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What Ted Haggard's Fall Could Teach Christians

"There is a part of my life that is so repulsive and dark that I've been warring against it all my adult life." -- Rev. Ted Haggard


Contact: Ermias Alemayehu, Director of Public Relations, BOND, 323-782-1980, 213-804-1872, bond@bondinfo.org


MEDIA ADVISORY, Nov. 20 /Christian Newswire/ -- The following are excerpts from an article written by Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson, published by World Net Daily.  Rev. Peterson is available for interviews.


"Rev. Haggard headed up the14,000-member New Life Church, based in Colorado. Haggard was also president of the National Evangelical Association, influencing some 30 million Christians. Ted Haggard – married with 5 children – fought for a ban on same-sex marriage this past election until he was 'outed' by the prostitute.


"After admitting to some of the allegations, Haggard agreed to temporarily step aside as the head of the church. But he and his wife were later informed that the church board has recommended he be permanently removed.


"Haggard's judgment and anger opened the door to allow evil to enter into him at a time when he didn't realize what had made a home in him. This evil spirit drives Haggard and drives most people, until they repent and are born of the spirit of God.


"I'm not saying what Haggard did was right, nor am I trying to justify his actions, but I believe that allowing this man to openly discuss his struggles will benefit Christians greatly.


"Like most Christians, Rev. Haggard did not know how to fight this spiritual battle. The demons plaguing Haggard plague us all. We all do things we'd never want exposed as Haggard's darkness has been exposed. We must recognize this, and come to 'know thyself.'


"To isolate Rev. Ted Haggard is in essence to condemn him – and it robs Christians of the opportunity to find freedom from their own sins."


The entire World Net Daily article is available at: What Ted Haggard's Fall Could Teach Christians.


The Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson is founder and president of BOND, the Brotherhood Organization of A New Destiny, and author of Scam: How the Black Leadership Exploits Black America.