Volume Twenty Four – September 2007
By Michael C.
Gaudiosi - The Noble Berean
WE'LL DO WHATEVER IT TAKES! Many pastors have used this
argument to justify the soul winning methods of their ministries. They
believe the simple, yet powerful, preaching of the Gospel is not enough,
and base their “ends justify the means” mentality on the second
part of 1 Corinthians 9:22 - “...I am made
all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.”
However one “pastor” has taken this passage of scripture DOWN to a whole
new level! Perry Noble, pastor of NewSpring Church in Anderson South
Carolina has used many techniques, from hip-hop, to rock and drama skits
to get the unsaved sinner to, as he puts it, “meet Jesus”. However, in
this one particular case, he uses something many people would never
dream of hearing in a church service...the AC/DC song “Hell's Bells”.
That's right, Hell's Bells! A song inspired by Satan himself, by a heavy
metal group with a string of dark hits such as “Highway to Hell”,
“Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap”, “Back in Black”...etc. Hell's Bell's
is such an “inspirational” song with with lyrics like: “I'll give you
black sensations up and down your spine. If you're into evil you're a
friend of mine. I got my bell, I'm gonna take you to hell, I'm gonna get
you, Satan get you”. You can see this for yourself here:
It would only be natural for a fundamental, conservative, Baptist Christian
like myself to be offended by this. Of course, Perry Noble has an answer
for those like me who think the use of an evil song like this in church
is offensive. He simply shrugs it off and claims people, like myself,
who disagree with his tactics need to “meet Jesus” and get saved.
Here is what Noble says about this:
“I know somebody probably, you know, got a little
offended...(unintelligible), and you've already got the email in your
head that you're gonna send in, let me just kind of say this, let me
save you the trouble. Don't send it in, a hundred and ten people met
Jesus today and if you've got a problem with that...(people cheering),
if you have a problem with that show up next week and we're prayin' that
you will meet Jesus.” - (Perry Noble, Pastor, NewSpring Church Anderson
If you read his quote carefully, he is actually saying if you have a
problem with the method I used to get one hundred and ten people
to “meet Jesus” that's just too bad, don't bother to send me your
emails. I don't care about what you think or how you feel, so quit your
whining and “meet Jesus” for yourself. So according to Noble, I'm a
non believer who needs to “meet Jesus” because I disagree with his
“hellish” song choice for his altar call!
SOLA SCRIPTURA – THE SCRIPTURE ALONE!
This is why I ask “what is going on here?” Not with this one church only,
but with Christianity as a whole in America. It never ceases to amaze me
the number of churches in our cities and suburbs. I mean, you can find a
church on almost every street corner! If you don't believe me, go take a
look at the Yellow Pages under “churches”. You can go to almost any
bookstore and get a bible, it is so readily available for anyone to read
at any time!
There is no other nation on earth where the Gospel is more abundant and
available than in America, one would think this is a spiritually mature
nation! Yet there is so much spiritual blindness and ignorance! This
church is just one example of this! Why is this happening? We have our
Christian TV and radio networks and conferences. We have all our books,
tapes, CD's and DVD's by so many ministers with their theology degrees
and so on...yet things like this continue to go on in many churches
across the country and so many people remain spiritual babies! This is
what Hosea 4:6 really means:
Hosea 4:6 - My people are destroyed for lack
of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject
thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the
law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.
Although God is speaking to the priests who taught His people Israel the
Word of the Lord, this can very well ring true for most of these
so-called preachers and teachers in the Church today. You can't expect
true conversions and spiritual maturity to the tune of “Hell's Bells”,
even if Perry Noble claims a hundred and ten, or a million and ten
people “met Jesus”.
I have to wonder what will happen to these weak, compromising, liberal
churches when persecution comes to America. I mean real persecution. The
kind you see in other nations of the world. What will most people in
these churches do when they are given the choice to either deny Christ
or die? I pray this will never happen in America, but given the state of
Christianity in this country today, I fear someday it will. Evangelist
and Missionary Paul Washer said it best:
“When you walk in to a group of people who know absolutlely nothing
about the Gospel, you stand there as a man absolutlely helpless. Or, you
stand there as a man armed with armaments of the flesh. You know we
think we can put up a media screen, and do all kinds of things and have
a few movies, and we can somehow emotionally manipulate people into the
Kingdom. That is not true, and when we try to do that we're no longer
going to see the power of the Holy Spirit.
What we have to do, and I always teach my men this on the field, I say
give me one man, who believes God with a Bible in his hand, stick him in
the middle of the town square and let him preach until he is stoned to
death or till someone's converted cause God will bless that type of
preaching”. - Paul Washer.
Proverbs 14:34 - Righteousness exalteth a
nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.
Search the Scripture for yourself! SOLA SCRIPTURA! The Scripture
ALONE! May the Lord bless you!
If you would like to respond please send your comments to:
firstname.lastname@example.org. Copy write 2007 The Noble
Berean. This may be used in its entirety for non-commercial personal
use. Changes/edits are not permitted without the express permission of
The Noble Berean.