Garlow Introduced Gingrich, Called for Pastors Revolt Against IRS Rules at NAR Church in Nevada
On Friday night Newt Gingrich spoke at the “Prayer for America” event at the International Church of Las Vegas (ICLV) led by Apostle Paul Goulet. Jim Garlow, a member of the campaign’s national Faith Leaders Coalition, introduced Gingrich and promoted a pastors’ revolt against IRS rules that prohibit endorsement of a political candidate from the pulpit. Following is information on the event, the “non-denominational” Assemblies of God church led by Apostle Goulet, and a brief recap of Gingrich’s past history with apostles and prophets of the NAR.
Apostle Goulet introduced Garlow, who then introduced Gingrich to those assembled and watching the live streaming. As part of Garlow’s remarks, he promoted efforts by the Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) to provoke a court case over IRS restrictions of candidate endorsements from the pulpit. As Garlow explained to the audience, this is a yearly effort that began in 2008 with the recruitment of 33 pastors, who videotaped political endorsements they made from the pulpit and sent them to the IRS. Each year the number of pastors involved has grown, according to Garlow, and he calls for those in the audience and watching live streaming to encourage their pastor to participate.
“Here’s what happens. On October 7th of this year, there will be several thousand pastors standing up and intentionally defying the Johnson Amendment based upon our biblical authority and our Constitutional right based upon the First Amendment. Secondly, any pastor in any state, during these primaries, over any candidate, if he wants to endorse or oppose, [he repeats] if he wants to endorse or oppose, they have the full legal right to do that. And they have 2500 attorneys who will back them up, regardless of the candidate.
Garlow asked the audience to write down the website or get the information being passed around by ushers about the event. The Alliance Defense Fund’s Pulpit Initiative 2012 website features a video of Garlow, who appears to be one of the driving forces behind the effort. Garlow then introduced Newt Gingrich, who began his speech by calling the children in the audience to the stage. See coverage by Right Wing Watch.
Apostle Paul Goulet and International Church of Las Vegas
Goulet and his wife Denise are well known apostles who have led New Apostolic events with C. Peter Wagner, Chuck Pierce, Dutch Sheets, James Goll, Barbara Wentroble, and others. By 2006, Goulet was on the list of elite members of the C. Peter Wagner-led International Coalition of Apostles. Goulet is currently in the Global Spheres network of Chuck Pierce.