Did anyone tell Dobson that he CONFESSED?
Evangelical pastor confesses to ‘some’ accusations
President of the National Association of Evangelicals, Ted Haggard, accused of participating in a three-year homosexual affair and drug use
Friday, November 03, 2006
by Spero News
Rev. Ted Haggard, Evangelical Senior Pastor of New Life Church in Colorado Springs, has confessed to some of the accusations against him according to Rev. Ross Parsley, who is serving as Acting Senior Pastor of the 14,000-member Protestant church.
Rev. Ted Haggard, a key Evangelical in the religious right and president of the National Association of Evangelicals, said in a statement that he placed himself on administrative leave “pending investigation, spiritual counsel, and a decision by the church’s board of overseers” after he was accused of using drugs and participating in a three-year homosexual relationship.
After he resigned, the board of overseers met with Haggard. “It is important for you to know that he confessed to the overseers that some of the accusations against him are true,” said Parsley in an e-mail to the congregation.
Ted Haggard is married and has five children and has vociferously opposed gay marriage.
Time Magazine included Pastor Haggard in their list of the 25 Most Influential Evangelicals in America. The Wall Street Journal noted his advisory role with the Bush White House, calling him one “of the nation’s most politically influential” clergy, and Harper’s Magazine wrote, “No pastor in America holds more sway over the political direction of evangelicalism than does Pastor Ted.
Jones said he had advertised himself as an escort on the internet and that a man who called himself Art contacted him. Arthur is Haggard’s middle name. Jones said he later saw the man on television identified as Haggard.
Jones also said Haggard used methamphetamines during their encounters.
Focus on the Family founder and Chairman James Dobson, said in a statement addressing the allegation by a male prostitute in Denver that Ted Haggard was one of his clients. “It is unconscionable that the legitimate news media would report a rumor like this based on nothing but one man’s accusation. Ted Haggard is a friend of mine and it appears someone is trying to damage his reputation as a way of influencing the outcome of Tuesday’s election — especially the vote on Colorado’s marriage-protection amendment — which Ted strongly supports.
“He has shown a great deal of grace under these unfortunate circumstances, quickly turning this matter over to his church for an independent investigation,” Dobson said, “That is a testament to the character I have seen him exhibit over and over again through the years.””
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A photo of him is HERE.