‘Holy Rage’ At Perry Noble’s NewSpring Church
We’ve all heard how every story has two sides. It’s true. This story about Perry Noble, NewSpring church and James Duncan (of Pajama Pages) is a complicated one. In fact, it’s perhaps best to let Duncan himself tell it. Regardless, the story reveals the, shall we say, ‘shady’ side of NewSpring at the very least:
Recently, NewSpring made an announcement to the ‘church family’, which involved an unnamed critic of Noble, which begins:
Recently, certain events occurred that Pastor Perry and the Church’s leadership feel the NewSpring Church family needs to know about.
Earlier this year, a critic of the church from the Anderson community created a critical blog site and posted numerous blogs disagreeing with the methods of NewSpring Church and the messages that Pastor Perry has preached, including basic theological doctrine.
In February an employee of the church met with this individual in an attempt to resolve any misunderstandings and listen to his concerns. Since that meeting, the frequency and intensity of the critical blogs have increased. (Online Source)
Duncan, after revealing himself as ‘the critic’ fills in the sordid (and sad) details:
“In mid October, Perry Noble made an intriguing statement in one of his sermons that the church had fired one of its employees for “going over the line” against a critic. “Don’t worry,” Noble assured his flock, the guy didn’t blow up anyone’s house.
Noble gave no more details about what his employee had done or who the critic was. He also didn’t reveal the kinds of activities—short of not blowing up houses—the person had been engaged in.
I was the critic, and what NewSpring subjected my family to was much more worrisome than blowing up a house.
It’s a long story. Take a seat. Take a deep breath. This will take a bit of telling.
I’m about to tell you how NewSpring insiders attempted to corrupt my family, sabotage an adoption, destroy my career, and ruin my reputation. This campaign, which became the subject of a police investigation, was conducted with the knowledge and encouragement of NewSpring’s senior leadership.
But we’re getting ahead of ourselves.
Two years ago I submitted a column to the Anderson Independent, our local daily newspaper, which criticized a billboard campaign that NewSpring was conducting in our city that presented a bleak and degrading view of parenthood. Predicting the corrosive effects of the campaign on families and children, in particular my own, I asked Perry Noble, the pastor of the church, to take them down.
Before they published my article, someone at the newspaper asked me if I was really sure I wanted to do this. “They’ll come after you and try to destroy you,” I was told. Besides my house being flour bombed and a few people shouting at me as they passed by my office, the reaction wasn’t too bad.”
Read the rest of James Duncan’s account here.
And here’s the link to NewSprings Announcement To The NewSpring Church Family
Mark Driscoll Encouraged By…Perry Noble?
Purpose-Driven ‘Carolina Pope’ Perry Noble – “Don’t fight The Bloggers/Critics…Except When We Do
Emergent Assault On The Prerogative Of God
Steven Furtick & Perry Noble: “Oppose Me & You Oppose God”
Posted @2 pm., 12/05/09
HT: David J. Horn, “In The Hedges”
I have done a little research into ‘NewSpring’ and I did not find much that was ‘Holy”. Sure, Noble speaks the name Jesus a great deal, but when put into context with his entire message, I am left wondering to which Jesus he is referring. What I always heard loud and clear is a features/benefits presentation about how this rad dude named JC could rock your world… Over culturally contextualized to the point of not being true is what I came away with.
One thing I will say for them is they have a great band! They play a killer Highway to Hell (AC/DC), I believe in a Thing Called Love (Darkness), and many other secular tunes are mastered by this band.
I fear this is just another entertainment-driven church where Jesus is standing ouside knocking on the door to gain entrance.
Key word to keep in mind in the post title: “At” 🙂
Please remember that Professor Duncan has a child that may or may not hear about this in the real world. Every one blogs about what happened to Professor Duncan but no one is thinking about the impact this has on his family every time it posted or bloged aout on the internet. If people say they are Christians would think Professor Duncan is going about his way telling his story but what about when his wife goes to grocery shopping is she hearing about what happened to her family. I would think that she is probably sick of hearing about it and wanting to get on with her life and raising her son. Maybe Professor Duncan (I am not saying whose right or wrong) but should be considering what this is doing to his family.
Please forgive me for my earlier response God has laid it on my heart it is not for me to judge.
I’m always a little more than suspicious when someone claims to have done some “research” on someone or something. The first question I would have is did this research include going to the church on more than one occasion or did it include going at all? Or did this research simply mean getting on the internet and going through various blogs? Having recently attended New Spring and previously watching Perry preach during last years One Prayer services I can honestly say that this man is of God and his method of using humor to get his point across makes worship fun and relevant. Granted, New Spring is not your grandpappy’s church but I am not aware of God/Jesus placing any restrictions on how the word is taught. If serious thought provoking topics that are taught with a touch of humor offends you then maybe New Spring ain’t your cup of tea. And I dare say that if you haven’t attended but find license to blog about New Spring then maybe you might want join that fine group of folks known as the Pharisees that Jesus called a brood of vipers and hypocrites. I found their church to be one of the most loving groups of folks I have ever met. A far cry from the people your “research” describes. I leave you with this, is it possible for that much love to exist if God wasn’t there?
Perry has made worship “fun and relevant”?? Can you find “fun and relevant” worship in Scripture?
Thanks for calling us pharisees. You pigeoned holed us nicely…
Actually rad dude, what exactly does it take to be a ‘man of God’ in your opinion? Noble may meet your definition but I’m not sure he meets God’s. He tries to be so cool that his message get interpolated to mean something different than what the Bible teaches.
BTW, to research properly, you must obtain ENTIRE services on mp3 or DVD that have not been edited and ask questions to the staff and/or senior pastor–which I have done. Keeping the services and sermons in context, then you must compare these to the Bible as it relates to God and His Holiness (also in context).
Now, RickC, may I ask you what type of research you did in order to know enought about 5ptsalt and its friends to suspect us to be pharisees…?
Is NewSPring worshipping the God of the Bible or a convenient rad dude they created who will not judge them in their wordliness? The answer to this question is a very important one…
Go to Timothy where Paul an elder encourages Timothy in presenting the gospel. 2Tim3:15, and also instructions found in Titus 2:7-8