Posted by: Apostolic Oneness Pentecostals | November 12, 2008

Ted Haggard – I Restore You My Brother…Now Get Baptised In Jesus Name!

Galatians 6:1
Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.

Ok saints, now this is old news however there was a story today on Good Morning America that prompted me to post this. I personally wanted to say that I restore him however if he is going to start preaching again, he needs to be preaching THE TRUTH and not that false doctrine of the trinity. Ted, get baptised in Jesus Name and YOU my dear brother will truly be on your way to heaven.

Ted Haggard, the disgraced former evangelical leader, recently broke his silence on the second anniversary of the scandal that brought him down.He gave a pair of sermons at a small church in Illinois where the pastor is an old friend of his.

“The first thing I want you to know is I sinned,” Haggard began.

Haggard’s comments were quite revealing. And they were recorded on audiotape. And put on the Internet.

Haggard told the congregation that a sexual incident with a man when he was 7 years old may be related to the scandal involving a male prostitute and crystal meth use that cost him his job two years ago.

“My dad was pretty successful,” Haggard said. “He had a lot of workers. One of those workers had a sexual experience with me. I was 7 years old.”

Haggard said that incident stayed with him throughout his life.

Ted Arthur Haggard (June 27, 1956) is a former American evangelical preacher. Known as Pastor Ted to the congregations he served, he is the founder and former pastor of the New Life Church in Colorado Springs, Colorado; a founder of the Association of Life-Giving Churches; and was leader of the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) from 2003[1] until November 2006.

In November 2006, he resigned or was removed from all of his leadership positions after he admitted soliciting prostitute Mike Jones for homosexual sex and methamphetamine. Initially Haggard denied even knowing Mike Jones, but as a media investigation proceeded he acknowledged that some allegations, such as his purchase of methamphetamine, were true. He later added “sexual immorality” to his list of confessions.[2]

After the scandal was publicized, Haggard entered three weeks of intensive counseling, overseen by four ministers. On February 6, 2007 one of those ministers, Tim Ralph, stated that Haggard “is completely heterosexual.”[3] Ralph later said he meant to say that therapy “gave Ted the tools to help to embrace his heterosexual side.”[4]

In November 2006, prostitute and masseur Mike Jones alleged that Haggard had paid Jones to engage in sex with him for three years and had also purchased and used crystal methamphetamine.[29] Jones said he had only recently learned of Haggard’s true identity, and explained his reasons for coming forward by saying, “It made me angry that here’s someone preaching against gay marriage and going behind the scenes having gay sex.”

Haggard acknowledged some, but not all, of the allegations, and was removed from all of his leadership positions in religious organizations, including the church he founded. [30] At first, however, he claimed he had never met his accuser and in a television interview said “I am steady with my wife. I’m faithful to my wife.”[31] But on November 5, in a statement Haggard 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.”[32]

Allegations

On November 1, 2006, Mike Jones stated that Haggard (whom Jones knew as “Art”; Haggard’s middle name is Arthur) had paid for sex with him on an almost monthly basis over the previous three years. Jones contends the relationship was strictly physical, not emotional, and that he was typically paid a “couple of hundred dollars” but sometimes Haggard would pay him extra. Haggard was a “bottom“, according to Jones.[33] [34]

Jones also stated “[Haggard] had told me he loved snorting meth before [he] has sex with his wife” and that Haggard had also revealed a fantasy he had of having an orgy with “about six young college guys ranging from 18 to 22 in age.”[35]

Jones claims Haggard had often used drugs in front of him,[33] but he said he never actually sold drugs to Haggard but instead introduced him to someone, from whom he could purchase them.

About two years ago he asked, “Hey, Mike, what do you know about meth?” “I don’t do it personally, but I know people who do.” I told him that some people think it enhances their sexual experience. He asked if I could help him get some. I located someone he could connect with. After that, he got it on his own. The last time he saw me, he was trying to get some and couldn’t, which resulted in him sending me money through the mail in August, postmarked Colorado Springs. He wrote “Art” on the corner of the envelope. I just read that his middle name is Arthur….[36]

Jones said he made his outing allegations against Haggard in response to Haggard’s political support for a Colorado Amendment 43 on the November 7, 2006 Colorado ballot that would ban same-sex marriage in that state. Jones told ABC News, “I had to expose the hypocrisy. He is in the position of influence of millions of followers, and he’s preaching against gay marriage. But behind everybody’s back [he’s] doing what he’s preached against.”[35] Jones hoped that his statements would sway voters.[37]

Voice analysis expert Richard Sanders compared the voice of Haggard from a television interview to that of the voicemails released by Jones and announced preliminary results stating that the voice on the voicemail is most likely that of Haggard. According to an article from KUSA, “Sanders makes his decision by comparing the resonance of the voice, the play of one’s tongue and the inflection of vowel sounds.”[38]

Jones volunteered to take a polygraph test on a KHOW radio show hosted by Peter Boyles, where Jones first made the allegations. However, Jones’s responses during the section of the polygraph test about whether he had engaged in sex with Haggard indicated deception. The test administrator, John Kresnik, discounted the test results because of Jones’s stress and lack of eating or sleeping. Regardless, Haggard responded by saying “We’re so grateful that he failed a polygraph test this morning, my accuser did.” Jones was not asked questions about drug use. Jones expressed doubt that he would retake the test, saying “I’ve made my point. He’s the one who has discredited himself. He should admit it and move on.”[39]


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