-Ted Haggard Has “Over-repented” and Gone Viral?

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Wow. Ted Haggard is in the midst of starting a new church. Here is one of the comments he made to his new congregation:

"Tiger Woods needs to golf. Michael Vick needs to be playing football.  Ted Haggard needs to be leading a church”

Really?

In a recent interview with the Wall Street Journal that has since gone ‘viral’ on the Internet he said:

“I over-repented”

-For his extra-marital relationship with male escort Mike Jones and using drugs?

Exactly what does that mean? Does that mean that he should have kept on pastoring anyway? Seems to be implying that. What about the Biblical requirements for Christian leaders?

I truly believe that grace trumps judgment when repentance is present. But ‘over-repentance’? –never heard of it.

What do you think out there? Does Ted belong back in the pulpit? The four pastors who were supervising Haggard’s recovery do not think so:

"we cannot endorse his return to vocational ministry."

Also, it seems rather lame to me to start a new church in the same community where his old church is. Particularly after he agreed to leave the area and his old church supported him and his family with that stipulation for a couple of years. Why not start over some place else where a new church and pastor are actually needed?  

I know that in the dominate American culture today sin is no longer recognized. However this doesn’t even pass the ‘smell test’ among unbelievers. It isn’t the sin that bothers most of those folks but the hypocrisy of it all.

But what ever happened to an understanding of sin in the church? Sadly in the American church today so many seem to be going the way of the culture with the only caveat being that everyone makes mistakes but Grace covers it all and once saved always saved? Now this applies to a fallen pastor also? 200 folks in his new congregation seem to think so.            *Top

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One Response to -Ted Haggard Has “Over-repented” and Gone Viral?

  1. The authenticity of a person’s profession of faith in Christ has always been in the fruits generated by the person. Mr. Haggard’s fruit continues to be odious. It simply reveals what has always been in the heart-a true lack of belief and repentance. A true believer who has an urgent sense of dealing with his own sin would never use such a term as ‘over-repentance” but rather would go in the opposite direction and think that he hadn’t repented enough.

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