Ted Haggard and the accusations

Embattled national evangelical leader the Rev. Ted Haggard admitted Friday that he bought methamphetamines and received a massage from a gay prostitute, but denies he ever used the drug or had sex with the man. “I bought it for myself but never used it,” Haggard told reporters gathered outside his home. “I was tempted but I never used it.” Haggard, 50, a married father of five, who resigned his post as head of the thirty million member National Association of Evangelicals, said he never had sex with Mike Jones, a 49-year-old gay escort who claims to have had a drug-laced three year tryst with Haggard.

In this video Haggard admits to buying the drugs and went for a massage but denies having sex with the accuser. The audio of one of the voicemails is now available. (HT: JT for video and voicemail).

 

What can we do? I think the Christian community should pray for him, his wife, children and congregation.

 

Mark Driscoll shares very important practical suggestions to fellow Christians,

 

  • The only way to stay away from sin is to stay close to Jesus….
  • Most pastors I know do not have satisfying, free, sexual conversations and liberties with their wives….
  • Every pastor needs a pastor….
  • No church should tolerate sexual sin among its leaders….
  • Pastors have the right to protect their own home….
  • Churches should consider returning to heterosexual male assistants who are like Timothy and Titus to serve alongside pastors….
  • Pastors need to protect their email and have it screened for accountability….
  • Pastors need to carefully protect their cell phone number….
  • Pastors must speak freely and frankly with their wives about their temptations….
  • Pastors must not travel alone; the anonymity and fatigue of the road is too great a temptation for many men….
  • Any pastor who is drifting toward serious sexual sin should have the courage, love for God, devotion to his family, and respect for his church to simply fall on his sword and resign before he goes down in flames….
  • Lastly, the big issue is a love and fear of God…

Steve at Triablogue says that “The downfall of Haggard is only significant if we allow the enemies of the gospel and the chattering classes to assign it a wholly artificial significance and foist that upon the rest of us. If we permit them to redefine us. The media is addicted to the cult of celebrity and the cult of personality. And they are welcome to their infatuations and soap opera scandals.”

Phil at Pyro offered some initial thoughts.

La Shawn Barbers commented on the issue as well.

It seems that the blogosphere has a way to attract comments when it has to do with rumors, gossips or scandals. If only it could generate that amount for theological issues.

Update: Letters to the congregation by Ted Haggard and Gayle Haggard (HT: JT)

Challies wrote on the scandal as well.

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One Response

  1. The full text of the Driscoll post is here:
    http://theresurgence.com/md_blog_2006-11-03_evangelical_leader_quits

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