Saturday, November 04, 2006

Haggard is toast

It's true. Haggard is toast (Thanks for the update Mike). A press release from his church in Colorado Springs tells us that he has been dismissed and removed. It sounds as though the Overseer Board has found enough evidence of sexually immoral conduct to make this significant step.

James Dobson is quoted in a CNN article:
"The possibility that an illicit relationship has occurred is alarming to us and to millions of others," Dobson said.

"He will continue to be my friend, even if the worst allegations prove accurate," he continued. "Nevertheless, sexual sin, whether homosexual or heterosexual, has serious consequences."
This one will go down in the history of evanglicalism in America.

Father in heaven, we pray that you would work this calamity to the good of your cause. We pray that you will use this to bring about good for all parties involved. We pray that you will help us all to take seriously the sin in our lives, and never to believe that we're in the clear of Satan's scheming. Thank you for the many souls that know you through Christ because of the ministry of Ted Haggard. Please grant them grace and mercy to keep believing in you in this strange hour. In Christ Jesus we pray... Amen.

3 comments:

Armando said...

Jason,

I have not yet read all the comments to your previous posts, so maybe this may repeat something said by others. First of all, I believe that it is about time to come out of denial. Christians DO STRUGGLE WITH SEXUALITY, as any other human being does. Unfortunately, denial of this fact does not take it away. If we could be more honests with ourselves and our colleagues, we would be less prone to such kind of scandals in Church.

To my understanding, integrity means to be concordant in words and actions. Apparently that was not the case for this person. Though, I ask myself, which were his true unmet needs that he tried to cope with the company of a male prositute?

Big failure for the Church as body, since the church was not embodying the message for this leader, and not being the channel to fulfill legitimally his needs (probably his colleagues and friends simply left him alone with his struggle). Or probably he was so ashamed of the struggle that he never confessed it to others. Till it was too late.

I hope you get my point ;-)

Be blessed!

Armando said...

"The fact is I am guilty of sexual immorality. And I take responsibility for the entire problem. I am a deceiver and a liar. There's a part of my life that is so repulsive and dark that I have been warring against it for all of my adult life," he said.

Was published at the yahoo news site http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061105/ap_on_re_us/haggard_sex_allegations;_ylt=AhuPIxi6r2lrNi1FIcHhBIVvzwcF;_ylu=X3oDMTA2Z2szazkxBHNlYwN0bQ--

Jason Woolever said...

great points armando. thanks for the link.