This afternoon Perry Noble published an apology for his Christmas Eve sermon and for a Twitter insult he directed at critics of that sermon. The apology is welcome, as are the signs that he’s sensitive to getting the issue right.
As it stands now, however, there are significant flaws in the position that Noble appears to hold, especially when this is the time to be clear and precise. The apology seems to reaffirm his claim that the Commandments, even though written as imperatives, are not actually legal rules. This is a paradox that seems difficult to maintain, though maybe we’ll see further clarification from Noble in the next few days.
I had almost finished a response to a post Noble had written yesterday in which he essentially repeated the claims in the sermon. Rather than publishing that today, I will wait and see if he changes yesterday’s post in light of today’s statement.
These aren’t trivial matters, and it’s important that we get them right. If Noble is getting them right, it’s also important to rejoice with him and affirm our unity.
The signs are positive, so let’s take a moment or two to see how things develop.