Ted Haggard and grading on a Curve

Endless print has been spilled on Ted Haggard. I don’t wish to defend the man’s bad arminian theology or his hypocrisy, nor speculate on whether he is really a Christian.

More interesting to me is the hardening that always occurs after incidents like this. The same theme appears over and over again in the media: “Aha! Mr. Anti-Gay-Marriage has been caught indulging in homosexual activity! The weasel! I lust and sin, but at least I’m not two-faced about it.”

Why is it a gleeful occasion when the unrepentant man sees a seemingly upright man exposed as a dreadful sinner? The answer seems pretty simple: Unbelievers look about ceaselessly to justify their own sinfulness.

The problem is that God doesn’t grade on a curve. He doesn’t say “Well, you scored a 5 out of 100 on your test, and Ted Haggard got a 2 out of 100, so let me just apply a curve here and give you an ‘A’! Come on in, pal, and have a seat at My table.” In other words, on judgment day, tell God “at least I’m not as bad as Ted Haggard” and see if that propitiates His wrath.

You’re worse than you think anyway. In reality you’re a zero:

Rom 3:10-12 as it is written: None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God. All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one.

And only through true faith in Christ do you get the 100 you need to enter His kingdom:

And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account. Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. -Hebrews 4:13-16

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