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EXCLUSIVE: Ted Haggard sits down with News Leader Nine

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Ted Haggard is a man who has made headlines around the country, but how much do you actually know about the pastor's fall from grace? From a scandal with homosexuality to alleged drug use, Haggard is now stepping into the spotlight to help others.

Ted and Gayle Haggard's lives have changed drastically in the past few years, but instead of staying out of the public eye, they're branching out to share their story. They are using his transgressions, to bring the word of God to people all over the country. It's an exclusive interview you'll see only on News Leader Nine.

Haggard began by saying, "The pastor called me and invited me. He said we're a young church and we see people through the lens of the gospel and we want you and your wife to come and teach us about that."

And that's why Ted Haggard, most commonly known for his 2006 scandal involving homosexuality and the purchase of methamphetamine, came to Columbus' My Church.

"We did a dialogue because I was uncomfortable lecturing the church because of the scandal three years ago," Haggard explained. "We talk about what led up to the scandal, what we went through during the scandal, my wife's decisions, my children's decisions, the church's decisions and of course the community at large. All those decisions and where we are today."

After years of public ridicule and being banned from the church he led for more than twenty years, Haggard and his wife started appearing on news networks to set the story straight.

"We appeared on those outlets and since then, the stories, they went from about ten percent accurate to about 80 percent accurate now they are just about 100 percent accurate," Haggard told News Leader Nine. "When people get more information and the story becomes more human, they become increasingly more forgiving."

Haggard's wife, Gayle, has a book coming out in January where she talks about coping with Ted's problems. Until then, the pair travels to churches all over the country sharing their story, "We're taking this year as an "I'm Sorry". These things happened, I disappointed you, I am so sorry that happened. Then next year we'll start working on the principles."

Haggard ended the interview with, "The Ted Haggard story will fit into just about any major Bible theme. If they're going to talk about the gospel, repentance, forgiveness, healing, faithfulness in marriage that Gail demonstrated. Any of those themes, when we're there, the crowd is very receptive and very positive."

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