Monday, November 06, 2006

How to Confess Sin

I do not know Ted Haggard, and as far as I can remember, I had never heard of the man before his sin was made public. The only thing I have ever heard or seen from him is his letter of repentance and confession to his church. An ominous introduction to be sure!

I do not know this man, and I am not commending him as a person to emulate in any way - with one exception. I would encourage us all to learn from his example when it comes to confessing sin.


melissa said...

Thank you for posting this letter. As I read it my heart was stirred and I think it is very possible that Ted Haggard might be closer to the Lord than he's ever been before because of the amount of sincere humility and seemingly genuine repentance the letter communicates. I believe it was Br. Clyde that said we are never closer to God than in repentance. This man is bearing the weight of his soul's depravity and the shame he has put himself, his family, and his church through. It is hard for me to imagine him not clinging and resting in the Lord right now- especially since it has all been made public. I do agree we need to follow this great example of confesion.

Ron said...

Great Point! It brings to mind John 8:7-9 - 7 But when they persisted in asking Him, He straightened up, and said to them, “He who is without sin among you, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.” 8 Again He stooped down and wrote on the ground. 9 When they heard it, they began to go out one by one, beginning with the older ones, and He was left alone, and the woman, where she was, in the center of the court. And also we must remember 1 Corinthians 10:12 -Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed that he does not fall. I believe the best expression in this case would be “If not for the GRACE of God, there go I”