Some quick things about Todd White that are very concerning:
He does the fake leg-lengthening trick. Yes, it’s totally fake. This is fraudulent behavior. This is what a con artist does; in fact, Todd has said about himself: “I was a very good con artist.”
He claimed that God “totally healed my knee” after he originally claimed “God didn’t heal my knee.” This glaring contradiction is all on video.
He makes outrageous claims of being a sinless “New Breed” Christian who wants to teach everyone how to be as pure as he is.
He often brags about himself and enjoys getting lots of attention for himself, while he claims to be directing people to Jesus. It makes him sad that more people aren’t “the real deal,” like he is.
Todd White wants the “Catholic Church and the Christian Church to come together.”
Todd often tells a story of getting flipped up into the air multiple times while being shocked with very painful electricity at a Benny Hinn meeting (this was supposed to be a good thing).
He was also shocked with very painful electricity by Randy Clark that made him feel like he was going to die (this was also supposed to be a good thing).
He is 100% clear about Kenneth Copeland and Benny Hinn being his mentors and spiritual fathers. He clearly teaches a prosperity “gospel” similar to those men, just not as often or as obnoxiously.
He is getting very rich with his speaking career, in spite of portraying himself as a guy who just walks around showing love to everyone. How rich? In 2015 he paid himself a salary of $625,000! And he lives in this $1.2 million mansion:
Todd White is a Christian superstar who seemingly came out of nowhere and is now headlining some of the biggest conferences and stadium events around the world. He is also famous for his YouTube videos that have been viewed millions of times, and now he’s even got his own full-length movie and $19 million training center. This tremendous media coverage and popularity, combined with his commanding stage presence means that most Christians will accept whatever he teaches as truth.
Unlike his much older mentors, Kenneth Copeland and Benny Hinn, he is highly regarded as man of the people who is out there on the streets “doing the Gospel” while “regular” Christians lead “regular” lives. He seems to have a video recorder with him at all times, so there are many videos of him evangelizing people with his warm and engaging personality. He comes across as genuinely loving and caring, so it’s no wonder that he has crowds of fans following him in person and online.
Unfortunately, his presentation of the Gospel is almost exclusively about his stories and dramatic experiences, combined with on-the-spot healings and prophetic words. He is constantly retelling the story of how he used to be a drug dealer and atheist, and how God radically changed him into a specially anointed new kind of Christian who never struggles with sin and performs miracles every single day. Although he does sometimes mention sin and the cross of Christ, it is never the focus of attention.
Todd White is the product of his mentor, Dan Mohler (Todd even talks like him and uses the same exact phrases as him), and prosperity preacher, Kenneth Copeland. Todd claims to read no other book than the Bible, but on rare occasions he has admitted that he studied Copeland’s books to establish his own teaching (in the video below at 3:17)…
In Todd White’s own words, these are the books he used to establish some of his doctrine:
Todd White teaches a Word of Faith type of Christianity and Kenneth Copeland is one of the founders of that movement, so listening to Todd White is largely a retread of Word of Faith teaching.
However, Todd White also teaches the “Encounter Gospel” that is so popular with those at Bethel, Redding, and the New Apostolic Reformation movement, in general. This “gospel” focuses on just showing love to people and especially performing miraculous healings and/or giving prophetic words to people. The belief is that an unbeliever will jump at the chance to ask Jesus into their heart once they see for themselves that “God is real;” once they understand how loved and valuable they are. This is always taught in contrast to old-fashioned Christians who still think people need to repent from their sin in order to be forgiven by Christ’s atoning sacrifice on the cross.
What’s really strange about Todd White is that he “evangelizes” unsaved people by telling them how “special they are” and how “God thinks they’re amazing,” and he barely preaches about Christ and Him crucified to atone for sin. But once Todd is speaking at a Christian church or Christian conference he usually teaches a message about how we must never sin, or else we are complete failures who displease God.
Yes, it is important for Christians to hear the Law of God to keep their sinful nature (“the flesh”) in check, and to be reminded of the ongoing mercy of God, who always forgives. But Todd White flips this around and teaches Christians that they must become 100% obedient, and he uses himself as an example of someone doing it!
Watch the following 10 minute video to see this bad theology in action:
Basically, it seems that Todd White has no real theological understanding of the imputed righteousness that Christians receive by faith. In fact, Todd White has no theological understanding of any Christian doctrine, he is just repeating things he’s heard from people like Dan Mohler, Kenneth Copeland and his other mentor: Benny Hinn.
People are attracted to Todd White and his message because he makes great claims to be “really loving people” and “really living like Jesus lived” and so he appeals to the Christians who have yet to “live just like Jesus.” In this false theological framework Jesus is, frankly, pretty disappointed with everyone who isn’t as sinless as Todd White. Compared to Todd White (who never struggles with sin) they eventually feel racked with guilt and despair.
This is a message of works righteousness and it’s a false gospel!
Here are a number of articles about Todd White (this will be updated as new articles become available):
Todd White Praises Kenneth Copeland, Fangirls Over Copeland’s “Amazing Eyes”
Here are a handful of short videos about the false teaching of Todd White:
Now here are several longer teaching videos from Chris Rosebrough that go into a bit more detail about the false teachings of Todd White:
Stop being so gullible!
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