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Ted Haggard Goes To Phoenix

Jim Burroway

April 19th, 2007

The Associated Press is reporting that Ted Haggard is moving to Phoenix. Haggard confessed to “sexual immorality” with a former male prostitute in a three-year relationship last fall, forcing him to give up pastorship of the 14,000 member New Life Church in Colorado Springs.

The Haggard family will attend Phoenix First Assembly of God, which is led by Rev. Tommy Barnett, who was part of Haggard’s restoration team. While there, he will pursue a graduate degree in counseling at an undisclosed university.

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John Holm
April 19th, 2007 | LINK

Hi Jim!

I think the link to the AP article is broken. Could you fix it? Thanks.

Jim Burroway
April 19th, 2007 | LINK

Sure thing. A simple coding error will get you every time. Sorry about the inconvenience.

Joe-Allen Doty
April 19th, 2007 | LINK

I find it interesting that he is being counseled by Tommy Barnett. I visited with Tommy twice in the 1970s, once in Tulsa (1974) when he was a bus-ministry expert for the AG and once in Hawaii (Easter Week ’78 when he was a youth camp speaker there).

It is ironic that many AG ministers can recognize the spirit of lying by exercising the Holy Spirit’s gift of discernment of spirits; yet, when it comes to ex-gay lies and even Haggard lying that he has changed, they quench the Holy Spirit in that area. Haggard admitted to a reliable Colorado News Reporter that he had had those “urges” all of his life.

The General Council of the Assemblies of God does support Exodus International. The irony of all of this is that Exodus was started in a Pentecostal church and the first ex-gay testimony which I read not long after it started was published in the AG’s Pentecostal Evangel magazine.

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