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-The Spectacle of Ted Haggard

by Dr. D ~ August 4th, 2010

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He was once the respected pastor of a mega-church in Colorado and the President of the 30 million member National Association of Evangelicals. As such he was sought out by the media as a spokesman for evangelicals in America.

Now he has become a ‘media darling’ for a very different reason. Now he is the poster child of hypocrisy and a recent statement he made in an interview with the Wall Street Journal has gone  totally ‘viral’ on the Internet:

“I over-repented”

For his extra-marital relationship with male escort Mike Jones and using drugs?

and:

"Tiger Woods needs to golf. Michael Vick needs to be playing football.  Ted Haggard needs to be leading a church”

Really?

Exactly what does that mean? Does that mean that he should have kept on pastoring anyway? Seems to be implying that. What about the Biblical requirements for Christian leaders?

I truly believe that grace trumps judgment when repentance is present. But ‘over-repentance’? –never heard of it.

What do you think out there? Does Ted belong back in the pulpit? The four pastors who were supervising Haggard’s recovery do not think so:

"we cannot endorse his return to vocational ministry."

Also, it seems rather lame to me to start a new church in the same community where his old church is. Particularly after he agreed to leave the area and his old church supported him and his family with that stipulation for a couple of years. Why not start over some place else where a new church and pastor are actually needed?  

I know that in the dominate American culture today sin is no longer recognized. However this doesn’t even pass the ‘smell test’ among non-Christians.  It isn’t the sin that bothers most of those folks but the hypocrisy of it all. Atheist blogs are having a field day with Ted as are literally dozens of gay websites.

But what ever happened to an understanding of sin in the church? Sadly in the American church today so many seem to be going the way of the culture with the only caveat being that everyone makes mistakes but Grace and forgiveness covers it all. After all once saved always saved?

Now this applies to a fallen pastors also? Once a pastor always a pastor regardless? That is what Ted Haggard seems to be saying and 200 folks in his new congregation seem to be supporting that.

But what about God -it is supposed to be His church and Ted is supposed to be representing Him. I wonder what He thinks about all this -Or does it matter?            *Top of the Blog

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