Perry Noble vs. the Gospel 5

Perry Noble took to Twitter a few months ago to tell us why other pastors aren’t preaching the Gospel, as, presumably, Perry is.

Problem is, the Gospel itself fails Perry’s test. What follows is a little commentary-free conversation between the Gospel-defining Noble and the Gospel itself:

Noble:

If people are accused rather than believed in then IT IS NOT the Gospel!

The Gospel:

People will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people.

Noble:

If people feel beat up rather than built up then it’s probably not the Gospel!

The Gospel:

So to keep me from becoming conceited because of the surpassing greatness of the revelation, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass me, to keep me from becoming conceited.

Noble:

If people feel enslaved rather than free then it’s probably not the Gospel!

The Gospel:

He who was free when called is a bondservant of Christ.

Noble:

The Gospel will always correct but it will never condemn!

The Gospel:

Whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.

If a preacher doesn’t know what the Gospel is, he’s probably not preaching the Gospel.

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It would be easy to finish this post with that line, but it’s not really fair to Noble because there is an element of truth to what he’s trying to say. The Gospel does indeed encourage charity, build us up, free us and acquit us; however, it can only be understood as good news when we also understand the bad news that we stand condemned before God. That helps us see the good news that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

Noble’s problem is that he’s presenting a one-sided Gospel where his audience can remain blind to its holiness. He categorically and repeatedly declares that a balanced Gospel presentation is “not the Gospel.”

Fortunately, Perry has acknowledged the connection between Scripture and the Gospel. Here he was in 2009:

Scripture actually defines the Gospel…not the emerging needs of our culture!

Yep.

5 thoughts on “Perry Noble vs. the Gospel

  1. The Show Sep 27, 2013 12:14 am

    The gospel of Perry Noble is God’s judgment on the Upstate. God has given the people over to what they want, rather than what they need.

  2. Cliff Richardson Sep 27, 2013 5:53 pm

    You have to feel bad for the people at New Spring. In some cases they willfully believe in an idol, but there are some there who are like innocent children who’ve been led astray by Noble. As they are disillusioned what will be their fate? Will they turn to Jesus for the first time, or will they become haters of anything having to do with God?

    I appreciate your diligence in this and for staying strong in this fight.

  3. Concernedparent Sep 28, 2013 1:41 pm

    I just saw two “I love my church” lawn signs near downtown Pendleton. Are these part of a new Newspring campaign?

  4. James Duncan Sep 28, 2013 3:30 pm

    I don’t know, but my best guess would be that they’re trying to soften up public opinion for their proposed land development near Clemson University. Clemson had successfully opposed their plan to purchase and use some land near one of its research centers in Greenville, so they might be trying to make sure they suffer another political defeat.

    I haven’t seen any in Anderson (yet), so it may just be limited to the Pendleton and Clemson area.

  5. Concernedparent Sep 28, 2013 4:48 pm

    I think that NS purchased land next to icar in Greenville, Clemson protested about it being a church given the intent to focus the area on research, dustry and technology, but that protest was unsuccessful. However, Greenville zoning board said no to rezoning parking spaces from Clemson property over to NS. It’s unclear if the I love my church signs are Newspring, but either way, the idea of what church you attend becoming a lawn sign campaign is disturbing. It’s also disturbing that so much of NS 38million is focused on expansion, when you think what that tithing could really do for people in need.

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