A Review of Ted Haggard's Beliefs and Associations
The REAL Ted Haggard (what the mainstream media will never tell you)
In light of Haggard's (Nov. 2006) confession that he is a liar and a deceiver, let's examine the evidence of this pervert's deceitful behavior as presented on this website for years before his scandals became public knowledge:
One of the biggest lies to be propagated by Ted Haggard of New Life Church is his claim that he has positively changed the spiritual climate of his city. In a description of Ted's 1995 book, Primary Purpose, the statement is made:
"You Can Change Your City's Spiritual Climate
It happened in Colorado Springs, and it can happen in your city too."
(Source: Charisma Book Warehouse)
It happened in Colorado Springs? What is he talking about? Since Ted moved to Colorado Springs (El Paso County) in 1985 things have not improved. In fact, things have gotten worse. Negative reports about the city are published every year. Here is an official compilation of vital statistics I extracted from our city's newspaper in 2002:
"El Paso County youths have a higher pregnancy rate, use more drugs and die more often from suicide than teens nationwide." (The Gazette, "Life" section, 5/5/02).
"Colorado Springs' evangelical image out of focus, officials believe"
At the end of this 2005 Denver Post article Ted glibly notes America's obscene spirituality and suggests that it is incorporated into New Life Church.
It should be clear to us that Ted has not been successful in positively transforming the lives of those within his city or even within his own congregation. Megachurches such as New Life Church have had the issue of non-sanctification raised even by pro-Charismatic publications in regards to their failure to mature people into Christ-like figures. In 2001 Charisma reported: "Megachurches in America may be growing numerically, but the pastors of the big congregations often fall short of growing people into a Christlike life." Ted Haggard's name is mentioned in the report (he gave a false church growth statistic):
Study: Megachurches Fail To Grow Up Disciples
Some very disturbing news is Ted's move toward ecumenism and interfaithism. An ecumenical letter was sent to President Bush where Ted Haggard joined other religious leaders in proclaiming the Islamic faith as a religion of "great traditions":
Ecumenical Letter to the President of the United States
In the New Life Church bookstore Ted recommends published works by several secular / ungodly individuals, including David Gergen (who has advised numerous U.S. Presidents). Listen to Gergen as he is confronted about his participation in occult rituals at Bohemian Grove (northern California):
Bush Minion David Gergen Exposed
For an exposition of Ted's move away from the Gospel:
Ted Haggard Abandons the Gospel
Ted's association with TBN and praise for its star performer Benny Hinn should raise a red flag with every Bible believing Christian. Benny Hinn is a false teacher and false prophet who's unbiblical words and manipulative actions are well documented.
Recommended book: The Confusing World of Benny Hinn
Jack Hayford is a popular California based pastor and a New Life Church overseer, who co-authored a book with Ted Haggard:
Beware of Jack Hayford
Personal Freedom Outreach did an investigation of David Hogan, a man Ted Haggard supported for years. The conclusion of that investigation should be alarming to anyone concerned with the pervasiveness of deception within many Charismatic churches:
Report on David Hogan
My personal encounter with Dave Hogan:
Hogan Not a Hero
New Life Church once promoted a degrading bumper sticker which read: Social Services Needs a Spanking (circa 1994-95). New Life leaders and members did not like the government organization investigating allegations of abuse at a ranch for troubled teens the church sponsored. When the abuse allegations were substantiated Haggard had no choice but to apologize.
"Submissiveness to leadership" is a major teaching at New Life. Ted and his appointed church leaders are obsessed with control of their followers. Some of these leaders are very effeminate and sport the same wimpy physique as Ted.
In the mid-1990s at Haggard's New Life Church I attended an uninspiring service led by guest speaker Morris Cerullo. Morris acquired his Inspiration (INSP) television network from Jerry Falwell (which Falwell seized from Jim Bakker when it was called the PTL network). INSP is a forum for practically every false and greedy teacher imaginable. Years ago I first viewed video of Morris instructing an injured man to take off his neck brace to try to force a healing (or paralysis). Seeing Morris grab and turn this man's neck in both directions and cause the poor man agonizing physical and emotional pain is the worst thing I have ever seen a televangelist do to a person. If you want to obtain this video clip to help warn people about the fraud of Morris Cerullo (and those who associate with him) this video footage is found on "The Original Godstuff" DVD.
("The Original Godstuff" is a crass secular production. For a video you can show to a church group I recommend "The Signs and Wonders Movement Exposed" DVD to see and hear Morris admit to having no verifications of his claimed miracles.)
Ted Haggard was on site to approvingly witness the signing by President Bush of the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003. Shockingly (to many), the "Ban Act" is in reality a pro-abortion bill:
The Partial-Birth Abortion Scam
Check out the scam perpetrated by televangelist Peter Popoff:
Peter Popoff's Trickery
Ted Haggard will not speak on the subject. Why? Because one of his mentors, Oral Roberts, for decades perpetrated the same scam (as does Oral's son, Richard). Ted is a graduate of Oral Roberts University (ORU).
One of Ted's more classy slogans (promoting his diet book):
"Make your fat friends happy!"
Consider that in past years hundreds of New Life Church members have worked as employees at Focus on the Family. This no doubt has contributed to the moral failings at the organization:
The Deceit of Dr. James Dobson and Focus on the Family
Private Investigator Implicates New Life Church in Numerous Sex Abuses & Cover-Ups
[2013 UPDATE: Look at the satanic hand signs displayed by New Life Church elder Paul Ballantyne. His online church bio highlights his secular accomplishments but makes no mention of a Christian faith.]
** Ted Haggard confessed to "sexual immorality," a general term designed to mask the specific sins of homosexuality and adultery. Haggard admitted to the press that he purchased illegal drugs but in his confession letter to New Life he did not address his drug problem.
** As this webpage demonstrates, Haggard suppresses the truth in his wickedness. That's why God gave him over to a reprobate mind and sexual impurity as judgment against him (read Romans 1:18-32).
** In January 2009 it was reported that Ted Haggard years ago sexually harassed a young man by the name of Grant Haas. Shortly after the revelation Haggard appeared on CNN's Larry King Live. A question was submitted to Larry King by Mike Jones (the former male prostitute who had sexual relations with Haggard and supplied him with his drugs). Jones asked if Haggard would ever come clean and tell the public how many young men he was sexually involved with. Haggard refused to answer the question and said that it is a private matter kept within his family. (What a terrible secret to keep from the public!)
** In June 2010 Haggard announced that he was starting a new church in Colorado Springs called St. James.
(Why Ted Haggard's "Comeback" is a Con)
(Titus 1:16; KJV)
An Analysis of Ted Haggard's NBC Interview
Ted Haggard and his New Life Church were featured in an hour long NBC Dateline primetime presentation on Friday, Oct. 28, 2005. Reporter Tom Brokaw portrayed Haggard as a mainline Evangelical and also used the same misleading description to describe a neo-Pentecostal / Charismatic "minister" who appeared as a guest speaker in early 2005 at Haggard's Colorado church: Ohio's Rod Parsley! Find out who Parsley really is (if you don't know already) and ask yourself why Haggard would associate himself with this man.
A very good 1999 article by PFO:
Rod Parsley: "The Raging Prophet" (pdf)
Those who are familiar with Parsley may have noticed that since the above article was written he has made a more concerted effort to appear "normal" and mainstream (at least in some venues) in order to increase his support base. How does one do this? Ask Ted Haggard. You extol the "virtues" of secular America and pay tribute to the god of capitalism. Those of us who refuse to play ball with the dark powers of this world have been relegated to near obscurity...and it will only get worse for us in the future.
There were in fact a few good points made by Brokaw throughout his report. One powerful example:
Brokaw: Most of the churches that I know of, and certainly the ones I attended, at some point, you out loud acknowledge that you were a sinner or that you came face-to-face to guilt that you may feel.
Brokaw: I didn't see any of that here.
Ted Haggard then went on to give a misleading and deceptive answer saying that his church does teach on sin but then backtracks and says that the emphasis in his church is on how to fulfill the destiny that God has called people to.
A transcript of the flaky remarks Ted Haggard offered to Tom Brokaw can be read here:
NBC's "In God They Trust"
For a biblical analysis of Ted's failure at sharing the Gospel with his NBC audience:
Ted Haggard's "Easy Christianity"
Years back on Ted's self-promoting website (www.tedhaggard.com) there was a section devoted to his appearances in the news, simply titled..."Ted Haggard in the News". But you may find it odd that an egotist like Ted (who loved to tell people that he was in regular contact with the White House) did not post his interview with NBC's most respected reporter as he had done with other interviews. Here's the primary reason he omitted this NBC report:
From Tom Brokaw's report:
"Haggard is vigilant about the image of Evangelicals; prior to one of our visits he sent an e-mail to his congregation, urging them to be restrained and not to act too "weird" in front of our cameras."
Ted was partially exposed in this report as the manipulator and disingenuous person he really is. Funny how Ted only tells us (on his websites and from the pulpit) what he would like us to know about himself.
One of Ted's articles published in Christianity Today titled "Good Morning, Evangelicals!", is fraught with so many absurdities I don't even know where to begin in writing about them. I would hope that true Bible-believing Christians would be able on their own to discern the errors in Ted's words by simply reading this particular article very carefully. Ted is a person who believes that scumbags like Bill Clinton and Benny Hinn are both Evangelicals. Haggard even engages in ethnic stereotyping by alleging that Anglo communities have never really been concerned about social-justice issues (speak for yourself, cracker-boy).
Regarding this pastor's earlier comments about sin, compare Haggard's remarks with the writings of the late Arthur Pink. You want to know why Ted and his New Lifers never mature and why they gravitate toward sin? It was my time at Ted Haggard's church which prompted me to search out the full answer. Here it is:
The Failure of Modern Evangelism
The December 9, 2007 Shootings at New Life Church
The recent shootings at New Life Church is said to be reflective of a culture of violence. Yet what no one will tell you is that New Life is itself part of that culture of violence. Former New Life senior pastor Ted Haggard led his congregation into supporting the immoral and illegal U.S. wars into Afghanistan and Iraq and was calling for a U.S. pre-emptive strike against Iran before his perverse sexual nature and drug use was discovered and he was dismissed from his position. (An emasculated man clamored for a war that neither he nor his children would partake in.) Indoctrinated by secular culture the replacement pastor, Brady Boyd, shows no intention of leading the congregation into repentance for their warmongering. (The true Church of Jesus Christ is not a warring vessel. That is to say that Christians are not murderers nor are they aligned with any murderous government.)
Boyd was selected pastor by the same group of men (the New Life overseers) who were deceived by Ted. These men should step down from church leadership and bow their heads in shame. For years the evidence of Ted's perverse theology was in abundance but these overseers did not have the spiritual discernment to see the error. They fully supported Ted. Now they have installed this morally weak (and admitted former marijuana user) Boyd as senior pastor, because, being from the compromised and faulty (misnamed) Charismatic movement (devoid of any real spiritual gifts), Boyd is guaranteed not to denounce any of the numerous false teachers New Life has had associations with (including Haggard). Haggard admitted to being sexually promiscuous before becoming a pastor and so has Boyd. The New Life overseers recruited a person with similarities to Haggard because within their network of churches there are no quality individuals to choose from (and again, only a compromised person would agree to defend the New Life policies).
Not long after becoming pastor Boyd's true nature became public. A New Life shooting victim, Larry Bourbonnais, talked publicly about a security guard who failed to take any action to stop the shooter (view video of Larry's testimony here). That report reflected negatively on the church security and so Boyd wanted that victim silenced. He even had the man physically removed from the church (read this article). As one who has been vilified and slandered by numerous New Lifers over the years I speak from experience when I write that these church members are vindictive people who will retaliate against anyone who reveals anything that reflects negatively on their public image (image is everything to these false believers). If you're relaying an unpopular truth they will slander you or declare you to be hostile and dangerous and try to keep you from influencing their members. Haggard threatened peaceful dissenters with the police and lawsuits. Nothing has changed.
Larry has been quoted as saying that he is "devastated" by "false accusations" made against him (read this article). I understand. It can be quite a shock to receive that kind of treatment from your "church family." I hope Larry can see that what happened to him is a blessing. He now knows the true nature of New Life and is free from their toxic influence.
It's been reported that Jeanne Assam, the female volunteer security guard who killed the shooter, will now capitalize on the tragedy by writing a book. Even though Larry praised her actions as heroic don't expect her to portray him in any positive light (if she mentions him at all) in accordance with her submissiveness to New Life policy in discrediting Larry. Years ago Jeanne was fired from law enforcement for lying about an incident where she swore at a bus driver (read this article). So there are no heroes in this story (if you define a hero as someone you can look up to). As I watched Jeanne's first TV appearance and saw her smiling after people were killed it became clear to me and others that this immature little woman would take action to prolong her exposure in the limelight. In one recent interview this liar attempted to counter Larry's testimony by asserting that all of the security staff performed their jobs on that day.
2011 Update: You reap what you sow. Jeanne has now herself been asked to leave the church after "coming out" as a lesbian (read this article). I believe the New Life response denying her rejection is a lie. That church has a history of lying when it comes to issues of public image.