Gingrich sins 'well short of the glory of God'
March 11th, 2012
11:09 PM ET
11 years ago

Gingrich sins 'well short of the glory of God'

Brandon, Mississippi (CNN) - Newt Gingrich opened up about seeking God's forgiveness during an evening Sunday service in Mississippi.

"There were things in my life that I have been very public about saying were, in fact, well short of the glory of God, and I had to go to God to seek forgiveness," Gingrich said at First Baptist Church in Brandon.

The Republican presidential candidate told the congregation he is very close with his two grandchildren and his two daughters from his first marriage who often join him on the trail and campaign on his behalf. But he acknowledged, "I had to earn being a 68-year-old grandfather by living through things that I would never want my grandchildren to repeat."

Speaking of his wife, Callista, whom he married in 2000, Gingrich said, "I have been very, very fortunate that I have a very, very close relationship with Callista."

Gingrich has spent the past five days campaigning in Mississippi and Alabama ahead of both primaries on Tuesday. The former Georgia congressman and U.S. House speaker is hoping Southern conservatives will coalesce around his candidacy instead of the campaign of former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania.

The White House hopeful rarely talks specifically about his previous marital indiscretions but speaks openly about seeking forgiveness.

"I never went to God to seek understanding. And I was never confused. That is, there are periods of my life where I have sinned. And, I have to tell you, at the time I was sinning, I was not - I don't believe in situation ethics - I had to seek God's forgiveness and I had to seek reconciliation with God."

Gingrich attended Catholic Mass and visited two other churches in the Birmingham area before traveling to Brandon to hold a rally and visit First Baptist. Brandon is just east of the capital of Jackson, along Interstate 20 in south-central Mississippi.

"I don't come to you as a person who is perfect. I come to you as a citizen who has sought redemption and has sought God's love and recognizes that you have to shelter under the cross to have any hope of living a full life, and I'm very grateful of having the chance to be with you this evening."

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Filed under: 2012 • Faith • Mississippi • Newt Gingrich
soundoff (34 Responses)
  1. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    In the catholic church, is it a sin to commit adultery, lie, covet your intern, bear false witness, hate your neighbor and president, etc?

    March 12, 2012 06:40 am at 6:40 am |
  2. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Newt is forgiven and allowed to move on in spite of all his discretions by saying two 'hail Marys.'

    March 12, 2012 06:45 am at 6:45 am |
  3. bess moore

    Oh puke puke puke! Gag with a spoon. What a faggy hypocrite. Enough is enough. Go away!

    March 12, 2012 06:55 am at 6:55 am |
  4. bess moore

    Go away Newt. You are an embarrassment. Women will not vote for you! YUK!!

    March 12, 2012 07:00 am at 7:00 am |
  5. Oops

    Hmmm..campaigning in the Bible belt. Now he is asking for forgiveness? What timing.
    Makes me want to barf!

    March 12, 2012 07:00 am at 7:00 am |
  6. T'sah from Virginia

    Oh, oh – the other candidates better watch out – ginGRINCH has God running with him and that might be a hard team to beat. Especially since, He forgave the GRINCH for his sins and the "southern folks" will forgive him too. Jeez!

    Obama 2012 – The ONLY Trusted Way Forward!!

    March 12, 2012 07:02 am at 7:02 am |
  7. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Not only has he sought G-d's love, but the love of three women. The problem is that sometimes he sought the love of one while being married to another. I don't think that he really can be president without a large amount of problems like focusing on one thing long enough to see it get half way finished.

    March 12, 2012 07:15 am at 7:15 am |
  8. Irma in North Carolina

    Hey Newt do you suppose God really forgave you for the way you treated your first two wifes??

    March 12, 2012 07:25 am at 7:25 am |
  9. Diana

    Americans do not want an adulterer as President.
    Americans do not want an adulteress as First Lady.

    March 12, 2012 07:55 am at 7:55 am |
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