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Perry Noble’s Remarks, Not So Noble


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. 

Brethren, 

“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! 

4 comments on “Perry Noble’s Remarks, Not So Noble

  1. “During all this time, I have never met anyone from these ranks who ever entertained, said, or even implied one political party or politician could save America.”

    This has to be Rev Creech’s most amazing insight of his whole column. While I actually agree with much of what he is saying, this one statement invalidates all of it. And he claims Pastor Noble is naive?

    The problem is EXACTLY what Rev Creech claims he has never encountered. It is activists who are IN THE NAME OF THE CHURCH supporting politicians and political parties and MORE than implying that they are the ONLY hope for America, if not for mankind. When someone asks you directly and publicly IN A CHURCH SETTING “Are you making sure to vote for ‘godly’ candidates”, you KNOW that they have ONLY Republicans in mind. And when they complain about the church facing persecution if a particular candidate wins, you KNOW they are talking about Democrat candidates. If all of this political action was accomplished OUTSIDE OF THE SANCTUARY and in a NON-PARTISAN fashion, I would praise God for it. But it is not happening that way at all. All of this righteous activism comes with a very unrighteous agenda. And that is the crux of the problem. That people would enthusiastically support a candidate who believes, according to his religion, that he is in the process of becoming a “God”, and that they would pronounce voting for this person the “godly” alternative, is something I just cannot fathom. It goes way beyond preaching prophetically in opposition to certain ungodly practices or joining together with other like minded believers to publicly protest those things. Additionally, I find it interesting that he is such an admirer of Dr King. I suspect that is probably more out of convenience than out of conviction.

    • “During all this time, I have never met anyone from these ranks who ever entertained, said, or even implied one political party or politician could save America.”

      This has to be Rev Creech’s most amazing insight of his whole column. While I actually agree with much of what he is saying, this one statement invalidates all of it. And he claims Pastor Noble is naive?

      The problem is EXACTLY what Rev Creech claims he has never encountered.

      George, im with you, and further more that’s the stupidest remark he made in his entire argument. Not for one second do i believe he is being truthful by stating that in all his years of political activism, he’s never met one fellow activist who didn’t sing the popular chorus, ” Only a real American, a republican leader, can save America”.

      The Church has truly entered the days foretold by Paul in 2 Timothy 3.

      This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;

      Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

      No longer does the Church (in America) have faith in God’s power. The Church has become an institution possessing only a ‘form’ of godliness…

  2. I think that the Church is ‘political’ but not in the same way that others might define it. The Church is political in that it worships and follows a different King, a different Law and is a manifestation of a different Kingdom. All of that, by nature of itself, is a political act. I like what Stanley Hauerwas said, “The Church is political by being the Church…The Church is neither left nor right but hopeful”

  3. “The Church is political by being the Church…The Church is neither left nor right but hopeful”

    Wonderful quote Cal!

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