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How Ted Haggard delivered control to the Democrats ^ | 11/11/06 | By Charles McVety

Posted on 11/11/2006 12:38:04 AM PST by JohnHuang2

The Republican Party lost the mid-term elections primarily due to the war in Iraq; however, there were other contributing factors. According to the Pew Research Centre, 78 percent of evangelicals in the United States voted Republican in 2004. This week polls indicate that just 50 percent of evangelicals voted for the Republicans, and evangelical turnout was dramatically lower. The Democrats, with pro same-sex marriage, pro-abortion leader Nancy Pelosi, now control the legislative agenda of the U.S. government. How did this happen?

The Rev. Ted Haggard, the defrocked president of the National Association of Evangelicals led a two-year campaign to subject the evangelical church to the laws of global warming. The introduction of the earth movement has confused the church with neo-pagan teachings. In Romans Chapter 1, God warns us not to place creation over the Creator.

The global warming movement began at the 1992 U.N. Earth Summit where its director, Maurice Strong, started with the statement "We must therefore transform our attitudes and values, and adopt a renewed respect for the superior laws of divine nature." Strong subsequently passed several worldwide laws in 1997 known as the Kyoto Accord. In 1994, the U.N. commissioned Strong to write the Earth Covenant that was introduced in 2000 as the Earth Charter. The new edict was written on papyrus paper, placed in a replica of the Ark of the Covenant, ceremoniously ushered into the U.N. and called "the new 10 commandments," a "Global Ethic" that will transcend all religions and countries.

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Nearly two years ago, Rev. Haggard began his earth campaign as he threatened the Republican U.S. Senate, stating that he would turn the evangelicals against them if they refused to ratify global warming laws. On March 10, 2005, the New York Times described his efforts with the headline "Evangelical Leaders Swing Influence Behind Effort to Combat Global Warming." Haggard said in the article: "The question is, will evangelicals make a difference? And the answer is, the Senate thinks so. We do represent 30 million people, and we can mobilize them if we have to." Haggard's vice president, Richard Cizik, followed by saying, "When evangelicals speak, Republicans tend to listen, and frankly it's Republicans who need to get the message."

The Republican Senate did not take heed to the threat – therefore, Haggard carried out his plan. By February 2006, Evangelicals Against Climate Change was launched with a joint declaration signed by 86 prominent leaders. They went ahead with the program despite protests from a Who's Who of politically powerful evangelicals, including Chuck Colson, James Dobson and the Rev. D. James Kennedy. The CNN headline read "Strange Bedfellows," as evangelicals had joined forces with environmentalists who are well-known for being ungodly and sexually immoral. James 4:4 says, "Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God." They spent an initial $200,000 on the crusade. "We will see tens of millions of evangelicals engaged in the work we are talking about today," said the Rev. Dr. Leith Anderson, now the interim president of the National Association of Evangelicals.

Haggard's "environmental evangelism" as he calls it, continued. In October, the NAE promoted their program "Is God Green?" The organization then stepped up its efforts and launched a new vision for the church on Oct. 18 called Re:Vision, a new action plan to promote environmental activism.

On the surface, this all seems like harmless activity to ensure clean air and clean water. God does command us to be good stewards of the earth but not subservient to it. Everyone wants to reduce pollution and save cute cuddly animals. Unfortunately, this is not the focus. Instead, the global warming movement seeks to trump all other issues, including spiritual concerns, with threats of catastrophic destruction if we don't follow its precepts plus reduce CO2 production, the very gas every plant on earth needs to survive.

God warns us numerous times in Scripture to never subvert His precepts with that of man or earth. Romans Chapter 1, versus 22-26 says, "Professing to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man – and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things. Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. For this reason God gave them up to vile passions."

We all sympathize with Rev. Haggard's pain. He obviously is experienced great torment as he entered into his "vile passions" hiring a homosexual prostitute and buying crystal methamphetamine. His wife and children are devastated by such debauchery, as are the 14,000 members of his church. Haggard confessed that saying, "I am a deceiver and a liar." Millions of airplanes take off and land safely every year, but when one crashes it is headline news around the world. We don't blame all aircraft for the faults of one.

God warns us not to place anything above Him. His first commandment in Exodus 20:3 is "You shall have no other gods before me." We cannot subjugate Father God to mother earth. The original sin of Adam was to trust the creation over the Creator. God gave man dominion over the earth, not subjugation under it. Jesus Himself says to us in Luke 21:34, "And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting (drugs), and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares." The hedonistic cares of this life, including drugs, drink and the earth, must not be our concern. We are to focus on eternal affairs, not temporal things.

Today we live in the last days before the return of Christ. Second Thessalonians 2:3 warns us to "Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition." I believe this "falling away" has begun.

The seductive earth movement has crept into our churches and is leading us to trust the creation over the Creator. The "False Prophet" or Apostate Faith described in Revelation 13 as the lamb with two horns and verse 17 as Mystery Babylon and the Scarlet Harlot clearly lines up with the earth movement of today. My book "The Great Falling Away," to be released Dec. 15, compares 100 aspects of the "Apostate Faith" with the earth worship of today.

Scripture warns us "be not deceived," "beware of the false prophets," "take heed lest you be led astray." Haggard assisted in exalting the Democrats and Nancy Pelosi to power. He was led astray and is now suffering tremendously. We need to pray for him and pray for protection for us. If it can happen to a great leader such as Haggard, the former president of the National Association of Evangelicals representing 51 denominations with 30 million members, then it can happen to you or me. With God's help, we can avoid being seduced into "falling away" as we place Jesus Christ Lord of all, including the earth.

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To: JohnHuang2

Who the hell is Haggard?

Some queer preacher...He is different that Barney Frank?

I don't get it.

101 posted on 11/11/2006 11:36:23 AM PST by Prost1 (Fair and Unbiased as always!)
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To: JohnHuang2

I never heard of him either. From what I've read about him, he falls into the "religious Left" camp,the camp of Christian Socialists.

Never forget that Jimmy Carter calls himself an Evangelical.

102 posted on 11/11/2006 11:38:31 AM PST by Cincinna (HILLARY & HER HINO " We are going to take things away from you for the Common Good ")
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To: Echo Talon

I agree completely! I also think he's on the right track to straightening himself out ...

I was just commenting that there appeared to be a "slippery slope" when he started aligning himself with philosophies that are more world driven than Biblically driven.

I agree that he is looking for forgiveness of his congregation, and seems to be doing it from the right perspective.

103 posted on 11/11/2006 2:43:18 PM PST by pamlet
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To: JohnHuang2
Start out preachin' Green, ended up not smoking crack and not having gay sex with a male prostitute.

See what environmentalism does to you?

His church's reaction is interesting too.
Well, what would you tell your children about Pastor Ted if you attended New Life Church?The Rocky Mountain News reports that the church has given out a sheet of talking points for parents about the disappearance of "Pastor Ted". They are to tell their children that Pastor Ted loves Jesus very, very much and that he made a mistake and that while he is spending time with Jesus, Pastor Ross will be pastor. (Is this a hint of a possible return to action for Pastor Ted?) You will note that the term "mistake" is repetedly used. A mistake is a typo on a letter. A mistake is to forget a dental appointment or to accidentally drive over your child's bicycle while exiting the garage. A mistake is not visiting a gay prostitute and buying crystal meth. That would be sin.
So all that really happened is that Pastor Ted has gone to spend more time with Jesus. You have to wonder how many consultants and special ministries people got together to dream that one up.
104 posted on 11/11/2006 3:10:03 PM PST by George W. Bush
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To: Lucius Cornelius Sulla
As a papist it is my understanding...

Baptist here. But something about the matter of fact way you phrased that is downright humorous. And I don't mean anything unpleasant by that. But some folks might have to scurry for their dictionaries to look up papist.

105 posted on 11/11/2006 3:14:01 PM PST by George W. Bush
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To: sitetest
Folks are generally against abortion, and believe it should be generally illegal, with exceptions. Folks are generally against homosexual marriage, and believe it should be illegal, but that homosexuals should be able to order their lives according to alternative legal regimes.

Yeah, but they say on polls they'll vote down gay marriage and they'll almost all vote that way. But on pro-life, they say they're pro-life but they won't quite go for a true pro-life agenda or candidates.

Sometimes what people say to a poll about they want is an ideal, not something they actually support when you come down to voting for it or for candidates that support it.
106 posted on 11/11/2006 3:20:33 PM PST by George W. Bush
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To: JohnHuang2

That's a bunch o' hooey. Christians put their faith in Christ, b/c we know people are going to fail. The Haggard controversy did not cause people to change their values systems.

107 posted on 11/11/2006 3:25:17 PM PST by I'm ALL Right! ("Tolerance" is only required of Conservatives.)
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To: JohnHuang2

This didn't help coming as it did a couple days before the elections. What a set up! Dean and the democraps should be proud of themselves.

108 posted on 11/11/2006 3:27:31 PM PST by eleni121 (sometimes you have to cut off the limb to save the body)
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To: MonroeDNA
If evangelicals left the party, we would win.

If gun lovers left the party, we would win.

If Conservative idealogues left the party, we would win.

If libertarians left the party, we would win.

If neocons left the party, we would win.

Would the last one left please turn off the lights?

109 posted on 11/11/2006 3:28:27 PM PST by Eagle Eye (There ought to be a law against excess legislation.)
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To: MonroeDNA

Let me tell you bub - You are the one that sounds like a kook.

110 posted on 11/11/2006 3:29:23 PM PST by eleni121 (sometimes you have to cut off the limb to save the body)
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To: MonroeDNA

That's nice.........

111 posted on 11/11/2006 3:29:32 PM PST by Osage Orange (The old/liberal/socialist media is the most ruthless and destructive enemy of this country.)
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To: Dr. Eckleburg; OrthodoxPresbyterian; ears_to_hear


112 posted on 11/11/2006 3:31:13 PM PST by George W. Bush
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To: mariabush

I'm not an evangelical but I live in the Bible Belt. I have one friend who has heard of him, she used to live in CO and has friends who attend his church. She says her friends in CO are devastated.
I don't think he lost the Republicans the election, but I guess he's someone else, (sure are a bunch of them) to blame when looking to place blame.

113 posted on 11/11/2006 3:42:38 PM PST by kalee
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To: JohnHuang2

Wow, seems like everybody under the sun is to blame for Tuesday.
Ted Haggard? That little scumbag was but a pimple on a tick's ass. Totally insignificant.

114 posted on 11/11/2006 3:46:47 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: Lucius Cornelius Sulla

wrong, fundamentalists are evangelicals with a chip on their shoulders, but I'll agree Haggard was no fundamentalist. I hadn't read last weekend that he was the one responsible for the anti-global warming claptrap.

115 posted on 11/11/2006 3:57:37 PM PST by gusopol3
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To: Lucius Cornelius Sulla

Basically, being a fundamentalist or evangelical Christian is not tied to any denomination.

Fundamentalist Christianity simply means that the belief is based wholly on the Bible.

An evangelical Christian is a disciple of Christ who goes out to spread the Good News.

116 posted on 11/11/2006 5:11:39 PM PST by ViLaLuz (Stop the ACLU - Support the Public Expression of Religion Act 2005 - Call your congressmen.)
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To: Liberty Wins; JohnHuang2; Thunder90; beaversmom; Ingtar; mariabush; M. Espinola; pamlet; ...

I never heard of Haggard either, but there's a lot of meat in the article.

For a Frightmare, read the Earth Charter at this link:

It starts out fairly benign, and becomes your worst commie nightmare by the end. Look for its plans for the military. Try a Google search of Earth Charter, or Earth Charter + Gorbachev.

This document was handed to my college student daughter in political science class. Earth Charter backers plan to peddle it through schools and churches.

Tonight I was belatedly reading the election week edition of Newsweek, "The Politics of Jesus" (Sex vs. Social Justice: Evangelicals at a Crossroads). If I can make the leap that Newsweek runs things election week that will help liberals, it seems clear that liberals are trying to triangulate religion any way they can. An article, "A New Social Gospel," by former Bush speechwriter Michael Gerson, speaks of the global focus of the new evangelicalism, and its solidarity with the poor and pursuit of the common good.

My Methodist congregation, with hopes of expanding its membership, went through Rick Warren's Purpose Driven program. The sermons changed from Biblically based lessons to social justice themes. Socially relevant "hymns" are being substituted for scripture-based hymnal songs. Saturday night, the church held a viewing of "An Inconvenient Truth," because as Christians we shouldn't ruin our earth (or something). Membership, by the way, is down by about 25%.

We're being co-opted, folks. Christians are an obvious target because of their influence in the 2000 and 2004 outcomes. Say the right buzzwords and a few trusting souls will listen, or get mad and stay home. Hardly matters which.

117 posted on 11/11/2006 7:55:18 PM PST by ntnychik
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To: JohnHuang2

If it hadn't been Ted Haggard being exposed it would have been someone else. The Democrats were going to win, and they didn't care what they had to do to insure a win nor will they care what they have to do to maintain power. . . . and then . . enter Hillary, power and control freak extraordinaire . . .

118 posted on 11/11/2006 8:58:28 PM PST by Twinkie (Have you hugged a veteran today?)
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To: ntnychik

If this news had broken a couple of days after the election it would not have been blown up to the degree it was just prior to the election by the 'agenda media'.

119 posted on 11/11/2006 10:17:27 PM PST by M. Espinola (Freedom is not free)
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To: ntnychik

Thanks for your post.

120 posted on 11/11/2006 11:24:02 PM PST by beaversmom
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