Gayle and Ted Haggard and Oprah

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Despite being having lied for so long about such an essential part of his life, Ted says that in no way makes the rest of his life—especially his religious life—a lie. "After going through this experience, I believe everybody is in need of redemption. Some sins are more socially unacceptable than others, but we all need redemption, and [God] graciously provides it," he says. "And I know, from firsthand experience, that he loves unrighteous people. Because when I couldn't seek him anymore, he came and got me."

At his lowest point, Ted says he even contemplated suicide. "Jesus came to me, and he said, 'Now we're ready. Now I can save you.' And that's when my life started to change," Ted says. "Because he sought me instead of me seeking him."

The experience, Ted says, has taught him a tremendous lesson. "We've learned about the power of love and the power of hate. The power of hate, though, is incredible," he says. "Hatred is so destructive and judgment, especially prejudgment, just leaves a person with no where to go."

"It sounds like you'd make a better minister now," Oprah says.

"No question," Ted says. "Now that I'm disqualified, I'm qualified."
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FROM: Evangelist Ted Haggard, His Wife and the Gay Sex Scandal
Published on June 30, 2009

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