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Haggard: Gay Sex, Meth and Hypocrisy

haggard and gay sex

Please pray for Ted Haggard, of New Life Church in Colorado. Oh, Jesus will forgive Haggard’s gay sex massage, meth use and hypocrisy. But how about the evangelical Christians out there and the Liberal press?

Yeah, I know many folks are in shock that Haggard, the leader of the National Association of Evangelicals (NEA), and someone who is in touch with the Bush White House on a regular basis, would engage in things like gay sex, drugs and who knows what else.

Fallout from Haggard’s Gay Sex Admission

Interviewing several Christian singles on the Haggard and gay sex issue, we elicited feelings of anger, pain, betrayal and disgust. One 25 year old Christian single girl lamented that she did not know if she could ever trust another “Christian leader” again. How sad is that? Let’s pray that other single Christians will not be negatively affected by gay sex sins, or any other sins their leaders commit.

Ted Haggard’s Apology for Gay Sex Sin

The press is having fun hammering Pastor Ted’s gay sex admission, especially in light of his public opposition to homosexuality and gay marriage. However, most media outlets conveniently left out the heart of Haggard’s letter of apology to his church for his fall into gay sex. Therefore, we thought it would be good to show it here:

To my New Life Church family:I am so sorry. I am sorry for the disappointment, the betrayal, and the hurt. I am sorry for the horrible example I have set for you.I have an overwhelming, all-consuming sadness in my heart for the pain that you and I and my family have experienced over the past few days. I am so sorry for the circumstances that have caused shame and embarrassment to all of you.I asked that this note be read to you this morning so I could clarifymy heart’s condition to you. The last four days have been so difficult for me, my family and all of you, and I have further confused the situation with some of the things I’ve said during interviews with reporters who would catch me coming or going from my home. But I alone am responsible for the confusion caused by my inconsistent statements. 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 is a part of my life that is so repulsive and dark that I’ve been warring against it all of my adult life.

For extended periods of time, I would enjoy victory and rejoice in freedom. Then, from time to time, the dirt that I thought was gone would resurface, and I would find myself thinking thoughts and experiencing desires that were contrary to everything I believe and teach.

Through the years, I’ve sought assistance in a variety of ways, with none of them proving to be effective in me. Then, because of pride, I began deceiving those I love the most because I didn’t want to hurt or disappoint them.

The public person I was wasn’t a lie; it was just incomplete. When I stopped communicating about my problems, the darkness increased and finally dominated me. As a result, I did things that were contrary to everything I believe.

The accusations that have been leveled against me are not all true, but enough of them are true that I have been appropriately and lovingly removed from ministry. Our church’s overseers have required me to submit to the oversight of Dr. James Dobson, Pastor Jack Hayford, and Pastor Tommy Barnett. Those men will perform a thorough analysis of my mental, spiritual, emotional, and physical life. They will guide me through a program with the goal of healing and restoration for my life, my marriage, and my family.

I created this entire situation. The things that I did opened the door for additional allegations . But I am responsible; I alone need to be disciplined and corrected. An example must be set.

It is important that you know how much I love and appreciate my wife, Gayle. What I did should never reflect in a negative way on her relationship with me. She has been and continues to be incredible. The problem is not with her, my children or any of you. It was created 100 percent by me.

I have been permanently removed from the office of Senior Pastor of New Life Church. Until a new senior pastor is chosen, our Associate Senior Pastor Ross Parsley will assume all of the the responsibilities of the office. On the day he accepted this new role, he and his wife, Aimee, had a new baby boy. A new life in the midst of this circumstance – I consider the confluence of events to be prophetic. Please commit to join with Pastor Ross and the others in church leadership to make their service to you easy and without burden. They are fine leaders. You are blessed.

I appreciate your loving and forgiving nature, and I humbly ask you to do a few things.

1.) Please stay faithful to God through service and giving.

2.) Please forgive me. I am so embarrassed and ashamed. I caused this and I have no excuse. I am a sinner. I have fallen. I desperately need to be forgiven and healed.

3.) Please forgive my accuser. He is revealing the deception and sensuality that was in my life. Those sins, and others, need to be dealt with harshly. So, forgive him and, actually, thank God for him. I am trusting that his action will make me, my wife and family, and ultimately all of you, stronger. He didn’t violate you; I did.

4.) Please stay faithful to each other. Perform your functions well. Encourage each other and rejoice in God’s faithfulness. Our church body is a beautiful body, and like every family, our strength is tested and proven in the midst of adversity. Because of the negative publicity I’ve created with my foolishness, we can now demonstrate to the world how our sick and wounded can be healed, and how even disappointed and betrayed church bodies can prosper and rejoice.

Gayle and I need to be gone for a while. We will never return to a leadership role at New Life Church. In our hearts, we will always be members of this body. We love you as our family. I know this situation will put you to the test. I’m sorry I’ve created the test, but please rise to this challenge and demonstate the incredible grace that is available to all of us.

Ted Haggard

Pastor Haggard’s gay sex confession was heartwrenching and raw. And it was all somehow very refreshing to finally hear the truth stripped of all excuses, and laid bare for all to see. Okay, Haggard was caught like a rat, and lied at first. But he eventually did come clean in a humble way about his gay sex encounters and struggles. He didn’t have to do this.
Look, was Haggard being a hypocrite for making public stands against the homosexual lifestyle, while at the same time engaging in gay sex? Yes. Did he commit a grievious sin as a minister of of Jesus Christ? Yes again.

How Pastor Haggard Affects Us

After I read Pastor Ted’s apology, the Lord convicted me in several areas:

  • Many of us, including myself, have judged Pastor Haggard over his gay sex affair. But do we have have need to confess secret sins as well? Now that was a scary thought!
  • Am I truly willing to forgive Pastor Haggard, and better yet, Christian close to us who have done us wrong?

Bible Verses of Day

“Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.” Matthew 7:1-5

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