A few amazing quotes from a recent CNN article about Ted Haggard with some (very) brief comments.

To refresh our memory, Haggard was formerly the head of the National Association of Evangelicals and a highly respected mega-church founder and pastor, before it came to light that he had paid someone for sex and used methamphetamine.

“Many of the charges against me are exaggerated, but it doesn’t matter,” Haggard told Larry King. “I’m guilty enough of so many things.” He acknowledged that his actions were hypocritical, but said he could not control his urges. (Bondage of the will, even in Christians!)

Haggard said he had thought that focusing on his spiritual life would help, but found that it did not. “It actually made me worse,” he said. (The law arouses the sinful nature; control kills)

Marcus Haggard, the couple’s 25-year-old son, said he, too, was shocked by the revelations, but was more disturbed to learn that his father had lied. Still, he said the news brought the family closer together. “He had lived so long on a pedestal,” Marcus Haggard said about his famous father. “He seemed practically perfect. There was a sense of relief in the fact that we could connect with our dad.” (Humility & repentance, not perfection, is the basis for true community)