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Haggard, Bentley, Liardon and Company

Haggard, Bentley, Liardon and Company

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What do Ted Haggard, Todd Bentley, and Roberts Liardon all have in common?
• All either compromised with false doctrine or preached it even before their public falls from grace.
As we have warned repeatedly, like morally discredited false teachers from Jim Bakker to Paul Cain and Bob Jones, when someone goes off doctrinally it is a symptom that they have gone off morally. And when someone goes off morally, it is almost inevitable they will also go off doctrinally.
• All have an exposed history of homosexuality while claiming to oppose homosexuality.
• All have constructed bogus doctrinal justifications for returning to the ministry.
What do Ted Haggard, Todd Bentley, and Roberts Liardon all have in common?
• All either compromised with false doctrine or preached it even before their public falls from grace.
As we have warned repeatedly, like morally discredited false teachers from Jim Bakker to Paul Cain and Bob Jones, when someone goes off doctrinally it is a symptom that they have gone off morally. And when someone goes off morally, it is almost inevitable they will also go off doctrinally.
• All have an exposed history of homosexuality while claiming to oppose homosexuality.
• All have constructed bogus doctrinal justifications for returning to the ministry.

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 “Is God’s Word No Longer The Standard?” 
 
by James Jacob Prasch 
 What do Ted Haggard, Todd Bentley, and Roberts Liardon all have in common?
 
 All either compromised with false doctrine or preached it even before their publicfalls from grace. As we have warned repeatedly, like morally discredited false teachers from Jim Bakkerto Paul Cain and Bob Jones, when someone goes off doctrinally it is a symptom thatthey have gone off morally. And when someone goes off morally, it is almost inevitablethey will also go off doctrinally.
 
 All have an exposed history of homosexuality while claiming to opposehomosexuality.
 
 All have constructed bogus doctrinal justifications for returning to the ministry.Such tragic figures always employ the same arguments to justify their return toChristian leadership after publicly discrediting the body of Christ and openly dishonoringthe name of Jesus. While I myself have no propensity towards homosexuality, I am notwithout my own proclivities and can only prayerfully trust Jesus to prevent me from
transgressing in a manner no less serious and depraved. As Paul says, “Let he whothinks he stands take care lest he fall”.
This 
consideration should be foremost in all of our minds when we observe the debauchery and hypocrisy of men like Bentley,Haggard, and Liardon.
However, God’s standard remains fixed. In the New Testament someone cannot be in
ministry unless they have a good name with those outside of the church where theworld cannot bring a discrediting indictment against them. 
 We are warned specificallythat those being in ministry whose witness and testimony to the unsaved world is notgood that for such men to remain or return to ministry, or to be in ministry at all, is asnare of the devil that will trap them, according to Paul. And that they will fall intoreproach. Yet we repeatedly see the likes of Haggard, Bentley, and Liardon throwingthemselves into that trap when in fact they can
never 
have a good reputation withthose outside of the church.In order to justify their rejection of plain teaching of the New Testament, such villainscharacteristically misinterpret a narrative of the Old Testament where God forgaveDavid for his sin with Bathsheeba. An exegetically distorted misinterpretation of the OldTestament can never negate the unambiguous instruction found in the New Testament.In fact, David was never a member of the clergy. He was not an Aaronic priest and held
 
no Levitical office. He rather had a political office and was from the tribe of Judah, notLevi. It is a false comparison, to say the least, to say that a political figure beingrestored to leadership in the Old Testament has an equivalency with a member of theclergy being restored to ministry in the New Testament. Moreover, such an argumentbecomes doubly erroneous by virtue of the fact that David was never restored toleadership because he was never removed from leadership to begin with. The entireargument is absurd. Yet it is on this exegetically hollow basis and the abject false conclusion derived from itthat Colin Dye of the Elim Movement in the UK brings money preacher Roberts Liardoninto the ministry at Kensington Temple in London. One can only wonder if the Word of God has any place or meaning to the Elim Movement of Britain and New Zealandwhatsoever. After abandoning his wife and three children and running off with another woman who
he has since married in a scenario that Jesus described as “an adulterous marriage” in
the Sermon on the Mount, Rick Joyner has sought to rehabilitate criminally convictedhomosexual pedophile Todd Bentley back into the ministry along with the woman heran off with who is now preaching prophetic dreams of dancing elephants and
communication with the dead. If Joyner’s actions do not constitute a de facto
endorsement of religious whoredom and a sanction of necromancy, it is difficult to
imagine what does. Meanwhile, Bentley’s three children languish at home in Canada
with his biblically rightful wife while Joyner shamefully applauds the spectacle.Now Ted Haggard is making his play for an auto-rehabilitation. He and his wife arecashing in on his history of scandal with a book that has seen his wife appearing on theTV talk show circuit speaking to unsaved television talk show personalities as the world
witnesses the church’s humiliation upon further humiliation. His wife’s book is
theprelude to his strategy for coming back into the ministry after it was revealed that theformer President of the National Association of Evangelicals, who was alreadyconsorting with doctrinally off-base figures, was involved with paying male prostitutesfor unnatural sex and taking dangerous intoxicating drugs recreationally. And then lied
through his teeth about it to his church. All of a sudden he is supposedly “restored”.
 We have seen the same reprehensible pattern with drunken pervert Paul Cain andsexual predator Bob Jones of the Kansas City false prophets and, not least of all, JimBakker.No one suggests that a fallen brother or sister who truly repents cannot be forgiven andrestored to fellowship, but once they no longer can have a good name or reputationwith those outside of the church, 1 Timothy teaches clearly that they can no longer be
restored to ministry or leadership. Indeed, the book of Proverbs teaches plainly that “agood name” is to be desired above all else. And these pathetic indiv
iduals have given
 
themselves a bad name for which, apart from the devil, they can blame no one buttheir own selves.If someone in such an unfortunate situation truly repented, they would accept theramifications of their misdeeds, do all they could to make amends, and abide by theteachings of Scripture that prohibits them from being in further ministry or leadership.Instead, one after another (including Jimmy Swaggart) they march headlong into what
St. Paul call’s “Satan’s trap”. And in the eyes of the w
orld bring further reproach tothemselves, to the church, and to the name of Christ.We are forced to conclude either that their repentance is therefore disingenuous and
malmotivated or else they are so fundamentally ignorant of God’s Word that they
should never have been in the ministry at all to begin with.Christianity is a faith based on forgiveness. We
can 
forgive, but we
cannot 
expect theworld to forget. Satan and the unsaved will always have adequate ammunition basedon the past to use against them, against the church, and against the cause of Christ.For sure, not all of the corruption and hypocrisy has been sexually related, although
most 
of it has involved this kind of immorality. Or in the cases of Haggard, Bentley,Liardon, and Paul Cain, even what they themselves admit is unnatural perversion.The divorce and remarriage scandals of Paula White, Ray Macaulley of South Africa, andRay Bevin of South Wales and the financial shenanigans of Peter Popov, etc. are no lessa public disgrace destroying any semblance of a good name or credibility. Yet these alsoremain in the ministry, pretending it to be somehow acceptable to God when God in HisWord says it is not. The capacity of these people to delude themselves and others canonly in some way be the product of a reprobate mind.For three days running, the
Los Angeles Times 
carried front page stories alleginghomosexuality by Paul Crouch of TBN. Crouch vociferously denied the charges,expecting the church and the public to believe that he paid $425,000 in and out-of-court legal settlement with a secrecy clause stipulating that the recipient remain silentabout these charges of deviant sexual behavior in a wrongful dismissal suit.The ultimate indictment however, is not of these malefactors themselves despite theirhypocrisy, The indictment is rather of a church willing to tolerate it in abrogation of 
God’s own divine standards of holiness, sanctification, and qualification for the ministry.
The Scriptures decry a willingness by the church to compromise Go
d’s moral standards
as arrogance when the church fails to address such situations scripturally and removesuch people. 
Moreover, in no uncertain terms we are commanded to retain God’s
standards. 

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