encouraging thoughts on the Haggard scandal

great conclusion to this post

Sin doesn't have the final word.
You know that he appeared to take away sins, and in him there is no sin (1John 3:5).
“For truly in this city there were gathered together against your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, along with the Gentiles and the peoples of Israel, to do whatever your hand and your plan had predestined to take place” (Acts 4:27-28).

Major leaders throughout Scripture fell into sin, but God’s plan of redemption continued, unstopping and unstoppable. Abraham lied about Sara being his wife. Jacob was a deceiver. Moses disobeyed God before all Israel. David committed adultery and had Bathsheba’s husband murdered. Solomon took hundreds of foreign wives. Peter denied Christ. The disciples deserted the Savior as he was taken away to be crucified. It’s true that leaders are and should be held to stricter standards, and we don’t want to use the fact that leaders fall to make us ambivalent towards fighting sin. However, one man’s sin, as egregious and awful as it may be, will not thwart God’s plan to have a humble people who proclaim and display the excellencies who brought them out of darkness into light (1 Pet. 2:9). The church of Jesus Christ has experienced a setback temporarily, but God’s plan remains unchanged. He is the Redeemer. We need a Savior. Is that any less clear now?

While we grieve over the effect of Ted Haggard’s sin, and should pray for all those involved, our confidence continues to be in the God who makes all things new, who will continue to display his wisdom through the church for the glory of Jesus Christ, who is the only Savior and Lord over all.


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