You may recall a post earlier this week, the Quote of the Day, which contained a small excerpt from an article by Perry Noble,
“It’s sad,” Pastor Perry Noble of NewSpring Church in South Carolina wrote in his blog published Wednesday. “…[B]ut I believe that there would be way more celebration in many mainline churches if Mitt Romney won the election than there would be if one sinner repented of their sins the following Sunday!
I have a question for Republicans and Democrats alike…how is putting your hope in a political savior going for you?”
Well it seems not everyone agrees with Mr. Noble,
Rev. Mark H. Creech;
….in his recent blog, Noble argues against the church’s involvement in politics. He says he believes much of the church is misguided in its priorities, charging that “there would be way more celebration in many mainline churches if Mitt Romney won the election than there would be if one sinner repented of their sins…”
Noble also contends political involvement by pastors can lead their parishioners to believe that someone other than Jesus can save society. “We’ve got to remember..,” he says, “while politics will try to control the world…the Gospel is the only thing that can change it…and yet the church house has seemingly fallen in love with the White House and has sold itself out to the impact that Jesus has called us to have on the world!”
Noble further contends that churches need to back away from efforts to pass legislation regarding abortion, homosexual marriage and other controversial social issues. Passing laws he contends won’t stop the downward spiral of the nation. The only approach that will ever make any difference is if the church addresses the condition of the human heart. Sexual immorality, bullying, abortion, drug abuse, human trafficking, etc., Noble argues, will never change by an act of Congress, but only through the power of the Gospel.
His arguments sound so spiritual. His position allegedly rises above the filth of politics and exalts the church – well, please forgive the pun – to a “Noble-r” cause.
I believe it’s proper to make this assertion because his contentions are really neither biblical nor consistent with historical experience. Moreover, his arguments misconstrue what many conservative evangelicals are actually trying to do today in the public arena.
…At no time in history since the birth of the church has a society ever been made good simply by focusing on the sinful condition of the human heart and the individual’s need for personal salvation. It’s a thoughtless and naïve proposition at best. Read it all Here
This Reverend can twist, and slice ‘n’ dice it any way he wants to, but the fact of the matter is he is wrong. No place in God’s Word is the Church commanded to be political, especially in the manner in which we see it happening today. And frankly, Noble may be the biggest false teacher living in America today, but he was correct in this matter. He (Noble) must have really hit a nerve.
“Ye are the salt of the earth….Ye are the light of the world” – Matthew 5: 13-14
Continue to be those things by continuing to abide in Christ, and preach the gospel folks, in and out of season, and you will not only change your nation, you will change the world!