False Teacher of the Day #30: Perry Noble Jul 8, 2021 22:09:09 GMT -5
Post by Berean on Jul 8, 2021 22:09:09 GMT -5
False Teacher of the Day #30: Perry Noble
JULY 8, 2021
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Editor’s Note: There has been some confusion as to our position on alcohol at this publication. We do not believe that the Scriptures teach abstinence; however, we do believe that in our freedom of conscience, we are to use wisdom. Perry Noble obviously did not use wisdom and this article was merely painting that narrative.
Perry Noble became famous as the founder and lead pastor of Newspring Church in Anderson, SC. In 2013, during a Question and Answer session at his church, Perry Noble made a defense for Christians regularly drinking alcohol and in 2008, he preached a sermon diminishing the negative effects of drinking alcohol and lambasting the Southern Baptist Convention for passing a resolution against it. In 2016, he was fired from Newspring for being an alcoholic and being derelict in his duties as a pastor and a husband.
Of course, simply being an alcoholic and being mean to your wife isn’t what makes you a false teacher–though it does disqualify one from the pastorate. Perry Noble’s failings are far deeper than his disqualifying actions and failure to be above reproach–Perry Noble’s theological views have seriously diverged from the Scriptures.
Perry Noble is closely aligned with the seeker-sensitive, Emergent Church, and charismatic movements–all of which are steeped in heresy. While Noble’s preaching style isn’t quite as filled with the prosperity mantras of the Word of Faith gospel as Steven Furtick’s is, it is certainly drained of any meaningful theological content and is designed to make people comfortable sitting in his pews.
In 2015, Perry Noble made headlines after preaching a controversial Christmas Eve service where he proclaimed to the congregation that God came to him and audibly told him to say to his congregation that the Ten Commandments are not actual commandments, but promises. He told his congregation that many people won’t come to Christ because they don’t believe they could live up to the commandments. He then proceeded to tell the congregation that there was not even a word in the Hebrew language for commandment.
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