Exclusive: Newt Gingrich Says God Is in Control of Events

Exclusive: Newt Gingrich Says God Is in Control of Events

01-24-2012

In a one-on-one interview with The Brody File, Newt Gingrich says God is in control of events and explains that he prays before major speeches and debates.

“I think I had an epiphany in that sense of Christ coming into my heart, in my 20s, and I felt born again. I think it’s a very deep part of me, and something that leads me, for example, to pray before every major speech and before every debate.”

As for God being in control of events he tells me, “It’s always God’s will. That’s a point that my wife reminds me of regularly.”

The interview was done Tuesday morning in Tampa, Fla. Watch the clip below along with the full transcription.

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Before all you Newt haters take shots at him just remember that forgiveness is a central tenet of Christianity. Evangelical Christians had the model of forgiveness displayed when Jesus Christ entered this world. You can judge Newt if you want but you really don’t know his business with God. Plus, evangelicals understand that nobody is without sin and that true contrition is an affair of the heart. God knows our hearts. We don’t.

If you want to understand specifically why many evangelicals are flocking to Newt (excuse the pun) read my detailed analysis here.

Newt Gingrich on Jesus and Catholicism.

David Brody: A lot of evangelicals, when they have their born again experience, they talk about an epiphany. I know it wasn’t an epiphany for you. What was the conversion for you like? It was a kind of process?

Newt Gingrich: I think I had an epiphany in that sense of Christ coming into my heart, in my 20s, and I felt born again. I think it’s a very deep part of me, and something that leads me, for example, to pray before every major speech and before every debate, because I really feel it. I gradually became Catholic, and then made the decision.

And I think it was about eight or nine years of going to the Basilica, supporting Callista, being absorbed by the Mass, beginning to be fascinated with the Eucharist, and communion and the unique role it plays in the Catholic experience, and just feeling the community, if you will. It’s a remarkably absorbing community, and created a sense of fellowship, and of comfort, and of being able to relax in a way that I had never experienced before in my life.

Newt Gingrich on God’s Will:

David Brody: And God’s role in all of this? Where you have been in this presidential race, to where you are today??

Newt Gingrich: Look, it’s always God’s will. That’s a point that my wife reminds me of regularly. I’ll say, ‘We should go do X,’ and she’ll say, ‘If it’s God’s will.’ She’s very Midwestern in the sense of don’t count your chickens until they’re hatched. Like primary night in South Carolina, which looked good on paper, the polls looked good, and I stopped for a minute on the campaign bus late that afternoon and thought, you know, whatever God wants, we have to think through what it means, and how we live it out, because I don’t ask for victory, I ask for God to let me understand whatever happens. And I’ve found that that has guided me through most of my life.

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