Don’t take my word, take Noble’s: Reformation is coming 4

For the last week, I’ve been trying to convince apologetic NewSpringers that when their pastor announced last weekend that he was starting a new reformation that he actually meant he was starting a new reformation.

Someone asked me if I could read Perry Noble’s mind. I don’t need to; I just read his blog. Let’s interpret Noble’s blog announcement in light of his blog posts.

  1. He is driven by the need for reformation.

    I Believe God Is About To Bring A Reformation To America…And He’s Going To Do It Through The Local Church!

    I believe this–I am not saying it to get some “Amen’s” from the cheap seats either.
    Take a look at what is happening in our country. I hear people say that they are concerned with NewSpring and churches like ours…they think we are not going to make it and that eventually fizzle out.

    However…it’s NOT the churches like NewSpring that are dying. (And churches in America ARE dying…an average of six per day are shutting their doors!!!) In fact, churches “like NewSpring” have doubled in the past seven years. It looks like God is up to something!

    We are seeing it! …

    That is why I do what I do. I believe in the ministry that NewSpring is doing…I am smoking what I am selling.

  2. It is not founded on doctrine.

    It does not take “professionals” to do ministry; in fact, every revival/reformation that has ever happened took place FIRST among the peasants and “common folk” and NOT the religious elite!

  3. It is new and different from the first Reformation.

    We have the possibility of a second reformation in front of us!

  4. It will radically change the existing church.

    As the church grows the structure has to change. There is no perfect structure for a church…that is why Scripture doesn’t speak to structure. What works with 50 people won’t work with 150.

    Institutions are ALWAYS the last things to change! (Seminaries, denominations, etc.) Institutions are there to protect the change of the previous generation. (DANG!)

There you go. All Noble, hardly any commentary.

If you disagree with any of it, you know who to talk to.

4 thoughts on “Don’t take my word, take Noble’s: Reformation is coming

  1. Tommy F. May 12, 2009 12:31 am

    C’mon NS-ers. Rush to his defense. Prediction: you’ll ignore JDuncan’s substantive piece which is 90%+ Noble quotes.

  2. Twit May 12, 2009 2:08 am

    That’s sooo unfair when you use their words. Why do you have to be soo critical you wuss? Couldn’t you just attack nameless, faceless staw men instead? You’d seem soo much braver.

    @Albert – you may need to interpret MY sarcasm for JDunc

  3. Albert May 12, 2009 12:51 pm

    I’m going to lay off of the sarcasm for a while. APPARENTLY, I (and possibly you, Twit) need to work on making it more interpretable online.

    Until that happens, I will follow up SARCASTIC remarks with a “(sarcasm)” note.

    Also, I think that Twit may be implying that PN and other similar, bad bloggers choose to attack people no one has heard of, or, possibly people that the author invented for the sole purpose of proving his/her own point.

    I believe, Twit is referencing PN in this post.

    Good day.

  4. Albert May 12, 2009 2:21 pm

    On a more serious note:

    Clearly PN is calling for a new “reformation.” Whether or not he (or members) realizes this is another question.

    What I find most unsettling is that, after reading his posts, I envision this new “reformation” to preached from an electric guitar and a snare drum rather than from Holy scripture. It will be presented digitally and paraphrased with jokes and bits of profanity rather than in original context and language. I read this and think “He is calling for this new reform to grow HIS and his friend’s church, not God’s.” I may be grossly misunderstanding his intentions, but this is the sense I get when I read these brave, brave statements.

    God help us.

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