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November 6, 2006

'Pastor' Haggard To His Lap Dogs: 'I am a deceiver and a liar'

Topics: Faith

ted_haggard_110306_FRESH.jpgI'm a firm believer of forgiving the sinner but not forgetting the sin when it comes to someone using his faith for financial or political gain, or in Haggard's case - both - and then some. When you take into account the hypocrisy of this man, he and his actions are absolutely inexcusable. But so are those of his followers. They act like lap dogs, and they've given the left wing media fodder for a field day:

In the hush of a Sunday morning, believers grieved, struggled and forgave as their pastor, the Rev. Ted Haggard, confessed his sins.

"I am a deceiver and a liar," Haggard told 9,000 of his followers in a letter read from the pulpit of New Life Church by one of his spiritual mentors. "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."

[...] Men wiped at their eyes. Women clung to one another. A grandfather hugged his baby grandson close, rubbing the boy's small back. Haggard had founded this church in his basement. He had grown it to a congregation of 14,000. He had guided them to God and helped them triumph over sin, and he had done it always with a smile, ever exuberant, ever strong.

They wept to hear what he'd been hiding.

[...] The congregation rose as one. For a long minute, they stood, applauding, sniffling. Interim senior pastor Ross Parsley bounded to the podium. "Listen," he said, "we all feel worse than we did a week ago. But we were worse off a week ago. Today, we all are more obedient, more repentant, more transparent than we've been in a long time."

Here and there in the vast sanctuary, members of Haggard's congregation called out: "Amen."

Afterward, in the lobby, many worshipers echoed Parsley's words. Some were angry at Ted Haggard; many were bewildered. But all said that their faith was not shaken; it was renewed. They would hold fast to all Haggard had taught them over the years, including his preaching that homosexual behavior is an affront to God.

"He believes that what he taught us is true," said Carol Groesbeck, 61.

"I don't think there's anything that needs to be reevaluated," said her husband, Jim, 61, an elder at New Life Church. "We know what we believe, but it's difficult to live that out. That's not just Ted's struggle. It's our struggle."

They're all eating it up - "hook, lyin, and sinker." Amen to whatever you say, brother - here, take another dollar. This crap doesn't have anything to do with faith in God; it's all about faith in their cult leader and their own emotions.

The guy certainly has grande cojones to even send a letter to the congregation to be read in church, even though the letter speaks more to his wanting to save his financial ass (no pun intended here) than to do with gaining any "saving" grace. Nothing is worse than a religious "leader" playing a gullible congregation like a fiddle for his own personal benefit, and no one else's.

If Haggard's New Life Church members and it's leadership, along with Haggard's "spiritual mentor(s)" let this bum get away with his betrayal to them and his faith, they're no more Christian than he is - they're all simply sect members following their leader like blind little sheep. There's always room for forgiveness, but there should never be reasons for rewarding selfish, self-centered, immorality - founded on the pursuit of power, financial gain (I'd love to know what this bastard's financial compensation amounts to), and lust for the bizarre.

Surely I'm at the very top of the list of jerks that have made ethical, moral, and sinful misjudgments, you could probably put me in the top ten list of all-time sinners. But so-called religious leaders like Haggard, as well as their gullible followers that act like lap dogs, act more like followers of their own made-up ideology based upon emotion, than followers of Christ and his teachings. If I had a vote, which I don't and wouldn't want, I'd say that the "New Life" Church is less about God and more about cultism. These people have simply lost the same sense of morality and reason as their pastor.

And just think, this rant is coming from a Christian neocon. One can only imagine what the Left is thinking - and Haggard has certainly given them plenty of reasons to rightfully rant on this, themselves. Haggard's actions are indefensible and should be forgotten or overlooked.

And yes, I am against gay marriage. Marriage is between a male human being and a female human being, not between same sex couples or a man and tree.

Related: Ted Haggard's letter of confession to New Life Church

Posted by Richard at November 6, 2006 7:25 AM

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