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June 1st, 2010
07:28 PM ET

Fallen evangelical leader Ted Haggard schedules big announcement

Ted Haggard, the megachurch pastor and former National Association of Evangelicals chief whose career was undone by a 2006 gay prostitution and drugs scandal, is making a major announcement from his Colorado Springs home tomorrow. From the press release his PR folks sent out today:

FORMER PASTOR OF NEW LIFE CHURCH TED HAGGARD RETURNS TO SPOTLIGHT WITH BIG NEWS ANNOUNCEMENT

Founder of the NEW LIFE CHURCH to make key declaration regarding next step in his career

WHO: TED HAGGARD, founder of the New Life Church and former leader of the National Association of Evangelists.

WHAT: TED HAGGARD will face the press and media with surprise groundbreaking announcement about his future.

WHAT ELSE: Before his resignation in 2006, Haggard led 30 million Christian Conservatives spread over 45,000 churches, until a scandal broke that changed his life forever.

Excommunicated from his church, Ted disappeared into obscurity for the next two years. Now, after three and a half years, Ted is back with a surprising announcement that he will publicly broadcast with his family Wednesday, June 2.

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soundoff (29 Responses)
  1. Gary

    Anyone who follows any evangelist like Jim Bakker, Joel Olsteen,Benny Hinn and all others deserve to send in their hard earned money and not act surprised ....idiots

    June 2, 2010 at 10:31 pm |
  2. Joe

    Where was God when Ted Haggar was playing with his gay boyfriend. Prove that God is a man fabrication.I am not even talking about the world gay preacher association.

    June 2, 2010 at 3:56 pm |
  3. jeff

    God probably needs more money.

    June 2, 2010 at 12:10 pm |
    • righteous-in-Christ

      Very stupid, I see.....God is the owner of silver and gold....you need Him, He doesn't need you!!!

      June 2, 2010 at 1:13 pm |
  4. ino

    Finally, they are telling the truth that the bible and religion are made up and used to enslave the simple minded. And that he is really gay but its ok because Christianity is a sham

    June 2, 2010 at 11:57 am |
    • righteous-in-Christ

      Never in your life time will you ever see any one say that the bible was made up when it is the Word of God....SO, DREAM ON!!

      June 2, 2010 at 1:10 pm |
    • DREAMER

      The bible was made by a bunch of psycho desert kooks!

      in your life time!

      June 2, 2010 at 9:24 pm |
  5. Dylan

    Maybe he was encouraged by Ricky Martin and is going to announce that he is gay.

    June 2, 2010 at 10:36 am |
  6. Lisa

    "Excommunicated from his church..."

    CNN, learn the difference between Catholic and evangelical language. Haggard was not "excommunicated"- he was asked to step down from this leadership position. Excommunication is a Catholic doctrine that holds no weight in evangelical Christianity.

    June 2, 2010 at 8:52 am |
    • hjc

      Noun
      excommunication (plural excommunications)
      The act of excommunicating or ejecting; especially an ecclesiastical censure whereby the person against whom it is pronounced is, for the time, cast out of the communication of the church; exclusion from fellowship in things spiritual.

      June 2, 2010 at 7:31 pm |
    • Gary

      "evangelism" holds no weight in a thinking rational person.

      June 2, 2010 at 10:33 pm |
  7. Reality

    Luther, Calvin, Joe Smith, Henry VIII, Wesley, Roger Williams, the Great “Babs” et al, founders of Christian-based religions or combination religions also suffered from the belief in/hallucinations of "pretty wingie thingie" visits and "prophecies" for profits analogous to the myths of Catholicism (resurrections, apparitions, ascensions and immaculate conceptions).

    Current problems:

    Adulterous preachers, "propheteering/ profiteering" evangelicals like Haggard and atonement theology

    June 2, 2010 at 8:24 am |
    • whynowcnn

      You hit the nail on the head!!! I just wanted to give you big props for going there!!!! This is shameful that people would even consider being seen in public with this demon!!!!!! Beleive me if God had wanted him to continue in the church which some are suggesting here then he would not need to make this announcement!!!

      June 2, 2010 at 5:40 pm |
  8. JT

    He's probably starting another church and looking for more deluded sheep who needs someone to follow.

    June 2, 2010 at 7:45 am |
  9. Allison

    Maybe he will apologize for all of the anti-gay things he said and did.

    June 2, 2010 at 6:38 am |
    • sheetiron

      Things he did yes. However it would disappoint me if he went back on his convictions. I cant stand it when people dont have the back bone to stand up for what they believe in. A lot of people highly disagree with his personal views, yes. That should be no reason for him to become wishy washy and go back on his beliefs.

      June 2, 2010 at 7:16 am |
    • Kurt

      Suppose, just suppose that he has learned something that has allowed him to change and grown wiser. Should he not recant his earlier position if he now knows it was wrong or at least inappropriate? What would be the point of professing a conviction if he is no longer convinced? The process or action of ignoring new information is the literal meaning of ignorance. To insist on an axiom when it has been proven false is the very height of ignorance. I honestly hope he has experienced a positive catharsis that has made him a happier and stronger person, regardless if that means he has a different belief than he did before.

      June 2, 2010 at 12:06 pm |
  10. Christian Music Fan

    I wouldn't be surprised if he announced that he has repented and is making a comeback. But God would not use him as mightily as before

    June 2, 2010 at 12:53 am |
    • sheetiron

      I dont know. Im pretty sure the Apostle Peter thought the same thing when he disowned Jesus just before his trial. Im also pretty sure King David thought the same thing when he slept with his best friends wife then had him killed. The same thoughts may have also went through the Apostle Marks mind when he abandoned the Apostle Paul on the mission field.

      June 2, 2010 at 6:30 am |
    • righteous-in-Christ

      Who are you to determine what God can do in his life after a fall?

      Psalms 37: 23-26 The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, and he delighteth in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down, for the Lord upholdeth him with His hand. I have been young and am now old, yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken nor his seed begging bread. He is ever merciful and lendeth and his seed is blessed.

      Psalms 199: 105 Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.

      June 2, 2010 at 1:07 pm |
    • Gary

      Plenty of idiots will follow him and send him their hard earned money.

      June 3, 2010 at 8:45 am |
  11. LukeO

    He's going to announce that he, billy graham, jerry falwell and pat robertson are all charlatans who robbed the bible belt blind.

    June 1, 2010 at 11:08 pm |
    • whynowcnn

      Wow I was suprised to see this comment, but after reveiwing my findings of history, you are absolutely correct!!! Seems like a few of the big name guys have kept the southern bible belt going in their pockets, and using their political clout to advance big business interests, and keep the status quo moreso that practicing religion on a truly christian level anyway!! How can you not love thy neighbor, steal, be a seperatist, and in some cases kill and consider yourself a christian!!! I don't understand how this racket has been kept up so long and why these poor folowers can't see it??????

      June 2, 2010 at 5:36 pm |
  12. Jacob

    Ted Haggard will announce he is the new Luggage Lifter for Pastor George Rekers.

    June 1, 2010 at 10:12 pm |
    • Maggie

      OMG Jacob ten points for that one. 🙂

      June 2, 2010 at 4:10 pm |
  13. sheetiron

    hopefully he will make an attempt to return to the ministry. If God has called him, he shouldnt let past mistakes derail him from accomplishing his purpose.

    June 1, 2010 at 8:45 pm |
  14. JSJ

    He will make himself useful for once - He has enlisted in the Army!

    June 1, 2010 at 7:53 pm |
    • whynowcnn

      Don't disrespect those soldiers like that!! This guy was trash from the beginning, and took the credibilty of 30 million christians and trampled on each core beliefs. I'm big in forgiveness , but when you are a leader then there can be no excuses!!! He doesn't deserve anything buut what he already has excommunication, and his gay lover!!!! BBYE-BYE

      June 2, 2010 at 5:31 pm |
  15. navyboy

    You've got to be kidding?!
    This guy is a total joke. Just be gay and deal with it.

    June 1, 2010 at 7:42 pm |
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