Ex-Haggard Counselor: We Wish He Would Not Do This

The Ted Haggard story continues to play out – sometimes in not so positive ways.  According to the Christian Post, A member of Ted Haggard’s now-defunct restoration team says he and the others wish the former megachurch pastor would have followed their counsel rather than doing what he is now.  After just 14 months, Haggard asked to end the team’s oversight of his recovery program despite the overseers’ belief that “the process of restoring … is incomplete.”  The story continues: Though Haggard claims that he has felt God’s touch in his life more in the past three years than in the previous 30, his decision to not only
return to Colorado Springs but to gather what could potentially be the “nucleus” of a new church just one mile away from New Life has been met with disapproval from some camps.  “The irony of all of this is that, from the very beginning, Mr. Haggard had been counseled to go to another city, complete his restoration program, experience healing in his family and with his addiction, and only then begin again.

So why do I post this story?  There are good people on both sides of the issue, indicating just how difficult the restoration process can be.  In a world where too many pastors experience moral failure but never miss a day in the pulpit, or at the other extreme people would have someone spend the rest of their lives repenting, I think it’s worth discussing.  As far as the perception in the culture, striking a balance of grace with taking these issues seriously can be difficult to find.

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  1. Thanks for posting this.  I know first hand that it’s not easy to be led through or to guide someone through a restoration process. And while sin and failure are real, too often we push them to the sidelines and only react when things have gone too far. 

    Somehow as a culture we have to learn healtheier ways of handling ourselves and each other in times of moral failure.  I think we at the church can be willfully ignorant of how to respond to these complex issues.  I don’t know the details of his particular process, but I do feel that this topic isn’t disucssed nearly enough in the context of how we can handle this better. 

    It is my hope that whatever choices he makes that he keeps a healthy support system and that he is surrounded with grace and truth. 

  2. The phrase: “now-defunct restoration team” to me is where my flag extends. 

    When or how he does what he does is one thing- but this real issue is continuing with support, counsel, and accountability.

  3. It’s really too bad that Haggard continued to live in denial of the fact that he is a homosexual, or at the very least, bi-sexual.  Instead, he continues to parade around, lying to himself and others, and spreading the lie that homosexuality is evil and sinful.  It’s too bad that Christians live in the Dark Ages.  One day the world will be rid of this cancer known as “Christianity”.  That will be a day worth celebrating!

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