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CNN -- Evangelical pastor Ted Haggard described Thursday as "fundamentally true" an assertion that he engaged in an inappropriate relationship with a year-old male volunteer in But he grabbed a bottle of lotion and started masturbating. Haas added, " Haggard used to say to me, 'You know what, Grant, you can become a man of God, and you can have a little bit of fun on the side.
Ted Haggard is back and about to start preaching again. Haggard, once America's leading evangelical pastor, who was brought down and removed from his own mega-church after admitting to a gay sex scandal, has set up a new ministry and will hold the first service in his new church today. We have forgiveness.
Haggard resigned from his church and the [National Association of Evangelicals] in the wake of accusations of drug use and a sexual relationship with a man in Denver. More accusers came forward. The Haggard revelations were like catnip for so many of us since he was arguably the most influential evangelical leader of the time and a key voice for the anti-gay-rights movement.
The marriage troubles of Ted and Gayle Haggard, pictured inmade national headlines in when then-evangelical leader Ted Haggard admitted to a gay extramarital affair with a male prostitute. Gayle Haggard was living the life of her dreams. She was married to the senior pastor of a thriving church with thousands of members, a mother of five, and a faith leader in her own right.
Forced by a gay sex scandal to resign as president of the National Association of Evangelicals, the Rev. Haggard once led. The church official, the Rev.
In fact, earlier today, he'd read a Bible passage describing the ways in which two of Christ's disciples handled their respective disloyalties. Judas' suicide, Haggard believes, served the interests of church leaders, while Peter's recovery enabled him to go on and expose the religious hierarchy's own deceptions. It was the path of Judas the Bible's best-known traitor in which Haggard the Evangelical church's best-known exile nearly followed.
Haggard made national headlines in November when male prostitute and masseur Mike Jones alleged that Haggard, who had advocated against the legalization of same-sex marriage, had paid him for sex for three years and had also purchased and used crystal methamphetamine. After initially denying the allegations, Haggard claimed to have purchased methamphetamine and thrown it away without using it. Haggard resigned his post at New Life Church and his other leadership roles shortly after the allegations became public. Later, Haggard admitted to having used drugs, participated in some sexual activity with Jones, and engaged in an inappropriate relationship with a young man who attended New Life Church.
The Rev. But he did say that he had visited the prostitute for a massage and later called him more than once to buy methamphetamine -- a drug used in some gay circles to heighten sexual sensation. I bought it.