Should pastors be asking God to kill their neighbors? 7

Here’s a great example of what can go wrong when you preach from personal anecdotes rather than from God’s Word.

Perry Noble is preaching about how he ignores his critics, and uses a cute little travel anecdote from a recent missions trip to help us see his point.

It’s hard to ignore some things. It really is.

Back in February when I flew to Kenya–went over there for several days, we were very tired. We get on a plane, we fly from Nairobi to Amsterdam. We get off the plane at Amsterdam. We’ve got a layover. We finally get on the plane. We get there, and we were flying to Detroit, and I just want to sleep. I’m like, craving sleep. I don’t want food (and when I don’t want food, it’s bad). I just wanted to sleep.

So I get on this airplane, and I sitting there, and this really large man gets [on] and sits right next to me, and he’s, like, right over here across the aisle, and he kind of sits down. No problem, you know. And he sits there.

He had been sitting down two minutes, and all of a sudden he started snoring. The plane takes off, and this dude–he wakes up for a few minutes and goes back to sleep–and he is snoring. And it’s not like [a gentle snore], it’s like [very loud]. Like the oxygen mask fell, and stuff like that. I mean, like, the stewardess walked by, and she looked at me and went, “I don’t even know what that is. I’m sorry.”

So I started praying for him. I prayed for God to kill him, because he was…

Don’t judge me!

Some of you prayed that for your husband last night while he snored. “God, take him. I know where he’s going. Take him, now! We have life insurance.

So, I tried to watch a movie, and I’m trying to watch the movie and [he’s snoring loudly]. It’s almost impossible to ignore, but finally, over a period of time, I learned how to ignore the snoring and kind of move on.

That’s what Jesus says we need to learn how to do [in] Matthew 7:6.

Matthew 7:6, by the way, says,

Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and then turn and tear you to pieces.

Jesus wants us to develop discernment, not murderous fantasies.

7 thoughts on “Should pastors be asking God to kill their neighbors?

  1. JT Sep 14, 2009 8:42 am

    Do I really need to point out that it was a joke?

  2. James Duncan Sep 14, 2009 8:48 am

    Only if joking about killing your neighbor or husband from the pulpit and then attributing it to Jesus would make it better.

  3. James Downing Sep 14, 2009 9:04 am

    It shows the level of Biblical literacy we are dealing with here, that one would justify this by saying it was only a joke.

    You might want to read Ephesians 5:4

  4. JT Sep 14, 2009 4:32 pm

    I’m not justifying it at all. I’m simply pointing out that it was a joke. That fact seems self-evident, yet is completely missing from the original post. This would be a good discussion if it was titled, “Should pastor’s joke about murderous thoughts?” rather than “Should pastors be asking God to kill their neighbors?”.

  5. Albert Sep 14, 2009 4:56 pm

    This post shows how little attention PN pays to what he says…how little attention he pays to the details.

    The problem is that this conflicts with what he says on his recent blog post:

    “The reason so many Christians never experience a significant breakthrough in their lives is because we refuse to obey God in the small things.”

    Not really relevant to the post, I just thought it was interesting….

  6. James Duncan Sep 14, 2009 5:33 pm

    JT, does posting the video and providing a link to the whole sermon count for nothing?

    I may have missed the point of the joke, but I did present the joke as completely as I could.

    Speaking of which, there are two instances here that warrant attention.

    1) He tells the story from the plane and reads the minds of the wives as a way of joking about ignoring critics. I agree with you that this was a joke, though inappropriate and unacceptable.

    2) What went through his mind on the plane was not a joke. Someone is disturbing his comfort and he wants him dead. This is from a man who has just come back from a mission trip where I assume he met people with much more difficult challenges than a snorer on a plane.

    Did he really think that thought, or is he just making it all up?

  7. KeithO Sep 14, 2009 9:56 pm

    I don’t see how Matthew 7:6 relates to his story? Perhaps someone with the official decoder ring can assist?

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