Perry Noble became famous as the founder and lead pastor of Newspring Church in Anderson, SC. In 2013, during a Question and Answer session at his church, Perry Noble made a defense for Christians regularly drinking alcohol and in 2008, he preached a sermon diminishing the negative effects of drinking alcohol and lambasting the Southern Baptist Convention for passing a resolution against it. In 2016, he was fired from Newspring for being an alcoholic and being derelict in his duties as a pastor and a husband.
Later, Noble was restored by arch-heretic, Steven Furtick, who allowed him to start preaching sermons at his church. Later, Noble went on to plant a new church, Second Chance Church, which is now reaching megachurch status. Perry Noble’s true, faithless followers never abandoned him.
Perry Noble is closely aligned with the seeker-sensitive, Emergent Church, and charismatic movements–all of which are steeped in heresy. While Noble’s preaching style isn’t quite as filled with the prosperity mantras of the Word of Faith gospel as Steven Furtick’s is, it is certainly drained of any meaningful theological content and is designed to make people comfortable sitting in his pews.
In 2015, Perry Noble made headlines after preaching a controversial Christmas Eve service where he proclaimed to the congregation that God came to him and audibly told him to say to his congregation that the Ten Commandments are not actual commandments, but promises. He told his congregation that many people won’t come to Christ because they don’t believe they could live up to the commandments. He then proceeded to tell the congregation that there was not even a word in the Hebrew language for commandment.
Apparently, whoever his god is, is still giving him revelations that can’t be substantiated by Scripture and, in fact, contradict what the Word of God actually says.
Recently, Noble revealed on his Facebook page his new tattoo. The tattoo reads “Only God Can Judge Me.”
Of course, the idea that Christians can’t judge others stems from the apostate theological liberalism that seeks to justify unrepentant sin while liberating the sinner from any responsibility from his behavior. It’s an ideology particularly most prevalent in gay-affirming seeker-sensitive churches. Apparently, though, Perry Noble wants to be absolved from the fact that he’s clearly disqualified from ministry–he’s a divorced alcoholic who never demonstrated actual repentance and restoration.
What the Scriptures actually teach is that we can judge Perry Noble. While the final judgment is up to God, in the meantime, we are commanded to:
Judge those who claim to be Christians but aren’t acting like one (1 Corinthians 5:12)
- Judge with the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:14-16)
- Judge with righteous judgment, according to the Scriptures, not according to appearances (John 7:24)
- Judge according to the standards by which you wish to be judged, again, according to the Scriptures (Matthew 7:1-5)
- Do not judge hypocritically (Romans 2:3)
- We are to judge angels (1 Corinthians 6:3)
These false teachers and false prophets hide behind the “judge not” heresy in order to try to hide their unrepentant hearts from God. But God will not be mocked–we are to judge rightly and call these people to repent and turn to Christ.