Saying that he was a “deceiver and liar” who had given in to his dark side, the Rev. Ted Haggard confessed to sexual immorality Sunday in a letter read from the pulpit of the megachurch he founded.
The disgraced former president of the National Evangelical Association, which represents 30 million evangelical Christians, apologized and said “because of pride, I began deceiving those I love the most because I didn’t want to hurt or disappoint them.“
“The fact is I am guilty of sexual immorality. And I take responsibility for the entire problem. I am a deceiver and a liar. There’s a part of my life that is so repulsive and dark that I have been warring against it for all of my adult life,” he said.
Meanwhile, if the guy he’d been having sex with all that time hadn’t blown the whistle (among other things), the good Reverend Haggard would have continued to persecute and denounce those who openly do the very things he was doing under the cover of darkness.
Makes you wonder just how many more un-outed Revered Haggards are still in the pulpit, all fire and brimstone with their congregations by day, and living the lie by night.