Friday, June 04, 2010
See the link here that covers the story more in depth.
Whose Haggard targeting for membership:
"everybody is welcome: Democrat, Republican, independent, gays, straight, bi, tall, short, addicts and recovering addicts."
Further, "St. James is a church for sinners — people who have hit rock bottom and people who want to help people who have hit rock bottom"
Now I have no doubt that Ted Haggard is restored in his Faith. And I think him being fully restored as a Christian is an awesome testament to the mercy of Christ.
But should this man pastor a church again? Are there sins too "big" to recover a pastoral position for?
I myself am really undecided. I guess I would say that if Haggard is genuine in what he says in the article, then his passion for the broken is so commendable. Could it not be that God is making good what Satan intended for evil, and thus Haggard now will help reconcile people who are truly desperate for God? People that Haggard would have overlooked before his fall?
But yet again, I myself could not envision myself sitting under Ted Haggard as pastor. I couldn't get past his past. And that would no doubt be my fault.
Posted by Joel Riley at 9:11 AM