One of President Donald Trump’s spiritual advisers warned her followers at the beginning of the year to send her donations up to and including their first full month’s wages – what is known in biblical terms as ‘first fruits’ – lest they fall victim to “consequences” from God.
Paula White, the popular televangelist who heads the president’s evangelical advisory board and delivered the invocation at his 2017 inauguration, wrote on her website Tuesday of the mission — which will allegedly come with big rewards for those who pay up.
“Each January, I put God first and honor Him with the first of our substance by sowing a first fruits offering of one month’s pay,” White explained. “That is a big sacrifice, but it is a seed for the harvest I am believing for in the coming year. And God always provides!”
Moving from simply sharing biblical principles with her flock to what appears a fundraising campaign, White’s website makes it easy to make a contribution – and offers goodies to all who donate above a certain amount.
A donation shopping cart is set up on White’s website, with all money appearing to go directly to Paula White Ministries — her company that helps helm her TV show, Paula White Today (among other things).
“When you sow a First Fruits Offering of $75 or more, I will rush to you the book, the devotional and also a Paula White 2018 wall calendar! Track throughout the entire year prioritizing God with me!” it says on her website.
And for those who keep their ‘First Fruits’ to themselves?
Not giving will breed serious repercussions, White said, including unnamed “struggle[s].”
“God lays claim to all firsts. So when you keep for yourself something that belongs to God you are desecrating what is to be consecrated to God,” White warned.
“When you honor this principle it provides the foundation and structure for God’s blessings and promises in your life, it unlocks deep dimensions of spiritual truths that literally transform your life! When you apply this everything comes in divine alignment for His plan and promises for you. When you don’t honor it, whether through ignorance or direct disobedience there are consequences,” White added.