Michael Youssef’s endorsement of Newt Gingrich

The fight for the evangelical vote in South Carolina – and in all likelihood, Florida and Georgia – continued Wednesday with this endorsement from the Rev. Michael Youssef, the Egyptian-born pastor of an Atlanta super church:

Lines from the transcript:

”To me, as a person who understands the Scripture, I highly regard a person who knows how to repent when they sin – than a person who is self-righteous never acknowledges their sin….

“[Gingrich] is one of the few people that truly knows what the threat that is coming to our doorstep….

“We are not choosing a pastor in chief. We are choosing a commander-in-chief. Somebody who understands the world [and is] realistic about the threats that we face.”

Here’s a measure of Youssef’s footprint, from the Gingrich campaign:

His weekly television and daily radio programs are broadcast in 20 languages to more than 190 countries – airing 3,300 times per week. He is also the founding pastor of The Church of The Apostles in Atlanta, Ga.

Dr. Youssef was born in Egypt, lived in Lebanon and Australia before coming to the United States. In 1984, he fulfilled a childhood dream of becoming an American citizen. He holds degrees from Moore College in Sydney, Australia, and from Fuller Theological Seminary in California. In 1984, he earned a Ph.D. in social anthropology from Emory University. He has authored more than 22 books, including the most recent – “When the Crosses Are Gone: Restoring Sanity to a World Gone Mad.”

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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91 comments Add your comment

bluenote

January 18th, 2012
1:04 pm

Great. That does it for me, I am now down with the “Newtster”

BitterEXdemocrackkk

January 18th, 2012
1:11 pm

So Dr. Youssef does not support Oblunder nor RoMoney…interesting…I hope he can persuade
all the pastors of the United Methodist Church to do likewise! Presbyterians too!

The Snark

January 18th, 2012
1:17 pm

There’s a world of difference between forgiving Newt for his sins and putting him back in a position of public authority and trust. I don’t have any spiritual obligation to do the latter.

UGA 1999

January 18th, 2012
1:24 pm

Another example of how our idiotic leader Obozo is against energy independance! Yep, keep sending our money to Iran!!

http://nbcpolitics.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/01/18/10181927-obama-set-to-reject-keystone-oil-pipeline

UGA 1999

January 18th, 2012
1:25 pm

The Snark….But you have a “spiritual obligation” to keep a baby killer in office?

Mark

January 18th, 2012
1:38 pm

@UGA1999

Yeah that’s it, keep throwing everything including the kitchen sink. Maybe eventually something will stick.

Mark

January 18th, 2012
1:38 pm

OBAMA/BIDEN 2012!!

morerightthanleft

January 18th, 2012
1:39 pm

uga…i dont think baby killer will help your fight…i am pretty sure people dont use the word “i am pro abortion” thats absurd… but with all the problems we have ; abortion, gay marriage and dont ask dont tell are the least of my worries….you can argue your moral theories all day,,,but once people hear , abortion or racism..they quit listening…dont you get that yet, its not a topic that should be preached to anyone

UGA 1999

January 18th, 2012
1:40 pm

Mark….How about this?

Lost 2 Million Jobs!
Unemployment is up to 9.2% (Increase of 18%)
Gas prices are up 97%
Federal Debt up 35%
Debt per person up $11,278
Misery Index up 64%
Food Stamp Recipients up 40%
Health Insurance Premiums up 19%
Home Values down 12%

Yep that is HOPE and CHANGE you can believe in!!!

Is that better?

UGA 1999

January 18th, 2012
1:40 pm

morerightthanleft…if you dont think morals and the value of human life are important? We have nothing more to discuss. My point proven.

DannyX

January 18th, 2012
1:47 pm

@ UGA 1999, since all of that is Obama’s fault I’m sure George W Bush will be out campaigning with the Republican candidate, right?

George W Bush will leave his self-imposed exile to hit the campaign trail!

Where’s W?

UGA 1999

January 18th, 2012
1:51 pm

DannyX…Enjoying retirement. You know that thing that you on the left think it is the responsiblity of the govenrment to ensure.

Wow, I pray that Obama blames Bush in a debate! That would be the best thing to ever happen to the GOP. Do it Barack…come on boy you can do it!

DannyX

January 18th, 2012
1:56 pm

Why don’t any of the Republican candidates ever mention W?

Real Athens

January 18th, 2012
1:56 pm

The U.S. imports 69% of its oil from Canada, Saudi Arabia and Mexico. Iran is not even on the list of U.S. oil importers.

I’m pretty sure, as a combat fighter pilot in Vietnam, John McCain is responsible for the death of far more innocent children than the present holder of the White House office.

And to add more facts to the discussion, Michael Youssef is about as “non-Christian” (aka actions that are opposite those of Jesus) as Newt is unpatriotic (draft dodging, chickenhawk).

“Writing for the American Family Association’s One News Now, Michael Youssef of Leading The Way ministries is urging Christians to quit the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A) after the denomination voted to allow the ordination of gay and lesbian ministers. Youssef, who previously declared that the Episcopal Church couldn’t be Christian because of its support of gay rights, is now insisting that Presbyterians and Episcopalians leave their churches because “these denominations have chosen darkness” and are committed to “the spread of apostasy.” Youssef lamented that the churches submitted to “this Chinese water torture method of homosexual lobbying,” they have sealed their own demise.

UGA 1999

January 18th, 2012
1:57 pm

DannyX….why would they? His presidency is over. See unlike the Democrats we like to look forward versus in the past.

UGA 1999

January 18th, 2012
2:01 pm

Real….ever hear of a word called “class”? I would assume not being that you have none!

Liberal and loving it!

January 18th, 2012
2:05 pm

@UGA 1999

I can’t wait to watch OBAMA be sworn in again in January 2013. I hope you are still on here spewing your rhetoric then. LOL. You Moron!

UGA 1999

January 18th, 2012
2:06 pm

Liberal….wake up your are dreaming…..wake up.

UGA 1999

January 18th, 2012
2:06 pm

HAHAHA “moron” HAHAHA are we in 3rd grade….I am waiting on you to use the “I’m rubber your glue” phrase next.

Real Athens

January 18th, 2012
2:07 pm

“Class”? Had you attended yours at UGA instead of pounding fishbowls at the Odyssey you might not be regarded as the fool you are.

DannyX

January 18th, 2012
2:10 pm

“DannyX….why would they? His presidency is over. See unlike the Democrats we like to look forward versus in the past.”

LMAO! Republican candidates mention Ronald Reagan about 100 times per speech on average.

Btw, can’t wait for the W speech at the Republican convention, prime time I’m sure. Lol, just kidding, W will be as welcome at the Republican convention as an Occupy Wall St protester!

Mark

January 18th, 2012
2:10 pm

@ UGA1999

YEAH about as third grade as this:

January 18th, 2012
2:01 pm

Real….ever hear of a word called “class”? I would assume not being that you have none!

td

January 18th, 2012
2:13 pm

Looks like the libs are up to their usual tactics. Personally attack anyone that disagrees that the Messiah and chief is not the greatest President ever.

You all are really living in a dream world.

Red

January 18th, 2012
2:14 pm

Liberal – just looking at what this man has done to this country since being in office I find it odd that you would be cheering on another 4 more years. He’s run this nation into the ground even deeper than it was when he raised his right hand on January 20, 2009. You must be a fan of S&M.

Mark

January 18th, 2012
2:14 pm

@ DannyX

January 18th, 2012
2:10 pm

Yeah, wouldn’t it be just wonderful to see W come out of hiding and start flapping his gums. There is no way the Republicans are going to invite him to stump on the trail. I mean after all the economy is where it is now because of him.

Ol' Timer

January 18th, 2012
2:16 pm

I have no idea who’s going to win in November, but some of you guys are writing Obama’s obituary a bit prematurely I think. It looks like Romney is going to be the candidate and he has no idea how middle-class folks live — and could care less.

He a minor oligarch with his $250 million. The “Deciders” have decided that he’s to be their man by cutting off funding to the Super PACs of his rivals. He’s beholding to the major oligarchs and will be their point man to achieve their agenda if elected — cut taxes and remove regulations and shutter regulatory agencies. The Gilded Age Revisited.

And, so it goes. . . .if voting mattered, they’d outlaw it.

UGA 1999

January 18th, 2012
2:16 pm

Danny X….Because Reagan was one of the best presidents in our lifetime if not ever.

Tell you what. Try this experiment for me. Today when you go home from work and you are driving in your car. Spend the entire time looking in the rearview mirror. Let us all know how that goes.

td

January 18th, 2012
2:17 pm

Mark

January 18th, 2012
2:14 pm

“I mean after all the economy is where it is now because of him.”

You must have a great fantasy life coming to us with this one.

Ol' Timer

January 18th, 2012
2:19 pm

@td — I don’t know if your TV is broke or not, but up in South Carolina the GOTP is viciously attacking each other. No libs involved.

They’re doing Obama’s handiwork for him. And, should receive a thank you note from the Prez.

Hillbilly D

January 18th, 2012
2:19 pm

Never heard of Dr. Youssef before, so I have no opinion on him.

In my opinion, people should decide if they want to be preachers or politicians; a man can’t serve two masters. I’ve never been present in any church where any mention was made of anything political. If I found myself in that position, I would get up and leave. Politics has no place in the church, in my view. Both sides of the political spectrum violate this and it’s as wrong for one side as for the other side. Allowing politics into the church, corrupts the church, I think.

Beeg Boi

January 18th, 2012
2:21 pm

UGA = one dumb sumbitch

UGA 1999

January 18th, 2012
2:21 pm

Ol’ Timer…this happens in every election. I believe after SC the field will narrow and the attacks will slow down.

UGA 1999

January 18th, 2012
2:21 pm

Beeg….thanks for proving your intellect! Great work!

UGA 1999

January 18th, 2012
2:22 pm

HillBilly….actually politics has every right to be in church and vice versa. Read about the men who wrote the constitution.

td

January 18th, 2012
2:22 pm

Ol’ Timer

January 18th, 2012
2:16 pm

It looks like there are more libs on these blogs totally writing off the Republican nominee then there are conservatives writing off Obama.

I know it is way to early to predict what will happen next Nov. I will tell you that if the election was held today Obama would be defeated. This is before he spends $1 billion on making whoever the Republican nominee is look like Hitler.

Beeg Boi

January 18th, 2012
2:26 pm

Put up your cash td.
As your hero would say “bring it on”

UGA 1999

January 18th, 2012
2:29 pm

Beeg……Can you read?

Liberal and loving it!

January 18th, 2012
2:30 pm

Well the Election is not being held today, so that gives you conservatives plenty of time to keep helping out the President by slinging mud at each other just to arm the President’s with plenty of ammunition for the fall! GOD I LOVE AMERICA!

td

January 18th, 2012
2:30 pm

Beeg Boi

January 18th, 2012
2:26 pm
Put up your cash td.
As your hero would say “bring it on”

If you would have used a little reading comprehension skills when reading my post then you would realize I said it was to early to predict the Presidential election next year.

Now, if you think the Senate and House will not be in Republican hands after next years election then I will ask how much money do you want to wager?

Mark

January 18th, 2012
2:31 pm

@ Beeg Boi

January 18th, 2012
2:26 pm

Don’t forget his most famous phrase “Mission Accomplished”

UGA 1999

January 18th, 2012
2:33 pm

Mark….that is a great one!! Saddam out of power and the Iraqi army defeated…YEP MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!

The Snark

January 18th, 2012
2:36 pm

@ UGA1999:

Who the hell do you think you’re talking to?

UGA 1999

January 18th, 2012
2:38 pm

The Snark….What’s wrong did I hit a nerve? Poor thing!

DannyX

January 18th, 2012
2:42 pm

“This is before he spends $1 billion on making whoever the Republican nominee is look like Hitler.”

Why are the Republicans doing that td?

Hillbilly D

January 18th, 2012
2:46 pm

UGA 1999

Never said politics didn’t have a right to be in the church, I said it was unwise. And I imagine I’ve read as much about the men who wrote the Constitution as you have.

Judy

January 18th, 2012
2:50 pm

Actually, I tremendously respect Dr. Michael Youssef and his wonderful ministry. I hear what he is saying about Newt vs Romney, as well as repentence, though I find it hard to accept his wife as First Lady and wonder how the Catholic church with their strict rules re adultery and divorce ok’d this one, though I’m a protestant. , Santorum is still in the race and won IA. If Dr. Youssef who I admire and respect tremendously, means Newt compared to Romney..ok– however, when compared to Santorum, though I do respect Newt a lot and he has many good qualities, one may also note he has beens more liberal I believe than Santorum on his stances re illegal immigration and wanted a healthcare mandate and stood for global warming on couch with Pelosi. I am praying for the Lord to help us and grant us wisdom as we make these very important decisions.

George Hills

January 18th, 2012
2:51 pm

Mr. Gingrich’s shopworn campaign is flailing in all directions. He & his cronies can’t buy this one, because it’s no longer business as usual. People can see store shelves are full of Chinese junk, everything costs double, there are no more jobs, and it didn’t just happen overnight.

Judy

January 18th, 2012
2:52 pm

I notice I have a few typ-o’s above…sorry…need an editor! :]

Beeg Boi

January 18th, 2012
2:54 pm

UGA, you have to just a put on troll.
You are comic gold.

td

January 18th, 2012
2:54 pm

DannyX

January 18th, 2012
2:42 pm
“This is before he spends $1 billion on making whoever the Republican nominee is look like Hitler.”

Why are the Republicans doing that td?

They are not but Obama will be doing it.