Millions are being led astray by their apostasy. Multitudes end up on the trash heap of disillusionment when their false theology does not work. They are blind guides leading the blind. They have disgraced the precious Holy Spirit and His gifts. They mock and blaspheme Him and use His gift in error. They teeter on the brink of blasphemy. They have trampled under foot the legacy given and paid for by the blood of martyrs.

    THEY HAVE BETRAYED THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST!! THEY HAVE BETRAYED PENTECOST!!!

    The cry of the hour is, “Oh that YOU would rend the Heavens and come down!” Restore your church, Lord!! Raise up shepherds after your own heart!!

    My heart yearns for what the prophet of old longed to see:

    “O LORD, I have heard thy speech, and was afraid: O LORD, revive thy work in the midst of the years, in the midst of the years make known.”

  3. I have found myself distressed over these people preaching prosperity,but god has shown me that who am I to judge them, they will answer to god and in scripture philippians 1-18 Paul speaks about them and letting god judge them, I am able to find joy that they at lest preach about Jesus Christ our god. God will Judge! May god forgive each and every one of them.

  4. The Circuit Rider vs the Televangelist

    By Michael Edds

    In my continued research on the “old wells of revival” I have discovered
    some incredibly contrasting bits of information. One of the top
    televangelists in the nation was recently invited to preach in Baltimore,
    Maryland. His terms for coming were:

    #1. That he must be picked up by a limousine at the airport,
    #2. That he must have $1,000 spending money,
    #3. That he must be guaranteed at least $10,000 in offerings.

    This same televangelist/ pastor lives in a multi million-dollar mansion,
    eats in the finest restaurants and wears the most expensive tailor-made
    suits. His writings and speaking engagements have garnered millions of
    dollars. He brags that he is a role model of the prosperity message of
    our day. He pastors a mega church, appears on national and international
    television, has authored many books and draws tens of thousands to hear
    him. To his credit, he is a powerful, commanding speaker. However,
    please contrast this to the following life and ministry of the great
    circuit rider, Francis Asbury in the late 1700s and early 1800s.

    While still in his 20’s, Francis Asbury left his home and family forever
    in England to come to a wilderness called America. He came to be a
    traveling preacher/evangelist in a nation with little infrastructure such
    as roads, decent housing, few hotels and restaurants, poor sanitation and
    dangerous drinking water, few medical professionals and limited law
    enforcement. The nation had recently plunged into a violent war of
    independence against Asbury’s native land of England. The American
    frontier was also ablaze with war between the colonist and Native
    Americans tribes.

    Asbury was not greeted upon his arrival by a limo. He had to purchase a
    horse on which he traveled 6,000 a year for over 40 years. His financial
    reward was $60 a year, much of which he gave away or sent back to England
    to help his parents. He wore hand-me-downs not tailor made suits. He had
    no retirement, no insurance, no dental plan, and no 401 k. He set no fee
    for his ministry.

    What he did receive, he often gave away. He traveled on “roads” on which
    his horse sank many times knee-deep in mud. If a road did not exist, he
    would lead his horse over the steep, rocky incline s of the Appalachians
    to reach a pioneer community. Many times, his feet and legs were bloodied
    and bruised by the horrific journey. When he came to a river where there
    was no bridge or ferry, he would swim his horse across. Numerous times,
    he was nearly drowned by an angry, swollen stream. His “hotel” on many
    occasions was on a dirt floor in an overcrowded, rat-infested frontier
    cabin. Often times he slept in the woods, on a mountain ledge or in damp
    cave. Many days he would travel over 60 miles with nothing to eat. The
    paths and roads he traveled were full of dangers from murderers, thieves,
    wolves, bears, poisonous snakes and roaming bands of Native Americans with
    whom the frontiersmen were at war. If he met someone who needed a cloak,
    food or money, he would take what he had and give it to the person in
    need. Asbury sought out the forgotten, hidden places of early America. He traveled from New England, to the Midwest, and to the Deep South
    spreading the Gospel of Christ. When he would meet a person who was ill,
    he would minister to their physical needs with the last medication he had.
    He demanded nothing of others in order to come into a community. The
    demands he made were on himself. Frequently, his body would be racked
    with pain, illness, fever, hunger and weakness. His physical being would
    cry out for rest and nourishment. However, his spirit ruled his body. When truly unable to travel, he would mount his horse and ride for 8 hours
    or more through blinding snowstorms, torrential rain or in oppressive
    heat.

    He too had been invited to Baltimore. In 1816 he was traveling by buggy
    through Virginia headed to the annual conference in Baltimore. However,
    he was dying. His last sermon was preached in Richmond. He had to be
    carried into the meeting room. He commented, “I am too weak t o walk but
    not to preach.” They sat him on a small table and he ministered the Word
    for the last time. He made it as far as Spotsylvania twenty miles north of
    Richmond. He body was rapidly failing. He stopped at a friend’s house on
    Saturday. Shortly before he left this world he was asked, “Do you feel
    Jesus precious?” Summoning his last remaining strength, the great circuit
    rider raised both hands in victory. Minutes later he laid his head on a
    friend’s hand and gently slipped away to be with the Lord. He owned no
    mansion, no land, and no bank account. His net worth was what he wore on
    his body. He was buried in a borrowed grave plot.
    When Asbury came to America, there were few Methodist believers and fewer
    preachers. At the end of his ministry, there were over 240,000 Methodist
    believers and almost 8,000 ministers. He affected lives of thousands upon
    thousands. He changed the very course of American history. Among his
    converts were poor farmers, merchants, Governors of several states,
    frontiersmen, slaves, Native Americans, State Supreme Court Justices,
    attorneys, physicians, housewives, children, youth and people from all
    walks of life. He gave all he had. He sought nothing for himself. His
    passion was to bring salvation and the Light of the Gospel to those in
    darkness of sin. He loved a nation and made it his own even though he was
    not her native son.
    Quite a CONTRAST between the CIRCUIT RIDER and the TELEVANGELIST!
    One was selfless, the other selfish. One was people-centered, the other
    ego-centered. One was a Kingdom builder, the other an empire builder. One drew souls into the Kingdom of God; the other drew the masses into an
    arena. One demanded of him, the other demanded of others. One gave
    freely, the other commanded a price. One was a servant, the other a
    celebrity.

    Hebrews 11:32-38 speaks about the real heroes of the faith: They
    were…”tortured, not accepting deliverance, that they might obtain a
    better resurrection. Still others had trial of mocking and beatings, and
    of chains and imprisonment. They were stoned, they were
    sawn in two, were tempted, were slain with the sword. They wandered about
    in sheepskins and goatskins, being destitute, afflicted, tormented… they
    wandered in deserts, and mountains, in dens and caves of the earth…. of
    whom the world was not worthy.”

    How long are we going to tolerate the “superstar syndrome” in the church? How long are we going to feed the ego and pocketbooks of these self-seeking
    charlatans, regardless of how articulate they are? How long will we
    continue to pack their arenas and buy their CDs, DVDs and books? How long
    will we pick them up in limos, and line their wallets with thousands and
    thousands of dollars to spend on self? How long will we tolerate
    apostasy?

    My God, how far we have fallen! God is calling on us as His people to
    repent and turn from our wicked ways. He is calling us to seek HIS face.
    I am praying that God will overthrow this current, perverted religious
    system and will fulfill Jeremiah 3:15 and give us shepherds after His own
    heart…

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