Without Walls Central, the opulent Lakeland, Fla., property belonging to Paula White, who also leads Without Walls International Church in Tampa, has been “abandoned” by White and left to decay, a visitor to the property alleges.
Prophetic News radio show host Susan Puzio, operating on Blog Talk Radio, made these claims in a Jan. 6 discussion with Karen Pansler Lam, a Lakeland resident who visited the church property. Without Walls Central has been standing abandoned, ramshackled and without electricity since August, earlier reports have suggested. Latest published reports indicate the property is still owned by White’s main campus, Without Walls International Church.
Pansler Lam’s account, complete with photos the woman says she easily obtained while walking around the megachurch’s vacated property, reveal the real extent of the estate’s decay.
Photos posted by the Internet radio show on the website reveal a church building that could be featured in a ghost town – with empty window panes, broken doors and dirty walls showing signs of mold, and the construction exuding signs of neglect. The sister church of the Tampa, Fla., location ministered until recently by White, has not held a service since at least August, when the electrical supplier disconnected its power due to numerous missing payments amounting to over $50,000, local press reported in December.
The women criticized the church for not caring for its property, which was bought with money from congregants’ donations.
“If people are giving you money, and they’re entrusting you their money to invest it in church property, they expect you to maintain it. Just like God expects us to maintain anything he gives us,” Lam, who called in on the show after visiting the property, said. “We should practice good stewardship of our property.”