He's the head of the National Association of Evangelicals - or he was, 48 hours ago. Leading the NAE didn't make him a household name in America, but since about one in 10 Americans belongs to a church associated with his umbrella movement, his name was very well known in the country's most famous evangelical household: the White House. And the White House will be high on the list of those wondering what it means that Ted Haggard's career is now in tatters over gay-sex-and-drugs allegations. Most immediately, it bodes ill for his shopping-mall-sized, 14,member New Life Church in Colorado Springs, says James White, a retired - and much more liberal - pastor in the same town. It is hard to gauge the broader effect on the elections on Tuesday, says John C Green, an expert on religion and politics at the Pew Forum in Washington. It may doom a ban on gay marriage for which Mr Haggard had been campaigning in Colorado. Mr Haggard's accuser, Mike Jones, says he hopes so - and supporters of gay marriage will certainly be cackling loudly over the scandal.
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I used to think that Roberts Liardon must be an extremely godly man. So I thought it was self-evident that he must be a very godly man. It was a complete surprise to me when I discovered that Frank Houston, the founder of Hillsong, was a pedophile and also a shock to find out that Peter Laughton and Frank had a four year secret affair. Peter was aged 23 and Frank
If you have a weak stomach, you may not wish to read what lies below. Harris is a former paratrooper-turned-preacher who presides over the pulpit at Berean Baptist Church in Fayetteville, N. The church lists no affiliations on its website, so I presume it is independent. In a minute harangue to his church available on video from the church website , Harris twisted logic and prooftexted his way through a definition of marriage as he understands it.