Speaking out two years after being embroiled in a gay sex scandal, former evangelical pastor Ted Haggard said Friday his sexual identity is complex and can't be put into "stereotypical boxes," but that his relationship with his wife is stronger than ever.
In an interview with The Associated Press, Haggard did not rule out a return to public life or the pulpit. He spoke before he appeared before TV critics in Los Angeles to promote The Trials of Ted Haggard, an HBO documentary on Haggard's exile after his confession to "sexual immorality" and fall as a top evangelical leader.
"I am guilty. I am responsible," Haggard, 52, said Friday in a phone interview. "I got off track, and I am deeply sorry and I repent ... I'm moving along in a positive direction."...
John E. Jones wrote: He should have never been nor should he ever be in a pulpit. If he had any respect for the office of an overseer or the glory of God, he would not even consider returning to any leadership in the body of Christ. Just like Swaggart the only reason he stopped what he was doing because he was caught not because he felt conviction to turn.
I couldn't agree more. It would bring reproach on the name of Christ to allow him to return to a leadership position. Forgiveness should be enough to satisfy Mr. Haggard for the rest of his life and into eternity.
Some churches won't even allow a husband to serve if married to a wife who has been previously married and divorced through no fault of her own.
1 Tim 3:1-6 3:1 It is a trustworthy statement: if any man aspires to the office of overseer, it is a fine work he desires to do. 2 An overseer, then, must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, temperate, prudent, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, 3 not addicted to wine or pugnacious, but gentle, uncontentious, free from the love of money. 4 He must be one who manages his own household well, keeping his children under control with all dignity 5(but if a man does not know how to manage his own household, how will he take care of the church of God?); 6 and not a new convert, lest he become conceited and fall into the condemnation incurred by the devil NAS
It is not a question of repentance and being a simple return. Rather it is a question of his qualifications in the first place. He can not manage his own life or his household. He is not respectable and was addicted to worse than wine. He should have never been nor should he ever be in a pulpit. If he had any respect for the office of an overseer or the glory of God, he would not even consider returning to any leadership in the body of Christ. Just like Swaggart the only reason he stopped what he was doing because he was caught not because he felt conviction to turn.
It is a little hard to accept Haggard returning to ministry but we are on dangerous ground if we elevate his sin above our own. We are all sinners, every single one of us. I hope that he leaves his charismatic christianity behind him along with his fleshly sodomite lusts, and comes under the authority of a solid reformed bible believing church that elevates no man as he was elevated. Obviously in his previous church the call for repentance was drowned out with rock worship and tongue babbling. Only when we submit ourselves to God's Word will we be sanctified.