Haggard’s Church Launches Witch Hunt to Out Closeted Gay Staffers

Loving and accepting these men for who they are, as God made them, without judging them, apparently never crossed these Christians’ minds.

What would jesus do if one of his apostles was nabbed for lustful behavior? Why he would encourage the rest of the apostles to secretly turn in their colleagues for similar behavior, of course.

In the wake of the scandal caused by hidden sexuality of its former head pastor, Ted Haggard, that’s exactly what the leadership of New Life Church in Colorado did. They encouraged church members to secretly inform on other closeted gays on the staff. The Soviet-style turn-in-your-neighbors pogrom has already produced results, with the announcement of the resignation of an associate pastor:

Christopher Beard, who headed a ministry the New Life Church that trained young adults in leadership skills, has stepped down after admitting to an incident of sexual misconduct several years ago and a series of decisions displaying poor judgment.

Church elders declined to disclose what the sexual misconduct involved, except to say it did not involve minors…

Fearing another potential scandal that could destroy the 14,000 member church elders asked parishioners for information about the “spiritual character” of other church staff and leaders.

Members are urged to fill out a form on the church’s Web site that goes to a panel of four pastors from other churches that have agreed to help New Life weed out problem people.

Associate pastor Rob Brendle denies it is a witch hunt but says “we want to give people who feel they have relevant information access to people in authority.”

Loving and accepting these men for who they are, as God made them, without judging them, apparently never crossed these Christians’ minds.

Just think: If Jesus had encouraged his apostles to rat each other out, perhaps he would have gotten wind of Judas’ scheme to turn him over to the Romans, and he could have avoided the whole cruxifixion, ascending-into-heaven thing.

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  • bdprescott
    December 19, 2006 - 8:50 am | Permalink

    Why would a gay person want to belong to a church that shuns gay people? These churches don’t hide their dogma. They sincerely believe that God has spoken to them through the Bible and admonished everyone not to engage in homosexuality. They make that clear to everyone.

    Religious gay folk have got to understand that they were made in God’s image, too. They have to come to grips with the fact that fundamentalist sects and religions will never accept them. There are many other churches where they can hear the ‘good news’. Gay folk need to join those churches and stop punishing themselves.

  • David
    December 19, 2006 - 10:51 am | Permalink

    >>Just think: If Jesus had encouraged his apostles to rat each other out, perhaps he would have gotten wind of Judas’ scheme to turn him over to the Romans, and he could have avoided the whole cruxifixion, ascending-into-heaven thing.

    Jesus’ purpose in coming was to die for all of us, so he wouldn’t have avoided death, even though he had the power to.

  • NLV
    December 19, 2006 - 10:56 am | Permalink

    “Jesus’ purpose in coming was to die for all of us”

    Guess what? We all still die, David. 2,000+ years, and we still ALL die.

  • MO
    December 20, 2006 - 9:08 am | Permalink

    These are not Christians. Not once does Jesus comment on homosexuality. It is not even mentioned in the new testament.
    And the picking and choosing of which scriptures to adhere to and which to throw out from the old testament is based on some individual pastor’s personal opinion.

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