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Ted Haggard Charges

If the charges against Ted Haggard turn out to be true, how should the Christian community respond to leaders like this?

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Jack, Joseph was falsely accused. Apples to Oranges!!

However one may want to research Ted's ministry and teaching. He got himself into the ungodly teaching of false signs and wonders etc... I believe he opened himself right up to a demonic stronghold in and over him.

Jack, when we become saved, we are acually set free from the powers of sin. We don't actuall go after NEW kinds of sin we hadn't indulged in before...Drugs...sexual perversion. So exactly WHERE did this ungodly relationship begin...before his salvation...and he kept his life a secret???

There's an old saying....if your going to play with a rattle snake, it will bite you....if you lie around with dirty dogs, you will get feas.

---kathr4453 on 11/8/08

Ministers are people.

People are sinners.

Is it so surprising when sinners sin?

Christians should respond to this man in exactly they same way they want others to respond to them should their sins be found out--or even accused. (Think of Joseph and Mrs. Potiphar.)
---Jack on 11/7/08

He should step down and not get behind a pulpit again if he struggles in this area of his life.
---Alan on 11/20/07

I live in a neighboring state. Many churches would travel to T.Haggard's church for meetings. My church prayer partner would not go, discerned something was very wrong for a long time, wouldn't even watch him on television. Just the day before the fall, 'partner' said something very wrong there. Heard news in the morning. 'Church' needs discernment, it is a gift from God.
Sheep blindly following can be eaten in the process.
---Anonymous on 11/7/06

The words of the Propeht Samuel come down the portals of time: "by this deed thou hast given great occasion to the enemies of the LORD to blaspheme" (2 Samuel 12:14). The issue regarding Ted Haggard is not what may happen to the "religious right" or what may come upon evanjellycalism (deliberate spelling), but that the name of the Holy God of Heaven has been blasphemed.
---David on 11/6/06

He who is without sin cast the first stone. We should forgive him and pray for his restoration. However, I think the world (unbelievers) will want to see him punished. Judgement begins in the house of God, and the world is right behind it. I forgive the man and will be praying for him to be restored and filled with Jesus's love and compassion and to know what's right and what's wrong to do while on a pulpit like he was.
---Donna9759 on 11/6/06

I think that Christians should respond to Pastor Ted with forgiveness, but only after he confesss and ask for forgiveness. I don't find his denials credible. He says he paid a male prostitute for a "massage" and bought meth but didn't use it. I know we are not to judge him, but it is said "by their fruits ye shall know them." Repentence must precede forgiveness.
---Brother_Lon on 11/6/06

Triggerman, free agency God gave them? I'm not sure I understand. Not all of us personally attack or judge gay people.
---AlwaysOn on 11/5/06

Forbidden fruit creates many jams.
---R.A. on 11/5/06

1 Corinthians 1:18
For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.
---James on 11/5/06

If anything good can come out of this kind of situation, wherever the whole truth is, maybe it could be that any Christian leader, National or local, will be sure that when people look at them they do not see smug superiority, but see meekness, and compassion.
---Geraldine on 11/4/06

So if that is the standard for making comments about people that are human, why is it okay for we christians to deny gays the free agency god gave them and why do we then attack them personally and judge them?
---triggerman6 on 11/4/06

There may well be people on these blogs who are even now choosing the rocks they intend to throw when given the chance, but think about these two things?

1. Consider who is it who made the accusation? Is he the kind of person you'd tend to believe?

2. How does one DISPROVE such charges?

Knowing what crystal meth does, I don't understand how Haggard was tempted to try it, but I'm not tempted by recreational drugs, anyway. The FACT is he claims he did not use them, even when purchased.
---Jack on 11/4/06

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