Where does the profanity come from? 5

According to NewSpring’s creative pastor, Perry Noble’s pulpit profanity comes from God’s leading and Jesus’ example.

Perry uses a lot of strong words in his sermons…how does he get away with that?

never confuses sermon prep with his quiet time. in his quiet time whatever he’s studying God will speak into him something that is for perry first and often times for the church…

it’s used to get people’s attention and do away with what church people think is supposed to be said and seen. cuz that’s what jesus did.

You’ve got to be careful that you don’t do anything that those “church people” would think is appropriate.

What does the main man say about his profanity?

Q [from a senior pastor]: I wish I could say balls and things that are that daring.

A: If you want to say balls SAY BALLS!

In other words, just do it.

By the way, could a senior pastor possibly ask a more pathetic question? Imagine the church marquee:

Visit our church: We say balls.

5 thoughts on “Where does the profanity come from?

  1. Sylvia Oct 12, 2009 10:37 am

    I don’t mean to just bust on Perry here, but there’s a concept here that has been bothering me for a while. I hear a lot of teachers say that Jesus was into offending “church people” or that he was always tough on “church leaders”. Isn’t this technically untrue, at least during His earthly ministry, in that there wasn’t a “church” at that time. Didn’t the Church begin on the day of Pentecost? The Levitical priesthood is not the church, and the nation of Israel was not the church. I mean, it’s all different, the priesthood of all believers, the indwelling of the Holy Spirit,the..uh..gentiles. I don’t think I’m pushing dispensationalism when I say that the Church is unique. Jesus wasn’t busting on “church people” he was busting on purportedly faithful Jewish leaders who were, in fact, rejecting their Messiah.

    Jesus offended the self-righteous, yes, and well He should have(and well we still should) but He didn’t just bust on His followers to show that He could. What kind of shepherd wields his rod and staff indiscriminately just to mess with his sheep?

    Jesus addressed the churches in the book of Revelation. He had some hard words for some of them, but he didn’t say “balls”, that really wasn’t the tone. This is His bride He’s talking to. Was He trying to “just shake her up a bit” or was He lovingly giving her the words she needed the times to come?

    To me, there is a complete difference between self-righteous people who reject Christ (like the Jewish leaders in Jesus’ time) and the people who have chosen Christ and become part of His church. Sure, you will find some self-righteous(therefore Christ-rejecting) people in churches, and you will find apostate churches that preach legalism and self-righteousness, but that does not, at all, give us permission to come down on all believers as if they all became stiff-necked Pharisees the moment they were baptized. This is not the proper way to look upon the Good Shepherd’s flock, and it is not the proper way to treat His blood-bought bride.

  2. Josh Oct 12, 2009 11:06 am

    I’m not sure “balls” counts as profanity, and it’s not particularly offensive to me. It does sound crude and unprofessional to me. I guess it depends on the audience and context, though. I’d probably cringe if I heard that word used in a sermon, not so much because it’s offensive, but because I would assume it was being used primarily for its shock value and to prove how non-legalistic the speaker is. It’s the same kind of annoyance I feel about believers who drink (which doesn’t bother me) and talk constantly about alcohol, hoping against hope that someone will rebuke them for drinking. Then they can talk about how the bible doesn’t forbid drinking, only drunkeness, blah blah blah blah. Then they can pat themselves on the back about how open-minded and free they are.

    I do think it’s pretty funny that some pastor out there is losing sleep because he wants to say “balls” in church and doesn’t think he can get away with it. Must be a great life if that’s a significant worry for you, lol.

  3. Corner Coffee Oct 12, 2009 4:51 pm

    The only reason I oppose using “strong language” or secular music in a church is because it gives a loaded nerf gun to blogs like this one.

    It’s a hassle I’d rather a church not have to waste time dealing with.

  4. James Downing Oct 13, 2009 4:33 am

    So Coffee, you are saying that preachers using profanity is frivolous at best and is something they could easily live without.

    Yeah, I agree with that.

  5. Corner Coffee Oct 13, 2009 11:32 am

    In most cases, I doubt very seriously that a pastor gets a burden from God to use “hell” or “balls” in his sermon. I’m not saying it doesn’t happen. It’s just very uncommon, I would guess.

    In those cases, yes, it’s frivolous and potentially distracting. It’s best to just keep the language G-rated.

    Just my opinion, though.

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