For the last day or two I’ve been working on a post partially titled “Why this will happen again,” the this being NewSpring’s angry harassment of Perry Noble’s critics. I found out this afternoon that the prophecy came true yesterday.
A listener of Chris Rosebrough’s Fighting for the Faith show, which had broadcast an interview with me on Monday, had used a Twitter account to link to that interview and suggest that people listen to it. Yesterday, a NewSpringer named Jacob Morris posted the following threat to Rosebrough’s listener:
The first time I read it, I assumed it was someone’s attempt at humor, trying to reinforce the point that even NewSpring has said that criticizing it is dangerous. But a little more reading made it clear that the author was indeed a NewSpringer who was trying to defend Perry. The threat was angry and very real.
Today, the author has heard from the Twitterverse and has apologized to the person to whom he made the threat. It appears as though the author has learned a bit from Rosebrough’s listeners this afternoon. The conversation, if you follow it, is heartening. Morris was reproved, repented and reconciled with the person he had threatened.
It was a good thing for him that Rosebrough’s listeners were looking out for him, but where was his pastor? The early stages of the conversation had enough @newspring and @perrynoble tags in them to have popped up on NewSpring’s radar; they have a full-time position (or two) whose job is to monitor Facebook, Twitter and blog chatter about Perry and NS. After their inaction on Maxwell, this should have triggered some alarms and prompted NewSpring’s pastors to reach out to Mr. Morris. Judging by his Twitter feed, no such outreach was offered.
Perhaps they don’t care. When you have 27,000 attenders, it’s hard to really pastor them all.
Perhaps they don’t dare. To publicly reprove their own Mr. Morris would require them to recant too much of their own teaching. You see, Morris was doing exactly what Perry Noble and his deputy preacher, Clayton King, have been teaching for the last five years.
Morris’s violent fruit was simply the result of poisonous preaching.
In my next post, I’ll give you a taste of some of that preaching.