Our Story 18

In 2009 my family was subject to a sustained and intense harassment campaign from NewSpring Church that was designed to shut this blog down. Although this blog has covered the story and the legal proceedings that came from it, I’ve edited and abridged several posts into a single file for a more self-contained and convenient way of reading about what happened.

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18 thoughts on “Our Story

  1. Reply Sudie Jul 12, 2014 12:10 am

    I am very proud of AU for not cracking under the pressure of “THE” Newspring church and their wolf in sheep’s clothing Noble. It makes me proud to be an AU graduate. I’d love for a local news group to unveil the corruption that goes on. It sickens me that this worldly being has so many fooled and multitudes of followers. The horrors that you went through made me sick to my stomach when I read your story. I’m do glad that things worked out for you and your family.

  2. Reply Ray Comfort Aug 17, 2014 10:46 pm

    James, was your dad involved in New Life Centre in Christchurch about 30 years ago?

    Blessings, Ray

  3. Reply Kelly Aug 21, 2014 9:40 am

    Congratulations on your adoption! I and my husband are alumni and I worked for AU for several years, so I was aware of most of your story. We moved several years ago and I was unaware of your new daughter. I am so glad good was able to come out of such a horrible situation.

  4. Reply carol Aug 24, 2014 12:06 pm

    wow…great story…a good read…i am a “seeker” and could see myself a few years ago falling under the Newspring spell…instead I still seek but go a more traditional route…prayer, prayer and more prayer…Good Luck to you.

  5. Reply DeLaine Oct 8, 2014 4:31 pm

    Great job and God bless you!

  6. Reply Allen Jan 9, 2015 5:17 pm

    James,

    I am a graduate of AU (AC when I was there). I am vaguely familiar with many of the people involved in your story. Most of them were at AC at the same time as me. Thanks for your courage to share what has happened to you and your family. Although I had heard rumblings of your story, I had never actually heard a full account of what happened (most people who know it don’t talk about it, now I see why). I only recently became aware of your blog, after I was researching what I knew to be false about Perry’s teachings on the 10 commandments and stance on community vs. the Bible. I have many family, friends, and acquaintances that attend NS and I have attempted to discuss my concerns about NS in a loving manner. I will say that they are very much non-receptive and very defensive. I pray that God uses it all to bring Him glory

  7. Reply ohmy Jan 22, 2015 8:48 pm

    I just read the summary of the whole thing. I am sickened? Do NS church members not know anything about this? I could never attend a church where the members and staff either know of this junk or ignore it.

  8. Reply Ryan Apr 10, 2015 2:09 am

    James,
    After spending 5 years in the upstate I have seen numerous ill effects of Newspring Church on the community. It is especially concerning when friends and co workers fall into the trap. God has shown me many signs to stay away from this wolf in sheep’s clothing, and I commend you for your strength through the persecution you and your family went through. I pray for individuals and families to be awakened to the truth and seek God’s glory in genuine community. Keep on going strong!

  9. Reply Scott Strople Jun 7, 2015 9:49 pm

    I am a strong supporter of both Newspring Church as well as the Newspring Church model of modern christian church growth. So with that said, I expect few of you to read further…..

    Having been a member of Baptist Churches for decades, holder of a professional business degree, and a diploma from a fundamentalist bible college, as well as the graduate of over 50 years of church infighting by those that always claim to be wiser, and more knowledgeable about the Bible, christian living, and the art of being better than the world, I am appalled at the attitude of this blog. I am not going to claim to know better than all of you, but when you substantiate your Christian arogance with the numbers of new believers that Perry Noble and the Newspring Church people have both claimed and substantiated, your words may demonstrate more validity.

    Until then, I continue to read your words as I pray for your souls and fear for your eternities. You are demonstrating the attitude of Pharisees, while tieing a millstone around your own necks. Be careful what you criticize – especially if you have not had the personally experienced knowledge to talk about the matters, and/or are unfamiliar with the facts.

    • Reply MWM Sep 17, 2015 10:27 am

      Sorry, Scott. Some of us just prefer services and sermons with less: lack of exegetical research, profanity, secular music, comedy acts, youth pastors who have Bad A** Mother F***** in their lexicon, frequent references to a “scoreboard” (so when people die unsaved, does God then lose?), verbal mockery from the pulpit directed towards strawman “other churches”, mockery towards seminary, not allowing children to worship with parents (contrary to Matt 19:14), staff members who think it’s okay to criminally harass critics they don’t like, and church members who bark and snarl any time someone raises questions about the pastor or church (which I have experienced in person, face to face as well as in cyberspace).

      Reading and listening with a critical ear is not Pharisee behavior. Neither is asking questions. The Bereans were commended for it in Acts. If you take time to actually read the blog posts and judge it on it’s content, rather than it’s existence, you will see a conciliatory, conversational tone. One that seeks to compare Scripture with the actions, words, attitudes and behaviors in one of the biggest, most impactful churches in our state. NewSpring tells the world they want to grow and have tens of thousands of members. That’s great, but part of being that big is that people will ask questions about it. Instead of treating those asking with hostility, see them as an opportunity to tell us about what your church believes, what it does, what it says, and most importantly: why.

  10. Reply Current COM Student Sep 2, 2015 2:27 pm

    Dr. Duncan,
    After hearing about your blog from a fellow student at AU, I decided to take a gander at your story. After reading your story in its entirety, I have to express my condolences and heart break for you and your family. I am not a practicing christian, nor do I pretend to be, but I am sickened by the actions of this ignorant band of bible thumpers who look the other way when harm is being done to a “brother in Christ.” A talented writer once said, “Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.” Continue writing and exposing the truth about the wrongdoings of these types of supposed christian organizations, for the truth can only be ignored by its following for so long.
    After all you have been through, I extend my warmest congratulations on the newest addition to your family. I am also glad that through all of this misery and harassment, you found joy in everything that has happened. I look forward to reading future additions to the Pajama Pages. Good luck.

  11. Reply Cathy Allen Sep 19, 2015 3:30 pm

    Wow, an awesome testimony of personal persecution, for the truth and the word of the Lord God! Amazing too, how the Lord works in unexpected and mysterious ways, and had a different plan, for the little daughter, He wanted you to be blessed with. Congratulations! And I guess she would be two years of age by now 🙂
    The Lord Himself, requires us to expose the evil works of darkness, and to contend for the faith. Well done,and may He bless you and your dear family mightily,and keep you all protected in His power and His love. May all who are called by His name,hear these words by our Lord and our God, Jesus Christ. Matthew 25:23 “His lord said to him, ‘Well done,good and faithful servant;you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord. Amen! 🙂

  12. Reply STKerr Oct 15, 2015 10:59 am

    Professor –
    You probably dont know me (I was never a student of yours) but I was at Anderson Univ. when all this went down. I have followed your blog intermittently since that time and have kept you in my prayers these past number of years and I am glad to hear about your beautiful daughter and her new forever family. While I have only had good interactions with members of NewSpring (esp in their coordination of #FloodSCwithLove), I have had no interactions with the leadership. I question a lot of their practices and teachings when it comes to the church. I know (and I know that you do too, though your writings) that none of us are perfect; we have all fallen short. I pray that each of us has the strength to strive for perfection so as to reveal the glory of God. Know that I continue to pray for you, the leadership of NS, and the entire body of Christ!

  13. Reply Tennille C Jan 1, 2016 10:59 pm

    Dr. Duncan,
    I took several classes under your instruction when I attended AU as a communication major from 2000-2004. I even met your son and remember watching amazing videos of him signing as a toddler.
    I remember hearing a vague version of your troubles with NewSpring some years ago but was drawn to your blog after reading in recent news about Perry Noble’s Christmas Eve sermon. I am saddened by your family’s experience especially with the failed adoption. Praise be to God for your precious daughter!
    I wrote this post to say I’m proud of AU for the integrity they showed during your ordeal. I feel that my experience at AU would have been tremendously more positive had NewSpring not been affiliated with the university.
    Blessings in 2016!

  14. Reply Cathy Allen Jan 4, 2016 1:42 am

    The true believers have God given discernment.
    They will judge all things, according to the written word of God.
    The true believers, will rely on the Holy Spirit for teaching, leading, guiding, helping, interceding, comforting & discerning His truth.
    They will ask the Lord God for wisdom.
    The true believers will test the spirits.
    The true believers will not follow another way or leader for long.
    They will contend for the Gospel, & have zeal for Almighty God.
    The true believers place loyalty to the Lord Jesus Christ, above any human leaders & doctrines of demons & of men.
    They will hear Him, & follow Christ alone.
    God will direct the path of His sheep,if they are on a crooked way, He will rescue them & redirect them to Himself.
    We are all lost, until He finds those the Father has given to Him, who will believe & receive Him.
    In His timing & His way, the Lord Jesus saves His people.
    To God be the glory!
    Amen!

  15. Reply Comm Student Apr 26, 2016 2:57 am

    Professor,

    I am sincerely upset for you and your family over this ordeal. I commend your bravery and resolve to act Christ-like through it all.
    Hearing this deeply saddens me, I was surprised that it brought me to tears at the end. I am saddened for those that follow Perry and Newspring’s leadership. I wish they had more godly examples to follow.
    I pray that God cuts the callus of self-preservation off of the hearts of Newspring’s leaders, and that they humbly express to their viewers that they acted sinfully in this situation. If it is His will, Perry’s viewers may see an example of humility that they probably very rarely see from him.
    Thank you for sharing your story, and fighting the good fight of revealing sin when it doesn’t want to be revealed.

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