Tuesday, November 07, 2006

The Ted Haggard Saga

The Ted Haggard saga is more than just a sad story about an influential evangelical. This is a story about sin and its detrimental effect to our lives when it is left unchecked. Tim Challies, of Challies Dot Com, has posted an incredible article in humble admission that we are all but one foolish, sinful choice away from destroying our lives. Before we cast judgment on a fallen brother, let us first seek to pray for the Lord to reveal the offensive ways within us (Psa 139:23-24), get the logs out of our own eyes (Mat 7:5), and then seek to restore a brother to the fellowship of the Father (Gal 6:1-2). I make no excuse for sin; I only realize that I am fully capable of causing the same pain and heartache. And it will only not be so as a result of the restraining, sovereign grace of God, a commitment to the authority of Scripture, and by preparing my mind, remaining sober-minded, and setting my hope fully on the grace that will brought to me at the revelation of Jesus Christ (1 Peter 1:13).

Read Challies' article here
**UPDATE**: Another great article by Richard Phillips of Reformation21, the online magazine of the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals, may be found here. Phillips weighs the pros and cons of the "Denounce Ted" vs "Shower with Grace" arguments.