Newt Gingrich Assumes The Position
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Mon Jun 08, 2009 at 07:23:44 PM EST
[ed: see end of story for video] People for the American Way's Kyle Mantyla has picked up on an important aspect of the June 5, 2009 Virginia Beach Rock Church event, co-hosted by Christian martyrdom proponent and TheCall founder Lou Engle, that attracted possible 2012 presidential race aspirants Newt Gingrich and Mike Huckabee. Apparently the legal confine of TheCall's 501(c)(3) nonprofit structure, which only allowed Lou Engle to make public calls, from onstage before audiences of thousands, for acts of Christian martyrdom, was too restrictive for C. Peter Wagner's aspiring "Prophetic Elder" Engle. As Mantyla describes in his PFAW post [with accompanying video - see PFAW link, above],

The goal of Engle's Call to Action is to "redefine voting" for the next generation as a "prophetic act" and train them that they don't vote Democrat or Republican but vote "moral absolute truths," creating a mass army of young, motivated Christian voters who will pledge never to vote for a candidate who is not anti-choice, thereby creating a "spiritual revolution [and] training a generation to seize technology and turn the tide"

Then Newt Gingrich assumed the position.

Mantyla also highlighted another noteworthy aspect of the Rock Church event:

After Newt Gingrich's speech - in which the former "Contract With America" and GOP 1994 takeover of Congress mastermind called the ACLU a "hateful, anti-religious system designed to drive God out of America" and declared that Americans (non-pagans, at least) were "surrounded by paganism," Newt Gingrich assumed the position while Lou Engle called upon God to bless the former US Speaker of The House with divine magical power: "influence for righteousness in this nation, lay your supernatural hand of God upon him and deliver him from the evil schemes of the enemy."

"The position", in this case, is a posture typically taken during charismatic Christian ceremonies in which "spiritual gifts" are transmitted through the laying-on of hands: head down, hands held out or upraised. The posture suggests humility and receptiveness.




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Bruce, it looks like an ordination service. I recall the story about First Baptist Woodville, Texas that brought down a GOP candidate to the front of the church. The church then laid hands on him.  Many in the congregation felt uncomfortable about this.  The minister left and his departure was welcome by more than a few.

by wilkyjr on Tue Jun 09, 2009 at 09:23:42 AM EST
I suspect this laying on of hands is in the new tradition of Third Wave and New Apostolic Christianity, because Lou Engle is a leader in that movement.

I'd venture this is coming out of the late 1940's Latter Rain revival movement which the Assemblies of God branded as heretical in 1948 and again in 2000. One of the criticisms the General Council of the AoG made of this new stream of charismatic Christianity concerned the excessive laying on of hands, especially to transfer spiritual gifts.

So, your suggestion of an ordination may be apt - my guess is that Engle was transferring some divinely-granted [spiritual] leadership gift.

by Bruce Wilson on Tue Jun 16, 2009 at 07:37:45 PM EST
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