Meet Dutch Sheets, Another Gingrich Faith Adviser
Newt Gingrich's campaign announced last week that Dutch Sheets, a popular evangelical preacher, would co-chair the campaign's Faith Leaders Coalition. Like other members of the coalition, Sheets is a divisive and abrasive figure who has said in no uncertain terms that President Obama is a Muslim and that natural disasters and terrorist attacks in the United States are a consequence of turning away from Christianity.
Who Is Dutch Sheets?
After Endorsing Newt Gingrich, Dutch Sheets Was Named To Gingrich's Faith Leaders Coalition. From a Newt Gingrich press release:
Dutch Sheets has endorsed Newt Gingrich for president, and will be joining the Gingrich Faith Leaders Coalition.
Dutch Sheets is the author of 18 books, including the best seller Intercessory Prayer. Throughout his 34 years of ministry he has pastored, taught in several colleges and seminaries, served on the board of directors of numerous organizations and has become recognized as an international leader on the subject of prayer.
In a statement, Pastor Sheets explained that his endorsement is for the "most important election of our lifetimes"
"Newt Gingrich is only one that I can confidently say has the heart, experience, backbone, Constitutional brilliance, and intellectual strength to defeat Obama and lead America back to greatness" said Sheets.
"The America we know and love-indeed, the America God and our founding fathers dreamed of and birthed-cannot survive another 4 years of the current leadership in Washington." [Newt Gingrich Press Release, 1/25/12, via blog.4President.org]
Sheets: Election Of Obama Means "God Has Now Turned Us Over To Our Enemies. ... We Have A Muslim President." In a video uploaded to YouTube.com, Sheets says:
Because I knew, when I saw this happening, and it finally occurred, it is not just going to bring further judgment on America. This is a part of the judgment. God has now turned us over to our enemies for a season. But He only does that— He only disciplines those He loves. He is not finished with America. He hasn't written us off unlike some people I hear. And we are not going to lose everything God has done in America. We are going to be on the forefront, cutting edge, of this great awakening that comes to the world. America has a role to play in this. We have a Muslim president. But God is going to-and maybe he's going to turn to God. We pray for him. Maybe he's going to turn and become a person God uses in more than just some of the ways that we appreciate [YouTube.com, 10/31/11]
Sheets: "The Pro-Death, Pro-Homosexual, Pro-Islam, Humanistic Forces Have Cast Their Net Over Broad Portions Of Our Government." On his website, Sheets writes:
Change is so imperative. The forces of the antichrist movement in America, who are also against what our founders envisioned, have been very focused and have made incredible gains in the past 50 years. Washington D.C. is indicative of those gains and the changes that are needed. I was there earlier this month for a prayer gathering. The spiritual atmosphere of the city was noticeable [sic] oppressive and "dark." The pro-death, pro-homosexual, pro-Islam, humanistic forces have cast their net over broad portions of our government, which they mock God and His word. [DutchSheets.org, accessed 1/31/12]
Sheets: Terrible Things, Including Terrorism, War, And Natural Disasters, Will Happen In America Because We've Turned Away From God. From a letter Sheets wrote:
If God brought corrective but serious judgment to Israel, we are horribly deceived if we think it will not happen to us. If something doesn't happen to lessen this judgment-and it can be lessened-we are headed for very difficult times. The economy is going to be devastated. The stock market will go well below where it went a few months back-a crash is coming, and soon. More terrorism and violence will occur in our land, perhaps even war. In my spirit I've seen buildings crumbling and cities burning. Devastating natural disasters will take place. In general, hard times will be prevalent. Why is this so? Because we have turned from God and His ways. Consider the true condition of America. This assessment is bleak but accurate. [ElijahList.com, 3/17/10]
Sheets: "We're Supposed To Try" To "Take Over Everything And Rule The Earth Completely For The Lord." From a sermon Sheets gave, uploaded to YouTube.com by Right Wing Watch:
I'm not at all implying, as some try to teach, that we're gonna take over everything and rule the earth completely for the Lord and that He has to wait for that to happen until He returns. We're not teaching that. But we're supposed to try. It is our condition. I know there's gonna be sheep— there are gonna be sheep and goat nations. I'm not— there's no insinuation here that we're going to take over everything. But our assignment until He comes is to bring His kingdom rule into the earth so that our region looks like heaven again. [YouTube, 1/12/12]
- Dominionists Believe Christians Should "Rule Earthly Institutions." As The Daily Beast's Michelle Goldberg writes: "Put simply, Dominionism means that Christians have a God-given right to rule all earthly institutions. Originating among some of America's most radical theocrats, it's long had an influence on religious-right education and political organizing." [Daily Beast, 8/14/11]