Prosperity gospel preacher Todd White says he’s been “rocked to the core” after reading the works of Charles Spurgeon and Ray Comfort. At a service at White’s Lifestyle Christianity center in Texas, the charismatic preacher said he was repenting of not preaching the whole gospel.
“When you come into the gospel because you’ve come for a better life, then you’ve come in for the wrong gospel,” White told the group that had gathered on Sunday, July 26, 2020.
Todd White Is Known As a Prosperity Gospel Preacher
Todd White is the founder and president of Lifestyle Christianity located in Watauga, Texas. According to their website, their mission is to see a generation walk in their God-given identity by equipping them to encounter Jesus daily and walk like he says we can.
White was a drug addicted atheist for 22 years until God came into his life in 2004. In conservative circles, Todd White has been labeled a prosperity gospel preacher, and has closely associated himself with other prosperity preachers such as Kenneth Copeland and Benny Hinn. Less than a year ago, Hinn also made some comments about the prosperity gospel and appeared to repent of the prosperity gospel. These names are ubiquitous in many evangelicals’ minds with the kind of teaching that says Jesus wants us to be prosperous not only in a spiritual sense but also a physical sense and that if we are truly following Jesus, we will be happy, wealthy, and healthy. Francis Chan, who hasn’t been accused of preaching the prosperity gospel, ignited controversy for speaking at The Send conference last year because Benny Hinn, Mike Bickle, Todd White, and others spoke at it.
An article on ChurchLeaders.com explains why White’s words and actions are considered controversial by many in the evangelical world:
White is controversial for a variety of reasons, one being that he is a “street healer.” He has also called prosperity gospel preacher Kenneth Copeland his “spiritual father.” In this video, White and Copeland discuss their belief that, as Christians, we have a “heavenly account,” and that we have to put something into it to get something out of it. “Jesus is the banker,” Copeland tells White, who nods and says “Amen.” How do people withdraw from this account? Copeland quotes Mark 11:23-25 and says the answer is sowing in the form of giving to the leaders of the church.
Is Todd White Changing His Message?
On Sunday night, White preached at Lifestyle Christianity’s Encounter service. While the worship band was finishing up White joined them on stage for prayer, and said that it “would be sad if you got born again and someone told you that when you do, you’re just going to get love, joy, peace and happiness.” White chuckled, “How twisted is that. It’s the fruit of righteousness, but it’s not what you get.”
In the video you can see that White is visibly and audibly shaken. He tells the audience, “I’m really overwhelmed so I hope this goes over well…I’ve been rocked for a whole month…I’ve been asking Jesus to take me deeper into the Gospel.”
White said, “There’s no way for a person to realize their need for grace if they don’t realize they’ve offended God.” He continued, “I am so convicted I can’t even tell you…I’m trembling inside…The American church has lost its need for repentance.”
Later in the sermon he asks, “Have you ever read Spurgeon?” White looked at the audience and around the stage dramatically, trying to show how Charles Spurgeon’s writings are impacting him, “I’ve been reading Spurgeon…he’s rocking me…[he’s] a grace preacher, but [he] preaches the truth.”