The Christian God -- and his followers -- are truly amazing people.
… in a fundamentally delusional way.
The same group of people that get together each Sunday to denounce the evils of openly gay people now has this to say about a pastor and evangelical leader who's been leading a double-life for several years:
“We all feel worse today than we did a week ago,” Mr. Parsley said, “but we were worse off a week ago. Pastor Ted is living in a greater measure of repentance and forgiveness today than he has been living in for years.” -- Ross Parsley, the new minister of Haggard's church.
Apparently, living a life where you are open and honest about your feelings is evil -- but denouncing such a life while secretly leading one is a path to communion with the lord and forgiveness.
Just listen to some of the church members' comments:
Others said the service left them with a new understanding of why many of Mr. Haggard’s sermons had been so powerful: his talk of temptation, sin and guilt were not just idle words.
“He struggled with the same issues he preached about,” said Basil Marotta, who said he ran his own Christian ministry in the Colorado Springs area with his wife.
The power of religion to delude the self simply amazes me.
If pedophilia, hate-mongering, adultery (gay adultery at that) and drug use cannot convince the majority of parishioners that church leaders are simply fleecing them I don't know what will.