Ted Haggard, Pastor of New Life Church (NLC) and the head of the liberal National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) resigned his Pastorate today with a graphic confession. Frankly, until the MSM and the leftists decided to expose him, I never heard of him.
Haggard is a sinner as are we all. He proclaims that he is a believer in Christ.. If he believes his (NLC) Statement of faith record of the Bible, then I would guess he probably is a true Christian. But that is for the Lord to determine. However, liberal theology can muddy a clear Bible Doctrine. I have issues with some of his church doctrine which tends to touch on the charismatic error. Often such error leads one to doubt his assurance of salvation.
But does it matter that Haggard was caught? I feel for him and congratulate him for making the right decision to resign and acknowledge his sin before his congregation. I went through the similar agony as did his congregation.
Years ago the Pastor who led me to Jesus Christ, with a clear simple Gospel message, had an affair with a student. He resigned his position, divorced his wife and married the student. Shortly after, his wife developed Alzheimer’s disease and was remanded to the custody of her daughter. What a tragedy! What a shock to those of us who knew him.
Am I bitter? Honestly, I have a tough time forgetting his sin and the damage it did to my family personally and the thousands of the Body of Christ whom he had touched, but I’m not bitter.
I am thankful that my ex-Pastor has continued his life sharing salvation through Christ alone with whomever will listen.. but he realizes his organized ministry in a church is damaged and finished.
Does Haggard matter to me… No. The liberal trick of releasing this scandal just before the election probably will have little effect on discerning Conservative Christians, much to the dismay of the MSM’.
If Haggard has truly trusted in Jesus Christ alone for his salvation, then by the promise of God’s Word, he has eternal life, never to lose it. This specific sin was forgiven when Christ shed His blood on the cross, even before Haggard conceived the sin in his mind. God’s perfection was imputed to Haggard the moment he made his decision to trust Christ.
That is God’s Grace and His Love that “saved a wretch like me.”
And yes, we as believers, should pray for him and especially his wife and family.. They are in the eye of the scandal storm. His church family is in turmoil — so pray for them.