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Update: Ted Haggard, Disgraced Pastor Now Insurance Salesman!

November 23, 2008

This was a story that caught my attention.

Ted Haggard once ran a ultra-conservative mega-church, but was caught with a male escort.   I might add that he was also the President of the National Association Of Evangelicals.  WHOOPS!  That can’t be right to the good ole boys.  He was removed faster than a weegie board at a Baptist Camp Meeting.   But then after all these months what has happened to Ted Haggard?  I found out today.

Earlier this month, a guest took the pulpit at Open Bible Fellowship in Morrison, Ill., a 350-member church surrounded by cornfields. The speaker was an insurance salesman from Colorado named Ted Haggard.

The former superstar pastor, disgraced two years ago in a sex-and-drugs scandal, had returned — this time as a Christian businessman preaching a message that was equal parts contrition and defiance. Haggard linked his fall to being molested in second grade and apologized again.

His two sermons were posted, fleetingly, on Haggard’s Web site under one word: “Alive!”

While his exact plans remain unclear, Haggard is unmistakably making himself a public figure again, nine months after his former church said he walked away from an oversight process meant to restore him.

The man who confessed to being a “a deceiver and a liar” is asking for another hearing, finding encouragement from a loyal circle of supporters, skepticism from those evangelical leaders who think it’s premature and complex emotions at the Colorado Springs church he betrayed.

Haggard, 52, resigned as president of the 30 million-member National Association of Evangelicals and was fired from New Life Church amid allegations that he paid a male prostitute for sex and used methamphetamine.

As part of a severance package with his former church, Haggard agreed to leave Colorado Springs for a period and not speak publicly about the scandal, church officials said at the time. But he never really disappeared, making news when he relocated his family to Arizona and solicited financial support in an e-mail.

Haggard’s plea for funds was rebuked by a three-pastor team overseeing his “restoration” — a healing process that doesn’t necessarily mean a public return. In February, New Life Church announced that Haggard had prematurely ended that relationship.

One restoration team member, H.B. London, said a return to vocational ministry in less than four or five years would be dangerous for Haggard, his family, former church and Colorado Springs.

“To sit on the sidelines for a person with that kind of personality and gifting is probably like being paralyzed,” said London, who counsels pastors through a division of Focus on the Family, the Colorado Springs-based conservative Christian group. “If Mr. Haggard and others like him feel like they have a call from God, they rationalize that their behavior does not change that call.”

9 Comments
  1. FreeThinker permalink
    March 31, 2009 12:18 AM

    Gents, thats what happens for telling a 2000yr old tale, lie about your identity and values..

  2. KingDavid permalink
    February 16, 2009 4:43 AM

    Ted, Tell the truth about your true sexual self. That is your only way to God’s heart. If you are gay, you must live that out, for lies will only bring you and others pain in the long run, and block you from God’s love by your own lie. God will never block his love to you, but you will block your love to God if you do not fess up completely to your true self. Best to you.

    K

  3. Bobby Mather permalink
    February 10, 2009 3:59 PM

    To. ted haggard.

    People just need to leave you alone. God has forgiven him why can’t these so-called Christian. Jimmy Swaggard got forgiven, and now preaching. Ted haggard, you are the man, the men of God.

  4. Mona permalink
    January 28, 2009 8:00 PM

    Ay Bendito!

  5. ferrellgummitt permalink
    November 24, 2008 12:02 PM

    Ted needs to realize that he can’t get back to the top anymore. He feels the call to preach fine. If he expects to get back to the National Assn of Evangelicals. Forget it. They will forgive but they will not forget. If he has seen the light, he should find a small congregation and go from there.

    He also needs to learn from the lessons of Jim Bakker and Jimmy Swaggart…

  6. Dennis permalink
    November 24, 2008 7:52 AM

    “I guess that is what happens when you bring disgrace to God and sleep with men, He will punish you”

    No, that is what happens when you live a lie and make money by deception. Haggard is obviously bisexual, probably a sexual addict. His immersion in conservative politics and fundamentalism came about as a result of his self loathing. His fall from grace had absolutely nothing to do with god’s wrath or bringing disgrace to god. Nothing.

    He just got caught.

    Go read some books.

  7. November 23, 2008 10:27 PM

    What did your parents do to gain God’s wrath?

  8. notalib permalink
    November 23, 2008 8:17 PM

    I guess that is what happens when you bring disgrace to God and sleep with men, He will punish you,

  9. Terrence permalink
    November 23, 2008 8:16 PM

    What’s Barney Frank up to these days? Or does that not ring any bells?

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