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In a detailed open letter on Wednesday, controversial rapper Shai Linne refuted a response from Brad Knight, manager and son of popular televangelist Paula White, which chided him for tagging his mother as a prosperity preacher in the lyrics of his song "Fal$e Teacher$."
In a long letter published by Wade-O Radio, Linne first commends Knight for defending his mother and praises his commitment to his faith in God, but quickly tells him that the response he wrote on behalf of Paula White Ministries did not address the concerns he raised about the "prosperity gospel" in "Fal$e Teacher$."
"My song was not about you, your financial status, the genuineness of your faith, your mother's prayers for you or the good things that Paula White Ministries does. The song was about the false doctrine that Paula White and others have publicly taught for many years and continue to teach," wrote Linne in his letter.
He then responds with scholarly detail, pointing to video and other evidence as sufficient for Ms. White's listing in "Fal$e Teacher$." He pointed to her "false view of atonement," her "false 'sow a seed' teaching" and her "falsely claiming to speak for God."
"As I'm sure you know, Brad, God takes speaking in His name very seriously. To say that God said something that He didn't say is to lie on God. God takes this sin so seriously that in the Old Testament, the person found guilty of this was to be executed," said Linne in his discussion of White's claim to speak for God.
"As sincere as Paula White may be, she is extremely reckless in the many false things that she says God told her to tell her listeners. The videos I provided are enough. Just go back and listen to how often she says God is saying something that He could not possibly be saying to everyone listening to her at the time. 'You are not going to die of sickness' is just one of many examples I could give. Sadly, her teaching is characterized by this falsehood. She and the other people I mentioned in the song do this all the time," wrote Linne.
In his now popularly received critique of the "prosperity gospel," which has drawn praise from high profile pastors and theologians like John Piper, Linne lists several popular televangelists as "Fal$e Teacher$." They include: Joel Osteen, Creflo Dollar, Benny Hinn, T.D. Jakes, Joyce Meyer, Fred Price, Kenneth Copeland, Robert Tilton, Eddie Long, Juanita Bynum and Paul Crouch.
Linne explained in an earlier report that he was inspired to write the song after he received emails from his fans in Africa who alerted him to the devastation proponents of the "prosperity gospel" were causing among the poor in several African countries.