Mr. Vander Plaats has repeatedly stated that there are personal qualities that must be present in a Presidential candidate, in order for him & THE FAMiLY LEADER to endorse them.
This list is just the tip of the iceberg among the many other qualities he has stated in the past – none of which Mr. Gingrich upholds.
Simply put, THE FAMiLY LEADER would be hypocritical to endorse THE FAMILY LEAVER.
Pastors: Newt Gingrich is empty suit with broken zipper
Des Moines Register; Tony Leys
Two evangelical Iowa pastors trashed Newt Gingrich today for failing to sign a marriage-fidelity pledge.
“Mr. Gingrich is the Don Draper of 2012: When it comes to his character record, he’s a very fine, empty suit with a broken zipper,” the Rev. Albert Calaway of Indianola wrote, referring to the lecherous character on the show “Mad Men.” “Christians in Iowa – and I understand many of his old U.S. House colleagues as well – desperately want to see a changed man, yet we keep on seeing a glib, wordy cheater. On all fronts, Newt should just be faithful.”
The Family Leader’s 14-point marriage pledge calls for opposition to anything but one-man/one-woman marriage. Three other Republican presidential candidates, Michele Bachmann, Rick Santorum and Rick Perry, have signed the pledge. But Gingrich, who has been married three times, has not.
Calaway, a retired Assemblies of God minister who founded the group Truth Values & Leadership, said he is not backing any candidate yet. He mocked reports that Gingrich endorsed the Family Leader’s marriage pledge Monday. “When you ‘endorse’ a check, you sign it. When you get married, you sign the license,” he wrote. “When you sign a contract or covenant, that means you are all-in. But, Mr. Gingrich has yet to sign for many things which Christian Iowa cares about very deeply.”
The Rev. Cary Gordon, pastor of Sioux City’s Cornerstone Church, added to Calaway’s criticism of Gingrich. “When you stand before the altar and say your marriage vows, you either mean it, or you don’t,” wrote Gordon, who is backing Santorum. “Sad to say, but by endorsing some of the Vow without signing it, I think Mr. Gingrich is dodging a sacred commitment which Iowa’s Christians really expect from him.”
Gingrich’s spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
To Evangelicals in Iowa:
These days, because I’m an Evangelical minister, a missionary to Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, and chairman of the Committee on Church and Society for the Evangelical Church Alliance, the question I’m asked most is, “How do evangelicals pick the right candidate this time around?” The implication is whether Evangelicals are bound to pick only an evangelical candidate, even if that person can’t win in the general election. My answer is simple: We should pick our candidates for president in the same way we pick our doctors — on their skills, experience, reputation, and approach to our problems. When it comes to the lineup in Iowa, Evangelicals should ask particular questions about the person seeking their vote: (click read more for full text) Read More »