Skip to comments.Disgraced evangelical leader Ted Haggard supports same-sex 'marriage'
Posted on 10/23/2012 4:57:20 PM PDT by Morgana
COLORADO SPRINGS, October 22, 2012, (LifeSiteNews.com) Ted Haggard, the megachurch leader whose dalliances with a male prostitute toppled him from his church in 2006, has now endorsed same-sex marriage.
I dont think the state has any role dictating or mandating morality, he said. Though we would oppose that in our churches, [same-sex weddings] should be allowed by the state.
Haggard, who founded the 14,000-member New Life Church in Colorado Springs, served as president of the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) until he admitted that he paid male prostitute Mike Jones for sex, used crystal meth, and viewed pornography featuring men and women in 2006.
Haggard made his statement last Monday in a debate with Benjamin Hecht, an Orthodox Jewish rabbi who opposes redefining marriage. Hecht said the commandments of God also give insights into the social order and identify the nuclear family as the building block of society.
Last year, Haggard told GQ magazine that he would self-identify as bisexual but intends to remain faithful to his wife. Im 54, with children, with a belief system, and I can have enforced boundaries in my life, he said. I can be who I am and exclusively have sex with my wife and be perfectly satisfied.
In that same interview he said he opposed gay marriage, but supported domestic partner benefits.
In 2010, he started St. James Church, which he says welcomes homosexuals. Haggard said in launching the church in 2010 that he will not perform same-sex marriages, because Gods ideal plan for a marriage is the union of a man and a woman.
Gods ideal that all of us have our weight under control, he added.
Really? Then the State should leave hands off 'Thou shall not kill, steal..'
"I'm shocked, shocked I say."
Ping to Gamecock for his "lifestyles of the megachurch" ping list.
“lifestyles of the megachurch” ????????
Oh do tell!
"lifestyles of the megachurch"
Maybe the ping list would be more seeker sensitive if renamed!
Ted Haggard, Jimmy Swaggart, Jim Bakker......
Then there’s Mark Driscoll, from Seattle, who wrote a book about wanting butt sex from his wife...
A smorgasbord of previous "Pastor" Ted threads on FR: "Repentant" Ted Haggard to Make 'Groundbreaking' Announcement
Ted Haggard, wife to appear on 'Divorce Court'
Disgraced Evangelical Leader Ted Haggard Says He Struggles With Sexuality
Ted Haggard Speaks on Scandal for First Time
Church Says Haggard's Restoration 'Incomplete'
NAE Formally Names Leith Anderson President
Haggard Told To Get A Job
Disgraced Pastor Ted Haggard Asks Supporters for Cash
A new voice at New Life: Thousands offer warm approval to pastor trying for leadership post
Staff Cut After Sex Scandal Rocks Church [Ted Haggard's former church lays off 44 people]
Flags in Haggard's fall from grace
Pastor ends his gay phase [ Ted Haggard ]
Haggard says he's not gay [emerged from counseling, convinced he is "completely heterosexual"]
Haggard Now 'Completely Heterosexual'
HBO Filmmaker Liked Ted Haggard; He Wasnt The Usual 'Holy Roller Jesus Freak'
Sex, Drug Allegations Could Hurt Haggard's Writing
Haggard Assistant Admits Sexual Misconduct
Haggards church picks panel to look for successor
How Ted Haggard delivered control to the Democrats
Evangelist Admits to 'Sexual Immorality' [Ted Haggard / NAE]
Dr. James Dobson 'Heartsick' Over Haggard Allegations
Evangelist admits meth, massage, no sex
Evangelical Leaders Comment on Haggard Accusation
Evangelical pastor confesses to 'some' accusations [Ted Haggard / NAE]
Haggard stepping down amid gay affair inquiry
Evangelical Leaders Swing Influence Behind Effort to Combat Global Warming
Back before all of this broke I remember hearing Mr. Haggard in an interview of some sort.
He stated that it is easy to avoid sin, You just don’t do it. I guess he meant to say you create your own categories.
"So easy, even a pastor can do it!"